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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

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Address: 16164 Highway #12, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 705-526-7838
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Description: Ontario's first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the...
Ontario's first European Community, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. In 1639, the Jesuits, along with French lay workers, began construction of a fenced community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Native visitors. By 1648, Sainte-Marie was a wilderness home to 66 French men, representing one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie's brief history ended in 1649, when members of the mission community were forced to abandon and burn their home of nearly 10 years. After extensive archaeological and historical research, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is now recreated on its original site, where the mission's compelling story is brought to life.
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We took about 3 hours to go over the visit. The kids enjoyed the wood workshop and the blacksmith shop. Too many tents have the fire inside, that makes for a lot of smoke... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 3, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

We took about 3 hours to go over the visit. The kids enjoyed the wood workshop and the blacksmith shop. Too many tents have the fire inside, that makes for a lot of smoke... One with fire inside would be enough. The staff was great to answer questions.

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 NEW

very interesting to learn more about the place and how things were. amazing place and full of photo opportunities.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

If you're travelling to the Georgian Bay area north of Toronto and are interested in First Nations history as well as that of the first European explorers, this museum is an excellent introduction. It includes genuine artifacts from the time, a reconstructed settlement and a very well thought out audio visual presentation both in large screening rooms as well as... More 

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Elmira
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Our family of four recently visited Saint-Marie. The costumed interpreters were very enthusiastic and knowledgeable. I've been before and thoroughly enjoyed the village as well as the museum that I wanted to bring my whole family. Kids can go in and out of the rooms and there are some activities for them to do such as writing their name with... More 

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Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

A great place to visit to get a look back at how it all started around the 17th century. You can take guided or self-guided tours which should give you a better insight into life back then. A lot of interaction and events brought to life by staff re-enacting specific events. Enjoyable and informative.

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Oxford, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Spent a couple of hours touring the museum and outdoor exhibits. Museum contains some good displays, but the layout didn’t seem to follow a chronological order. A traveling exhibit on Champlain was the main attraction. The film provides a good introduction to the region, its early inhabitants, and the coming of the French. The outdoor buildings cover several acres and... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

I'm in no way a history buff and not crazy about historical facts so when a place like this makes me reflect on how life was at a certain time or what happened it's a good sign! The site is well laid out and maintained. You should definitely use a audioguide to get as much info as you can. The... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

We visited here for 3 hours including breakfast as part of a tour group. Personally I would come here with children and I would highly recommend it for school outings. The volunteers who do the re-enactments and tell you the history of the site are fantastic. There is a little gift shop and lots of outside areas to explore. We... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

Had a fantastic day out with our kids! First time to Sainte Marie since I was in grade school (some 30 years ago). Kids had a great time - amazing reconstruction of the original mission - awesome that everything is so interactive. Staff were friendly and well versed in the history of the site. Most were very eager to answer... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Do not let the Introductory Film scare you. They need to update the film as it looks like it was created in the 70s shortly after the site opened. Once you get past the film you walk back in time. Everyone is wearing period clothing and enacting period everyday events. Chatting to the kids working there as 1600 period people... More 

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Address: 16164 Highway #12, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8, Canada
Phone Number: +1 705-526-7838
Location: Canada  >  Ontario  >  Midland

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