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Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

16164 Highway #12, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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Ranked #2 of 17 Attractions in Midland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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Owner description: 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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London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

Even in the rain we had a wonderful time. Lots to see and learn about and the presentations were informative and interesting.

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Burlington, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2014

This Historical Center is worth every cent. Make sure you have lots of time to take it all in. This is history that I have never seen in our schools. The tour starts with a movie background of what you are about to see. With a hand held personal guide and a route clearly umbered one wends ones way through... More

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Oshawa, Canada
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

good place to stop and stretch your legs. peaceful nature trails, authentic village features buildings (and tools) that the early North American settlers would have used

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

had people dressed in period clothing explaining their roll in the settlement, the villiage is a replica of the original which is really well done and interesting

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Coventry, Connecticut
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

We visited with several family members. The tour starts with a movie that gives good background information about what will be seen. The peak vacation period had ended, but we had individual hand-held guides with which to listen to information on each building and point of interest. Even though it is a recreation, since the original was burnt before the... More

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Victoria, Canada
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34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

The Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is informative. The village is rebuilt to what they think it was like originally. Well done. There was a guided tour which we followed. The guides were dressed in costume to suit the era. What I didn't like is they wanted you to have a real life experience and so they had the long house... More

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Southampton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

I liked the independance to take my time to explore all the exhibits . The dining hall seemed grand but offered simple food as well

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Beaver Dam, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

The Sainte-Marie among the Hurons recreated settlement is a must when traveling to Midland, Ontario. The history of the Jesuit priests settlement and their interaction with the Huron Indians and other tribes of the area was very interesting and tour of the recreated settlement provided for an up close experience in learning about the living conditions of the settlement. I... More

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Ontario
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14 attraction reviews
82 helpful votes 82 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

My most favourite part was looking at the pigs/cows and chickens. :) Some history on the area but it isn't from that long ago so to some it may not be considered history. We weren't able to see the film but did wander around the museum portions. The walk outside was a bit more enjoyable as we could walk into... More

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Beaufort, South Carolina
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15 attraction reviews
133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

We obviously went off season because Gift Shop was closed which was disappointing. This is a very educational fun place to visit. They were filming a documentary the day we were there and the people were nice enough to answer all of our questions. The story of the area was interesting to learn about. We really enjoyed this attraction and... More

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