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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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Loved this informative tour

Stayed at the best western and enjoyed the narrated tour. Very educational, great experience. Love the radio that you can carry to listen to, and can get more information if you... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
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ontario
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31 reviews 31 reviews
7 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Stayed at the best western and enjoyed the narrated tour. Very educational, great experience. Love the radio that you can carry to listen to, and can get more information if you desire. The tour guides at each station were also very informative.

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Midland
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Sainte Mrie Among the Hurons is a reconstructed French Jusuit Mission that was constructed between 1639 and 1649. The site is the context for telling the story of the contact between the French Jesuit Missonaries and the Wendat people. THe visitor begins their journey with a slide show that outlines the history of that sotry. The visitor then prroceeds onto... More 

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Smithville, Canada
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16 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

This attraction has a lot of history and artifacts. The staff at both locations are very knowledgeable on history and the contents within the museums. Would like to go back and spend more time there.

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Midland, Canada
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

A wonderful place to spend the best part of a day. Local history comes to life with a tour of the site and the history of church, native relationships is visible, memorable.and interesting. Professionally presented ,educational and a beautiful setting for a family adventure. The Sainte-Marie restaurant is an added treat with atmosphere and good food.

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Midland, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Always enjoy a visit to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons - so much to see and do. Interpreters are very knowledgeable. Grandchildren enjoyed their visit , especially hands on events - candle making, baking, using quill pens, etc. First Light is a must see - beautiful event with vendors, music, fires, theatre, so many candles lighting your way throughout the grounds.... More 

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Midland, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Took our grand daughter for the afternoon and she fed the wild birds right out of her hand! She was so excited! Wonderful nature displays and knowledgeable staff.

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Brampton, Canada
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23 attraction reviews
116 helpful votes 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

A great place to visit. A lesson in history for the family while having fun. Lots to see and learn! Many displays and areas to explore. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the day, or just a few hours. Wear comfy shoes as there will be quite a bit of walking.

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Midland, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

First Light is an amazing community event in an historic setting which is a dazzling experience with the thousands of candles lit to celebrate the start of the holiday season. Family friendly and very pleasant for all ages. It can get very busy so arriving at the first part of the evening when it opens is recommended. There are many... More 

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Alliston, Canada
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We have been to Sainte Marie many times but this was the first time for the First Light event. There were a lot of people there but the staff and volunteers did a great job organizing everything from the parking to the crafts to the food and drinks. We were glad we visited. So lovely to see the site lit... More 

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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I love history so getting to First Light this year was a priority for our family. Our whole family had a great time! My 4 year old daughter loved all the craft stops where she could put her creativity to use. My 2 year old loved the music, the blacksmiths and the musket firing display. My wife loved the beauty... More 

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