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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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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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Important Canadian History

Every Canadian citizen should visit this site to learn more of their history. The site is beautifully placed well set out and should be visited in all seasons. first Light is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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Midland, Canada
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Midland, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Every Canadian citizen should visit this site to learn more of their history. The site is beautifully placed well set out and should be visited in all seasons. first Light is magical especially when there is snow on the ground but spring and summer are also rewarding times to visit

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My first visit to Light Up Night was this past December 2015. I had heard about Light Up Night and this year we not only went but invited friends to join us. What an Amazing collection of artists, musicians, historical speakers all within a picture perfect setting with hundreds or thousands of candles. My family has decided this will be... More 

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Midland, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Lived in the area since I was a toddler. I've been here several times with family and on school trips. It is a great place to take children to learn some local history about our area and the First Nations and settlers that lived here.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

learb about first nations and cdn history by touching felling lookin listening - the old fashioned way - great way to spend 1/2 day !!

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Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The whole area was lit by thousands of candles in mason jars lining walkways, etc., also flaming torches, fireplaces and fire pits. It did create a lot of smoke, but the atmosphere was wonderful! A little hard to see sometimes, but there was a map and our friends had been before so were able to make sure we didn't miss... More 

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Midland, Ontario, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

First Light is a beautiful experience going back in time. The whole site is lit with candles and everyone is in period costume. The children get to participate in crafts and other things. The music played in some of the buildings is beautiful.

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Thank 288BarbaraS
Hamilton, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

Magical event at the Native village with Candles every where and great music. One of the best museums ever.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

It is VERY rare that we spend quality time with our 17 year old son and especially on a weekend, but we "made" him come with us for the weekend to Midland and surrounding area to have some family time with him. I thought that since he is a history buff, we would go to Saint-Marie Among the Hurons and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015 via mobile

Nice clean grounds with very friendly and informative staff to teach and show how things were done in the past. The blacksmithing is something to see to know just how much work went into things back then. They have an annual First Light where the grounds are lit up by over 5000 candles placed throughout the property. Worth checking out... More 

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Midland, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

This is a must see when in Midland area. There are many interpreters ( guides that are chuck full of great facts and will gladly bend your ear off if you want it to. The long house is wonderful full of interesting facts. Sometimes they have special functions there and it is great if you can co-ordinate on your visit.... More 

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