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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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Interesting place to bring the kids

We visited Sainte Marie among the Hurons this past week. It is a neat interactive step back in time in a recreated fort. People dressed in period costumes are all over the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015 NEW

We visited Sainte Marie among the Hurons this past week. It is a neat interactive step back in time in a recreated fort. People dressed in period costumes are all over the grounds and are very knowledgeable about the time period in that location. It was very interesting, even for our tween and teen. They usually learn about this settlement... More 

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Bathurst, New Brunswick, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

if you love history, you'll want to see this attraction. recreation of a Jesuit post that was originally built in the 1600's. A piece of Canadian history. well worth the afternoon.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Ste Marie is a must visit to get a good handle on Canadian history. If you have children that are studying Canadian history, great place for them to see come alive. The kids can wander around, poke their heads into the different buildings, talk to the interpreters to add the excitement. This year, with the 400th anniversary of the arrival... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

We went to Sainte Marie with small children on aboriginal day and enjoyed it a lot. This is a great way to spend few hours with kids. The staff were very friendly, took the time to explain everything and show to the kids. The village is like Black Creek in Toronto but smaller. There were chickens and cows. We did... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

We recently visited Sainte-Marie among the Hurons for the second time. It happened to be the Aboriginal Festival weekend so they had First Nations drumming, dancing, and singing. We were encouraged to join in the dancing - it was fun and very entertaining. Kids had the opportunity to make corn husk dolls, wooden toys, and beaded bracelets, and you could... More 

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Crieff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

This is a gem of a museum providing a living history of the times. It asks questions about the interaction between First Nation Peoples and the first European settlers which made the visitor rethink on their respective roles in history.

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A good experience but the admission is a bit expensive. It closes early at 5pm so be sure to arrive early. There are lots of hands on activities which make it interesting for children and adults.

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Barrie, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

You really feel as though you have stepped back in time. Very authentic. The only mediocre part of this trip is the overly long introduction video at the beginning. Once the video is done, this place is great.

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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

It was an extra special visit to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons as it coincided with the National Aboriginal Weekend and also the 400th anniversary of the Francophone presence in Ontario. The Aboriginal dancers, drummers and singers were amazing and they encouraged their audience to join in their dances which we did with great pleasure. There were many very interesting hands-on... More 

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Goderich
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

This is one of our most unique and oldest historical sites. The costumed staff are very knowledgeable and "in character", the presentation centre very well done. Note to tourists with pets - pets are allowed on site - please just keep them under control and clean up after them so that this priviledge is not lost.

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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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