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“A breath of air not so far from the big city” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Martyrs' Shrine

Martyrs' Shrine
16163 Highway 12 West, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K6, Canada
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Ranked #4 of 16 Attractions in Midland
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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“A breath of air not so far from the big city”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2012

The Martyrs’ Shrine is a Roman Catholic church in Midland, Ontario, Canada, which is consecrated to the memory of the Canadian Martyrs, six Jesuit Martyrs and two lay persons from the mission of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. It is one of nine National Shrines in Canada,[1]including, among others, St. Joseph's Oratory in Montreal and the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré.

Visited August 2011
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“A Breathtaking view and Historically Significant Site - even for Non-Believers”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2011

Martyrs' Shrine is located just east of the town of Midland, in Ontario, Canada. The Shrine honours the eight Jesuit priests who lived, worked and ultimately died violent deaths here (and thus were named martyrs). The best known of those priests were Jean de Brébeuf and Gabriel Lalemant, who are credited with bringing Christianity to the Huron Indians who lived in this part of Canada, over 380 years ago.
The landmark Shrine Church with its twin spires towering above the Wye River, can be seen from quite a distance as you approach from the west on Highway 12.
The church is not your typical stone or brick construction but is rather unusual in that the entire structure rising from the old stone foundation is constructed of wood.
Although the Way of the Cross, which makes it's way up the hill, is definitely designed as a form or believers' pilgrimage - it is worth following even if it is just for the breathtaking view from the lookout at the top of the hill.
From that vantage point you can follow the Wye River as flows out of Mud Lake to the east, past Ste Marie Among the Hurons site (another must see) and makes its way under the old wooden railroad trestle (now a foot bridge) and the Highway 12 bridge.
But it's only as you follow the flow of the river past the front of the Shrine and as it makes its way to the far right into Midland Bay - which is a part of Georgian Bay - that you get the full impact of this unique eastern perspective on those well known waterways.
We enjoyed our three-hour visit to this site but noticed that even though it is spread across 75 acres, the modest facilities including the cafeteria and the washrooms can very quickly be overwhelmed by the regular pilgrimages that occur there, so pick your days to visit carefully. The pilgrimages are listed on the Shrine's website.

Visited July 2011
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“A Rather Holly Place For Worship”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2011

When I see pictures of the Pope, I often think of this holly place located in Midland, Ontario. Was here during the 1980's with some friends from our church located in Mississauga. Ontario. We as a group went here one Sunday after our own church service for a visit. In my personal opinion, it is not only a church but place of praying plus personal reflection for people from around the world. It is located on a nice landscaped property and well maintened. In fact, once one tours the inside of this place of art in appearance, one can see the walking canes located on the wall of people who have had their prayers answer. It appears that some people's prayers have been answered. If you are a person of God and/or God fearing than this holly place in my personal opinion is meant for you. Just like visiting the Pope in Roma.

Visited August 2011
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