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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

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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Visited during First Light -- just lovely!

We came to the First Light festival for our first time visit to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. I loved it! So many lanterns and bonfires lighting the pathways, sparkling in the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 5 days ago
Karen B
Dundas, Canada
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Dundas, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We came to the First Light festival for our first time visit to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. I loved it! So many lanterns and bonfires lighting the pathways, sparkling in the darkness. And in the buildings, musicians were playing all types of music, from drumming, to harps, to guitars and more. There were also people explaining the history of the... More 

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Coldwater, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Three Sisters soup alone is worth the trip. The buffett style was very handy for various guests tastes

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

it's great especially for History school trips or to take your teens there to learn about early missionary life as well as old native ways of life. there is a lot of information if you listen to the presenters and read the materials and the signs. the restaurant is great too.

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Keighley, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum allows you to immerse yourself in the history of the place and to better understand the relationship between the church missionaries and their first nations neighbours. You can get a real feel for what happened here all those years ago.

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Tiny, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The First Light at Sainte-Marie is an absolute must. The atmosphere is fantastic, the people there so knowledgeable. It is truly magical. bring your kids or grandkids. It is on end of November and first two weeks in December.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

When my friends & I visited Sainte-Marie there was a craft market being held, the vendors were selling some really interesting & reasonably priced wares. The indoor Museum itself is very informative & tells the story of the place in an easy to understand manner. Outside there were reconstructions of some of the buildings the indigenous folk would have lived... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016 via mobile

This is the second time I have visited this attraction. I really enjoyed the first visit so was looking forward to the second. The interactive aspect I must admit has changed and did not seem as good. However I would recommend going to this attraction but consider going early to miss the heat.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

The weekend I attended Sainte-Marie among the Hurons (just east of Midland and opposite the Martyrs' Shrine) there were artisan booths both outside and inside the lobby of the building housing the museum, gift shop and restaurant. The entry fee was inexpensive and the movie in the theatre was running every half hour. There was a lot to see at... More 

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Midland, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

We attended during the fall craft festival ... cooked Bannock on a stick, ate fresh corn on the cob, sipped hot soup with corn bread .. WOW! what a fun time for all ages. A great outing with out-of-town visitors - still fun and enjoyably educational!!.

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Orangeville, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2016

Have always enjoyed this place since being a kid, and still go there annually during Thanksgiving and attempt to always attend their First Light Celebration - an incredible experience. Hands on learning of how tough it must have been for these explorers 400 years ago when landing at this spot.

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