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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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Beautiful place to go back in time

This place is an excellent place to go if you want to see how we lived back in the 1600's. Staff on site, dressed the part and give explanations and samples of some foods... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place is an excellent place to go if you want to see how we lived back in the 1600's. Staff on site, dressed the part and give explanations and samples of some foods (cornbread). the museum is awesome to see real artifacts from the 1600's. A must for history buffs.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Have been here many times, daughter worked here as guide for three years. If in area it is important part of history. But also take in the Martyrs Shrine, Keewatin and Discovery Harbour. Also walk through Rotary Park in Penetang if time permits, you will enjoy them all. This one is about very early hiatory, dating back 4 centuries. Important... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is an amazing day of fun and learning for all. I visited as a child and returned to share the experience with my daughter. Close to Barrie, Wasaga Beach and Orillia. Makes a wonderful day trip!

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Ashbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

A great family day out for us. It is all put together in a really interesting way and we found the animators really good. We learned to make fire saw the waterways demo and saw the spectacular Native American dancing. Definitely do the video first as it gives you the context then feel free to roam it's really laid back... More 

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Sturgeon Falls, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great day at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons. Great dedicated, knowledgeable and entertaining staff always willing to include everyone. The reconstruction is impressive and so are the exhibits. We were pleasantly surprised at the number of demonstrations one after the next with additional activities in between like game building, beading, etc. and all in traditional ways. We thought we would be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Good outdoor museum with an informative movie to start off. Prices were reasonable. Spent 2.5 hours with my kids and they didn't complain of boredom. There were things they could touch and taste.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Outstanding staff make this settlement really entertaining with lots and lots of hands-on activities. We had a great day there- much to see and do. We tried on indian clothing, wrote with a quill, made fire two ways, learned how the blacksmith made nails and even more... An interesting destination

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Midland, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Great event and another reason to visit this amazing historical site. The staff were very helpful and very knowledgable of all questions we had. Another great time to visit is for first light which is absolutely stunning to see at night.

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Hamilton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We recently had the pleasure of visiting St Marie Among the Hurons and wee very impressed by the exhibits but even more by the dedicated staff. They were very knowledgable and seemed passionate about the historical site. We were there three hours but could have easily spent another three. The tour begins with a somewhat dated video presentation but the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I spent an afternoon here with the Family. A very immersive experience and interpretive staff that were friendly and accessible. A full day needed in order to see the entire site. Plenty of historical buildings and crafts for children to complete. Overall a very informative and eye opening experience.

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