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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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Very beautifullly kept village

This was really interesting to see - the hosts were very knowledgeable and informative. To see how people lived & sustained themselves in the past makes us reflect on how good... read more

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

This was really interesting to see - the hosts were very knowledgeable and informative. To see how people lived & sustained themselves in the past makes us reflect on how good life is today.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Enjoyed seeing how people lived in early days of Canada. Staff were informative and helpful. Stop by if in the area.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The whole village and museum is laid out very well and it was great to see everything being run. The young people were most helpful and very pleasant when questions were asked. It was everything we hoped it would be.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a wonderful place to visit, and you must start with the film and then enter the site..It is a replica of what it was like when the Jesuiate came to Huronia and the trials and tribulations suffered by all....The place is full of information and lots of hands on activities...the people giving the tours in each area are... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had out of country visitors and thought this the perfect spot to acquaint them with our earliest settlements. The recreation of the village before it was burnt down accompanied by the accounts of the student docents made it a very worthwhile experience. Enjoyed a simple but fresh lunch at the restaurant on location and also enjoyed visiting the museum... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Really enjoyed our visit here. Introductory movie was informative and entertaining. Staff was excellent, knew their stuff and were very interactive with visitors. Maps and signage made viewing easy. Regularly schedule demonstrations were entertaining. Overall a great place to visit

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a really interesting place with some amazing history of our country that I was totally unaware of. They have a little video that you watch and then they let you out into the Fort area. There are costumed interpreters who explain and do demonstrations from the history of the area. I also learned some new things about the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited with our 3 kids, all under 10. They all enjoyed the demonstrations and seeing the buildings and learning about the history. It's a bit compact, so if it was busy there (the day we went it wasn't) then it might be hard to move around. But really the place is not in a very tourist area so I can't... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The facility and the interpreters were excellent. The material presented was all new information for us since we are not from Canada. I would definitely recommend this as a stop.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a lovely day out and what excellent effort put in by these folks. Excellent breakfast . Brilliant tour around.film show,living museum,shop and a real experience. Top job and fun for all

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