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“History, but Interesting”

Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Midland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 4, 2011

Very enjoyable way to spend the afternoon! Employees were all really into their roles.

Thank DuckJock
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Reviewed August 21, 2011

When travelling on Hwy.# 12 the other weekend, I saw a sign pointing towards Midland, Ontario when visiting Coldwater, Ontario. What I enjoyed was a short film about this forted community and after this the screen goes up than one enters the compound. One gets a sense what it was like to live about the Indians, French settlers and lastly the missionary work of the priests when walking around this site. Walking at your own pace, it is almost like you are reliving history by the various displays, demonstrations and staff in period custom. One gets the sense that life was difficult during this time period but on the other hand exploring land for the purposes of French trade plus for the French Government. The admission price is affordable and money well spent in my personal opinion based on my own tour along with some chirch type friends in the 1980's. I recommend this tourist site if you are into Canadian history and/or wish to teach your children the value of our hereitage that is taught in our Canaadian educcational system.

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Reviewed May 31, 2011

A great experience to learn about the life a the local people hundreds of years ago.

3  Thank TheBurridges
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Reviewed May 7, 2011

Sainte Marie among the Hurons is a recreation of a Jesuit village that operated in the 1640's, with many of the original buildings and artifacts of the time. There are workers in period costumes (not many at this time of year, the place just opened for the season) and a booklet and audio tour to explain things. An absolutely fascinating experience. If you are in the area (about a 2 hour drive from Toronto) you must see this place and the other nearby village, the Huronia Museum and Ouendat Village.

2  Thank barrythewombat
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Reviewed July 11, 2009

This attraction manages to convey a great impression of life in Canada during the early days of settlement.
This is achieved by the reconstruction of the French Mission which also doubled as a fort alongside examples of huts and wigwams of the local Indians.
Each dwelling is packed with artefact's providing sights ( and smells) of early life.
The reconstruction is helped by guides dressed in period clothes in most of the areas.
My wife was recovering from an operation and the support provided for disable people was excellent.

3  Thank marsh-land
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