Martyrs' Shrine

Martyrs' Shrine, Midland: Hours, Address, Martyrs' Shrine Reviews: 4.5/5

Martyrs' Shrine
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Religious Sites • Churches & Cathedrals
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:00 PM
About
Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Martyrs' Shrine, including the Church and Grounds, is closed for 2020. Please visit our website for interactive content. We will reopen in 2021 on May 1. Martyrs' Shrine is Open from the First Saturday of May through to and including Thanksgiving Monday. Martyrs' Shrine is only National Shrine outside of Quebec, and honours the lives and stories of St. Jean de Brebeuf and his companions who served the Wendat peoples of Huronia living out the Mission of Jesus Christ.
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Mammig
Windsor, Canada162 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Couples
We were lucky enough to make a private reservation to visit here. This place is not open to the general public until May 2022. Only private bookings are available and while they may seem expensive the experience far outweighs the costs. Our experience was amazing. It was enlightening and we both would highly recommend everyone visit here to learn about the brave souls who sacrificed their lives here. This does not have to be a religious experience. It is history that is very important, that we should learn and process and teach our children. Canada doesn't preserve historical sites the way we should and the significance of the Shrine and St. Marie Among the Hurons should be taught to ALL children regardless of race religion or whatever. I cannot recommend this place enough.
Written July 30, 2021
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truthskr
Berkeley, CA55 contributions
Aug. 2019
My husband and I drove to this shrine all the way from Annapolis, MD because we have a devotion to the "North American Martyrs," as they are called in the USA. We had previously visited the USA shrine in upstate New York, which we dearly loved (it's built on the site where St. Isaac Jogues and his companions were martyred at a Mohawk village called Ossernenon, which also happens to be the exact same village where St. Kateri Tekakwitha was born!). So, a year later, we decided to visit the larger shrine to the Jesuit martyrs in Ontario. The shrine church is large and the interior is beautiful. You do have to pay a fee to enter the grounds/park, but it was only $5 if I remember correctly. We went to Mass, walked the grounds, and visited the wonderful gift shop, which sold medals, books, and pictures about the North American Martyrs -- things that are extremely hard to find in the US. It's a bit of a long walk, but we chose to leave our car in the shrine parking lot and walk to the nearby Jesuit mission of Sainte Marie Among the Hurons. I would say the walk was about 20-30 minutes. We enjoyed our visit to the recreated mission site, complete with historical reenactments, a museum, and many historic buildings to enter. The historic chapel there is where St. Jean de Brebeuf and St. Gabriel Lalemant are buried. We spent a full day at the shrine and mission site combined. If we had had more time, we would have liked to drive to the nearby place where the saints were martyred; it is marked by a cross. Overall, I would recommend this as a wonderful 2 or 3 day trip from the Eastern US. We stopped at Niagara Falls for a half day on the way up.
Written February 22, 2020
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patbennett2016
Georgina, Canada191 contributions
Nov. 2019
Enjoyed the beautiful energy around the area. Stations of the cross were a humbling experience. There was mass first with communion offered, a gift shop as well for rosaries etc.
Written November 25, 2019
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Heather
2 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Family
Website says open with hours posted. Drove for two hours with an elderly parent visiting from nipigon Ontario. Arrived to find the grounds closed. When we tried to walk up and at least get a picture we were told by workers that they were closed and asked to leave.
We understood the gift shop and other facilities wouldn’t be accessible this time of year. But couldn’t imagine not being able to visit the grounds. Especially since the website has current hours stating they were open. What a disappointment. Our visitor and parent has been trying to get there for years.
Written October 26, 2019
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Parvesh M
Brampton, Canada78 contributions
Sep. 2019
We try to go there at least once a year. The drive to the shrine is great, the church it self is very welcoming and the grounds are very well kept and very peaceful.
Written September 28, 2019
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Brenda J
3 contributions
Sep. 2019 • Couples
This place holds special to my heart. We have come to Midland many times and we never leave without a visit to the Shrine. Many of my prayer requests have been answered for my family and friends. Mass attendance was wonderful and peaceful for me.
Written September 2, 2019
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Mymin
Brighton, Canada131 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Solo
Masses for different societies arranged through the day, visitation from all religions are welcomed by the church
Written August 25, 2019
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NeilP451
Caledon, Canada203 contributions
Aug. 2019
We could have used a site guide to determine what to see but we felt we got around most of the property. The outside shrines are very interesting and the explanations or text was well written. The church has a very interesting ceiling and certainly deserves a tour.
Written August 23, 2019
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Dave W
Georgetown, Canada484 contributions
Aug. 2019
I always enjoy visiting Martyrs Shrine in Midland. It is a beautiful and peaceful place. The grounds are well kept with several shrines to visit, including the papal altar where JPII celebrated Mass in 1984. The Church itself is also a striking edifice atop the highest hill in the area, and beautiful inside as well where relics of the Canadian Martyrs can be viewed and venerated. It can be a little distracting with camera-touting tourists everywhere, but there is a quiet and peaceful place to prayer in the woods called 'Berbeuf's Prayer Garden.' If you need that quiet time while visiting, that's a good place to go. Be aware that there is an entrance fee of $6 when you arrive by car which helps them to maintain the site.
Written August 20, 2019
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Michelle E
Napanee, Canada24 contributions
Aug. 2019
A very beautiful place to honour the Canadian martyr saints. The lookout tower was closed -- hope it reopens soon because it really does give an amazing view of the place that the Jesuit would have arrived by canoe.
Written August 17, 2019
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