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Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons

16164 Highway #12, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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Great experience

We participated in the First Light Event held here. My younger cousins had a great time... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Barrie, Canada
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First Light - Great Family Experience

Visited the First Light Celebration at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons for a second time. This year... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Barrie, Canada
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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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16164 Highway #12, Midland, Ontario L4R 4K8, Canada
+1 705-526-7838
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We participated in the First Light Event held here. My younger cousins had a great time participating in the different activities directed to the kids. The adults enjoyed as well the rich history this amazing place has. Totally recommended. Dress warm!

Thank Camila2611
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited the First Light Celebration at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons for a second time. This year was even better than last year as we were lucky enough to experience the night on a snow covered evening which added to the magic of the evening. Took...More

1  Thank sam154980
Reviewed 1 week ago

There is still time to go up to Midland this year to walk or take the shuttle up to the church. I took the shuttle up and walked back down to the settlement. The 6000 candles that lit the way was an amazing walk. It...More

Thank CanAussie416
Reviewed 1 week ago

First Light celebrates the Jesuit, Aboriginal and French cultures in our area. Imagine a dark night illuminated by over 5,000 lanterns lit with candles! We walked for 2 hours around this 17th century settlement enjoying local artisans, drummers in the Long Houses, French folk songs...More

Thank Julie L
Reviewed 1 week ago

Saw the First Light activities on Dec first. It was just as delightful without snow. The entertainers were professionals with abundant talent. Yes you can go back to something more than once and still love it. Took a package of a night at the Midland...More

Thank dalfredg
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Words can't really describe this place or event. Walking around a 17th century settlement at night lit buy 6000 candle lanterns. The sound of actual cannon fire. Native drumming and singing. Period costumed people interacing with you and seeing and hearing about our history. Just...More

1  Thank Timoka64
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lots of history here and beautifully maintained, well worth the visit. In the summer there are students that are so helpful in explaining all that there is to see. Not sure very young kids would enjoy this.

Thank 175nelv
Reviewed 20 October 2017

I was disappointed at the stance of the commentary etc - almost all was from the catholic/jesuit priest point of view and very little from a first nation perspective.

Thank Lucy D
Reviewed 16 October 2017

I expected to spend about 45 minutes to perhaps 1 hour here, but it was so interesting and so much to see that I was there for over 3 hours and still could have used more time. I didn't realize all the history that was...More

2  Thank MaggieM1221
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

Saint Marie among the Hurons has been reconstructed to look like the original settlement of 1639,for many years these dedicated pioneer Jesuits and their followers lived among the local Indians. At one point in 1648 about a fifth of all the Europeans living in Canada...More

1  Thank Iain S
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Rita S
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Response from Jay O | Reviewed this property |
Much of the area requires going on unpaved areas. There may be a few door sills they may need to cross to enter the buildings. In general, a person with a walker should be able to navigate the site