Fodor's Expert Review Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Southern Georgian Bay Museum/Gallery

A Jesuit mission was originally built on this spot in 1639. The reconstructed village, which was once home to a fifth of the European population of New France, was the site of the first European community in Ontario; it had a hospital, farm, workshops, and a church. Workers also constructed a canal from the Wye River. A combination of disease and Iroquois attacks led to the mission's demise. Twenty-two structures, including two native longhouses and two wigwams, have been faithfully reproduced from a scientific excavation. Staff members in period costume demonstrate 17th-century trades, share native stories and legends, and grow vegetables—keeping the working village alive.

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16164 Hwy. 12 W
Midland, Ontario  L4R 4K8, Canada


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Rate Includes: Apr.–mid-May and mid–late Oct., C$10; mid-May–early-Sept., C$12, Apr.–mid-May and mid–late Oct., weekdays 10–5; mid-May–early-Sept., daily 10–5; last entry at 4:45

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