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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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A Historic experience

Great place to visit any time of the year., especially in spring , summer of fall. Our imaginations... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2018
skaszab2016
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Toronto, Canada
First Light

It was a neat experience to participate in First Light at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and I would... read more

Reviewed January 22, 2018
megty01
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Midland, 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
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

Great place to visit any time of the year., especially in spring , summer of fall. Our imaginations ran wild as we walked through the expanse of historic buildings, stopping to speak with the well experienced staff. A Gem to behold.

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Nathalie C, other at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Dear skaszab2016, Thank you for your kind words. It is a pleasure to see that our visitors enjoy spending time at Sainte-Marie as much as we do! We look forward to your next visit! Nathalie C.

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

It was a neat experience to participate in First Light at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons and I would definitely recommend it. You could feel the history as you walked through the long houses and various buildings.More

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Nathalie C, other at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Dear megty01, First Light is such a magical event, with local artisans, choirs, fireworks, entertainers and many other fun activities on the historic site. It truly is the start of the Holiday Season! We are glad that you were able to experience it first hand....More

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Reviewed January 22, 2018

I visited twice, once in the summer and once in the winter at First Lights... First lights is very special, there's at least a thousand lights on those evenings some time in November... great place to visit with kids.More

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Nathalie C, other at Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, responded to this reviewResponded January 23, 2018

Dear durieuxkarine2, Thank you for visiting Sainte-Marie among the Hurons this past year. The historic site is certainly worth multiple visits, especially since we host several special events throughout the year and there is always something new to see and experience! We hope to have...More

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Reviewed December 17, 2017

The First Light festival at Sainte Marie among the Hurons occurs only for three weekends in a year, probably end of Nov and first two weekends of December. They light candles all around the place and have fire torches and wood fires which provide light...More

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Reviewed December 11, 2017 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!

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Reviewed December 9, 2017

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

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Reviewed December 6, 2017

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

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Reviewed December 4, 2017

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
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Reviewed December 3, 2017

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

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Reviewed November 26, 2017 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

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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
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