Deux interprètes historiques habillés en costumes de donnés voyages en canoe le long du canal de Sainte-Marie-au-pays-des-Hurons

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Icon of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Welcome to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Ontario’s first European Community, Sainte-Marie 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 palisaded community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Indigenous visitors. By 1648, Sainte-Marie was home to 66 French men — one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie’s history ended in 1649, when members of the mission community were forced to abandon and burn their home of ten years.

Trois interprètes historiques costumés à marcher ensemble le long de la route qui longe Sainte-Marie

Hours of operation

Open daily as of May 6

This impressive reconstructed 17th-century mission – staffed by knowledgeable and friendly costumed interpreters and complemented by an indoor museum – is open daily until October 8, from 10 am to 5 pm. Allocate approximately 1.5 hours for your visit.

Season passes

Valid April 1 to March 31

For just $35 tax included, season pass holders gain unlimited admission to both Sainte-Marie and Discovery Harbour, whenever the historic attractions are open, from April 1 to March 31! This includes admission to special events (except specialized activities) like First Light and Pumpkinferno.

Quatres hommes autochtones en habits cérémoniaux, à jouer un gros tambour en chantant

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 21, 2023

Sainte-Marie is proud to be a part of highlighting the achievements of Indigenous peoples through our education-focused celebration of National Indigenous Peoples Day each year. We’re now accepting application forms from presenters and school groups wishing to take part!

Un mur de bois

Plan Your Visit

Sainte-Marie is now open daily until October 8! Events and educational programs take place throughout the year.

Three girls playing Indigenous games in the longhouse at Sainte-Marie

Education programs

We’re now booking 2023 spring and fall education programs! This nationally-significant historic attraction has been offering students curriculum-rich, engaging, hands-on learning opportunities for more than 50 years. Help bring history to life for your students in-person or online!

Deux interprètes historiques, habillés en costumes de donné, à enseigner l'écriture avec des plumes et de l'encre

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Buttertart Trot

The tastiest run race of the year starts and ends here at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons on June 10! And this year, the race route will go straight through the historic Jesuit mission. Registration is open and proceeds support two amazing local organizations.

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Four images of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons: two men playing lacrosse, the blacksmith at work, some resin and birchbark, a smiling interpreter in costume