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.
Hours of operation
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.
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.
National Indigenous Peoples Day
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!
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!
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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.