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.

Un interprète historique, habillé en costume de donné, debout dans la cours nord à Sainte-Marie

Daily guided tours

Until August 23, 2024

Guided tours are now available three times a day in English (10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.) and once a day in French (noon). For an added fee of $5 per person, you can immerse yourself in the fascinating story of the historic mission by learning from a friendly and knowledgeable costumed interpreter. Guided tours are recommended for people ages 10 and up. Book ahead to avoid disappointment.

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

Hours of operation

Open daily until Oct 14

This impressive reconstructed 17th-century mission – staffed by knowledgeable and friendly costumed interpreters – is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. until October 14. Allocate approximately 1.5 hours for your visit. We recommend you download the Huronia Historical Parks app for a full audio tour. Dogs welcome!

Shadows & Stone: Evening experience

Thursday nights June 27 to Aug 29

What does a 17th century Jesuit mission look like at night? Find out! Join a small group of intrepid visitors on a guided evening tour of Sainte-Marie. Grab your lantern and discover the shadows of the past during this immersive and intimate experience. Then cozy up in the longhouse over historic teas and listen to stories.

A costumed interpreter walks through the historic front gates of Sainte-Marie

Vote for us

Discovery Harbour and Sainte-Marie among the Hurons are both finalists in the Ontario’s Choice Awards! Sainte-Marie is up for top museum and best event (First Light). Discovery Harbour is up for top small museum and best event (Pumpkinferno). Support living history at its best!

A view of Sainte-Marie's restaurant patio

Restaurant Sainte-Marie now open!

Check out this new culinary destination, now open every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover delicious menu options (including vegetarian and gluten-free fare) served on Sainte-Marie’s gorgeous patio.

Un mur de bois

Plan Your Visit

Sainte-Marie is open daily until October 14, 2024. Educational programs and group tours are also available most of the year. Special events, such as National Indigenous Peoples Day, take place on select dates.

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

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Two boys making clay okies inside the education centre at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Now booking educational programs

Fall 2024 and Winter 2025

Discover hands-on, curriculum-driven (and fun!) learning opportunities at this reconstructed 17th century Jesuit mission in the heart of Wendake. Explore half-day, full-day, and digital learning experiences your students will never forget.

Buy your 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 during their visitor seasons, as well as unlimited admission to most special events, including First Light, Pumpkinferno, Pirates of the Bay, Hometown Harvest Festival and many more!

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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