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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Step into this story of cultural contact, determination and survival

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.

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

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

June 21, 2024

Join this dynamic celebration of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultures at here at Sainte-Maire among the Hurons, on the longest day of the year. With drumming, dancing, craftwork, and storytelling, this is an experience you won’t soon forget.

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!

Butter tart trot

June 8, 2024

We are excited to host this run that begins, goes right through, and ends at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons. The trot is on a flat and easy course along Midland’s waterfront with lots of butter tarts along the way, fun swag, medals and chip timing. Come support local charities and cheer on participants!

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 First Nations stories.

Students playing lacrosse as part of an educational program at Sainte-Marie among the Hurons

Educational programs

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.

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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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Science North at Sainte-Marie

July 2–5; July 8–12; July 15–19

Since 1987, Science North has been delivering summer science camp experiences to children in communities across Ontario. This summer, these fantastic camps are coming to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons! Science North offers children the opportunity to get hands-on with real tools, engage in modern science, and most importantly, have fun with friends!

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