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 palisaded community that included barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Indigenous visitors. This community was abandoned and burned down in 1649.
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 with costumed historical interpreters and activities. Learn about the lifestyle of early Europeans in Canada through self-guided visits, group tours, interactive education programs, and special events. Complete your experience by exploring our interpretive museum and themed gift shop.
Part of the spell of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons lies in the very land upon which it stands. Located along the shores of Georgian Bay and surrounded by wooded hillsides, this was the ancestral homeland of the Huron-Wendat nation.
Award winning events
We offer fun and dynamic events all year round! Experience the joys of the fall harvest or the holiday season, all wrapped up in history! Or celebrate Indigenous culture and achievements during National Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
We offer opportunities to work with an exciting team in a unique environment with diverse visitors from around the world. Explore career opportunities at both Sainte-Marie among the Hurons and Discovery Harbour. If you’re a student, be sure to check out our summer jobs!
Visit our gift shop
Located next to admissions, just inside our front entrance, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons’ themed retail store features locally made Indigenous crafts, leather goods, pottery, unique jewellery, clothing, postcards, small toys and much more.
The Brébeuf Event Centre is a 3,500-square-foot facility, perfect for your next meeting, conference, lecture, or staff event. Banks of windows provide ample natural light in a unique environment, steps away from the historic site.