Un groupe d'interprètes historiques costumés assis dans la maison longue à Sainte-Marie

About Us

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 fenced 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 earliest Canadian pioneer life through self-guided visits, group tours, interactive education programs, and special events. Complete your experience by exploring our interpretive museum and themed gift shop.

What’s included in your admission fee

  • Access the fully reconstructed mission community of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons including a cookhouse, stables, blacksmith shop, waterway, hospital, longhouses and more
  • Connect with our friendly and knowledgeable costumed historical interpreters
  • Visit the Church of Saint-Joseph, where the graves of Father Jean de Brébeuf and Gabriel Lalemant are located
  • Learn the story of Sainte-Marie with a free audio tour, accessible through the Huronia Historical Parks app
  • Meet our friendly farm animals in the stables
  • Experience our award-winning interactive indoor museum
  • Shop for gifts, Indigenous craftwork, and souvenirs in our retail store, Flint & Timber Co.
Trois interprètes historiques costumés à marcher ensemble le long de la route qui longe Sainte-Marie

Costumed intrepreters

We’re a living history museum. Our friendly and knowledgeable historical interpreters offer craftwork demonstrations, answer your questions, and bring the history of Sainte-Marie to life so that you can step back in time.

Michel, un interprète historique costumé, cuisine par la chaleur d'un feu dans la cour nord de Sainte-Marie

Historic Background

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.

Une homme métis qui démontre la méthode traditionelle autochtones de commencer un feu. Il souffle sur un braise dans un morceau d'écorce de bouleau. C'est la nuit et il en entouré de chandelles en crocs.

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.

Deux interprètes historique, habillés en costumes de donné, à jouer la crosse à Sainte-marie

Careers

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!

La boutique à Sainte-Marie-au-pays-des-Hurons, Flint and Timber Co.

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.

L'intérieur du centre Brébeuf, décoré pour un evenement.

Facility Rentals

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.

Une photo aérienne de Sainte-Marie-au-pays-des-Hurons et la rivière Wye

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