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.

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16164 Highway 12 East, Midland, ON, L4R 4K8

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There is ample parking for visitors including those with RVs and buses. Please park in the parking lot provided and make your way to the admissions entrance. We also have bike racks available for cyclists coming from the Tay Trail.

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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, demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Located near Midland, on the Wye River, this world-renowned reconstruction offers visitors a unique opportunity to see 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.

Une femme qui joue la harpe pendant les premières lueurs à Sainte-Marie. Elle est sur une estrade dans l'église Saint-Joseph, illuminée par des douzaines de bougies

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