Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is the recreation of the 17th-century village built by French missionaries in Huron Wendat country. It is located near Midland on the shores of the Southern Georgian Bay. It was the headquarters for the Huron Wendat people to the French Jesuit Mission. Sainte-Marie, now recreated in its original location, illustrates the relations of the French and Wendat nations. 

Why Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is Famous?

 Sainte-Marie among the Hurons facilitates its guests to find out the decisive events that took place there between 1639 and 1649. The missionaries settled down in some 20,000 Huron-Wendat, to convert them to Catholicism. Today it is an attraction of the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism, and Culture Industries. It is operated by Huronia Historical Parks.

Things To Experience

  • Here you can experience Ontario’s oldest European community and one of Canada’s National Historic Sites.
  • You can experience life at the French Jesuit mission in the heart of the Huron-Wendat First Nation.
  • This extraordinary recreation takes you back in time to a story of cultural contact, drama, and survival.
  • A vibrant audio-visual presentation sets the arena for the expedition. Here you will sense the challenges faced by all those people who worked at this renowned mission.
  • In the summer, the active demonstrations by traditionally costumed workforce present insight into 17th-century European lifestyle, culture, and technology.
  • In the months of July and August, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons presents fun and informative demonstrations and hands-on activities sharing different aspects of 17th-century life. These include the discovery of fire, historic clothing and medicine, native games, music, cooking, and much more.
  • You can visit the interpretive Museum and themed gift shop and can enjoy a scrumptious meal in Restaurant Sainte-Marie.


The restoration and renovation of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons got completed in 1967. Today it comprises a total of ten buildings. Workers in period costumes showcase several demonstrations of French and local native activities, such as blacksmithing, canoeing, food preparation, and storytelling.