Midland Historic Sites & Interpretive Centres
Centuries before the arrival of European settlers, this Georgian Bay location had a thriving Huron settlement. The recreated Huron/Ouendat village is the only one of its type in Canada, and follows the life and progressions of this fascinating group of people in the 1500s. Tour the museum to view artifacts and memorabilia from the Midland area.
Construction of Sainte-Marie began in 1639, when the French Jesuits identified the site as a suitable base for ministering to the Huron Nation. The fortress became the first European community in Ontario. The Jesuits later torched Sainte-Marie and moved on when turbulence with the Iroquois Indians made the area unsafe for them. Today, the original site has been recreated, and visitors can learn of the colourful past of the area.