Sainte Marie Among the Hurons & Martyrs’ Shrine

Anth and I

Road trips are one of many things we love to do during summer time. It’s great to find a destination, spend the day unwinding and seeing new sites. It’s even better knowing that we could bring our little monster Bella with us. There she is below. I know – she’s the cutest thing, isn’t she?

Sainte-Marie-Bella

So we found an open Saturday, jumped in the truck and went up north to Penetanguishene.

When we got to the Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons we weren’t even sure if it was open.  The front entrance didn’t look too inviting either. Well, it was a welcome relief to find out that it was open, it just wasn’t busy that’s all. However, the place is packed Monday to Friday with school children as Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons is a Canadian heritage site and one of the most important historical places in the country.

Sainte-Marie Entrance

 

Sainte-Marie

Once we got our tickets ($12) and went through the gates, there was this huge, cool-looking village in front of us. We went into all the buildings, which have been meticulously recreated to the original specs. We talked with the theme actors and learned about the history of life back in the 1600’s.

Sainte-Marie
Sainte-Marie

Sainte-Marie

It was a quaint and peaceful walk, that was enlightening as it was entertaining. If you are looking for something just a little bit different to do then Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons may be worth the 2 hour drive north.

Sainte-Marie

Sainte-Marie
Sainte-Marie

Make sure to visit their museum as well. We were pleasantly surprised at how charming it was and packed with interesting information.

Sainte-Marie-Museum

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Sainte-Marie-Museum Sainte-Marie-Museum Sainte-Marie-Museum Sainte-Marie-Museum

Next up we crossed the street in our truck and went up to Martyrs’ Shrine. While we are not religious people, it was still fun to go and check it out. This church is known to heal people, that’s why you can see so many canes and wheelchairs left behind.

Martyrs' Shrine

The 8 martyrs are:

  1. Jean de Brébeuf
  2. Gabriel Lalemant
  3. Antoine Daniel
  4. Charles Garnier
  5. Noël Chabanel
  6. Isaac Jogues
  7. René Goupil
  8. Jean de Lalande

Martyrs' Shrine Church

We took a walk around the grounds and decided to call it a day.

On the way home we grabbed a quick bite at MAD Michael’s. You can’t miss this yellow painted house on the ride up or down. We recommend eating there or beside the river because their sandwhices while delicious, do not make for an easy bite while driving.

Mad Michaels

If you still have time for more adventures, about 20 minutes away in Midland is Discovery Harbour. It was on our agenda but time was not on our side for this road trip so we headed back home. Guess that one will have to wait till next time!

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