Huronia Museum & Ouendat Village
This small regional museum is without a doubt the best kept little seceret in town. Nestled in a beautiful park in the center of town,it has one of the most extensive collections of Franz Johnson (Member Of Group Of Seven) paintings in Canada. The museum also has a very large and extensive collection of historic photographs of historical interest of the area by JW Bald, Bud Watson and has access to the collection for research. Included with this museum is the reconstuction of a typical Huron Indian Village which launches people back into the early 16th century. This is a must see for all people seeking to understand the history and heritage of the Georgian Bay area.
Georgian Bay Islands National Park of Canada
While in Midland, take a boat tour through Georgian Bay. Crystal clear waters, amazing vegetation and charming cottages await you. A very nice day trip from Toronto.
The twin spires of the Martyrs' Shrine are clearly visible above the tree line as you approach the lovely town of Midland. A National Shrine in honour of eight Jesuit Martyrs, you can walk the same ground as these men of courage and faith did more than 350 years ago. They planted the roots of Christianity in the Huronia region of Ontario. Other Attractions: Outdoor Stations of the Cross, statuary and fountains, Religious articles & souvenir shop, Cafeteria and Picnic Areas on spacious grounds, Bus tours and school groups welcome.
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons
Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is an internationally significant historic site and a must-see national treasure. Sainte-Marie was the 17th century fortress and headquarters for the French Jesuit mission to the Huron nation and was Ontario's first European community. In 1639 the Jesuits, along with lay workers, began construction of this palisaded community that would include barracks, a church, workshops, residences, and a sheltered area for Native visitors. By 1648, Sainte-Marie was a wilderness home to 66 Frenchmen, representing one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie's history culminated in 1649 when a dramatic turn of events forced the community to abandon and burn their home of 10 years.