The 10 Best Things to Do in Midland, Ontario
Founded in 1878, Midland is one of the main towns in southern Georgian Bay and provides notable historic sites of interest. Some of the most popular sites include the Jesuit mission of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons, which has been turned into an incredibly accurate living museum that depicts missionary life in the 17th century. Bring your camera to the Roman Catholic Martyrs' Shrine which commemorates five missionaries from the local area who were martyred during the Huron-Iroquois wars. Animal lovers and families flock to the Wye Marsh Wildlife Center located on 3,000 acres of wetlands, fen and forest.
1. Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
4.5 based on 552 reviews
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 Native visitors. By 1648, Sainte-Marie was a wilderness home to 66 French men, representing one-fifth of the entire population of New France. Sainte-Marie's brief history ended in 1649, when members of the mission community were forced to abandon and burn their home of nearly 10 years. 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.
Reviewed By silverbrook - London, CanadaLondon, Canada
A bit of history in Midland
We received half-price admission coupons to Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons during the Butter Tart Trot and took advantage of them after the race to explore the grounds. This is the actual site where Jesuit priests initially settled before leaving to resett
2. Martyrs' Shrine
4.5 based on 222 reviews
Martyrs' Shrine is currently closed for the season. Thank you to everyone who visited, prayed, shared and enjoyed this beautiful sacred place in 2018. We are set to reopen Saturday, May 4th, 2019.
Reviewed By DBishop0706 - Richmond Hill, CanadaRichmond Hill, Canada
Shrine is minutes from Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons
We were already visiting the Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons National Historic Site and visited Martyrs' Shrine as well because it was literally a few minutes away. The shrine is home to the skull of Saint Jean de Brébeuf as well as other relic bones. A ver
3. Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre
4.5 based on 210 reviews
Open year round, Wye Marsh is an excellent place to get outdoors and get close to nature. Situated on 3,000 acres of National and Provincial Wildlife Area, the centre is teaming with fantastic wildlife viewing opportunities. From trumpeter swans to painted turtles there is always something to see from the 25 km of trails and boardwalks. We also offer naturalist guided tours and programs that will take you into the marsh. We offer guided canoe/kayak tours, walks with a naturalist and equipment rentals (bike, ski and snowshoe) to further explore the marsh. Our interpretive centre has live reptiles and amphibians and birds of prey demonstrations. Throughout the year we run special events, workshops and speaker presentations. Escape, explore and experience nature at it's best with Wye Marsh.
Reviewed By ChrisJanC - Suffolk, United KingdomSuffolk, United Kingdom
Peaceful wildlife haven
Visited for the morning, sunny warm day. Very quiet at the Centre now that he majority of tourists have gone home. A great place to walk around amongst the marshes, over the boardwalk and pathways, careful not to step on the many frogs and occasional smal
4. Little Lake Park
4.5 based on 62 reviews
Reviewed By woodbridge49 - Hanover, CanadaHanover, Canada
A welcome oasis from the 30+ degree heat
Excellent spot to take our young grandkids. They could walk out quite far and water was only to their waists. There are 2 playgrounds, trees, sand beach, washrooms & a restaurant.
5. Midland Murals
4.5 based on 93 reviews
Reviewed By IndySig - IndyIndy
What a cute little town with waterfront pizazz. We loved walking around all of the cute little shops and seeing the artwork along the way. The painting on the grain storage bins are just beautiful.
6. Midland Cultural Centre
4.5 based on 191 reviews
The Midland Cultural Centre (MCC) is a self-sustaining, inspiring and functional year-round facility for arts and culture in Huronia.The MCC provides a facility for music, art, theatre and culture with ongoing programs and events. Our state of the art sound system provides best in class acoustics and our executive kitchen provides extraordinary catering services. Rotary Hall, the Atrium, Huronia Players Theatre and the Quest Galleries are all available for weddings, conferences, celebrations and events.
Reviewed By BillF520 - Innisfil, CanadaInnisfil, Canada
Loved our Lunch at the Roxy Cafe
We visited the Midland Cultural Centre on our way to Penetang and ate at this delightful little cafe located in the lobby of the Centre. The Cafe has an excellent salad bar and the menu is limited to a featured soup of the day and easily and quickly made
7. Castle Village Enchanted Kingdom
3.5 based on 69 reviews
Closed for maintenance until Nov 9th. Re-open park and Castle - Thurs to Sunday 1pm to 5pm. Escape Room bookings available every day with 24 hr advance booking.
Reviewed By 500miles2009 - Toronto, CanadaToronto, Canada
Change of owner, not good
I’ve reviewed this place many years ago with a high rating, but needed to give an update. Recently, new owners took over. Last summer, it was great. They renovated the place and added on some new features, which made the raise in price worth it. This summ
8. Huronia Museum & Ouendat Village
4 based on 65 reviews
Reviewed By Wetherstone P - Midland, CanadaMidland, Canada
Not so tired - A Work in progress
Visited this museum as part of a Heart of Georgian Bay tourism tour. They are taking their time and carefully redoing the displays within the building. The Ouendat Village is wonderful with a variety of activities for children to experience during the pea
9. Cathy Boyd Fine Art Gallery
5 based on 4 reviews
Art gallery on Georgian Bay, featuring the landscape art of shop owner, Cathy Boyd and selected artisans.
Reviewed By James D - Aliso Viejo, CaliforniaAliso Viejo, California
Local artist with lots of painting to choose from
We stopped by the gallery the day before the Butter Tart Festival and enjoyed browsing the many paintings Cathy had on display. One in particular caught my eye and it turned out to be of Half Moon Bay in California which we visit every year. I decided to
10. Midland Antiques Center
4.5 based on 6 reviews
5000sq foot antiques, collectibles and artisans center with outdoor market in the summer on Saturdays. Check out the website and like us on facebook. We update the facebook site all the time.
Reviewed By Michelle J - Midland, CanadaMidland, Canada
Fantastic way to spend time treasure hunting.
Lots of different dealers selling all kinds of things. Many different and unique items, something for everyone. I purchased some Pyrex(I'm a collector and there were many to choose from) and some tobacco tins. They have everything from vintage clothes to