When you are walking on King Street, you can walk towards the water. Up there you will find the harbour of Midland. It is really great to sit there and watch things happening on the water: the boats, jetskis, etc.
In Midland you will find the library in a nice building. It looks really great from the ouside. From the inside it looks really modern (today's standard). On the back of the library they have attached a brand new building.
This is the main tourist entrance where you get all the info and buy the tickets to get in. In the next pictures I will show you all the major buildings inside just like a virtual tour hope you enjoy. Here comes # 1
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.
May 2 to May 20 and September 19 to october 28
Adults: $ 8.50 (single)
Seniors (65+): $ 8.50 (single)
Youths (6-12): $ 7.50 (single)
Students (13 plus): $ 7.50 (single)
Children 5 yrs. and under: FREE
Prime Season (May 21 - September 18): Adults: $11.00 (single)
Seniors(65+): $ 9.50 (single)
Youths (6-12): $ 8.00 (single)
Students (13 plus): $ 9.50 (single)
Children 5 yrs. and under: FREE
The town's main attraction. You'll find these wall paintings all over town. They depict the province's history. Get a mural map at the visitor's center and follow it. It describes each mural and its meaning.
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.
Outdoor Stations of the Cross, statuary and fountains
Religious articles & souvenir shop
Cafeteria and Picic Areas on spacious grounds
Bus tours and school groups welcome
Open daily from May 14 until October 10, 2005
Across the highway from the shrine is the entrance to the FORT of Sainte-Marie Among The Hurons. A replica of the original showing how the Hurons and the FRENCH WHITE TRADERS and the Jesuit priests lived at that time and protected themselves from The Iroquois and British soldiers. The fur trade existed because of this fort and others along the route from Montreal.
Whether you are Catholic or not, check out the Martyrs Shrine, if only to see the view from there. After seeing the film for Ste Marie Among the Hurons you might have a better understanding of the Jesuit priests the shrine was built for.
This one is a rendering of Brebeuf Lighthouse, originally built in 1900. It was built to guide ships on the range from Giants Tomb Light to the channel serving Midland Bay. The mural measures 50 ft. by 28 ft. high and incorporates a window in the apartment above as the light room in the tower.
In November of 1871, Adolphe Hugel and George Cox of the Midland Railway Corporation of Peterborough and Port Hope selected this site for the western terminus of their railway. It was July 1st 1879 when the construction was completed and the station was officially opened for commercial and passenger service.
The station was at the foot of Midland Avenue, not far from where you are now and was near the old CN station that existed until 1998. In 1881, the Midland Railway built the first large grain elevator and regular commercial grain shipments by ship and rail began.
Above a modern day druggist, Jory IDA Pharmacy, is a view into an old time apothecary. Druggists in those days were virtually chemists who mixed their "cures" as outlined by your physician. Medicine didn't come in pill forms, but in powders, drinks and mixtures to help make you well.
On the right ''The wye Marsh". It shows a view of the Wye Marsh at sunset, while looking towards the Martyrs' Shrine, which can be seen in the background. The foreground shows two groups of Mallard Ducks. One group is preparing to land in the marsh while the other is passing over the marsh. The Wye Marsh is a local wildlife center dedicated to preserving the marshlands and the wildlife that inhabits it. Not only is it a wonderful experience to visit the Wye Marsh, it is very educational as well.
The mural in the middle is a reproduction of the very first in-store advertisement for Benjamin Moore Paints. This mural blends the actual windows on the building so that they appear as part of the mural. The only "fake" window is the middle one. This advertisement first appeared in 1919 and featured the tag line "Quality forever-Moore."
The third mural depicts Midland's bustling harbour with an example of one of the many passenger and packet steamers the plied the waters of Georgian Bay at the turn of the century. Appropriately, the foreground "Fishing in Midland Harbour", shows a young man fishing off the dock while a dog watches. This is appropriate since this mural was located on the front of the Midland Fish & Chips Restaurant.
On the wall of what was the Roxy Theatre is the mural that depicts Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons at the time when Jesuit missionaries lived at the site among the Huron Indian people. The time period is in the mid 1600s. For ten years Sainte-Marie flourished. It would be the home of all the French in the area. In 1649, the Huron Nation was scattering fearfully before the encroaching Iroquois. Tribal warfare intensified as the rivalry for the fur trade grew. Five priests met their death before the settlement was abandoned and burned.
Located on the ADM Ogilvie silos is the "largest historical outdoor mural in North America" after completion in 2001. It measures about 80 by 210 feet and depicts a Jesuit priest and a Huron native gazing from a hilltop over the Wye Valley and into the nearby village of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons as it would have appeared in 1640. It is commissioned by the Downtown Midland BIA and ADM. This mural was started by Fred Lenz in October 1999. Fred passed away in May 2001 before it could be completed. The mural was completed in October 2001 by his sons Stephen and Robert and family friend Michele Van Maurik .
Through the city of Midland you will find several paintings on walls. These paintings are really nice to watch/see. Some are nicer then others, but in general they are all nice to see.