The Martyrs’ Shrine is the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs. The Shrine honours the eight Jesuit Saints who lived, worked, and died here over 350 years ago, celebrating the significant contributions they made to the introduction of Christianity into aboriginal culture as well as the founding of the Province of Ontario and the nation of Canada.
This historic and holy site includes the famous Shrine Church, the Martyrs’ Hall and Education Centre, and 75 pleasantly landscaped acres which invite you into prayer and tranquility. Within the Church are the relics of the Martyrs St. Jean de Brébeuf, St. Gabriel Lalemant, and St. Charles Garnier, while the grounds are home to beautiful walkways, monuments, and altars.
The Martyrs’ Shrine welcomes over a hundred thousand people every year and continues to spread the word, history, and values of the Jesuits’ Mission. Offering insightful tours, engaging activities, and enjoyable pilgrimages, it is no wonder why the Martyrs’ Shrine is world-renowned!
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Martyrs’ Shrine is to preserve an oasis of peace, reconciliation, healing and spiritual renewal that welcomes people of all faiths and cultures.
Thank you for visiting this
House of Prayer, Home of Peace!
We have concluded our 88th season at the Martyrs’ Shrine and with this, we we would like to thank all pilgrims who have visited this sacred place. We thank you for your witness, your prayers, and especially your generosity and support of the Shrine. May God, through the intercession of the Canadian Martyrs, continue to bless you and your families. As a staff, both Jesuit and lay, we are grateful for the privilege of serving you this season.
During our off-season, we invite you to continue to check in with our website, Facebook, and Twitter pages for announcements and events. The Administration and Information Office remains open. We will celebrate the opening day of the 89th season at Martyrs’ Shrine on May 2nd, 2015. We look forward to seeing you, your families, and friends again next season!