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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.



We have concluded our 88th Season
at the Martyrs’ Shrine.

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!


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What’s New: Recent News & Announcements

Feast of All Jesuit Saints and BlessedNovember 5th is the Feast of All Saints and Blessed of the Society of Jesus. We invite you to celebrate with this special litany prayer invoking the intercession of the Jesuit saints and blessed and to learn more about the Canadian Martyrs we honour here at the Martyrs' Shrine.
Commodore's Dinner DonationWe are pleased to announce the proceeds raised from the 2nd Annual Commodore's Dinner. Parkbridge Marinas presented two generous donations to the Martyrs' Shrine and this year's partner recipient, the Georgian Bay Land Trust.
Christmas Tree Lighting & BlessingJoin us Saturday, November 22nd at 6:30 p.m. in celebrating the lighting of the 85 ft. Christmas tree in front of the historic Shrine Church, the largest lit tree in Simcoe County. To begin this season of light, celebrate at Martyrs’ Shrine with a special prayer service, warm cider, and songs led by Vox Huronia Community Choir.
Community Living Huronia partners with the Martyrs’ ShrineMartyrs’ Shrine is thrilled to be in partnership with Community Living Huronia (CLH). We welcomed new volunteers - Bonnie, Debbie and Andrew - and they have been a great addition to our Shrine team. We look forward to renewing and expanding our partnership when we open again in May 2015.
Shrine Closes for the SeasonWe have concluded our 88th season at the Martyrs' Shrine. Thank you to all the pilgrims who have visited this sacred place. During our off-season, continue to check in with us online for announcements and events. The Administration and Information Office remains open. We look forward to seeing you again next season!
Feast of the Canadian MartyrsFriday, September 26th is the Feast of the Canadian Martyrs. Join us in prayer to the Holy Martyrs. Also, enjoy a video tribute to the Martyrs, captured at Martyrs' Shrine and Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons.
Support Our New Water SystemAn update on the estimated cost and the current funds raised to upgrade our entire 88 year-old water system. We appeal to your generosity to assist us in completing this essential undertaking. We thank you for your support and ask for your continued prayers.
Beginning of School Year BlessingJoin us for a special blessing of this school year. With another year of education & work beginning, we invite you to join us in prayer after each Mass on September 13th & 14th.
Joseph Boyden Visits Midland for Two Very Special EventsOn Saturday, September 27th, there will be two community events featuring Joseph Boyden, the award winning Canadian author. At 2:00 pm, he'll be a guest on A Day in the Life at the Midland Cultural Centre and at 6:00 p.m., the Martyrs’ Shrine will host Joseph Boyden on the Three Voices of The Orenda.
Tiawenk DinnerJoin us for the first annual Tiawenk Dinner on Friday, September 26th. All proceeds going to support the Ministry of the Martyrs’ Shrine. Enjoy an evening of good food, good company, an exciting live auction and much more!