Beginnings of a Humble Shrine in Waubaushene

The Martyrs’ Shrine that you see on the hill today in Midland, Ontario replaced a much smaller Shrine by the same name in Waubaushene, about 12km from the present Shrine. In 1907, Archbishop Denis O’Connor of Toronto blessed this small chapel near the site of martyrdom of Fathers Jean de Brebeuf and Gabriel Lalemant (Sainte-Marie). For 18 years, thousands of devout pilgrims visited this humble shrine and stayed at the 40-room shrine hostel nearby.