The Martyrs’ Shrine welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually, was once home to the Canadian Martyrs and has been visited by Saint Pope John Paul II among others. The Shrine is a unique blend of early modern Indigenous-European tradition and discovery that inspired and influenced the formation of Canada as we know it today. We hope that you can join us in person and are here to help you as you learn more about the our holy site.
In accordance with our COVID-19 Policies as supported by the Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit, the Shrine has adjusted operations, schedules, and protocols. Also, be sure to visit our Frequently Asked Questions page for things to known before you visit.
Experience the Shrine
Discover Martyrs' Shrine like never before with guided and unguided tour experiences. Our personal guides and maps will provide a more in-depth and informative experience of our site.
We offer several ways of connecting with and enhancing your spiritual journey with our retreats. Unplug your mind, body and soul as we focus on your personal growth and wellbeing.
Martyrs' Shrine is an internationally recognized pilgrimage site. Pilgrims from around the world make a journey each year to our sacred site to enrich their minds and their hearts.
Things to See and Do
If you’re looking to plan ahead, look no further than Martyrs' Shrine's year-round annual events calendar, with renowned events each season including pilgrimages and concerts.
Our parks and gardens provide opportunities for you to connect with nature and enjoy the outdoors. Feel the stressors of life pull away from you in this picturesque and holy landscape.
Martyrs' Shrine hosts several spaces offering food and gifts for friends and family. The Gift Shop and Café sells an exceptional selection of snacks, souvenirs and merchandise.
At the heart of Martyrs' Shrine sits the Church of St. Joseph, the unique religious and cultural centrepiece of our site that embodies a fusion of European and Indigenous design.
Our liturgy is steeped in ritual, text and the spoken word. Each step of the service is aimed at strengthening our bonds with the divine and deepen our spiritual lives.
Martyrs' Shrine sits in the midst of the Heart of Georgian Bay, an area rich with history, culture and recreational opportunities. Click to visit some of our recommended excursions.
"Let us all be brave enough to die the death of a martyr, but let no one lust for martyrdom." -Mahatma Gandhi