Midland Huronia's Historic Mural Town
Midland is Ontario’s premier mural community! The downtown and waterfront display over 40 historical murals, including North America’s largest outdoor mural. The murals can be toured to discover iconic aspects of the town’s heritage. Downtown Midland has an immaculately landscaped waterfront with harbour services, picnic areas, paved bike trails and specialty shops to interest visitors, with free 3-hour parking at community lots. Little Lake Park has a picnic area under huge oak trees, with tennis, volleyball and shuffleboard courts, mini golf, a recreation trail, skate park and playground.
Huronia Museum invites visitors to explore its fascinating exhibits that portray the art, culture and history of the Huronia-Southeastern Georgian Bay region. The gallery displays photographs and paintings from the archives plus seasonal exhibitions and a film-series. A tour of the Huron-Ouendat Village takes visitors into the palisade entrance and interior of the dwelling.
Martyrs' Shrine is a testimonial to North America's first canonized saints. The church is truly inspiring with its beautiful, Gothic-revival architecture and gardens. The site commands a panoramic view of Midland Bay from its picnic area. A museum contains sacred artifacts and the shrine welcomes ethnic pilgrimages each year. An education and conference centre can accommodate group retreats. Located on Hwy 12 East, the site opens daily, early May to late October.
Midland Tours 30,000 Island Boat Cruises operates the 300-passenger Miss Midland that departs from the town dock daily. Take a 2 1/2-hour morning or afternoon cruise to experience the sparkling water, windswept pines and rocky grandeur of Georgian Bay-Muskoka's archipelago. Enjoy a sunset dinner cruise or just a cruise with musical entertainment. Fall colour tours take in the splendor of the changing leaves. The ship is heated and has a licensed bar and snacks. Boat tours and dinner cruises also depart to Big Chute from Port Severn from end of September to mid-Oct. aboard the Serendipity Princess, a triple decked paddle wheeler.
Visitors can explore the world-renowned village of Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland, an authentically re-created 17th century fort and site of the early Jesuit missions to the Huron. Costumed interpreters add realistic perspective to the palisade community, while an audio-visual presentation and museum provide historical background. Sainte-Marie is located on Hwy 12 East and opens Apr. 7 – Oct. 31 weekdays; May 17 – Oct. 12 daily, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sainte-Marie Park, a spacious picnic area beside the Wye River, is located opposite the enclave on Wye Valley Road.
The Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre lets visitors discover the secrets of wetlands with the help of staff naturalists. Look for life in the water with guided canoe excursions or dip net from accessible floating boardwalks. Enjoy the grace of the magnificent Trumpeter Swans, North America’s largest waterfowl. Hike the trail system or visit the exhibit hall. Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre opens 9 a.m.- 5 p.m., east of Midland on Hwy 12.
The S.S. Keewatin Steamship Museum, docked at 311 Talbot St. in Port McNicoll, was the last passenger steamer to ply the Great Lakes. Its cabins, lounges and dining room are furnished in various styles of the historical periods it spanned, and guided tours of the ship are given.