The town of Midland is set on the shores of Georgian Bay with its harbour built for small cruise ships, grain ships and recreational boats of all sizes. The town is filled with hundreds of years of history.
One of our favourite spots to spend a weekend in any season, exploring the beautiful town and surrounding areas on Georgian Bay. Being the gateway to the 30,000 islands on Georgian Bay, home to many great places to eat and things to do Midland is a must visit place.
Here is our guide to visiting Midland, Ontario!
History of Midland
The history of Midland plays a large part on the town’s existence today. The area was home to the Huron Wendat nations for hundreds of years prior to first contact with the Europeans. In the mid-1600’s the Jesuits arrived and set up Ontario’s first European Community, Sainte-Marie Among the Hurons, which would be the headquarters for the French Jesuit Mission to the Huron Wendat people. Over the next two hundred years the Europeans began to settle the area and what is now known as Midland began to flourish.
The First Nations roots of Midland and the surrounding area are still celebrated to this day with murals throughout the city, statues, museums celebrating their heritage as well as shops run by families of the original First Nations settlers.
Top Things To Do In Midland
North Americas Largest Outdoor Historical Mural – A must see in the Midland Harbour is North Americas largest outdoor historical mural displaying Sainte-Marie Among the Huron as it would have looked in the mid-1600’s. You can easily view this mural from the town docks. There are also plenty of other small murals on the buildings along the main streets of Midland depicting the history of this town.
Miss Midland – Ever cruised Georgian Bay and experienced the 30,000 Islands? If not make sure to book a tour on the Miss Midland! Enjoy this two and a half hour sightseeing cruise that will take you through the dramatic rocks of the Canadian Shield, alongside the windswept pines that Georgian Bay is known for and see all the hot spots in the area. For tour information on the Miss Midland 30000 island cruise click here.
Sainte-Marie Among The Hurons – Visit the first European Community established in Ontario – Sainte-Marie among the Hurons is a re-creation of its original site that tells the story of the Wendat and French interactions and life during the 1600’s. Visitors get the unique opportunity to see what the earliest Canadian pioneer life would have looked like through self-guided visits, special events and group tours. For more information on visiting Sainte-Marie click here.
Martyr’s Shrine – The Martyr’s Shrine is the National Shrine to the Canadian Martyrs. The shine is a memorial to honour the the 8 Jesuit Saints who lived, worked and died in Midland over 350 years ago. The Shrine offers tours, church services and engaging activities for all ages.
Top Places To Eat in Midland
The Boathouse Eatery – The Boathouse Eatery is a Midland favourite for both locals and boaters alike. Located right on the shores of Georgian Bay you can access the restaurant by car or boat. Here you can have a light snack, drinks, or a full lunch or dinner. Regardless of what you order the view cannot be beat and the food is equally as good! Make sure to ask for a seat on the patio to watch the boats drive by or even watch the sunset into the horizon.
Dillon’s Wood Fired Pizza – Dillon’s Wood Fired Pizza is one of the newest restaurants to Midland but it is taking the town by storm. This cozy restaurant offers hand made, wood oven fired pizza that will leave you wanting more. The owner – Dillon – is almost always around to greet everyone with his warm smile and make great recommendations. Located right on the main street of Midland (King Street) and steps to the docks on Georgian Bay.
Mom’s Restaurant – Mom’s Restaurant is a staple in Midland that serves breakfast, lunch and dinner everyday. They are best known for their incredible breakfast menu and a great place to take the family and enjoy great food and company. Located a 5 minute drive from the downtown.
Uncle Roy’s Restaurant – Uncle Roy’s offers an American breakfast menu and then changes to Chinese food for lunch and dinner. If you are looking for great eat in or take out Chinese, Uncle Roy’s is a great option during your visit to Midland. Located on King Street in Midland and is within easy walking distance to Georgian Bay.
Midland is the perfect place to visit for a weekend getaway with is shallow waters perfect for splashing around, a boaters paradise and hundreds of years of history will make you want to return.