Carhagouha cross – 1615 first Mass in Ontario (Champlain)

Carhagouha cross

Originally uploaded by canuckshutterer.

a Mass is still said at this spot each year to commemorate the first Catholic Mass said in Ontario in 1615 — drove up to this location this morning before the thunderstorms hit. It is a little strange to walk around the spot where about 400 years ago Samuel Champlain stood. I read a biography of him recently and the vague recollection of him from my grade school social studies classes rose to a new level of appreciation of a remarkable figure in the first days of Canada. Today the mosquitoes and I reflected on the passage of 400 years. It also occurred to me that someone is going to have a serious task to cut the grass at this site to make it reasonably passable for the annual Mass. Today it was about two and a half to three feet tall.

Author: William J. Gibson

62 year old - writer/photographer Canadian, survived open heart surgery, received kidney transplant, sometimes dour, sometimes amusing, over six feet in height, severely follicle challemged

One thought on “Carhagouha cross – 1615 first Mass in Ontario (Champlain)”

  1. there is some dispute as to whether this is the precise spot where the Mass was said. No village site has been found at this location. The Huronia peninsula has 100s of village sites, both pre-contact and post-European contact. Somewhere approaching 20,000 Huron or Wendat people lived on the peninsula. They grew corn and traded with Algonkian peoples to the north and to other groups to the south. In the 1640s they were destroyed in a catastrophic war with the Iroquois.

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