Discover the Huron-Wendat Nation
The excursion starts just a couple hours' drive from Montreal, where the Huron-Wendat Nation welcomes you to the Wendake village. Luc Gros-Louis, a lively, seasoned guide, meets you at the Huron Traditional Site, ready to teach you his ancestors' ancient ways of life. Delighted children can try their hand at shooting a bow and arrows and making beaded necklaces.
The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations built in the style of a Native American longhouse, will provide shelter for the night. Settle into the contemporary surroundings, decorated with stone, leather and wood, then visit the museum to learn more about the Huron-Wendat Nation. This venue, steeped in culture and tradition, is the perfect place to hear about the collective memories and knowledge of a people that is proud of its heritage.
At the restaurant, grab a fusion-inspired dinner influenced by traditional cuisine and enjoy the décor that keeps you connected to the great outdoors. Before nodding off for the night, book a spot at the “Tales and Legends” show. Inside a traditional house, an enchanting storyteller will tell you the tale of the twins who created the Wendat world.
Huron Traditional Site
575, Rue Chef Stanislas Koska
Wendake (Quebec) Canada
G0A 4V0 +1 418-842-4308
Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations
5 Place de la Rencontre
QC G0A 4V0
La Traite hotel restaurant
Spend a memorable night in a teepee
The next day, hit the open road for a few hours, absorbing the mind-blowing landscapes of Mauricie along the way, until you arrive at the banks of the Batiscan River. A ferry will take you to the Innusit village tucked away deep inside the forest. Extend your Native American experience by spending a night in a genuine teepee. Bundled up in your sleeping bag, rocked to sleep by the sounds of the forest, your children will be forever grateful. During the day, paddle down the river in a rabaska to see beavers, have a picnic and gather wild berries.
Teepees – La Seigneurie du Triton
C.P. 4089, Lac Édouard, Quebec, G0X 3N0
A cabin deep in the Canadian wilderness
Now it's time to head to the Saguenay Fjord. On the other side of the huge national park, overlooking the deep valley carved out by glaciers, the spectacular Cap au Leste lodge appears. Forget the typical chalets at this country lodge and opt for a more unique experience. There's no better place to unplug and disconnect than the Refuge log cabin, which has commanding views of the Lac des Sables. You'll find no running water or electricity here, but you can snuggle up in front of a wood stove to keep the chills at bay!
Saguenay Fjord National Park
91 Rue Notre Dame, Rivière-Éternité
QC G0V 1P0, Canada
Cap au Leste
551, chemin du cap à l'est
G0V 1T0, CANADA
Bears, whales and canoes – make your Canadian dream come true
During your stay, have a guide take you around the forest trails of this vast park, where you can stop at several lookout points to observe a fascinating animal: bears. In summer, you can also make your way back up the fjord in a boat from Sainte-Rose, one of Quebec's most lovely villages, to Tadoussac, where whales are known to frolic.
Also, not too far away, inside the boreal forest, is the Monts-Valin National Park, home to lynx and migratory woodland caribou. It is the epitome of wilderness, with peaks and valleys, rushing rivers and sparkling lakes, a place made for hiking and fishing. Meet up with Marie-Eve, an enthusiastic naturalist, to go canoeing down the winding Valin river to the Bélanger pond. Rustling branches are all that breaks the silence. The kiddos won't believe their eyes when they see a colony of beavers busily building a dam!
For the ultimate park experience, consider staying in an EXP.cabin. These eco-friendly lodgings are very practical and blend perfectly into the natural landscape. Immerse yourself in the great outdoors and see what the Quebecois lifestyle is all about.
Monts-Valin National Park
360 Rang Saint-Louis
Saint-Fulgence, QC G0V 1S0
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