6 Ways to Experience Northeastern Ontario’s Indigenous Culture
Perhaps you’ve always wanted to learn more about the culture, heritage, and history of Northeastern Ontario’s Indigenous peoples. There’s nothing like a hands-on experience, and here are just a few examples of what is on offer.
Paddle Through History on a Canoe Heritage Tour
The Great Spirit Circle Trail invites you to “Experience the Past and Enjoy the Present” with its many nature-based and cultural tourism packages including wilderness eco-adventures and educational interpretive tours. Encompassing eight First Nation communities on Manitoulin Island and the Sagamok region of Northeastern Ontario, the Great Spirit Circle Trail is located in one of the most beautiful areas of Northeastern Ontario.
For the outdoor enthusiast, the Great Spirit Circle Trail offers Canoe Heritage Tours. Paddle your way through the heart of Manitoulin Island as you learn about local legends and Island history. There are Sunset/Sunrise tours, Evening Reflection tours, and Full Moon tours.
Spend the Night Glamping in a Luxury Tee Pee
For an adventure that you will long remember, try Tee Pee Glamping! It’s luxury camping in a tee pee outfitted with twin or king beds, plush duvets, 500-thread count sheets, foam pillows, and furs. Included in this package is the Voice of the Drum—a traditional story and interactive experience that everyone can learn from and enjoy.
Hike the Bebamikawe Memorial Trail
As Manitoulin’s largest First Nation community and Canada’s only officially recognized Unceded Indian Reserve, Wikwemikong is rich in culture and history. Wikwemikong Tourism offers tours hosted by the Anishnaabek people. Their carefully planned itineraries reflect the lifestyles of the Three Fires Confederacy, an alliance of the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Pottawatomi.
For stunning views along the Niagara Escarpment, book a guided interpretive hike on the Bebamikawe Memorial Trail. This trail has been designed to flow through an ecological habitat that is one of North America’s most diverse. You will leave with a new way of thinking, understanding, and appreciating the culture of the Indigenous peoples of Manitoulin Island, as you experience the land through the lens of their ancestors.
Create Art & Be Guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings
Set your artistic self free and create your very own piece of art as you take part in a cultural activity guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings. You will be surrounded by the beauty and sounds of nature while being sheltered in an outdoor environment.
Hear the Voice of the Drum on Manitoulin Island
The Manitoulin Hotel & Conference Centre is a unique property located on the North Channel of Lake Huron in Little Current on Manitoulin Island. The history of the Indigenous peoples of the Island inspired the hotel’s design, and examples of their unique culture can be seen throughout the entire property.
During your stay, join Great Spirit Circle Trail for Voice of the Drum where you will here, feel, and learn about the heartbeat of Mother Earth.
Get in Touch with Nature at Point Grondine Park
Point Grondine Park near Killarney, Ontario, is a First Nation owned and operated recreational park with over 18,000 acres of wilderness land and water to explore. Hike, paddle, or sea kayak along the traditional routes of the Anishnaabek people.
Listen to the whippoorwills or the eastern wood-pewees on a guided interpretive hike that highlights the species and species of concern that make Point Grondine their home. Learn about the larger species such as snapping turtles, moose, and black bear.
We didn’t forget about pow wows – another fantastic way to experience Northeastern Ontario’s indigenous culture first hand! See the full 2017 Pow Wow Schedule HERE.