Gananoque ‘s riverfront tipi
After her depiction of aboriginal culture proved popular during the Thousand Island’s War of 1812 commemorations last summer, local tourism officials invited Marilyn Paxton Deline to set up an ongoing First Nations presence in Gananoque. Opening June 26, Aboriginal Adventures brings an 18'-foot tipi to the town’s waterfront at Joel Stone Heritage Park on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. In and around the tip Paxton will share First Nations culture. Visitors experience authentic interactive story telling, singing dancing, drumming. Well known in the region for her First Nations Creations craft shop featuring locally made moccasins, jewelry and pottery, Marilyn enjoys sharing her traditional cultural knowledge
Wasaya Wilderness Adventures
Representing roughly 60 aboriginal and non-aboriginal tourist operators, Wasaya Wilderness Adventures offers sustainable aboriginal travel experiences over a large area, from James Bay to Manitoba, from Lake Superior to Hudson Bay. The range of tours is diverse, but all provide an authentic cultural experience, whether it be catching a trophy-sized northern pike at Makoop Lake fly-in fishing camp owned by the Bearskin Lake first nation, discovering regional history at the Cree Eco Lodge in Moose Factory near James Bay or casting for brook trout on the Asheweig River in the Kasabonika Lake first nation. Taste authentic foods like bannock cooked over an open fire and a shore lunch of freshly caught fish. You can paddle a traditional canoe route on the Pipestone River system with a guide who can teach you how to live off the land or purchasing authentic aboriginal arts and crafts.
Glamping it up in Timmins
When fond memories of youthful canoe trips make you yearn for adventure, but your taste for comfort demands a comfy mattress and a meal cooked by someone else, glamping is the answer. Enjoy a seven-day boreal forest adventure where you’ll sleep in a roomy prospector’s tent on a real bed. Commune with moose and wolves as your wilderness guide instructs you in the calls of the wild. A day spent paddling the fur trade route on the Grassy River is followed by a relaxing glass of red wine while someone—not you!— prepares the morning’s fresh catch for dinner, followed by a quiet moment by the fire.
(OPTIONAL TRIM 2 FROM HERE) Lighting a fire
The National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa mounts its largest survey of indigenous art from around the world with more that 150 works by more than 75 artists from countries as diverse as Australia, Brazil, Canada Greenland and Samoa. Visitors are even invited to participate in the creation of one of the works for Sakahan: International Indigenous Art. Bring a blanket and share your story with artist Marie Watt. It will be incorporated into her installation and you’ll receive a limited edition print from her. www.gallery.ca/sakahan www.ottawatourism.ca (TO HERE)
(OPTIONAL TRIM 1 FROM HERE) Woodland Cultural Centre
This summer the Six Nations’ Woodland Cultural Centre in Brantford presents the 38 annual First Nations Art exhibit of contemporary works by First Nations artists at all levels in their careers. Many artists introduced here go on to become major names in the art world. A few of the past exhibitors have included works by Norval Morriseau, Carl Beam, Blake Debassige, and Daphne Odjig. www.woodland-centre.on.ca/events