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Dominic Ste-Marie, Tourism Wendake

Steve Hartridge speaks to Dominic Ste-Marie, Marketing and Sales Coordinator, Tourism Wendake about the Huron–Wendat culture and how visitors can best experience and understand it

Dominic Ste-Marie, Tourism Wendake

Steve Hartridge speaks to Dominic Ste-Marie, Marketing and Sales Coordinator, Tourism Wendake about the Huron–Wendat culture and how visitors can best experience and understand it

Tourisme Wendake is located in the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations in Québec. We offer a multitude of activities and packages that take visitors into the world of First Nations knowledge and traditions while letting them discover our history.

We invite people to come into our culture and understand it. Whenever I travel that is what I am looking for. We are proud of our roots and are eager to share our story. 

Activities range from a simple meal to a fully immersive experience. 

For example,  ‘Myths and Legends’, one of our most popular activities, takes place in our national longhouse, Ekionkiestha, the dwelling of the Iroquoian people. Built entirely of wood and bark, it’s a magical setting where storytellers shed light on the culture of the Huron-Wendat Nation. 

Ahkwayaonhkeh is the very first Wendat artist-run centre, located on Nionwentsïo. 

From September to June, it presents exhibitions by contemporary Wendat artists and other Indigenous nations.

We also have a talking stick handicrafts workshop where guests are invited to make a talking stick. This is a tool that was and sometimes still is used in tribal councils to help regulate speech – the person holding the stick has the floor. 

When making it, the craftswoman explains its importance before guests make one in the image of their family.

Other activities include a canoe package and a snowshoe trip, from December to March, depending on the amount of snow.

Overnight stays are available, in a longhouse, a boutique hotel or a more cozy stay in a cottage. We are waiting to welcome you!

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