At the entrance to La Mauricie National Park of Canada, Auberge du Trappeur has a host of experiences with a distinctly First Nations flavour. With ten rooms, cabins, and birch-bark tipis, the inn promises something different, a place where you can feast on fresh fish and game of all sorts: caribou, venison, bison, and wild boar star on the menu, all year round. At the crack of dawn, head over to Lac du Fou to see moose in their natural habitat. Then, at twilight, sneak up to the lookout to spy on brown bears in complete safety. In summer, hiking and canoeing are also popular, while snowmobiling, snowshoeing, and dogsledding take centre stage in the winter.
Aboriginal from Head to Toe
From the longhouse to the sweat lodge, this is your chance to discover 5,000 years of Aboriginal history. At Mokotakan, reproductions of various buildings used by the 11 nations in Québec include a medicine tent—the kids will love it!—and a “buried” house, used to keep warm in winter. Around the fire, Aboriginal guides share the legends and know-how of a people that really is larger than life.