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Canada student itinerary: First Nations hospitality awaits in Wendake

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A student group tour to Wendake provides an authentic experience in Huron-Wendat Nation culture. Only 15 minutes from downtown Québec City, Québec, Wendake dazzles with the richness of its culture, the warmth of its people and the beauty of its natural surroundings. Québec City Tourism developed this tour of nearby Wendake.

Day One
Huron-Wendat culture and history

Take a walk through historic Old Wendake, the home of Notre-Dame-de-Lorette Church and its treasures. Construction of the original church began in 1730. It was designated a National Historic Site by Heritage Canada in 1981. 

Traditional Wendat dancer in Wendake, CanadaPhoto: Jean-Louis Regis/Quebec City Tourism

Traditional dancer, Onhoüa Chetek8e, Wendake, Québec, Canada

No visit to Wendake would be complete without a stop at the Onhoüa Chetek8e Traditional Huron Site. This authentic reconstruction of a Huron village is a window into the history, traditions and way of life of the Huron-Wendat Nation.

Students can discover the story of the chiefs who have lived in Tsawenhohi House. Located in Old Wendake, this house was built between 1807 and 1820 for Grand Chief Nicolas Tsawenhohi Vincent. It’s classified as a heritage site by the Council of the Huron-Wendat Nation. The house now features guided tours, craft demonstrations, an exhibition of cultural objects, a display of archaeological artifacts from the site and a multimedia presentation.

The Mural of the Wendat People pays tribute to Wendake’s cultural heritage and attractions. It depicts the people’s journey from ancestral times to the present day using the Huron and other First Nations myths and legends.

Wendake also is home to a thriving community of artists and artisans. Local galleries and arts and crafts shops feature a broad range of traditional and contemporary creations.

Day Two
Kabir Kouba Falls

Magnificent Kabir Kouba Falls plunges through a canyon near the center of town. A visit to the Interpretation Centre of Parc de la Falaise et de la chute Kabir Kouba provides an opportunity to learn more about the geological and human history of this wonder of nature. 

Onhoüa Chetek8e in Wendake, CanadaPhoto: Pierre-Olivier Fortin/Creative commons

Onhoüa Chetek8e, Wendake, Québec, Canada

Adventurous students will not want to miss a taste of Huron-Wendat dishes. Experience warm First Nations hospitality and admire the architecture that was designed to be reminiscent of a long house.

For a truly outstanding cultural experience, Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations welcomes students to a remarkable stay overlooking Rivière Saint-Charles. The four-star hotel is a tribute to the Inuit and First Nations. Free outdoor motorcoach parking is available.

Explore the rich history of the Huron-Wendat Nation at the Huron-Wendat Museum. In the evening, a storyteller recounts a world of myths and legends.

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Québec City Tourism
877-783-1608
quebecregion.com/en/travel-trade

Tourism Wendake
418-847-1835
tourismewendake.ca

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