Indigenous Tourism Business Feature: Abadak Wilderness Adventures, NL
Abadak Wilderness Adventures
Thanks to a grant of $6,500, Abadak Wilderness Adventures is able to offer visitors to western Newfoundland a new Big Pond Medicine Walk where they learn about different plants and why they’re important for Indigenous medicine. The grant helped covered the cost of training four guides, buying canoes and safety equipment to take visitors out for a two-and-a-half-hour Medicine Walk, a canoe ride and a traditional meal.
“We take people on the trail, explain what medicines are what they’re used for and then they canoe back on the pond,” says Ivan White, the owner/operator at Abadak, near Flat Bay, N.L. “They walk in seeing glimpses of this beautiful pond through the trees while they learn about the traditional medicines. Canoes are waiting at the end of the trail and once we reach the opposite shore we serve salmon or codfish or smelt, and sit and tell stories.”
Abadak, which promises its guests “Newfoundland in the rough,” has a fishing lodge about 130 kilometres inland from Flat Bay. The outfitters offer guided fishing tours for salmon and trout in rivers around Bay St. George, hiking across hundreds of kilometres of pristine wilderness, boat rides to enjoy the scenery as well as plenty of rest and relaxation.
The new medicine walk is a partnership with the nearby Flat Bay Band, White’s Mi’kmaq community. “It gives us something for younger people in the community to get involved with,” says White. “It enabled us to extend our season and provide longer employment to guides.”