Experience Amishk Aboriginal Adventures through A Traditional Village on the Edge of Montreal travel package. How better to learn from Indigenous cultures than to live it for yourself.
Historically, the quest for beaver pelts prompted fur-trading expeditions throughout the land — creating settlements near and far and eventually helping establish the nation we know today as Canada.
If you ask Jean-Michel Perron — co-owner of Amishk Aboriginal Adventures located in Quebec’s stunning Laurentian Mountains — the beloved beaver lives on today as the star attraction of his company’s wildlife-watching excursions.
Located on a 13-square kilometre site in Saint-Calixte, 88km north of Montreal (in Montcalm Regional Park), Amishk is a showcase for the nomadic Indigenous peoples living in Quebec — representing the Innu, Atikamekw and Cree/Anishinabe.
Throughout the year, Amishk Aboriginal adventures (which was awarded Quebec’s prestigious Prix Excellence Tourisme in 2017) offers visitors an opportunity to embrace Mother Nature.
There’s ice-fishing, snowshoeing and dogsledding in winter, with canoeing, cooking classes and ornithology and mycology workshops available in spring, summer and fall.
Guests can stay in traditional tepees and prospector’s tents, spend time in the site’s long house and sweat tent, or gather around the fire, listening to elders’ stories. Whether it’s a single or multi-day stay, visitors will be moved by their interactions with Indigenous guides.
"Nature, wildlife, authenticity and diversity are qualities that are at the heart of the enterprise," says Perron.
First Nations people in Canada, he continues, understand the significance of the beaver better than most; like them, the hard-working animal is a teacher of creativity, cooperation and determination.