Watch whales frolic, observe the wonder of a caribou migration and be wowed by powerful, lumbering polar bears. See the northern lights, hear stories and legends passed on orally from generation to generation and feel the land under your feet as you hike forests filled with towering trees. Canoe, fish, join a powwow and learn about ancient traditions, guided by those who know them best.
For more than 25 years, Quebec Aboriginal Tourism (Tourism Autochtone Quebec, in French) has been helping tourism operators in the province develop and promote all they have to offer visitors from across Canada and around the world. The organization contributes “to the reinforcement, preservation and promotion of the cultures and traditions that are specific to each of the 55 First Nation and Inuit communities living in Quebec,” says Dave Laveau, executive director.
In addition to supporting tourism operators, the organization’s annual tourism magazine Origni(e) is also a great tool for visitors. “Aboriginal tourism certainly has more than one arrow in the quiver to make you live the dream,” Laveau says. “Our ancestral lands will especially delight nature lovers.”