Holy Nature in the Land of the Atikamekw

Here’s a genuinely exotic trip in Manawan, an indigenous community of the Atikamekw Nation, where a traditional Indian site has been built on the shores of Lake Kempt. In an idyllic natural setting you’ll then take part to an authentic experience of sustainable tourism and cultural exchange.  


  • Day 1 Manawan

    Manawan At 16h30, rendez-vous at the Tourism House in the Atikamekw community of Manawan (Upper Matawinie region). You’ll then be greeted by the indigenous guides who will take you to the Matakan Traditional Site (55 minutes by boat). In the evening, you will settle in a traditional tent. A hearty dinner will then be served around a bonfire. (D)

    - Accomodation : tee-pee

  • Day 2 Manawan

    Manawan Today is filled with a wealth of traditional activities! You will first be introduced to canoeing. You’ll then take part to a guided tour of the site (including the observation of the historic petroglyph on a cliff). In a Rabaska canoe, you’ll also paddle towards Buffalo Beach where a traditional lunch will be served: fishes, games, banik bread, etc. (depending on how the fishing and hunting activities went in the morning). After lunch, you’ll have free time to swim or simply relax by the beach. You will also participate in several workshops: construction of a bark canoe, use of medicinal plants, introduction to the Atikamekw language, etc. You’ll then leave for a guided hike towards the Katcitciciwotanak site where you’ll admire a magnificent sunset while sipping a delicious herbal tea. To top it off, you’ll enjoy an evening of storytelling, sing along and cultural exchanges around a bonfire. (B, L, D)

    - Accomodation : tee-pee

  • Day 3 Manawan

    Manawan After breakfast, return to Manawan by boat with an interpretative stop at a beaver dam. The arrival Manawan is scheduled at 10h00. (B)

Period & budget

When to travel?

The best period for travelling is during the following months:

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec


The cost includes:

· R/T transfer between Manawan and the Matakan site
· Services of indigenous guides
· Sleeping bag
· Access to the equipments and activities available on site
· 2 nights accommodation in tee-pee
· 5 meals (see abbreviations)
· Applicable taxes

The cost does not include:

· Air travel· Transfer to and from Manawan (OPTION)
· Personal expenses
· Drinks (excluding coffee and tea with meals included)
· Car rental (see www.iglobe-trotter.com)
· Tips for guides

Practical info


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