Holy Nature in the Land of the Atikamekw
Day 1 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
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
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:
The budget is an indication of the price per person, subject to availability. Your local agent will send you a customized quote with the exact price. The price can vary according to availability, level of services, period of travel, number of participants, booking time frame and other items.
The cost includes:
The cost does not include:
Budget & exchange
- A fair economical repartition
- The improvement of local teams’ working conditions and their awareness of the protection of the environment
- The information of travelers about respecting the local population and environment and the collection of their feelings at their return.
- Avoid letting waste out, throw it in the trash can or bring it with you
- Use potable water sparingly (take a shower instead of a bath and report any leaks) and avoid wasting it (use biodegradable soap to wash yourself)
- Avoid damaging cultural sites: don’t touch the statues, don’t move the stones and objects
- Exchange instead of giving (too Important gifts can destabilize the local economic stability of the country depending on their living standards)
- When taking a walk, especially in some fragile ecosystems, observe the fauna from afar, do not go beyond beaten roads, limit stamping and do not bring any souvenirs: give up picking rare flowers picking fossils...
- In some hotels, you can have individual air conditioning. It is advised to systematically switching it off when you’re out of the room to avoid energetical overconsumption and greenhouse gas emission.