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Site Traditionnel Huron, Wendake

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Historic Site
See how the Huron people lived at Site Traditionnel Huron, an authentic re-enactment site of a Native Indian village nestled within a natural forest. Explore authentic wooden dwellings as guides dressed in traditional costume teach you about Huron culture. Sit in a giant tepee while hearing tales of mythical Huron legends, then take part in a traditional native dance. Purify yourself with the local shaman before you paddle through the river in a canoe. Finish the tour at the in-house restaurant, which offers Huron-inspired game- and fish-based meals. A visit to Site Traditionnel Huron represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Wendake tourist route planner to plot your vacation.
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  • We visited the traditional site of Huron in March 2017 with a guide... but n visit was not pleasant because c was very freezing, it had to always be careful, or we put the feet... However the meal was very good...
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  • We came to fill an empty time of an organised tour, paying extra for the junta. Well, it would have been better to go to the hotel to sleep. Bad ballets, some feathers, totems, checkered, canoe, reconstruction of houses and tents, timed because you have to free the blah and explanations place for anyone who waits to see what you're seeing. Too touristy, mechanic and low-level: the Huron's soul is lost forever if the show and tell us so. Also poor tourist, a cafeteria lunch. The store instead was appreciated, many have bought many souvenirs for yourself or to give as gifts; I've been a little because I can't stand the smell of leather.
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  • The tour lasts one hour with a guide. It is clear and well done. Well, there is always the small modern "offbeat" side of this kind of site in the middle of a residential area... But it's in the middle of the reserve and the hurons today live like other Quebecers.
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  • We had a great time visiting here. Highly recommend the Wendake traditional dances. It begins with a ceremonial Smudge and includes a dance that everyone participates in. I also got to smoke the peace pipe! One of the dancers came and played with our daughter after the performance. It is so nice to see indigenous youth with a positive outlet for practicing their traditions and customs.
  • We visited Huron Village quickly from Quebec City before heading back to Ontario. It only took about 30 minutes by car from our hotel to get there. It appears misleading at first. The Huron Village is located in what appears to be an very urban town. It is surrounded by parking lots and a factory or two. The only hint of where it was from the outside is the signs and the giant wooden fence surrounding the village. Once we walked in, we were greeted by a kind staff member who didn't speak much English (not a criticism, we were in Quebec, afterall!) but called on another lady who could communicate with us better. She told us when our English speaking tour began and that we could walk around and take photographs of the area. You could smell campfire and we seen staff walking around wearing traditional clothing. We first headed toward the gift shop. Near the front, there's Wendat statues you can pose with and an totem pole. The gift shop also has a large dream catcher our front. This is by far the most legitimate gift shop we've had the pleasure of browsing/purchasing. All of the other gift shops tend to be tacky, with products being made in China. This one was all Canadian made with artwork from First Nations ALL over Canada. Even if you don't purchase anything, it's very interesting to see the hand-made items. There were furs and fur hats, wooden magnets with animals and the area, mini-handmade teepees, hand-made dolls, leather wallets with artwork, Traditional First nations music which you could buy on CD, incense, carved bull horns and rocks, and all of it was tax free which made things even more appealing. We ended up buying a bull horn with a wolf howling at the moon carved on it which was made in British Columbia and my inlaws bought a doll. If you want to feel good about supporting Canadians and First Nations, THIS is the gift shop you should be buying from. We approached the campfire for our English speaking tour and found our guide, a gentleman dressed in traditional clothing named Pierre. He told us that he had two names, a Wendat name and a French one. I can't recall the Wendat one because it was difficult to pronounce. We were the only English speakers in his group at that time, so it was almost like we had our own personal tour guide! He brought us around and showed us a lot of really informative stuff about their culture. We were brought into a tent which showcased what the inside of a home would look like way back along time ago. There were furs and beds and we learned that they would store firewood below the beds. Pierre invited us to touch the fur. I could go on what he told us, but I don't wish to spoil it. He was full of information,insight and funny jokes, too. After, he showed us how the Wendat cooked food, and how they had made saunas, to bathe in the winter time. We were brought into a Shaman tent used to treat ailments and told not to take photographs of the masks used as respect. There were canoes and snow shoes and he showed us a short video. We learned how they made snow shoes and the boats. We also learned why a lot of the guides don't have the Wendat traits (including our guide, Pierre). Apparently, due to the spread of disease from immigrants, their population had declined so significantly that there was a lot of mixing in between Europeans and themselves. It just goes to show you that you can't judge a person based on their looks, especially when the whole reason the traits were lost was because of our ancestors. We also learned about their modern life, how they attend school until grade 13 (I think), and how they have to go outside of the reserve to continue schooling. Unfortunately, we did not have the time to eat at the restaurant. I would have liked to. All-in-all, the tour was great and Pierre was very informative. I really enjoyed his tour. The staff here are all fantastic and polite and very informative. There's a lot of opportunities to snap photos and it really reveals the resilience of these strong and cultured people. I highly recommend.
  • Very informative and interesting tour.
  • Good fun, nice people, preserved heritage!
  • Having fun with my Brittany (France) friends to visit the souvenirs kiosk but also learn about this big family of amerindiène