Authentic Indigenous Experiences

Our Story Through Our Lens

We offer nature-based and cultural tourism from an Indigenous perspective on Manitoulin island and Killarney, Ontario, Canada. Experiences range from soft adventure to wilderness eco-adventures, reconciliation and educational interpretive tours. Our daily cultural experiences are perfect for individuals and families looking to engage their senses and gain a better appreciation for the local indigenous culture. Tours available from May through November.

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COVID-19 Visitor Guide

The Unceded Journey

The Unceded Journey is a transformational tour where you will experience the true history of Manitoulin Island and learn how Wiikwemkoong came to be Canada’s only officially recognized Unceded Territory.

This unique learning experience has the power to foster relationships and promote the concept of reconciliation between all nations. An educational awakening like no other, that reveals the truth from the first Residential School on the Great Lakes and Northern Ontario’s oldest catholic church that have occurred throughout Canadian history. This step-on tour has the ability to change your perspective on the current narrative of the history of Indigenous people in Canada.

Call us or visit our website to find out how you can witness our story through our lens, and gain a true understanding of the treaties that have shaped Canada as we know it today.

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Bay of the Beaver Canoe Tour

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Engage your senses and discover what lies beneath the surface of the pristine waters of Georgian Bay as you paddle through the ancient canoe routes of the Anishnaabe people.

This tour will enhance your perspective on the indigenous ways of life through sensory demonstrations of aquatic plants and how they were used for medicinal and practical purposes. While stopping to take in the breathtaking views of Lake Huron and the historic Wiikwemkoong fishing islands.

This calming experience will leave you with a deepened sense of appreciation for the land and water that sustains us all.

Whether you are a group of first-time canoers or experienced paddlers, this tour is accommodating for all skill levels and group sizes.

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Two people rowing a canoe on a lake
Woman sitting in a canoe

Bebamikawe “Making Footprints”

Reconnect with the land while you embark on a guided hike through the Bebamikawe Memorial Hiking Trail.

Our guides will share teachings of the medicinal and practical uses for plants, and sample teas from foraged ingredients as you learn about why Manitoulin Island is one of the most plant diverse ecosystems in North America.

Feel the energy of our ancestors as you are captivated by the interpretive story telling about historical encounters with the voyageurs, battles with the Iroquois people, and clan teachings that have been gifted by the creator.

Whether you have little-to-no hiking experience, or are an advanced hiker, this adaptive hiking experience can be accommodated to suit your preferences, and is also available to both small and large groups.

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Optional add-ons

Stone Cooked Venison & Tea

Stone Cooked Venison with the forest floor – Venison fried on flat rock stone with wild edibles found on the forest floor and mushrooms. Served with a hot or cold herbal tea foraged from local plants

Clay baked Georgian Bay trout & tea

Clay Baked Fresh Georgian Bay trout stuffed with sage, mint, sumac and honey or maple syrup. Wrapped in Plantain covered in clay and baked in coals/ Served with a hot or cold herbal tea.

Paddle the Night Sky Tour

Depart from Meeshkodewaang (Prairie Point) in the evening and paddle along the shorelines of Georgian Bay as the sun sets and the constellations begin to reveal themselves one star at a time.

Our guide will share teachings of traditional aquatic plans and medicines until the sunlight fades into the night sky, and then you will become engaged in the stories and legends of the water spirits, history of the trading routes and ancient battle sites with the Iroquois. Complete your tour under the dark sky with a relaxing tea composed of natural ingredients foraged from the land, as you sit by the fire and learn about the ancient teachings of the star-world and constellations that connect the creation stories and language of the Anishnaabek people.

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New – Culinary Experiences

Embark on a hike along the Bebamikawe Memorial Trail as you forage for edibles and natural ingredients used in your selected culinary experience. Our experiences will engage your senses with seasonal edibles found on the forest floor combined with wild game, fish, birds and hot/cold teas. Prepared over the open fire at the newly constructed Outdoor Culinary Space visitors will enjoy hands-on culinary experiences lead by your Indigenous guide while tasting traditional foods prepared specifically with your taste buds in mind.

Available- Select Dates in July & August 2021 

(Food allergy forms to be completed when booking)

 

Stone Cooked Venison & Tea

Available- Select Dates in July & August 2021

Stone Cooked Venison with the forest floor – Venison fried on flat rock stone with wild edibles found on the forest floor and mushrooms. Served with a hot or cold herbal tea foraged from local plants.

Hot Tea Sampling Options

  • Evergreen Foraged Tea with Maple Syrup – Pine, Cedar, Juniper and Spruce needles steeped in Maple water
  • Wild Rice and Berry Tea – Puffed wild rice, dried strawberries, Blueberries, wild mint steeped in Maple water

Cold Tea Sampling Options

  • Sumac Lemonade – Sumac berries steeped with spruce tips and sweetened with honey
  • Elderberry Juice – Elderberries, and elderberry flowers fermented with foraged wild licorice ferns and fresh mint.

Clay baked Georgian Bay trout & tea

Available- Select Dates in July & August 2021

Clay Baked Trout – Fresh Georgian Bay trout stuffed with sage, mint, sumac and honey. Wrapped in Plantain covered in clay and baked in coals/ Served with a hot or cold herbal tea.

Hot Tea Sampling Options

  • Evergreen Foraged Tea with Maple Syrup – Pine, Cedar, Juniper and Spruce needles steeped in Maple water
  • Wild Rice and Berry Tea – Puffed wild rice, dried strawberries, Blueberries, wild mint steeped in Maple water

Cold Tea Sampling Options

  • Sumac Lemonade – Sumac berries steeped with spruce tips and sweetened with honey
  • Elderberry Juice – Elderberries, and elderberry flowers fermented with foraged wild licorice ferns and fresh mint.

Cedar Plank Georgian Bay trout & tea

Available- Select Dates in July & August 2021

Fresh Georgian Bay trout cooked over a cedar plank. Glazed with maple syrup seasoned with sage, mint, sumac and served with wild rice. Served with hot or cold herbal tea.

Hot Tea Sampling Options

  • Evergreen Foraged Tea with Maple Syrup – Pine, Cedar, Juniper and Spruce needles steeped in Maple water
  • Wild Rice and Berry Tea – Puffed wild rice, dried strawberries, Blueberries, wild mint steeped in Maple water

Cold Tea Sampling Options

  • Sumac Lemonade – Sumac berries steeped with spruce tips and sweetened with honey
  • Elderberry Juice – Elderberries, and elderberry flowers fermented with foraged wild licorice ferns and fresh mint.

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