Adventure Summary:Stay in a Tipi in Canada. Experience a traditional native Canadian Tipi and try canoeing in a rabaska, discover ancient petroglyphs and visit a traditional workshop. Includes 2 nights in a Tipi, transfers and first night in Montreal. Matakan Native Experience makes an interesting and exciting addition to a family holiday in Canada. Stay in a traditional Tipi in Canada, meet the Atikamekw Tribe and experience a traditional way of life on this 3 night/4 day Matakan Native Experience adventure.
Type of Adventure:
From Age 6
4 days / 3 nights
Where is it?
Manawan is approximately 270 kms from Montreal, Quebec.
Guaranteed departures every Monday or Wednesday from Montreal. Minimum 2 people – maximum 12 people. Extra overnights in Montreal are available – please ask for details.
Please note that accommodation at the reserve is in a Tipi. These Tipis are basic, simple and traditional.
1 night overnight in Montreal 2 nights overnight in a Tipi at the reserve Transfer between the reserve and Montreal by minibus 3 breakfasts, picnic lunch and 2 dinners Activities described
Day 1: Arrive Montreal Arrive in Montreal and make your way to your downtown hotel. Overnight Montreal. Day 2: Montreal – Manawan After breakfast discover Montreal on your own. In the afternoon you will be collected from your hotels and driven the 3-hrs to Manawan. Upon arrival meet your native guides and enjoy a motorboat transfer (35 mins) to Lake Kemp. Once on the native site of Matakan, set up the tipi bedding and enjoy dinner by the camp fire. Overnight in the Tipi. Day 3: Matakan Site on Lake Kemp The adventure begins with an introduction to canoeing and learning about the site. Discover ancient petroglyphs (rock carvings) and then step on a rabaska (large, traditional canoe) for a group outing. Enjoy a picnic lunch on a wild river beach. In the afternoon, a traditional workshop awaits you; learn about either building a canoe, the Atikamekw native language or medicinal plants. A traditional dinner cook-out will be followed by a sunset hike in the forest. Share your experience together with your guides around the evening fire. Overnight Tipi. Day 4: Manawan – Montreal After breakfast return to Manawan by motorboat. Stop at one of the great beaver dams for an interpretive session. Transfer back to Montreal by minibus for the rest of your holiday!
Stuff for Kids
Matakan is a fun and interesting experience for children as they will learn about the cultural heritage of a Canadian Native community tribe. There are also local children at the reserve who are always keen to meet other children!