Seasonality has always been important to natives. Adapting your lifestyle to the different conditions of the environment was essential. Our seasonal activities are an opportunity to discover some of these lifestyles. In fact, the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations, in collaboration with the Huron-Wendat Museum, offers additional activities during the winter period to complete your experience in the Indigenous territory!
In addition to these typical winter activities, we also offer “Myths and Legends” evening activities year-round, guided Discovery Tours, tours of the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse, and craft workshops.
Accompanied by an artisan, you’ll make a talking stick.
The talking stick is a tool that was and sometimes still is used in tribal councils to help regulate dialogue. In short, the person holding the stick has the floor. Some families still use it at home today! When making this one, the artisan will explain its importance to you. You’ll design it yourself to represent your clan—your family! It’s sure to be an unforgettable memory and something that may come in handy at home! Experience this activity with family or friends. Available daily. Reservation required.
This is an experience not to be missed in Wendake!
The Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse is about experiencing the traditional lifestyles of the pre-contact period first-hand. This place of discovery is a journey to the very heart of these lifestyles. With your family, group, or friends, you’ll be impressed by its high palisades, the garden highlighting the agriculture of the time, and the interior of this house.
The longhouse is accessible in various ways: through Huron-Wendat Museum Regular or Discovery tours, the “Myths and Legends” activity, or an overnight stay. A must in the greater Québec City region!
High Season : Accompanied by an Indigenous artisan, you’ll make a traditional necklace made of wooden beads and leather lace. The artisan will guide you step by step in its preparation and will explain the symbolism of the different materials available to you. This workshop is also suitable for young children, including elements of beadwork to suit their abilities. It’s a perfect activity to do with family or friends, and everyone will bring home a souvenir! Available daily. Reservation required.
On reservation, minimum of 2 persons.
Maximum of a family of 4 people
Low Season : Available by reservation. Minimum two people. Reserve by phone at 418-847-1835 or online.
The “Myths and Legends” activity takes place at our Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse. The longhouse, a dwelling of the Iroquoian people built entirely of wood and bark and heated with three fires, provides a magical setting for this exceptional immersive experience.
Rooted in oral tradition, “Myths and Legends” activities have always been part of Indigenous culture. The “Myths and Legends” activities offer you an experience inspired by ancient traditions! In the heart of the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse, in the glow of a fire, with an Indigenous storyteller: this setting has everything you need for a unique, authentic, and above all magical experience. The stories will address several important Indigenous cultural notions. The storytellers will shed light on the culture of the Huron-Wendat Nation from a completely different angle by telling you about the creation of Mother Earth and the Pleiades and other myths that shaped their childhood. These evenings are suitable for both children and adults.
Available nightly in English or French, by reservation.
Minimum of two people.
The “Myths and Legends” activity is also offered in all our overnight longhouse packages. This night of unusual accommodation is equally suitable for families, couples, groups of friends, and school groups. This immersion in the Iroquoian ways of life will be unforgettable memories of your stay in Wendake. The Overnight in a Longhouse package includes:
• One night in the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse;
• Our popular “Myths and Legends” activity;
• The services of a fire warden who takes care of your dreams and the fire throughout the night;
• A room at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations for modern convenience;
• Sleeping bag;
• Access to the swimming pool*;
• Breakfast at Restaurant La Traite; and
• Service charge.
Overnight stays are offered in both summer and winter. The sleeping bags provided are planned according to the temperature.
Do you want to discover the longhouse in another way and learn more about the lifestyles of the pre-contact era, Huron-Wendat culture, and its heritage? This is what the Esk8entesa Discovery Tour offers. In addition to the Ekionkiestha’ National Longhouse, you’ll visit several places that are part of Huron-Wendat cultural heritage in addition to the permanent and temporary exhibitions of the Huron-Wendat Museum.