Kahnawake, Montérégie, Quebec, Canada

Kahnawake is a Mohawk Indian reservation (one of the six Iroquois nations) in Quebec, located in the administrative region of Montérégie. Its population is about 8000 individuals with approximately 6,500 living on the reservation and it was established in 1667. He assumed his current position since 1716. The term Sault-Saint-Louis distinguishes Kahnawake from other Amerindian villages of Lower Canada including St. Regis (Akwesasne) Deux-Montagnes (Oka-Kanesatake), the Abenaki village of St. Francis and the Wendat-Huron village of Lorette but the term Sault-Saint-Louis is not really used today except in the context of land claims. Since 1760, the Kahnawake Iroquois claim a portion of their territory, the lordship of Sault St. Louis, which was annexed to the neighboring lordship of La Prairie de la Madeleine. Today, they have only 11,000 acres of the original 40,000 acres.

Tips

When visiting the reserve, go to the tourist office next to the main St. Kateri Shrine where you can get all the necessary information for a good visit. They will give you a free map and a tourist booklet too.
You can of course visit shops selling regional products even as have a meal in a local restaurant.

 

La P’tite cabane d’la côte, Mirabel, Quebec, Canada

La P’tite cabane d’la côte is a sugar shack and maple grove located in Mirabel (40 minutes from Montreal). It operates only on reservation especially with groups. It is also possible to visit it with schools and there are different activities for all ages. There are old-fashioned facilities (boilers and torches), maple water picking, sleigh rides and other activities for groups. The meal is abundant and of a very good quality and there is a large room where you will find musicians playing Quebec music on Friday and Saturday nights. You will also find a kiosk where you can buy their products. For the little ones there is a mini-farm.

Tips

You can bring your drink.

There is a promotion with very attractive prices for each child accompanied by an adult from Monday to Thursday evening.

Open from February, 25th  to April, 29th  2018 by reservation only.
 

Nature Park ‘Bois de l’Île Bizard’, île Bizard, Ste-Geneviève, Montreal, Quebec

The Nature Park ‘Bois de l’Ile Bizard’ includes sugar maple trees, cedar groves and marshes. It has a magnificent view of the Lake of Two Mountains. This is a place where you can go walking and cycling but also in winter you can practice cross-country skiing (20km) or go snowshoeing (10km). There are several paths in this large star-shaped park; it even has a bridge that crosses the great swamp. You can see some animals like ducks, beavers, turtles, birds. In spring and fall, it’s a good place to watch migrating geese and other birds in the lake. In summer you can also enjoy swimming, canoeing, fishing or having a picnic (barbecue allowed).

Tips

If you want to walk around with your pet, in this park it’s possible.
In winter you have a snowshoe and ski rental on site.
The park is open all year long.