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After recording a podcast at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, I caught the shuttle out to Wendake, a reserve about a 20-minute drive from Quebec City.
This reserve is home to the Wendat, a First Nations people who relocated their village to this particular area back in the late 1600s. My first stop was the traditional site and there I met Sébastien from Wendake Tourism.
Sébastien introduced me to Arakwa who took us on a tour of the site. Along the way she told me why the French started to call the Wendat people ‘Huron’, how a dream catcher works, how their canoes are built and lots more.
And there’s more to see in the area after you’re finished with the traditional site. You can check out the Hôtel - Musée Premières Nations where you’ll find a museum housing a very interesting collection of artefacts belonging to the First Nations people. At the moment, they also have a very colourful temporary exhibition displaying works of art by a First Nations artist.
For those looking for something a bit more active, there’s a long hiking trail and plenty of wooded areas to explore. There’s also Kabir Kouba Fall, a waterfall that was especially impressive when we visited today thanks to the amount of rain that’s fallen here in the last while.
Wendake is such an interesting area filled with history and plenty of things to see and do, and I’d recommend the trip to anyone visiting Quebec City. You’ll be able to find out more about this area soon as I recorded a podcast about Wendake with Sébastien this afternoon.