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Indigenous Experiences

Discover Ontario’s First Nations' intriguing history and culture from colourful Pow Wows to guided nature tours, evocative artwork to indigenous cuisine.

Indigenous Experiences

Witness the moving spectacle of swirling feathers and jingling feet at an annual Pow Wow such as Manitoulin Island's Wikwemikong, the continent's largest and longest-running First Nations celebration. Sample local delights like bannock, Indian tacos and strawberry juice, and admire Indigenous sculpture, paintings, and crafts such as porcupine quill baskets and porcelain ornaments. Enter a world of longhouses, pictographs and teepees, some accessible only by floatplane, canoe or train. Learn about history that remains alive in Ontario.

Must See

Must See

GREAT SPIRIT CIRCLE TRAIL, MANITOULIN ISLAND

Experience the past and the present with nature-based Indigenous tours.

POW WOWS ON MANITOULIN ISLAND

Traditional ceremonies celebrating First Nations culture, food and history.

NATIONAL GALLERY OF CANADA, OTTAWA

Explore the Indigenous Art Collection.

SAINTE MARIE AMONG THE HURONS, MIDLAND

Visit a reconstructed Indigenous village and learn about Ontario's earliest European settlers.

An Indigenous dancer with Parliament in the background

Aborginal Experiences, Ottawa

Groups can visit Victoria Island in downtown Ottawa to tour a traditional native village, share songs and dances, and savour a buffet of First Nations cuisine.

The lower body of an Indigenous dancer

POW WOWS

Experience the dazzling display of dancers in brilliantly coloured regalia representing different legends and tribes. Listen to the haunting beat of the drum, and songs about warriors, honour and social life passed down by the elders for generations. Pow Wows are sacred to the people of the First Nations, who have gathered for decades to renew friendships and celebrate with song, food, dance and storytelling.