Mi’kmaq Heritage Tour in Atlantic Canada

Indigenous Art and Culture: Local History and Locally Made Indigenous Artwork
5 Days | Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick
Feast on traditional local cuisine, purchase authentic art and hear the stories and local history of the Mi’kmaq Peoples and their families on the east coast of Canada.

Start Price

$1,130*

Duration

5 Days

Region

Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

Activity Level

Moderate

Availability

May - October

Trip Highlights

Metepenagiag Lodge
Metepenagiag Heritage Park
Guided Tour of Lennox Island
MicMac Productions

Region: Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick

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Itinerary

Day 1

Flight: from Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) to Charlottetown Airport (YYG)
Pick Up: National Car Rental System, Inc.
Check-In: Delta Hotels by Marriott Prince Edward Island

Located on the city’s dynamic harbourfront, this first-class hotel offers upscale comfort, newly-renovated guest rooms and lobby, with sweeping harbourfront guest rooms, and unparalleled Island hospitality. In the heart of downtown, amid plenty of culinary delights, minutes to the best beaches in North America, performing arts centers and the vibrant Victoria Row scene, The Delta Prince Edward is the perfect destination for your every need. Inside, décor invokes nature through modern materials, and is complemented by amenities including distinct dining experiences at Water’s Edge Resto Bar & Grill, as well as Brakish, your local dockside seasonal eatery. The locale is becoming renowned for culinary delights and inspired menus using local purveyors of farm and garden products. Guests can find a wellness spa, a spacious indoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and on-site massage services.

Website: www.Marriott.com

Day 2

MicMac Productions

Inside a studio on a small island in Malpeque Bay, artists are getting ready for a busy summer season, creating ceramic wares, pots and figurines based on the stories of the legendary figure, Glooscap. The handmade pots are marked with traditional Mi’kmaq designs. Close by, handwoven Mi’kmaq baskets await their future owners, too.

Located on the Lennox Island First Nation on Prince Edward Island, Micmac Productions is a company creating regional Indigenous art. It formed in the mid-1990s, when Charlie Sark Sr. retired and realized there was a place in the market for locally made Indigenous artwork, and decided to do something about it. He hired a British artist to train local craftspeople in mould-making techniques. Then, they built a workshop and began producing ceramic pottery. Traditional and contemporary handwoven baskets also became part of the offerings.

Today, these artworks are for sale at Indian Art & Crafts of North America on the Lennox Island First Nation. Both Micmac Productions and Indian Art & Crafts of North America are operated by Charlie’s wife, Doreen Sark and her family.

Lennox Island

The Path of Our Forefathers is a stacked-loop nature trail that leads hikers through history-rich forests and along the scenic shores of Lennox Island Trail. Its two loops offer visitors the option of walking 3 or 10 km. Guided tours are regularly scheduled during July and August, or available upon request to groups who register in advance. Subjects include traditional forest use, local history, local ecology and family history. While local guides can help visitors get the most out of the trails, there are also interpretative signs at key sections of the trail for visitors who prefer a self-guided tour.

The island’s rich history ensures these trails are full of highlights reflecting Lennox Island’s most significant moments, culture, people and ecology. Prior to the centralization of the community, Lennox Islanders were spread throughout the 1320-acre island. As the trail weaves its way along the shores and forests, it passes the former homesteads of many of the island’s significant historical figures including Joe Tuplin and Danny and Matilda Lewis – significant former elders in our community – and Lem and Madeliene Labobe, who were known for their fine traditional medicines.

Day 3

Metepenagiag Lodge

Pisgwa’ Welcome to the Metepenagiag Lodge (Meh-deh-b’nag-ghee-agh) where you’ll find what every traveller needs, a comfy bed. Surrounded by nature with stunning views of the beautiful river, this beautiful cedar lodge sits on the high banks overlooking the Miramichi River and is just 20 minutes outside the City of Miramichi. Looking to experience some outdoor adventures, the lodge also has access to its own fishing pools and walking trails. Feast on traditional local cuisine that can be prepared especially for you. Located within walking distance from the lodge is one of New Brunswick’s newest attraction, the Metepenagiag Heritage Park. Come experience and learn about Mi’kmaq culture that has existed here for over 30 centuries.

Website: www.RedBankLodge.com

Day 4

Metepenagiag Heritage Park

Visit this state of the art facility in the heart of our enduring community that tells the story of the Mi’kmaq of Metepenagiag.

There is much to discover at Metepenagiag Heritage Park. Experience Mi’kmaq culture that has existed here for over 30 centuries. Share our music and listen to our oral history as handed down to us through generations by our Mi’kmaq Elders, who have greeted all visitors on our shores. Walk our trails in the footsteps of ancestors overlooking the river that has sustained us since time immemorial.

Website: www.MetPark.ca

Day 5

Flight: from Fredericton Airport (YFC) to Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ)

What's Included

This package includes experiences with the following authentic Indigenous tourism businesses:

  • Micmac Productions, owned and operated by the Sark Family (Mi'kmaw)
  • Lennox Island Trail runs through Lennox Island First Nation
  • Metepenagiag Heritage Park and Metepenagiag Lodge, owned by the Mi'kmaq of Metepenagiag

Package includes:

  • 2 nights deluxe accommodation
  • 2 nights moderate accommodation
  • Guided tour of Lennox Island
  • Admittance and guided tour of Metepenagiag Heritage Park

* Package price is the suggested starting price per person based on a double occupancy and does not include taxes.

** Flight option not included in package price. Transportation may vary to customer request and availability.

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