Due to the recent flooding in the Ottawa Region, our tour organizer has had to change the location and modify the schedule for the day.
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY/ MONTEBELLO/ STORYTELLING/DREAMCATCHER & HERBAL MEDICINE WORKSHOP
CANADIAN MUSEUM OF HISTORY
Today, your group will experience a taste of our local Indigenous culture. The group will board the bus with our Indigenous Story Teller and be transported to the Canadian Museum of History where he will take you on a guided tour of the Museum. Nestled along the banks of the Ottawa River, the Canadian Museum of History is a tribute to Canadian history. Its Indigenous-inspired architecture and extensive artifact collection has positioned it as one of the top Museums in North America. Your group will visit early Canada and learn the traditional ways of the Indigenous peoples, be able to walk through a life size Tee Pee, discover how the Inuit survive the cold north climate, and learn the rich history of Canadian Civilization. As Canada’s largest museum, it is truly a wonder to experience. After the tour, we will give you some time to explore the gift shop.
The group will then be transported to the famous Chateau Montebello, the world’s largest log structure built on traditional Native land. The group will have lunch at the Chateau. The group will then take part in an Herbal Medicine and Dreamcatcher workshop. After the workshop, they will be mesmerized by Daniel Richer, our Indigenous Storyteller, who will regale the guests with the history of the region and the Chateau and, of course, end with the famous Dreamcatcher story. If there is time, the group can stop at the Fromagerie to get some fresh cheese curds made on site.
Please note any food allergies prior to your tour so that they can be accommodated.
DREAMCATCHER & HERBAL MEDICINE WORKSHOP
Your group will learn all about herbal medicine from an Indigenous practitioner. She will teach your group about how to heal wounds and treat ailments all with plants, roots and trees that are found in nature. You will even be able to make your own remedy to take home with you.
In addition, she will teach your group how to make Dream Catchers. These totems are hung above a person’s bed and, the legend goes, that all of your bad dreams are captured and held within the web of the dream catcher, while the good dreams are allowed to pass through. Dream catchers are a wonderful gift and a great memento of your stay in Ottawa. Everyone will be able to make their own to take home with them.
NOTE: Tour operates rain or shine. Lunch includes a three-course meal, coffee/tea, plus one non-alcoholic beverage, and gratuity. All alcohol is at an additional cost.