Spend a day discovering Canada’s First Nations traditions. Here are six great day trip ideas to incorporate into a day trip or overnight adventure in and around Southern Ontario.
Woodland Cultural Centre, within the Brantford and Six Nations communities, is a fascinating place to discover the history, language, intellect and cultural heritage of the Anishinaabe and Onkwehon:we people.
At Crawford Lake Conservation Area in Halton, explore the Iroquoian village and learn about local First Nations history. You’ll have the unique opportunity to explore two 15th-century reconstructed longhouses and enjoy very cool immersive programming. Be sure to take in the Fire Over Water Exhibit by Wyandot artist and Faith Keeper Catherine Tàmmaro.
The Pow Wow is one way First Nations people share their unique customs and cultural identity through the heartbeat of the drum, song and dance. Each July, the Grand River Champion of Champions Pow Wow at the Six Nations of the Grand River showcases pride in music, dance, arts and crafts.
This summer, Nish Dish Pop-Up Restaurant is serving up traditional, local Indigenous cuisine at Crawford Lake Conservation Area on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. From bison sausage to wild rice and strawberry juice, guests will be able to enjoy First Nations foods that respect the land and nourish the body.
Looking for even more ways to discover First Nations traditions in southern Ontario this summer? Visit our Pick Pack Go page to create a getaway built around First Nations attractions and events.
Know Before You Go
We’re thrilled that Ontario is reopening and can’t wait to welcome you to Hamilton Halton Brant. As a few of our region’s tourism partners may take some additional time to return to their pre-pandemic operating capacities and protocols, feel free to reach out to the places you plan on visiting in advance to confirm that they’re ready to serve you in the way you’re expecting.