The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations and Musée Huron-Wendat: Perfect Fall & Winter Destinations!

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The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is a fascinating destination just minutes outside of Quebec City. Last spring, it won the Top-Canada Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best 2022 award—the highest distinction handed out each year by the American website. The 4-star establishment offers a number of fall and winter activities in partnership with the neighbouring Musée huron-wendat, paired with the delicious creations of the restaurant La Traite and its Michelin-starred chef Marc de Passorio, who has prepared an exquisite holiday menu now open for reservations. Here’s what’s in store…


The restaurant La Traite at the Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations, known for its exceptional cuisine honouring local Indigenous products, and its Michelin-starred chef Marc de Passorio are proud to unveil their new winter menu featuring delicious seasonal products.

There will also be an exclusive four-course holiday menu from December 23 to January 7, featuring original culinary creations that combine Mr. de Passorio’s expertise with traditional Indigenous cooking techniques. Not to mention a special five-course meal on New Year’s Eve with traditional entertainment, canapés and champagne, or a gourmet brunch on New Year’s Day served at 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.!

Hatiyöndahskehen’ (ancestors) escape game: Lights in the Sky

The Musée huron-wendat is hosting an enigmatic adventure created in collaboration with Défi-Évasion, highlighting five unique locations on the museum site. Ancestral lights are said to have recently appeared above the museum.

According to the information provided, these lights are a message from ancestors or spirits. To listen to the message, you’ll have to find ancient artifacts and place them where they belong, solving puzzles along the way. Suitable for families and adult groups of 2 to 6 players.

Duration: 2 hours. Details and tickets available now at


Every day, from December 17, 2022, to January 3, 2023, inclusively, between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., the
 Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations will be offering a range of fun, cultural activities for the whole family, along with other great deals. Visitors can also rent snowshoes from the hotel any time and discover the many trails nearby.

For details and reservations

Esk8entesa (the day grows a little) discovery tour

Want to learn all about the history, culture and way of life of the Huron-Wendat people? Don’t miss the museum’s Esk8entesa discovery tour, exhibits and cultural sites. This two-hour guided tour covers the following sites:

  • the Territories, Memories, Knowledge permanent exhibition
  • the current temporary exhibition
  • the Ekionkiestha’ national longhouse
  • the Notre-Dame-de-Lorette church

the exterior of the Tsawenhohi house, home of the former Grand Chief of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Nicolas Vincent Tsawenhohi; fire and tea on site.

Duration: 2 hours – 9:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m. (in English), 1:30 p.m.

10:00 a.m. & 3:30 p.m.: workshop on Canada’s oldest Christmas carol:
17th century Jesous Ahatonhia and Yaronta’ (tree) decorating

Feel the spirit of Canada’s oldest Christmas carol at the Musée huron-wendat! During the Jesous Ahatonhia workshop, visitors will discover—or rediscover—the Wendat language and the history of Father Jean de Brébeuf. Participants are then invited to a holiday workshop where they will decorate a piece of bark and write their favourite word in the Huron-Wendat language.

Duration: 1 hour.

4:30 p.m: Talking stick workshop

Children and adults will enjoy this crafts workshop, where they can create their very own talking stick to represent their clan and family. People take turns speaking as they pass around the talking stick, which helps regulate the conversation. Still used in some families to this day, this traditional object is sure to provide an unforgettable experience and may even come in handy at home!

Duration: 1 hour, bilingual.

Onhwa’ Lumina: an enchanted night walk

Wendake is expecting many visitors for Onhwa’ Lumina, a 1.2-kilometre enchanted night walk celebrating the life and values of the great Huron-Wendat Nation. Under a starry sky, participants will be transported by the magic of light, projections, rhythm and ancestral songs as they set out to meet the Wendat people. This immersive multimedia experience will take visitors on a collective adventure rich with emotion. The course is open 4 seasons and will be open 7 days a week from December 22, 2022 to January 7, 2023

Details and tickets available now at




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