For centuries the Algonquin nation gathered, celebrated, and traded on Victoria Island. Sitting between the Chaudière and Portage bridges in the Ottawa River, the small island is considered to be traditional territory by Aboriginal Peoples, who use the space to educate and enlighten. Aboriginal Experiences take visitors on a journey back into history, exposing them to First Peoples from across North America — their food, art, and culture. Taste traditional foods such as bison and venison at the Aboriginal café, experience authentic dance performances, and gain a greater understanding of their ways of life at the Trading Post. Currently open only to group bookings, May through October.
- Victoria Island, where Aboriginal Experiences is located, was for thousands of years a meeting place for the Algonquin nation, used for gatherings, trading and celebrations.
- This First Peoples' village offers interpretive guided tours, a storytelling theatre, powwow dance performances and hands-on craft-making experiences.
- The Aboriginal Café invites you to sample buffalo burgers, smoked venison sausages, grilled maple salmon and weekly specials featuring indigenous ingredients.
- Visit the on-site Trading Post for authentic souvenirs including dreamcatchers, medicine wheels, jewellery, prints, artwork and hand-crafted pieces.
- The site is open for group bookings July 1 through Labour Day, and welcomes schools and tours before and after the summer season as well.
- Experience the new Summer Solstice Aboriginal Arts Festival, celebrating National Aboriginal Day and the beginning of summer.