Wednesday August 14, 2013. Day Off

Paul and Lois spent the day doing laundry, sitting in cafes and visiting the shops in the Old Town. As we had visited Quebec City on a few previous occasions, we were content to just enjoy the ambience of this beautiful historic city.

Twite team contribution #4: Team Twite decided to keep their legs exercised and cycled out to the Wendake First Nations reserve to the north-west of Quebec City.  The town is home to Onhoüa Chetek8e, a museum based around a recreated traditional Wendat (a.k.a. Huron) village.  Whilst small and somewhat touristy, the museum provided a fascinating insight into the tribe, who left their traditional territory in Southern Ontario (on the edge of Lake Huron) in the 17th century following a huge number of deaths due to diseases such as smallpox and measles – brought by European settlers and against which the aboriginal community had no immunity – and war with the Iroquois nations.  Traditionally a sedentary tribe who lived in longhouses and grew crops as well as hunting, the Wendat eventually settled in Wendake in the late 17th Century and have remained there ever since.  We learnt a lot about the traditional Wendat way of life, including living in a longhouse (with all of your relations under one roof), building traditional canoes (which the Wendat specialised in and was one of the commodities that they traded) and which part of a beaver is the best to eat (the tail, apparently)!  We also ate lunch inspired by traditional Wendat cuisine – in our case, sunflower seed soup followed by wild rice with either elk sausages or deer chilli.
We cycled back via the Chute-Montmorency, an impressive waterfall (98.5 feet higher than Niagara Falls!) close to the Saint Lawrence. In the evening we all went out for a wonderful four-course seafood dinner at Le Marie-Clarisse in Quebec Old Town, before watching a large fireworks display over the Saint Lawrence.

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