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Discover Nemaska

The community of Nemaska which means “Place to Fish” is nestled on the shore of beautiful Champion Lake. Centrally located, Nemaska is a wonderful place to relax while taking in the natural beauty of our vast territory.

Discover unique experiences in the Cree Nation of Nemaska and see the land through the eyes of the Crees; share the native culture, traditions, experience, and knowledge of the territory and its natural surroundings.

We see tourism as an opportunity to both protect and promote our rich cultural heritage and amazing traditional lands. We want to promote sustainable methods of tourism by supporting the involvement and participation of local residents; and we want to encourage you - our visitors - to actively immerse yourself in our community and enjoy a journey of personal discovery.


Getting to Nemaska   Accommodations & Services

 

Activities in Nemaska

Summer & Fall Activities

Summer & Fall activities that include sight seeing tours, canoe & camping excursions, Sleep under the stars in traditional tee-pee and many more.

Winter Activities

Winter activities that include ice fishing on Rupert's river & Champion Lake, Snowshoe walking, Dogsledding and Snowmobile excursions, and many more.

Old Nemaska Days

Annual gathering and celebrations at the Old Nemaska post, the orginal settlement of the Nemaska Eenouch. All are welcome to this event. Boat service available.

Visit the Rupert River

Visit the Rupert River, one of the largest rivers in Quebec. Enjoy a leisurely canoe trip and visit camps and familiesd along the Rupert river.

 

Like each of our Cree communities, Nemaska excels at ‘spontaneous’ tourism. What does this mean? It means there are people in the community glad to help you have a truly memorable experience while you are here.

The Cree Nation of Nemaska strives to be a proud community respectful of our individual and collective obligations, demonstrating strong ethics in order to achieve growth through sustainable human and economic development.

Many residents of the Cree community of Nemaska are expert trappers and tallymen, hunters and fishers, cooks and camp makers, born and raised in the bush. Their extensive knowledge and collective experience is now passed down to the younger generations of Cree. Today, the land speaks through them. They are excellent communicators and storytellers, and have for many years led groups from across Canada, the US, and Europe. The Nemaska community will ensure that the travel experience is educational and meaningful for both the host and visitor.

 

Summer & Fall Activities in Nemaska


Summer/ Fall Season: June to November
 
  • Sight seeing tours (natural environment)
  • Historical portage trails
  • Beach combing & trekking excursions
  • Visit historical/ traditional sites (Old Nemaska)
  • Canoe & camping excursions
  • Experience traditional & cultural lifestyle of local residents
  • Taste traditional foods prepared by the Cree host in a traditional tee-pee
  • Camp stories around evening fire/ oral history/ Cree legends
  • Sleep under the stars in traditional tee-pee
  • Lodge or log cabin accommodation
  • Fishing, setting nets, smoking fish (Sturgeon, Pike, Walleye, Trout)
  • Moose and bear hunting, setting traps, explore bear dens
 

Winter Activities in Nemaska


Winter Season: January 15- April 15

  • Sight seeing tours (natural environment)
  • Snowshoe, dog sledding and snowmobile excursions
  • Visit to historical/ traditional sites (Old Nemaska)
  • Lodge or log cabin accommodation
  • Overnight stay in traditional tee-pees during expeditions
  • Camp stories around evening fire in tee-pee/ oral history/ Cree legends
  • Taste traditional foods prepared by Cree host
  • Verify beaver traps, partridge & ptarmigan & caribou hunting, learn the preparation of traditional foods following the hunt
  • Experience traditional culture and lifestyle of local residents
  • Ice fishing on the Rupert River and Champion Lake
  • Traditional festivities in Nemaska (Walking Out Ceremonies)
  • Night sky observations include the Northern Lights
 
 

Our Land Speaks through our People & Culture

Two important traditional activities are part of life in Nemaska. The Goose hunt in the spring and the Moose hunt in the fall. These unique experiences provide a window into the ancestral traditional Cree life.

The local trappers and hunters invites you to experience the hunt and life in the bush. You can experience the whole process of the hunt, from the kill to the food preparation in the various camps located in and around Nemaska.

Experience traditional & cultural lifestyle of the Crees and fish and trap with our local tallymen. Experience an unforgetable adventure and enjoy what mother nature has provided all of us.

 

 

Traditional Activities


Goose Break

The Goose break in May is a traditional holiday during which families spend 2 weeks in the bush for the annual goose hunt.


Moose Break

Moose break in November when families set for their traditional trapline for the annual moose hunt.


Old Nemaska Days

Annual gathering at the old post to celebrate Old Nemaska days.

 
 

Getting to Nemaska


By Plane

AirCreebec provides direct flights from Montreal 5 days a week, and connecting flights to Nemaska from most of the other Cree communities as well as Chibougamau. Visit www.aircreebec.ca to see their flight schedule and make reservations.

By Road

Nemaska is accessible by road via any major city or town in Quebec. There are 2 possible routes you can take by road.

James Bay Road

The James Bay Road (the northern most paved highway in Eastern Canada)starts at Matagami and goes all the way to Radisson. This route is the most common route for travellers passing Val D’or or Amos.

Route du Nord

The Route du Nord (North Road) is an isolated gravel road that connects Chibogamau with the James Bay Road (French: Route de la Baie James) at km 275. It is 407 kilometers (253 mi) long, all of it is unpaved but maintained all year long.

Arriving in Nemaska and getting around

There are no taxi services in Nemaska, so you should arrange for transportation from the airport to town before you arrive. If you are staying at the Hotel let them know when you are arriving and they may be able to arrange something for you, or call the Tourism Officer ahead of time.

Our community is fairly small, so getting around on foot is easy unless you have some mobility challenges. If so, once again call the Tourism Officer and they may be able to help you arrange for transportation.

Alternatively, car rentals are available at the airport.



 
 

Accomodations and General Services

The following is a list of services available in Nemaska. For general information, please contact us via our contact page.


Nemaska Motel & Restaurant
819-673-2615
819-673-2233
C. Central Lodge
819-673-2020
819-673-2025
Peggies Restaurant
819-673-2236
N/A
 

Nemaska Gas Bar
819-673-2559
819-673-2542
First Nation's Bank
819-673-2733
N/A
General Store
819-673-2525
N/A
 

Nemaska Clinic
819-673-2511
819-673-2554
Canada Post
819-673-2565
N/A
Hardware Store
819-673-2217
N/A
 

Nemaska Public Safety
819-673-2442
819-673-2000
Sports Complex
819-673-2217
819-673-2245
EEPF Police Force
819-673-2506
819-673-2158