Indigenous traditional knowledge passed on from one generation to the next would share that the islands and waterways in South Eastern Ontario have been part of Indigenous history since time immemorial. The Haudenosaunee (or Six Nations) would travel these waters in either dug out or birch bark canoes to harvest fish and wildlife to sustain the long winters. The first documented proof of Indigenous presence would be a stone hunting point found on Gordan Island just east of Gananoque from the Paleo-Indian cultures of 7000 to 9000 years ago.
Today, this region provides several authentic ways to experience this Indigenous connection to the land and water. Visitors can feel the spirit of our Indigenous ancestors on the shores of the river or witness the cultural revitalization by visiting a pow wow. During your time here, you can discover the talent and teachings of our traditional knowledge keepers, support local artisans, and find authentic experiences that connect you to the rich history of this land in making baskets or lacrosse sticks, medicine walks and tasting traditional Indigenous foods.