· Dates: 3/1-3/9
· Max. Size: 10
· Tuition: $1300
· Travel Not Included
Experience The North
We’re heading back to northern Quebec in March, 2019, where we’ll spend a week in the bush experiencing Cree culture from our guides David and Anna Bosum.
Prerequisites: None. It will be cold. You’ll need a good sleeping bag (at least -20 F) and cold weather clothing. But you don’t need any previous experience.
Itinerary: To be updated – this is from a previous trip
Thursday, 1/12. For those carpooling, we can meet for dinner and to go over gear, etc., in New Hampshire.
Friday morning, 1/13. Meet in NH (location to be determined) at 7 am. We will drive north, planning on spending the night in either La Toque or Lac St. Jean, depending on weather. On our last trip we stopped in La Tuque and spent the night at Motel de la Riviere ( http://www.motellarivierelatuque.com/ ) where we split rooms to save money. Everyone liked the hotel. We ate dinner at Restaurant Le Parasol ( http://www.restoleparasol.com/ ), and I’d like to do so again as the food was amazing. Two words: Duck Poutine. I’ll leave it at that.
Saturday, 1/14. We’ll be up early and on the road. We plan to arrive in Ouje before nightfall. We’ll spend the night in town and they will have dinner for us.
Sunday, 1/15. In the morning we’ll snowshoe out to our bush camp. We’ll be with David Bosum as our guide the entire week.
Saturday, 1/21. We’ll snowshoe back to Ouje and have hot showers, then spend the afternoon at the Cree Cultural Center, an amazing facility that tells the story of the people. We’ll have dinner in Ouje.
Sunday, 1/22. We’ll depart Ouje at 5 am sharp and do a marathon drive back to NH (weather permitting), where we’ll arrive late. In case of bad weather we’ll stop somewhere for the night.
We will make every effort to stick to the itinerary, but in the event of nasty weather we won’t sacrifice safety for an arbitrary deadline.
The course tuition covers from when we arrive in Ouje until we depart Ouje. Traveling expenses are NOT included. This will include 2-3 nights in a hotel (one in NH, one night in La Tuque on the ride up, possibly one night on the way back), meals, and splitting the vehicle-related expenses (gas, etc).
We’ll be in touch before the trip to talk about vehicles, who’s driving, how many spots they have, etc. This option has worked for us in the past and is a lot cheaper than renting a van (if we could even still rent one that allowed us to cross the border). We’ll get a head count on this early on.
- Drive your own vehicle and meet us there. Another great option.
- Fly to Chibougoumou from Montreal via Air Creebec ( aircreebec.ca )
Tuition: $1300 plus travel expenses. See below for more information.
Deposit of $650 is needed to hold your spot.
Since we’re acting as the middle man in this, we won’t be accepting paypal payments unless there is an added amount to cover their fees. We will be accepting Dwolla, as their fees are only $0.25 per transaction. We’ll also be accepting checks and money orders.
Paypal fee calculator: http://thefeecalculator.com/ – $1,339.13
- Tanner, Adrian. Bringing Home Animals, Second Edition.
- Frenette, Jacques. The History Of The Chibougamau Crees: An Amerindian Band Reveals Its Identity.
- Cree Trappers Speak.