The Big Day Out

FIRST NATIONS DAY OUT – CAD$85.00 per person

Participants of the Ottawa Vintage Rugby Festival have the privilege of being hosted at the Kitigan Zibi Reserve.

The Kitigan Zibi Reserve of the Algonquin Nation is excited to host the world travellers attending the World Vintage Rugby Carnival. Although accustomed to being involved with festivals it is a rare pleasure to host visitors on the reserve.

The 184 square kilometre Kitigan Zibi Reserve is located in the beautiful Gatineau Hills in Quebec.

The reserve is bounded by the Eagle River along its west side, by the Desert River on the north side, and the Gatineau River on the east side. Most of its development is along or near Highway 105, while forest still covers much of the reserve.

It is also home to 13 fresh water lakes with areas in excess of 250,000 square metres (2,700,000 sq ft) or 25 hectares (62 acres) and approximately 29 smaller lakes and streams located throughout the territory.

Fish species found within these waters are walleye, pike, bass, trout, carp, catfish, and fresh water sturgeon. Mammals found within the reserve include beaver, muskrat, fisher, martin, mink, otter, bobcat, lynx, cougar, deer, black bear, wolf, and moose.

Participants will be able to see and experience many facets of the first nations history, watching bannock bread being cooked on an open fire and then tasting it’s unique flavour to paddling a war canoe to watching a canoe being built from the bark of a birch tree.

Lunch will be a traditional first nation fare of moose, beaver, muskrat, bear or fish, depending upon what is available.

Watch local artists work at their craft and do some shopping.

  • 8 am Bus departure for Maniwaki
  • 10 am arrival
  • 10 am – 12pm – Display
    • Birch Bark Crafts – canoe; baskets
    • Animal Trapping Display
    • Music/Art/Tee Pee Building; to be signed by attendees and delivered to Twin Elms Rugby Park (TERP) for Friday.
    • War Canoe Paddle on the river
    • Drum Group/Dance Display
    • Craft Sale/Maple Syrup/Bannock Bread/ Blue Berries
  • 12 Noon – Lunch; traditional food, depending on what is available – Moose/Beaver/Bear/Muskrat/fish – depending on what is available and Vegetarian
  • Activities continue
  • A stop at the Black Sheep Inn, on the way home, the oldest tavern in Quebec where you can enjoy a cold beverage while listening to some traditional Canadian music or stroll the village  shops and visit the bakery.
  • 1:00 pm bus transfer to Black Sheep Inn – oldest bar in Quebec
  • 2:00 pm Arrival at Black Sheep Inn – time for a drink and listen to some Canadian music
  • 4:00 pm depart for Festival hotels
  • 5:00 pm Arrive back in Ottawa

To reserve your spot on the bus contact Mike Kerrisk –

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