When you’re seeking a beautiful vacation spot where you can enjoy nature with the entire family, consider Moose Factory Island, Ontario, Canada. With some of the most beautiful land and sunsets in the world, there are countless activities that center on nature and can bring families closer together. Also located on the island is the Cree Village, a quaint eco-lodge where luxury isn’t difficult to find.
One great activity visitors can enjoy is taking a guided boat tour. Whether you want to check out the James Bay and Shipsands Bird Sanctuary or a beautiful sunset boat tour where lore and history will be shared with you, this is a great way to experience nature. When you’re not in the mood to be out on the water, keep your feet dry with a tour of the eco-lodge. On the guided tour, you’ll learn how the first modern eco-lodge was created and the traditions and stories of the MoCreebec people.
You can choose to rent your own canoe and explore the Moose River, along with the local wildlife or rent special bikes and take your family on a ride around Moose Factory. Hiking, strolling, photographing – there are many different ways to connect with nature here.
Cree Village Eco-Lodge is the first indigenous eco-lodge in North America, and features twenty fabulous rooms, accommodating forty-four individuals. There are numerous eco-friendly points of the eco-lodge, including the fact that there is no standard air conditioning in the room. High-efficient, low-noise ceiling fans supply air while the window doors take advantage of the natural wind conditions. Triple-glazed, low-e argon windows, all-natural wool carpeting, organic cotton mattresses and bedding, and biodegradable hand soaps and shampoos are some of the things guests will find in each room.
Four of the rooms at Cree Village feature the Clivus Multrum composting toilets. They use no water, have no odor and create organic fertilizer with the help of red-wiggler worms. The rooms also feature natural cedar wood walls, ceramic tile, low-emission paints and birch wood blinds.
Guests can enjoy the fabulous Shaapuhtuwaan restaurant, where you’ll find choices like pepper-encrusted salmon in a raspberry vinaigrette or maple peppercorn-smoked trout. The name of the restaurant, which means ‘long teepee with doors at each end,’ may be difficult to say but the food will not be difficult to enjoy.
This place has it all – a closeness with nature that most people don’t get all the time, fabulous accommodations and delicious dining choices.
By Samantha Cummings