Wachiya, greetings and welcome to the Eco lodge!
The Cree Village Eco Lodge opened in July 2000 as the first Indigenous owned lodge in the northern hemisphere. The lodge building is a state of the art eco-tourism facility, designed and operated by the MoCreebec people in accordance with traditional values and a focus on Cree cultural and ecological sustainability. The community members have paid special attention to every detail in the building of the lodge with the twenty guest rooms designed for maximum comfort and minimal environmental impact.
The lodge guests sometimes describe their experience as living "on the edge of the world". Just out the door is the entire James Bay sub-arctic region to explore. A nature trail lay’s close to the lodge and across the river is Tidewater Provincial Park, a small island with hiking trails and rugged camping spots. A short boat ride downriver takes guests to the saltwater of James Bay where seals and beluga whales are common at certain times of the year. Bay river systems abound with fish and wildlife including moose and caribou, pike and trout, geese, eagles and many other species of migratory birds. Within a short walk of the lodge are historical buildings and fur trade sites dating back to the 17th century.
The lodge was designed to embrace ecotourism as a viable form of sustainable economic development in the James Bay area. Working with local people, communities and networks, the lodge owners believe that ecotourism offers a healthy economic activity that supports First Nation cultural values that are based on traditional skills and they believe Indigenous people are naturally situated to act as hosts of the natural world.
So if you would like to learn more about the lodge and what the Aboriginal people of this area are about then come to Moose Factory for a visit because the best way to experience the Cree Village Eco Lodge is to be in it.
The lodge owner is the MoCreebec Council of The Cree Nation. The lodge's mailing address is P.O. Box 730 Moose Factory, Ontario P0L 1W0