A variety of activities next to La Tuque
Club Odanak is an area of 45 km2 located within the traditional domain of the Atikamekw Nation, at approximately 20 minutes from La Tuque.
The site, as we know it today was developed in the 1990s by a Frenchman who was an avid hunter and fisherman. In 2003, the Conseil des Atikamekw de Wemotaci bought the property and its buildings. It is now an outfitting operation where brook trout is found in any of the 16 lakes and ponds. Hunters too will take some enjoyment from it, with an attractive offering of black bear, moose and small game hunting. In the summer, a variety of activities are proposed, such as berry picking, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, and pedal boating. It’s also an exceptional site for bird watching. Three buildings make up this small retreat with its 48 well-appointed rooms. Guests may enjoy a great meal in the dining room of the main building which can host a maximum of 110 people.
In the last years, Club Odanak was engaged mainly in activities that spread over a three-season period. Following a restructuring, the Club benefited from the help of Quebec Aboriginal Tourism (QAT) to develop a new offering of winter tourism. Quebec Aboriginal Tourism’s aid was used in particular to create contacts among travel wholesalers, which has been effective, because the site is now visited by many American and European tourists.
Since this year, Club Odanak offers visitors the possibility of renting snowmobiles from its fleet of ten. This new addition is a great success, because snowmobiles are rented by both domestic and foreign tourists. Visitors can enjoy snowmobiling alone or accompanied by a guide. One particular innovation this year is the dog-sledding activity. Other available activities include ice fishing, snow tubing and ice skating. Aboriginal culture activities can also be organized on request, during which a guide gets out to the forest with the tourists and explains how to prepare bannock, etc.
With such a diversified offer, you can expect that within the next few years, Club Odanak will become a must-see tourist site of the Mauricie region!
To learn more about “Club Odanak”, we invite you to visit their website at clubodanak.com.