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Brent Edwards Native Camp Operators Alliance
233 S. Court Street
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 2X9
bedwards@matawa.on.ca

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About Us

Moccasin Trails Adventures is a group of remote, fly in fishing and hunting outpost camps owned and operated by First Nations People of northwestern Ontario.  Most camps are beautiful, rustic log cabins, handcrafted by the owners themselves. We have been providing top notch wilderness vacations since early in the new millennium.

The camps are located within three of the five largest watersheds in Ontario, all of which drain into either Hudson Bay or James Bay. The most northerly is The Winisk River, which is 275 miles long and drains into Hudson Bay.  The Ojibwe word, “Winisk” means ‘groundhog.’  It drains into Hudson Bay.

Nothing beats a northern sunset!

The next river, moving southward, is the Attiwapiskat River which flows for 465 miles and drains into James Bay.  The word “Attawapiskat” means ‘the people of the parting of the rocks.’

The third and largest river of the three is the mighty Albany River, which flows for 610 miles starting at Lake St. Joseph, running through Mishkeegogamang Ojibwe Nation and all the way to James Bay. The traditional name for this legendary river is Gichi Siipii, meaning ‘the great river.’

These three rivers are of the most famous in all of Canada.  For example, Fort Albany was built at the mouth of the Albany River and it was one of the original trading posts built by the Hudson Bay Company in 1670. It was all about beaver pelts back in those days and the Ojibwe provided countless top quality pelts that would eventually be sold on the market “across the big water.”  Many were manufactured into stylish felt hats worn by millions of people from all across Europe.

All of the camps within the Moccasin Trails Adventures group are very remote and exclusive, meaning there are no other camps on the same lake or even on the same stretch of river.  During your vacation, it is extremely unlikely that you’ll see any people other than those who are in your group.   If you do see someone, it is likely a few “locals” from one of the area’s First Nations communities who are out checking their trap line or perhaps, doing some fishing with their family.  Most camps are at least fifty miles from the nearest Ojibwe community, but to people who are used to being out on the land for weeks, or even months at a time, fifty miles is nothing.

You will experience plenty of Ojibwe culture and tradition on your holiday with us.  For example, as an important part of the teachings of the Ojibwe people, passed down from community Elders, it is customary to put forth an offering of tobacco when you take something from the land.  So, don’t be surprised if your guide says a prayer to the “The Creator” and places an offering of tobacco beneath a tree just before you dive head first into your delicious shore lunch.

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