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Moosewa Resort

Moosewa Resort

Ritchie Falls and Moosewa Resorts operate as a cooperative social enterprise, with the goal of creating mutual benefit for visitors and the community of Sagamok First Nation. A portion of the profits created by Ritchie Falls is returned to Moosewa Resort to support the community’s health, wellness and capacity building programs.

Our Community First

Moosewa Resort is situated on Poupore Lake and only accessed only by water. The primary focus of Moosewa Resort is to provide learning opportunities, cultural and healing programs for the people of Sagamok. Ritchie Falls and Moosewa resorts engage in a social enterprise model of financial cooperation where a portion of the profits generated by Ritchie Falls fund the operation of community programs and services offered at Moosewa.

Our goal at Moosewa is to provide direct benefits to the Sagamok Anishnawbek that have called this area home since time immemorial. By means of programming that promotes cultural awareness and pride, personal and professional development, as well as sharing amongst community members, Moosewa aims to provide meaningful opportunities to the people of Sagamok and beyond.

Community driven services offered at Moosewa include but are not limited to:

  • Youth programs
  • Traditional education camps (arts & crafts, trapping, fishing, hunting, traditional medicines, language of the land)
  • Healing workshops & retreats
  • Occupational skills courses and work experience programs

Moosewa Resort is a non-profit enterprise and generates the majority of its revenue from various funding agencies, with a portion generated from Ritchie Falls. The primary purpose of Moosewa Resort is for educational, health and wellness, and occupational training programs designed for the community of Sagamok.

Experience Anishnawbek Culture

Tourists are welcome to visit Moosewa when capacity allows and as long as visits do not interfere with programming taking place during that time. Moosewa Resort focuses on tourist activities that are fundamentally nature-based (non-motorized) and incorporate elements of the tradition and culture of the people of Sagamok First Nation.

Below are some of the cultural programs and nature-based activities that you can enjoy at Moosewa Resort:

Traditional Winter Skills

The Ojibwe, Odawa and Pottawatomis of Sagamok have an intimate knowledge of the land; cold weather and snow do not slow us down. We welcome you to stay at our camp to practice and learn our traditional skills in the winter. Be amazed at how we survived traditionally and how we incorporate modern tools.

Duration: 2 Days
Availability: January — March

Traditional Summer Skills

Explore the water with local guides to hook your catch of the day. Learn how to clean and cook your catch, set up shelter, and live off the land using traditional Anishnawbek skills and knowledge.

Duration: 2 Days of Fishing / 3 Nights of Camping
Availability: June — September

Fusion Cooking

Participate in our Anishnawbek Cooking School to learn traditional cooking blended with modern healthy flare. Experience fusion cooking by using local ingredients and feeling the connection to the land. Prepare indigenous meat and poultry such as moose and goose and master the art of bannock making. Learn how our people lived off the land, then take your new skills and put them to action by preparing a feast for the other Resort guests. This learning experience includes meals, accommodations, ingredients, cooking utensils and equipment, and a certificate upon completion of the course.

Duration: 3 Days
Availability: Year-round

Paddling Journey

This trip allows you to experience our traditional way of using the lakes and rivers as our Anishnawbek Highways. The trip involves several hours of paddling and some portaging. The journey begins sharing stories and sleeping in a traditional dwelling with the aroma of spruce boughs. The next morning you will paddle, learning traditional fishing techniques, craft making and listening to stories and legends. Your final evening will be spent back in the comfort of Moosewa Resort where a hot shower and delicious meal end your journey.

Duration: 3 to 5 Days
Availability: June & September

Self-Guided Activities

Moosewa Resort provides rentals to visitors who desire to explore the land on their own:

  • Cross-Country Skis
  • Snowshoes
  • Mountain Bikes
  • Canoes & Kayaks