The Aroüane House
was built at the beginning of the 20th century. It
belonged to the Sioui family which transferred it to the Nation
Council in 1980 to be used for purposes of cultural dissemination.
At that point, it was designated as a Cultural and Tourist Home.
The Aroüane House
is, at one and the same time, a museum, a tourist-information
centre, an exhibit hall, and so much more. The personnel of the
Aroüane House, who are normally the first to make contact
with visitors during the tourist season, will be delighted to
provide you with additional information concerning Huron history,
minerals and plant life, the urban reserve, politics and the
local economy, as well as attractions such as shops, the chapel
and the falls
The Notre-Dame de Lorette
Chapel, 250 years of history.
Built in 1731 out of stone
from the Kabir Kouba River, the chapel was destroyed by fire
in 1862, then rebuilt on the same foundations in 1865. It was
declared a historic monument in 1957. During your visit, you
can discover stations of the cross sculpted by Mr. Bourgault,
precious metal ware, ancient manuscripts, and much more. Youll
appreciate the charms of its liturgical collection.
The village of New Lorette, circa 1830, a water colour
by James Patterson Cockburn.
A Royal Ontario Museum slide (Camille Gosselin Collection).
From the 1997 Quebec Historical Society calendar. The Oriawenrak
You'll surely be grateful for a moment of rest and relaxation
at the foot of the Oriawenrak Falls. At the same time, you'll
be able to dream of the legend which slumbers in these waters.
The Kabir Kouba River, whose swift-flowing waters hurtle
over the falls, contains a truly fascinating story. It is said
that Kabir Kouba, meaning the snake, was a great spirit who was
hunted down and whose long and winding body then formed the contours
of the river.
The waterfall reveals all its splendour at the melting
of the winter's snows when you can admire the magnificence and
power created by the spring floodwaters. At other times, since
the Kabir Kouba originates in Lac Saint-Charles, from which the
city draws its drinking water, the river depends on rainfall
to provide its flow. As such its splendour is sometimes diminished.
The foundations of two mills may be seen in the same area.
One was built as a flour mill at the foot of the falls in 1731.
The second, a paper mill dating back to the 19th century, was
erected at the top of the falls.
This is a lovely little glimpse of what you can see there
its yours to discover
Source: The National Archives of Quebec, Quebec City
Funding: Jules-Ernest Livernois
Plant Life and Minerals
Did you know that
Plants play a
very important role in the lives of Native people? They have
discovered the medicinal properties of all sorts of plant life,
which can be used for instance to combat whooping cough and scurvy,
and to relieve headaches and sore throats, arthritis, cramps,
liver ailments, and so much more. After being boiled or ground,
plants yield flour, syrup, herbal tea and dye. (On the other
hand, certain other plants have been the cause of hormonal problems
and poisoning.) Some plants are still being used today. Its
up to you to discover the many secrets of the best-known among
them, such as the raspberry bush and the strawberry plant.
The budding geologist
will appreciate the mineral wealth of Wendake. The soil is composed
of very ancient rocks, of both a metamorphic and sedimentary
nature. In the first category, one finds the gneiss rock which
forms the cliff over which tumble the waters of the Kabir Kouba
River. Among the second are the fossiliferous rocks which mainly
preserve the imprints of animals. If your curiosity has been
aroused, we will be delighted to tell you more
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