A unique hotel in the world
The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is a 4 stars hotel located on the Wendake Indian Reserve in Quebec, Canada. Opened March 7th 2008 by former Chief Max Gros-Louis, the hotel-museum is intended to preserve the Huron-Wendat culture, host nation of the celebrations of the 400th anniversary in 2008.
The Hôtel-Musée Premières Nations is built on the site of a former tannery on the banks of the St. Charles River (Akiawenrahk). The architects from Lemay Michaud have preserved some elements of Huron constructions, such as the elliptical shape Huron longhouses, the fences surrounding villages as well as a structure for the museum evoking a teepee.
Built at a cost of $ 26 million 2, the 55-room hotel employs 60 permanent, half of which are from the Wendake Reserve. The economic benefits for the small community of just 1500 inhabitants are of the order of $ 4 million per year.