Cree Village Ecolodge

Cree Village Ecolodge
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P.O. Box 730
Moose Factory, Ontario
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Reviewed by Heather Hansen

The soaring centerpiece of this unique lodge is its cathedral-like great hall, made of towering cedar walls and 48-foot-high lodgepole-pine beams. It's a modern take on the Cree Nation's shabatwon (traditionally a more modest place made of teepees covered in moss and deerskin). It expresses the MoCreebec people's vision for their eco-lodge—providing a healing, sustainable spot where visitors and community members come together to celebrate and share stories.


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Room Types
Lodge Room
Recreation & Amenities
Biking,Birding,Cultural Activities,Hiking,Wildlife/Nature Programs
Gateway Town
Closest Airport

Cree Village Ecolodge is one of the most environmentally advanced accommodations facility in Canada.

With no standard air conditioning system in the Ecolodge, instead featured are high-efficient, low-noise ceiling fans, and window doors are situated facing the north to take advantage of natural wind conditions. Wall treatments are natural cedar wood, ceramic tile, and low emission paints. Floor coverings are hardwood, ceramic tile and natural wool carpeting.

Four of its rooms feature the Clivus Multrum composting toilets. These composting toilets use no water, have no odour and creates organic fertilizer with the help of red-wiggler worms. This, itself, is one of the highlights of the Ecolodge tours!

Furniture throughout is natural wood and fibers, with details such as birch wood blinds on windows and natural wool bedspreads. Environmental amenities including natural wool carpeting, all organic cotton mattresses, pillows and sheets and biodegradable hand-soaps and shampoos in dispensers detail every room.

The Ecolodge is a 21st century facility. Windows are triple-glazed low-e argon. Television sets have been specially selected for lowest energy consumption and wireless internet is available. This modern building featuring twenty guest rooms and a 66-seat restaurant is modeled on a traditional Cree dwelling, the landmark Shabatwon or better pronounced as "Shaapuhtuwaan", meaning "long teepee with doors at each end". The grandeur of the Shaapuhtuwaan's pine and cedar structure overlooking the picturesque Moose River pays homage to the area's ancestors.

Cree Village Ecolodge is a healing place for community members and visitors. The owners envision the Ecolodge as a gathering place for sharing and understanding. Surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Canadian sub-Arctic, and steeped in Cree culture and history, the Cree Village Ecolodge is a uniquely envisioned and developed facility expressing the timeless values of the MoCreebec people.

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