Thursday, August 17, 2017

Staying Over and Connecting with Wild Animals at Parc Omega

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The 1500 acre Parc Omega is an amazing place to see wild animals native to Canada and Europe that can survive in the wild all year round.
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Being able to see bisons, wapitis, bears, fallow deer, moose, wild goats, wolves and more in a natural setting was an awe-inspiring experience for us.
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Feeding carrots through the car window to wild deer and caribou, as they approached the vehicle was a phenomenal experience for everyone in our family. 
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It was exciting and truly a thrilling experience being able to be so close to the animals and nature as we slowly drove the  path. If you forget to get carrots or run out, we can buy carrots at the gift shop for a small fee.
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At Parc Omega, we also have the opportunity to park the car and either walk a trail or take a ride in the hay tractor to explore the faraway farm. At the farm, we get to mingle with and feed farm animals.  
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If you don't want to walk or take the tractor ride, they have golf carts we can rent to take a round trip to the 1847 Old Farm. Families will enjoy getting close to farm animals such as sheep, goats, rabbits and more while at the farm. Children can ride ponies for a fee that both our children enjoyed. 
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There is a trading post and a history museum that teaches about the traditions of the ancestors in the region, and about fur trade through illustrations, information boards and artifacts. 
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There is a suspended walkway, and an enchanted forest house sculpted by artist Michel Therrien. We enjoyed checking out the vegetable garden, going to the lumber camp, seeing the miniature village exhibit and the artwork of Georges Racicot.  
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While at the farm area, we can hike to see the new wolf observatory. This two-level wolf observatory, gives us a different experience of seeing wolves in an amazing natural theatre. It lets us feel as though we are immersed with the wolves and have a sense of connection.
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They have animal presentations such as the birds of prey presentation, which is a wonderful learning experience. The guides explain about each of the animals and birds they present. Watch the video on this post to see a short clip of the presentation. 
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There is a separate section where we can park the car, and explore the 700 m Trail of the Talking Trees. This trail pays tribute to the Quebec First Nations and to the richness of their culture. While we were observing and learning from the totem poles, we can see Aboriginal people's deep respect and comprehension of the interdependence between man and Mother Earth. The 11 First Nations of Quebec totem poles are accompanied by descriptions of what each of the totem poles represent. 
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We also saw the 40 feet tall totem sculpted by Denis Charrette. It is interesting to learn about the artist's inspiration for this totem pole. When the artist had seen this 400 years old western red cedar, it had reminded him of a mammoth which inspired his work. He linked this inspiration with one of the oldest aboriginal legend and nature. This sculpture tells the story from the artist's perspective about the hero Tsakapesh who goes to meet the monster that becomes the symbol of his clan. This work illustrates the beginning and an end of an era, as the medicine wheel turns eternally.
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Walking around the path and on the floating boardwalk around the lake is a refreshing and relaxing experience. We enjoyed feeding pellets to the rainbow trout and the geese, which can be bought by the lake. 
The park house at the entrance has a restaurant, dairy bar, play area for children, and washrooms if you want to relax in an indoor setting. 
We love how Parc Omega gives families a unique opportunity to immerse in nature, feel passionate about the fauna of Canada, and know how important it is for all of us to do our parts to preserve the natural gift that surrounds us.
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We also had the opportunity to stay in one of Parc Omega accommodation right next to the Parc entrance. They have different choices of accommodations such as Tipis, Witentes, Prospecteur, Chalet, and Hut on stilts. We stayed in a Wi-Tente nested in a lush forest setting.  
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The tipis are the only accommodation close to the entrance, washrooms, and the community kitchen area. For other accommodations like the Wi-Tente we stayed at, it goes deep into the park area where we park our vehicle and hike up to the tent. They have trolleys by the car park to easily lug our belongings to the accommodation. 
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Staying at Wi-Tente was a fun experience for everyone in our family. The tent has two double beds and a queen bed with sheets, cover and pillows, table with six chairs, lights, a table with a stool, towels, furnace, lamp, first aid kit, broom, and carpet. 
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Right outside each of the Wi-tente there is a private clean privy, convenient to use especially at night. They have an outdoor fire pit with a grill where we can cook. We can use the main washrooms with showers, and the community kitchen with all the tools and tables during our stay. The showers and gate are accessed by code. The check in time is between 4 to 6 p.m., and check out is at 11 a.m. 
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While staying over at Parc Omega around seven in the evening, we were happy that they had a presentation by a guide at the boardwalk. This was a unique experience to see wolves and bears in their natural setting and ask questions. 
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It was a memorable experience to see how wolves interact within their pack as the guide fed them. We saw how the wolf pack respect each other differently by status. For example, the respect given to the alpha male, and the omega wolves waiting in the back is quite different. It was also neat to see how wolf mothers were rounding up the young cubs. Watch the video below to see how they interact. 
It was amazing to see a bear climbing a tree, and as it went down a ladder. During our stay, we took the opportunity to go for a night hike to the boardwalk to see and hear wolves howl in the dark. 
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Seeing the animals close and hearing their calls touched our hearts on how amazing these animals are, and how much we must preserve their natural habitat and learn to live in harmony with nature.
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3 comments:

  1. Visiting Parc Omega sounds like a wonderful experience - so many different things to see and do!

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  2. Wow amazing place. I know my kids would love it here.

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  3. I would love this site as well as the kids would also. I imagine it is an amazing adventure for whoever goes on it.

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