Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Monday to Friday: 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
We, at Kahnawake Tourism, assume the leadership of the collective effort to promote and position Kahnawake as a key destination for religious, cultural and leisure tourism.
The Kahnawake Welcome Center is an information center located next to the St-Francis Xavier Mission - Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, on the River Road. The goal of the center is to welcome you to the community and guide you throughout our key destinations. We can coordinate your visit and encourage you to shop locally and dine at some of our fine restaurants. If you wish to extend your visit, we can also direct you to the accommodations available in the community.
St. Francis Xavier Mission - Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha
The historic mission was first established in 1667 when the Kanien’kehá:ha (Mohawk) community located to the northern part of the territory at Kentake,now known as Laprairie, Quebec. The community moved four more times due to economic agricultural as well as political changes, and settled at its present site in 1716 at Kahnawà:ke, meaning “On the Rapids”, and it was here a more permanent church was built in 1720. The Mission is surrounded by a Fort Saint-Louis, a fort that was erected in 1725 by the French in protection of the Christian Iroquois. Partial sections of the original fort walls, still stand today. The mission is the home of the Shrine of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha known as the “Lily of the Mohawks” a young Mohawk Woman who was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI, in 2012. Kateri’s tomb can be found to the right of the main alter.
The Shrine is located on 1 River Road and is open for mass every Sunday.
Language and cultural center
In the interest of preserving Kahnawà;ke’s unique cultural heritage, the Language and Cultural Center was established in 1978. The Center features a number of books in its extensive library, as well as a number of other resources for scholars, or for those who simply have a general interest in learning about the Kanien’kehaka and Haudenosaunee People. The Center hosts a number of arts exhibits, featuring the works of local and other Native Artisans. The Museum is open Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:00 pm for self guided tours. Also, group tours are available by request and for minimum fee.
Echoes of a proud nation Pow-Wow
Since 1991, the Echoes of a Proud Nation Pow-Wow has taken place on Tekakwitha Island, in Kahnawà:ke, on the closest weekend to July 11th; the anniversary of the start of the 1990 Mohawk standoff with provincial and federal forces. In one sense, the annual event may commemorate “the Crisis”, but at the same time, it does much to promote Native and non-Native Peoples alike. The event also promotes an atmosphere of friendship between Kahnawà:ke and its neighbours, as well as with visitors from all parts of the world. Every year, thousands of people who come to this event are treated to a vast display of Native arts, crafts, native cuisine, song and dance.
Pow Wow Date: July 11 & 12, 2020
Quebec Bridge Disaster Memorial
In 2007, Kahnawà:ke commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the 1907 Quebec Bridge Collapse; whereby 33 men from Kahnawà:ke died on that fateful day and three men survived. The Quebec Bridge, called the eight marvel of the world allowed the city of Quebec to open itself politically and economically to the rest of the world. The Bridge was designed to be the longest cantilever bridge in the world; to carry two railway tracks and a concrete sidewalk. On August 29, 1907 at 5:37 pm, the 19,000 – ton south half of the bridge, cantilever arm and suspended span, fell as a whole. 86 men were working on the bridge at the time of the fall; only 11 of these men survived. Among these men were 25 Canadians, 17 Americans and 33 Ironworkers from Kahnawà:ke. Eight of these men were some of the finest Kahnawà:ke Lacrosse Players. The loss to Kahnawà:ke would be equal to losing 106 men today, representing 1.32% of the population at the time. No to mentioned the immense loss to families and our community.
- Various tour options are available to discover Kahnawake attractions and restaurants, check the tour options.
- Purchase authentic Mohawk creations by local artisans
- Visit one of many beautiful golf courses in Kahnawake
- Numerous family activities take place in Kahnawake throughout the year, check the calendar