First Nations

First Nations

At the beginning of the 19th century, Mississauga Ojibways of Alderville First Nation returned and settled in an area they had inhabited 300 years earlier. Today, the Alderville First Nation is a thriving community within Northumberland County that is rich in heritage and native culture.

Bringing old traditions into the present, the Alderville First Nation community is a place of education and celebration. Offering nature and heritage tours year round, anyone can enjoy Alderville First Nation firsthand: 

  • Experience traditional dancing, drumming and ceremonies at the Annual Alderville First Nation Traditional Pow Wow.
  • Visit the Alderville Black Oak Savanna; a rare and endangered eco-system, reflecting the importance of bio-diversity. Learn about everything the Black Oak Savanna has to offer at the Annual Prairie Day or embark on a naturalist tour, available by appointment.
  • Indulge in the art of First Nation culture at The Gathering Place where one can find sculptures, jewellery, first nations crafts and more. 
  • Take in an array of handmade native crafts by local artists and crafters at Alderville Native Crafts including moccasins and dream catchers.  Outside is a teepee into which you can wander.
  • Cycle through Alderville on the Rice Lake Ramble or,  the eastern terminus of the Greenbelt Route (Northumberland to Niagara) begins right at Alderville using the eastern leg of the Rice Lake Ramble.