Cree Village Ecolodge, Canada
Owned by the MoCreebec Council of the Cree Nation, Cree Village Ecolodge in northern Ontario is a unique place to experience Native culture and the rugged beauty of the North. Situated on Moose Factory Island in the Moose River, Cree Village is the first aboriginal owned and operated ecolodge in the U.S. or Canada, according to Mehta. The lodge's goals are living lightly on the Earth and sharing profits with the local community.
The lodge is based on traditional designs, and is built from natural and nontoxic materials, with many energy and water-saving features. That's particularly important in the cold climate.
Guests can kayak the picturesque Moose River, hunt for fossils, snowshoe or cross country ski, depending on the season. There are also beluga whale and seal-watching tours on the river, and a chance to finish each day under the northern lights.