Wigwam Chi-Chemung (Big House Canoe) is a floating art installation and Indigenous interpretive learning centre byElder Dr. Duke Redbird. Docked at the Marina, Wigwam Chi-Chemung tells the story of Indigenous presence on Toronto’s waterfront. The forty-foot pontoon houseboat has been covered with artwork by Redbird and Philip Cote, a painter and muralist from Moose Deer Point First Nation.  

Partners in Wigwam Chi-Chemung include Toronto Arts Council, Ontario Place Corporation, Myseum of Toronto, SummerWorks Performance Festival, and Young People’s Theatre (YPT).

For further information and related events, please visit wigwamchichemung.com.

Bio

Elder Duke Redbird (Ojibway, born in Saugeen First Nation, ON, Canada; lives in Toronto, ON, Canada) is an established Indigenous intellectual, poet, journalist, activist, actor, filmmaker, and public speaker. He is best known in Canada and internationally as a key figure in the development of First Nations literature in Canada.

Location

  • Accessibility

    Ontario Place

    Accessible entrance and washrooms
    Accessible ramps / elevators
    Accessible seating (Cinesphere)
    AODA compliant building
    Accessible parking

  • Getting There

    Ontario Place

    By Public Transportation:

    • Travelling by TTC: The seasonal service to Ontario Place has returned and will be in effect until October, 2019. The 121D (Ontario Place-Cherry Beach) branch, which connects to the Subway at Union Station has two stops within Ontario Place at Remembrance Drive and Ontario Place Boulevard and at Remembrance Drive and Ontario Place Boulevard – Centre Entrance. Please visit the TTC website for more information.
    • Travelling by GO Transit: Take the Lakeshore Line to Exhibition GO Station and walk 8 minutes south to Ontario Place. We encourage visitors to check routes on the GO Train website and set the destination to 955 Lake Shore Blvd West.

     

    By Car:

    • Coming from the West: Follow Gardiner Expressway East, take the Lake Shore Blvd West Exit to travel East along Lake Shore until you reach 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West ORTravel along the Gardiner Expressway East and take the Jameson Avenue Exit, merge onto Lake Shore Boulevard West until you reach 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West.
    • Coming from the East: Follow Gardiner Expressway West, take the Lake Shore Boulevard exit from Gardiner Expressway West to travel West along Lake Shore until you reach 955 Lake Shore Boulevard West.

     

    By Bike: Please use Google Maps to check the best route to get to Ontario Place (West Island or Cinesphere) or Trillium Park and William G. Davis Trail.

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