The Community of Whapmagoostui has many attractions in and out of the community. It is surrounded by its vast beauty of nature and the community is also an attraction it self. In fact it is said to be the main attraction for visitors from all different walks of life. Other attraction includes the islands of Mindoonik. This also includes the amazing place of Richmond Gulf located north of Whapmagoostui. Richmond gulf is famous for its good fishing waters.
The nature of Whapmagoostui is most beautiful and vibrant. They say that “one can experience the four seasons in one day.” Located on the shores of Hudson Bay and at the mouth of the Grande Baleine, Whapmagoostui is the host of two community gatherings, one in the summer and one in the wintertime. During those special events, people gather to share stories and teachings of the vibrant Cree culture and language.
The traditional gathering is held every year across the river from the community. The other one is the winter gathering held at an inland camp. The winter gathering is organized by the people of Chisasibi and Whapmagoostui. These gatherings are held annually to promote and practice the traditional way of life. It also brings many visitors from other communities.
Many of the people of Whapmagoostui still practice their way of life. The annual spring and fall hunting season is another cultural activity that brings many non-native to the community to learn about Cree Tradition.
Other personal activities enjoyed by many people are walking, cross country skiing, kayaking, mountain biking and white water rafting. Fishing is another traditional activity that is enjoyed by many of its visitors and residents. It’s always enjoyable to pursue these activities.
During the hockey season, Whapmagoostui organizes an annual hockey tournament for both men and women’s hockey. This year (2006) the Whale Cup was a grand event. Both Cree and Inuit came from the neighboring communities to participate in this prestigious event. It was an event not to forget but to remember and cherish.
By Elijah D Sheshamush