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You can experience one of North America's largest Pow Wow's near Brantford Ontario
Brantford Champion of Champions Pow Wow at Ohsweken
Brantford, Ontario - The Six Nations Champion of Champions Pow Wow, which includes traditional costumes, drumming, singing and a dance competition with over 400 participants, plus crafts and food booths. About 15,000 people get a taste of native culture at the annual two-day Pow Wow event, held the last weekend of July, at Ohsweken, southeast of Brantford. The name was chosen to attract dancers, who compete for the title 'Champion of Champion'. Dancers from across North America. While you're in the region, you can learn more about First Nations history at the 17th century Kanata Iroquois Village (an authentic replica with interactive exhibits that offers some sleep-over packages), the Woodland Cultural Centre, Chiefswood National Historic site (the birthplace of poet Pauline Johnson) and Her Majesty's Chapel of the Mohawks (the only royal chapel outside of Britain).

Where: Brantford, just 93 km (58 miles) southwest of Toronto, boasts its own symphony orchestra, opera guild, and even an annual international jazz festival. There are eleven local museums, aboriginal tours, and it has a thriving community of artisans. For outdoors lovers the Grand River, a designated heritage river, offers canoeing, kayaking, rafting and fishing. For cyclists and hikers, local trails connect to the Trans Canada Trail. Quick Tip: Interested in learning about sustainable living? Check out the Luna project in the rural community of St. George, less than 20 minutes from Brantford. Three hour tours at alternative learning centre – two yurts with solar panels, wind turbines, composting toilets, etc. (contact lunaticadventures.com.)

More Southwestern Ontario 'Cool': Niagara Falls froze l 10,000 butterflies l invention of the Blackberry l Napoleon's brother's honeymoon l North America's first oil well l Icewine l Uncle Tom's Cabin l The Tipping Point l world's most lilacs l world's first long distance phone call l Hockey Legend Wayne Gretzky l Johnny Cash proposal l world's largest single day maple syrup festival


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