Our Community - Your Destination - Mistissini
Today Mistissini is a growing community of close to 4000 people nestled on the shores of Mistassini Lake. You will find everything you need in Mistissini, home of the largest fresh water lake in Quebec from restaurants to modern lodging; cultural activities; outdoor adventure; innovative architecture; wild nature; medical, banking, groceries, and fuel.
What makes the community special?
Our Lake & The Water
Our Architecture & Design
Our community has been recognized for awards in our creative architecture and design of new building construction. Our newly designed structures are known to use sustainably locally sourced building materials. We are always looking at becoming a more eco-friendly destination and combining innovation and tradition into our new construction in the community.
Our Modern Life
The Crees of Mistissini have resided in the Mistassini Lake area since time immemorial. Long before the arrival of the European settlers the Mistissini Crees were surrounded by the forests, lakes and streams of North Central Quebec; and for centuries these resources have provided the staples of their economic and cultural subsistence: fur, fish, and game.
‘Mistissini’, Cree for ‘big rock’, was formerly referred to as Mistassini or Baie du Poste. Beginning in the 1800’s with a Hudson Bay Company fur trading post, throughout the 1900’s with government assistance, and in 1975 with the James Bay Agreement, the region has expanded into a vibrant community of Cree, English and French residents. The Mistissini Crees cherish their rich cultural heritage, vital present and vibrant future.