Wahta Mohawk First Nation

The Wahta Mohawks are a Mohawk First Nation near Bala, Ontario east of Highway 400

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Wahta is a small Mohawk Community located in the Muskoka Region of Central Ontario.

The community was established in 1881, when a group of Protestant Mohawks moved from their original home in Oka, Quebec due to religious, civil, and economic differences.

An agreement was reached with the Catholic priests whereby the Protestant group of the Oka community would move to the Muskoka district in the spring of 1882; the people instead chose to move in the fall of 1881 and arrived in October just in time for the winter snows.

The Wahta Mohawks own and operates Ontario’s largest cranberry farm. Iroquois Cranberry Growers has 68 acres of cranberries and also produces cranberry products including juice, and sauces. The annual harvest in late September and October is spectacular. The bog is open to visitors in season.

The Wahta Mohawks also host an annual Pow Wow, always the weekend after Canadian Thanksgiving. The traditional Pow Wow brings many singers and dancers from other communities and coincides with the annual Cranberry Festival.