Wendake, a dynamic Aboriginal community, could be a town plucked from anywhere in the province, but for signs posted in the Huron-Wendat (Ouendat) language dotting the streets. In that language, the number eight is a letter, pronounced 'oua' (like the 'wh' in 'what'), which explains the curious name of the reconstructed village Onhoüa Chetek8e, the world's only Huron village.
In 1960, Wendake became the first reserve with its own bank; today, it provides employment for other indigenous groups as well. The town is very residential, even quiet, and beyond the reconstructed village and the big hotel with its own museum, the main signs of life are day-to-day things: schools, churches and a few warehouses. If driving, the stop signs don't say 'arrêt' here as elsewhere in Québec but 'seten'.