In northern countries, the cottage (the Russian dacha) is a fundamental place. Millionaires have them; workers, too. It’s the magical place where we communicate with trees, lake and game. There, we can hear the voices of the divinities of the forests and the waters. The cottage is omnipresent in Canadian and Quebecois literature, painting and cinema. The hero or the heroine always end up there. Cities and great civilizations belong to the south. In the north, the forest remains supreme.