Metis Crossing is the first major Metis cultural interpretive center in Alberta. The development and operation of this facility mirrors the core values of the Metis community including self-sufficiency, respect of elders, participation of youth, and pride in our culture.
Métis Crossing is very proud to announce an ongoing creative initiative to spark the artistic spirit of Alberta Métis culture! The Infinity Sash was begun with the help of Leon Boychuk-Hunter and Laura Mclaughlin. After Métis Crossing purchased a four pedal loom once owned by a local countryman’s wife, Leon and Laura teamed up to start what is now a Métis sash that will go on and on, with the hope of making it the longest sash ever woven. In addition to it’s length, visitors are encouraged to add four rows at a time to inspire the sash made with many hands from many nations. All guests can also enter their name into our Sash Journal when they participate in our Infinity Sash. Métis Crossing is open until September long weekend, please call ahead to book a tour with your family or friends!
Looking for a new adventure before the summer ends? We have created three new experiences that will help you to connect with the traditional knowledge of the Métis culture and create a special sense of place. Haskin Canoe is providing the North Voyageur Canoe with certified guides who will lead canoe trips down the North Saskatchewan River. Experience a 25 foot North Voyageur Canoe that will be transporting participants from Métis Crossing to Victoria Settlement. At Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site visitors paddling in Voyageur canoes will be greeted on the shore of the North Saskatchewan River and welcomed to Fort Victoria, which was established as a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading post in 1862. Here, visitors will experience life as it was in the 1860’s with a focus on the fur trade.
This event includes an option for visitors to stay overnight in the campground at Métis Crossing.
Voyageur Days Activities:
* Camping at Métis Crossing – Friday and Saturday night
* Earn your Voyageur Certificate while paddling a 25 foot North Voyageur Canoe
* Listen to Métis Elders tell stories to help you connect with the Métis culture
* Try the Red River Jig or Square Dance to the sounds of “Rockin Fiddle”
* Complete several rows on the woven “Infinity Sash” using a historic weaving loom
* Participate in fun fur trade activities at Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site
* Chow down on Bison Bannock Burger’s…or dogs
* Try your skill in Voyageur games
* Test your throwing accuracy in the horseshoe tournament
For those who are coming to participate in the overall Voyageur Days event there will be an event fee that will contribute to paying for the live entertainment and event support services at Metis Crossing. There are packaged prices with or without camping.
* Victoria Trail Voyageur Experience (Saturday and Sunday)
~ Explore Metis culture at Métis Crossing, travel by Voyageur Canoe down the North Saskatchewan River to Fort Victoria and delve into the lives of those who once called Victoria Settlement home. Trained guides will facilitate this 5-hour immersive experience. ($30.00 for adults and $15.00 for youth)
* North Voyageur Canoe Trip (Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday)
~ Led by qualified canoe guides, paddle in an authentic 25 foot North Voyageur Canoe down the North Saskatchewan. This 1.5-hour canoe experience builds upon Voyageur life where they transported furs and supplies along Canada’s historic fur trade routes. ($10.00 for adults and $5.00 for youth)
* Fort Victoria Fur Trader Experience (Saturday and Sunday)
~ Paddle in a North Voyageur Canoe and experience how fur traders spent their summers travelling along Canadian rivers. Land ashore at Fort Victoria and step back into the 1860’s. This 3-hour experience led by costumed guides will connect you with Victoria Settlement that grew out of the fur trade. ($20 for adults and $10.00 for youth)
*Camping @ Metis Crossing (Friday, Saturday and Sunday)
~ RV Camping with power $25 per unit, RV Camping without power $20 per unit, and tenting $17 per tent
All inclusive packages:
Family Camp, Canoe, and Dance– $85
~Includes: One night of RV camping with power, Voyageur Days event admission for 2 adults and 2 youth, and North Voyageur Canoe Trip.
Fur Trader Weekend Package – $94
~Includes: Two nights of tent camping, Voyageur Days event admission for 2 adults, and Fort Victoria Fur Trade Experience with a North Canoe Trip.
Family Inclusive Voyageur Weekend Package– $200
~Includes: Two nights of RV camping with power, Voyageur Days event admission for 2 adults and 2 youth, Friday evening North Canoe Trip, and Victoria Trail Voyageur Experience
For advanced registration please contact Métis Crossing at 780-656-2229
Métis Crossing now offers school tours! Our tours include nature walks, historical museum walks, and plenty of open areas for kids to play and run. In addition we offer bannock during the lunch time interval and wild crafted tea harvested from Métis Crossing. This year Métis Crossing also had the wonderful opportunity to host a grass coil basket weaving workshop and a wild edible and medicinal plant walk during Reign Bough Fiddle Music and Arts Festival.
Métis Crossing is a diverse and unique place that offers more than just camping and historical site tours. 2017 saw it’s third year in a row hosting three music and art’s festivals. Altogether Odyssey Gathering, Reign Bough Fiddle, and Jamtron enjoyed great camping, weather, family time, music, adventure quests, and workshops. The river saw waders, brave swimmers, fishers, and floaters! Once a year Métis Crossing experiences a colorful splash of artistic flair where those that like to dress up, dance, play, run, and meet other inclusive, and imaginative people come to frolic!
This special property is a welcoming and majestic spot unlike anywhere in eastern, rural Alberta. The best way to get to know the beautiful changing hours is to come out and camp! We have washrooms, showers, and wood available on site. And we are just an 8 minute drive to all amenities.
Just call ahead to find out what is available: 780-656-2229
This past Sunday Métis Crossing hosted the Fort Edmonton Canoe Brigade after their Sunday paddle. A dance and supper made for an inspired event where stories and dance moves were shared by both Métis Elders and Canadian Voyageur enthusiasts!
Dignitaries were presented with gifts and Canada 150 sashes from Mark Lund of the Voyageur Brigade Society. President of the Métis Nation of Alberta Audrey Poitras welcomed the Brigade to the Métis homeland. Along side her was Karen Collins, President of Region 2 for the Métis Nation of Alberta and Dan Cardinal, Vice President of Region 1. Colin Piquette, MLA, also graced this rendezvous with a heart felt address and recognition of the first Canadians; the Métis. Ernest Brousseau, Mayor of Smoky Lake, honored the event with a welcome to the Brigade, as well.
Métis Crossing would like to thank everyone that contributed to a lovely sunny weekend event celebrating Canada’s multi-cultural heritage. And all those that came out just to enjoy the awe of Alberta’s stunning North Saskatchewan River!