National Indigenous Peoples Day 2019

June 22 – Métis Crossing – 17339 Victoria Trail, Smoky Lake

2019 National Indigenous People’s Day Celebration at Métis Crossing. Celebrate the Métis Contributions to Canadian Society!

Saturday June 22: 11AM – 6PM


  • MC Luc Gaucher
  • House Band: Nicely Put together Band
  • Métis Child and Family Jiggers
  • Open Jam
  • Art & Craft Vendors
  • Jigging Contest: $500 in Prizes

Métis Cultural Experiences:

A young Nation born of their homeland: Understand how the Métis came to be. Immersed in the fur trade uncover the influences that led to the origin of the Métis Nation.

Indigenous Arts and Crafts: An introduction to the art and crafts of the Métis. Participate in Métis Art.

Bannock & Tea making: Around a fire cook bannock on a stick and taste teas foraged from the woods.

Nature walk: Self-guided Exploration of the boreal forest along the North Saskatchewan River Valley.

Painted Rock Mosaic: Choose a rockfrom the river bed, paint and add it to a mosaic on the river bank creating the Métis flag.

Food Available:

  • Huck N Joes Food Truck
  • Indian Tacos by Cristal Atkinson

Camping Available

Book your stay in a comfort Camping Trapper’s Tent

National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, Come and Join Us!

Saturday at 11 AM

Celebrate Métis contributions to Canadian society at the annual National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration at Métis Crossing.

Bannock Dogs and Burgers!

Vendors and Artisans




Jigging Contest for Youth & Adult! $1000 in total prizes!!!!

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Métis Crossing’s Infinity Sash 2018



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!


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Voyageur Days 2017


Poster Voyageur Days 2017

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.

Packages include:

* 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

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