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.
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!
An apiary is a bee yard where honey bees are kept and Metis Crossing now hosts 32 hives. A new swarm of honey bees caught on a rainy day are now happily in their new home making honey. The next day on a sunny morning, a gentle breeze keeps the mosquitoes away, and we witness natural wonders while coming to understand the bio-diversity of the boreal forest and prairie farm. The walk starts off down the historical Victoria Trail and leads through the 512 acre site of Metis Crossing. This particular visit we witnessed a White Admiral butterfly who gallantly criss-crossed Victoria Trail searching for nectar. Young deer explore the tree ridges as we search for raspberry and saskatoon berry bushes. We also take note of which flowering plants are thriving, big or small, that contribute to our local medicine knowledge.