Explore History At The Métis Crossing

Explore History At The Métis Crossing

Nov. 13, 2019

If you’re visiting Smoky Lake and want to delve into the depths of history, there isn’t anything better than taking a trip to the Métis Crossing. Here you can explore the culture and traditions of the indigenous people of the area by traveling back in time and seeing what life was like for the original Métis settlers. 

Here are just a few of the activities you can enjoy at The Métis Crossing!

Paddle Into The Past

This is an exciting 4-hour immersive experience like no other. It has the perfect blend of Métis culture, the great outdoors and a whole lot of history! On this journey into the past, you will learn all about the families that survived and thrived in the area. Visit a fur trapping camp and experience life as it was back then. You will learn about the people who celebrated life along the North Saskatchewan river, travelling as they once did. 

During this unique adventure, you will be able to try your hand at various traditional activities and crafts like Métis beading and finger weaving. You will also get to paddle an authentic Voyageur canoe, taste bannock after it is cooked over the fire and learn about the traditional plants and harvesting. As well as all this you will also get the opportunity to dance the Métis jig in a historical log homestead.

Victoria Settlement Tours

An easy five minute drive away, the Victoria Settlement gives you a glimpse of a fascinating period of Alberta’s past. Guided tours, provided by costumed guides, show you around the historic buildings and provide context and stories about the people who called Victoria home. Let the costumed interpreters introduce you to the lives, skills, and experiences of the people of the Victoria Settlement from 1862 to 1922. 

Escape Into Nature

The North Saskatchewan River is home to a breathtaking nature trail tour. Incredibly informative, this scenic site is the perfect place to spend the day, have a picnic and just relax in the tranquility and natural beauty of the area.

Discover all kinds of beaver habitat, as well as migratory birds in the river valley and camp in the comfort of the Métis trapper tents.There’s plenty to see and do along this beautiful scenic riverside.

The Métis Crossing is located just off of the Alberta Iron Horse Trail, near Smoky Lake. If you’re visiting the area and want to explore our rich history and natural beauty, then Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail is perfect for you!

If you’re interested in taking part, check out the upcoming events — year-round adventure awaits!

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