Immerse yourself in the heritage and distinct Indigenous stories of the families who formed a Métis community along the historic Victoria Trail, Alberta’s first road. These Métis families ate what they grew, trapped, hunted or traded with the nearby Fort Victoria. Although work was challenging there was plenty to celebrate through music, jigs, art, and community gatherings.
Travel back through time at Métis Crossing, located on over 500 acres of land on the five original river lots along the North Saskatchewan River in the Victoria District, Alberta’s first major destination for Métis Cultural interpretation, education, gatherings and business development.
The recently completed Cultural Gathering Centre, designed by Métis architect Tiffany Shaw-Collinge, incorporates traditional craftsmanship with modern materials to create a stunning structure that echoes the building style of fur trade era river lot homes of the mid-1800s. The Centre offers the functionality of a contemporary place to gather, learn, and share the distinct Métis story.
Discover the world of the Métis people through an overview of our traditional seasonal practices
on a Meet the Métis experience: tap your toes to fiddle playing and jig demonstrations; hear stories and learn our history and the importance of music, dance, celebration and traditional arts and crafts in Métis Culture.
Visit www.metiscrossing.com for more information and to book today!
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Métis Crossing17339 Victoria Trail
Smoky Lake, Alberta, T0A 3C0
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Learn and Bear Witness to Our Trials and Triumphs
The Indigenous Peoples in Canada today proudly share stories of their past, present and future with visitors from far and wide. But our journey has not been without suffering and hardship.Learn More
PLANNING YOUR TRIP
Immerse yourself in Indigenous culture
Join us for genuine cultural experiences and build meaningful connections between our past, present and future. Hear stories, songs and legends that have been passed down through countless generations, take part in a cultural tour or workshop, and witness the intricate beauty of Indigenous arts and crafts.
See nature and wildlife through Indigenous eyes
Step out into the wild and take in the beauty of the natural world through an Indigenous lens. From the seas, mountains and rainforest to the prairies and the tundra, explore unique landscapes and experience the wonder of respectful animal encounters with your Indigenous hosts and guides.
Welcome to the heart of Indigenous hospitality
From rustic camping and upscale glamping to lakeside cabins, luxurious resort spas, casinos and golf courses, authentic Indigenous accommodation and relaxation options offer something for every vacation. No matter whether you want to get away from it all or be at the heart of the action, you’ll feel at home with your Indigenous hosts.
Take an important step towards reconciliation
Walk along with us as we share the stories of our resilience and will to survive in the face of the atrocities visited upon us, mostly at the hands of the Government of Canada and church policies. Visit the sites of former “Indian” Residential Schools, where thousands of our Peoples were abused and murdered at the hands of those who were meant to protect them. Hear heartwarming stories of our perseverance despite odds that continue to be stacked against us, and find hope for the future.
TAKE A DELICIOUS JOURNEY INTO INDIGENOUS CULTURE
Pull up a seat at one of the many Indigenous owned eateries from sea to sea to sea. All across the country, authentic Indigenous chefs and culinary experts are cooking up delicacies that infuse modern recipes with traditional techniques and flair. Here, you’ll find everything from cozy bistros and premade spice mixes to large catering operations and upscale restaurants.
UNIQUE PRODUCTS, AUTHENTIC INDIGENOUS QUALITY
Find everything from unique gifts, treasured keepsakes to modern art pieces of epic proportions—lovingly crafted by Indigenous makers and artisans across the country. Every piece, from the smallest bracelets to the largest sculpture, tells a story that transcends generations and the ages. Every purchase you make helps to keep those stories alive.