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Metis Crossing

Located on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River in the historical Victoria District, Métis Crossing allows visitors to step back in time and experience one of the earliest Métis communities in Alberta. Stretching 512 acres with campground and RV parking, Métis Crossing is home to unique history, culture, and celebrations.
 
While its origin was built on farming, buffalo hunting, and trading, today Métis Crossing attracts visitors for its beauty, history, and sense of adventure. It is Alberta's premier centre for Métis cultural interpretation.
 
The North Saskatchewan River, or Kis-is-ska-tche-wan, meaning the "swift current", has played a central role in Western Canada's history. It was the water highway used by Métis and all Aboriginal people, missionaries, explorers, and fur traders.  During the events of 1885, many  Métis families took refuge in the area.

 

Any spot on the river where crossings could be made became a vital intersection for all who traveled the area. Métis Crossing had already been such a spot for centuries - archaeological excavations have unearthed the remains of a 6,000 year old campsite!
 

Before European contact, Métis Crossing was a connecting point for First Nations peoples on their age-old overland journeys.
 

In 1862, Methodist Minister George McDougall established a mission here. A Hudson's Bay Company Trading Post was also constructed. Many English-speaking Métis from Manitoba arrived and farming began and the fur trade thrived. Over the years, this Métis settlement became a permanent river lot community.
 

Métis Crossing is open from May Long Weekend until Labour Day Long Weekend, daily from 11:00am until 6:00pm.
 

Special Events 2010

  • National Aboriginal Day
  • Music Jamboree
  • Métis Crossing Voyage

Smoky Lake, AB
Ph: (780) 656-2229
Adults $7.00, Senior/Youth $3.00, 6
and under free.


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