Frequently Asked Questions
Métis Crossing – FAQ
Métis Crossing is Our Distinct Indigenous Story
Métis Crossing is the first major Métis cultural interpretive centre in Alberta and is a premier destination for Alberta Métis cultural interpretation, education, gatherings, and business development.
Sitting on 688-acres of land, comprised of river lot titles from the original Métis settlers to the region in the late 1800s, the crossing is designed to engage and excite visitors through an exploration of Métis cultural experiences.
Métis Crossing strives to represent and share elements of Métis culture; pride of culture and respect (with self-identification), family reconnection and reconciliation, sacredness of place and empathy and acknowledgement.
Métis Crossing is for everyone! While we are proud to be a place that all Métis people can call home and can see themselves in, we are a place for everyone. When you come to Métis Crossing, we hope that no matter your background or previous knowledge, that you will leave with both a better understanding and connection with your own heritage and with Métis people.
Métis Crossing is located 1.5 hours northeast of Edmonton, just 10 minutes South of Smokey Lake on the Victoria Trail. We offer a full day activities and fun for all ages, making this the perfect road trip for those in the region. Visiting from a distance? We have camping options available, stay the night and enjoy a campfire!
When you are visiting Métis Crossing you should expect an outdoor experience. Visiting Métis Crossing is an opportunity to be outside and experience the over 500 acres of beauty that is Métis Crossing. Not only that but we are located along the North Saskatchewan River! When you come to visit please consider bringing with you:
- Good footwear that may get wet.
- Dress in layers, and dress for the weather.
- Bug spray
- Water bottle
- A hat
We are pleased to offer you the ability to host your large event. Our Cultural Gathering Centre is the perfect place to host a corporate meeting, your special day, or a cultural gathering.
The new Cultural Gathering Centre is designed by Métis Architect Tiffany Shaw-Collinge from Manasc Isaac Architects. The new centre incorporates traditional craftsmanship with modern materials to create a stunning structure that hints at the building style of the fur trade era river lot homes with the functionality of a contemporary place to gather, learn, and share the Métis story.
Métis Crossing offers curriculum-based student experiences and educational activities. We work closely with educators and Métis experts to provide meaningful and enjoyable educational opportunities for students of all ages.
We welcome the opportunity to share everything that Métis Crossing has to offer with you and your organization.
If you would like to be part of our experience and book a field trip to Métis Crossing inquiry now.
Métis Crossing is the perfect place to host your next corporate training or workshop. Our brand-new, state of the art Cultural Gathering Centre sets the stage for a day of learning on historical land.
Our state-of-the-art technology allows your training or presentation to be seamless – connecting you around the world through our wireless connection. It is the perfect place for Indigenous training or other workshops your company may be putting on for staff.
Métis Crossing is the perfect location for your next overnight adventure. Camping is provided directly on-site, providing you the perfect home base for in between cultural experiences and activities.
Event & Wedding – Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
I am interested in booking my wedding or celebration at Métis Crossing.
Please reach out to our Wedding Specialist and book a personal site visit by completing an inquiry form here. We welcome you to explore our Cultural Gathering Centre and additional spaces that you may wish for ceremony, reception, and pictures.
Yes! The Métis people celebrate love and family of everyone. We are delighted and honored to be the place of beautiful memories.
I would love to incorporate a Métis cultural practice or activity with my wedding. How do I proceed?
Please inquire with your Métis Crossing Wedding Specialist.
Our 2022 Wedding package for the Cultural Gathering Centre and outdoor covered terrace is $2250 plus GST
- Use of Cultural Gathering Centre (CGC) with outdoor covered Terrace from 3pm-3am on day of wedding
- Supply & Set up of all tableware, cutlery and serving dishes
- Supply & Set up of tables and chairs
- Tablecloths and napkins in black or white
- Service staff
- Audio Visual package of Projector, Screen, in-house Speakers, Podium and Microphone.
- Customized digital floor plan
- Celebration gift to wedding couple
- Portion cutting of wedding cake for guests
Métis Crossing was built with AHS approved Kitchen and Culinary Team. No outside catering is required or permitted.
Our mid-level well drinks will be $5.00 plus service charge and gst
Yes, you are welcome to supply your own wedding cake. After the cutting by the wedding couple, we offer the service of cutting & portioning the remaining cake for your guests.
Our Métis inspired Banquet menus include dinner and receptions to choose from. Prices range from $40-$59 per person plus 18% Service charge and GST.
Depending on number of wedding guests, we are pleased to offer Buffet, Plated or Family style service.
Your final numbers and payment are required 10 days prior to event, as outlined in the Contract.
To secure your wedding date, we ask for a 25% deposit at time of signing the contract. Remaining deposit dates will be detailed in the contract with full payment required 10 days prior to wedding date.
Our wedding couples love the open space, rustic beams and natural light of the Cultural Gathering Centre and prefer to keep their decorations to a minimum.
As Métis Crossing is open to the public, the Cultural Gathering Centre opens at 3pm on the day of our private functions. Decorations may be delivered they day before and will be put into place by our team on the day of the wedding.
While no decorations can be hung from walls or ceiling, you may wish to incorporate your wedding colors and design into the following:
- Wedding arch or free-standing backdrop
- Table cover overlays and chair coverings
- Table centerpieces
- Floor standing flower or plant arrangements
Yes, we are pleased to provide you with a vendor list of local suppliers:
Your guests are welcome to book on-line or you may prefer to buyout or secure all camping sites for your event. Please inquire with your Wedding Specialist.
Our camping sites include 21 powered sites,
The Lodge is anticipated to be opening in August 2021.
We are pleased to offer two scenarios for group bookings:
- Rooming list
- Individual guest bookings
- Full buyout of The Lodge
Yes, please inquire with your Métis Crossing Wedding Specialist.
As we look to protect the permaculture at Métis Crossing, please adhere to the following rules related to pets:
- No animals are permitted in the Metis Crossing Cultural Interpretive Centre, Deck or all lands east of the Campsite entry access road.
- Pets are welcome and permitted only within the Campsite of Metis Crossing
- Pets are not permitted near or within the Comfort Camping Trapper tent sites
- Pets are not permitted at Metis Crossing canoe launch beach.
- Pets must be kept on a leash no more than 2M in length at all times