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Métis Crossing FAQs

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Métis Crossing FAQs

Métis Crossing FAQs

Métis Crossing FAQ

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.

Métis Crossing is a place for Métis people to share our Distinct Indigenous Story with the world, and a place for everyone to visit to reflect and reconnect with their own personal story.

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 with all visitors. 

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 688-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.
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Water bottle
  • A hat
  • Sunglasses

We would love to work with you to host your next event. Our Cultural Gathering Centre is the perfect place to host a corporate meeting, your special day, or a cultural gathering.

We can host up the following covers/seats:

  • Cultural Gathering Centre inside can seat up to 410 people
  • CGC Patio, additional 200 people
  • Metis Crossing Grounds/Site,  2000+ people (large events such as festival, etc) inquire for more information.  

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, please inquire online or by phone.

Métis Crossing is the perfect place to host your next corporate training or workshop. Our state-of-the-art Cultural Gathering Centre sets the stage for a day of learning on historical Métis land.

Our Cultural Gathering Centre includes modern and functional technology ensuring your training or presentation will be seamless. Métis Crossing is the perfect place for Indigenous training or other workshops your company may be putting on for staff. 

Our 40-room Boutique lodge can accommodate your overnight needs. Our culinary department has everything you need, from breakfast, lunch, dinner, or special arrangements.

Our Cultural Gathering Centre Main Hall & Classroom include AV & Visual technological systems. This includes projectors and audio/video systems/equipment, with seating for up to 200 people (moon shape seating).

Our Rupertsland Classroom can seat up to 30 people (u-shape) and 40 (classroom shape). This space includes a smart TV, live streaming capabilities and and audio. White boards available for planning sessions.

Métis Crossing offers a variety of accommodations, suiting the varied needs and desires of our visitors. Our Accommodations include the Lodge at Métis Crossing, luxury Sky Watching Pods camping, trapper’s tents. 

Each of Métis Crossing’s accommodation options are an opportunity to escape your busy everyday life, relaxing and reconnecting amongst the land, river, and stars. 

When you stay at Métis Crossing your accommodation reflects and shares the story of traditional Métis life on the land, at the very spot our Métis ancestors settled.

Métis Crossing is a year round destination.

Cultural Gathering Center Hours of Operation:

  • Winter season Dec 01 – March 31

Open daily, 10.00am – 5.00pm

  • Spring season April 01 – Friday, May Long weekend

Open daily, 9.30am – 5.00pm

  • Summer season May Long weekend – September 05

Open daily, 9.00am – 6.00pm

  • Fall Season September 05 – November 30 

Open daily 9.30am – 6pm 

Restaurant at the Cultural Gathering Center 

  • Open daily for lunch 11.30am – 4.00pm
  • Visit us for a special Sunday buffet brunch, served every Sunday 11.30am – 2.30pm
  • Please call us for special event and banqueting services 

The Lodge at Metis Crossing is open year round and operates 24/7

Bistro at the Lodge at Métis Crossing – Breakfast served daily, 8.30am – 10.30am

  • 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. 

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 the love and family of everyone. We are delighted and honored to be the place of beautiful memories.

There are a variety of ways we can help you incorporate Métis cultural elements into your wedding. Please inquire with the sales consultant at Métis Crossing when booking. 

Congratulations! We are thrilled that you are considering Métis Crossing as your venue. All of our wedding packages are entirely customizable, so pricing will vary. Please contact a member of our team to learn more.  

Exclusive use of Cultural Gathering Centre with our outdoor covered Terrace from 3pm-12am on day of wedding (*site is still open to public, but CGC Main Hall ) Access to CGC Main Hall, 8am for setup

  • Supply of all tableware, cutlery, glassware and serving dishes.
  • Supply of tables and chairs.
  • Linen (black or white tablecloths, and white napkins)
  • Banquet Servers included, barmen excluded.
  • Cleanup after the event
  • Buffet Table
  • Portion cutting of wedding cake for guests.

Métis Crossing was built with AHS approved Kitchen and AGLC licensed. No outside liquor or catering is allowed or permitted.

(Note: Corkage is available on wine and sparkling wine only)

We offer a variety of alcoholic beverage options. For pricing information, please contact us directly.

Yes, you are welcome to supply your own wedding cake. After the cutting by the wedding couple, we offer the service of cutting and portioning the remaining cake for your guests.

Our Métis inspired Banquet menus include dinner and reception options to choose from. Request package for more information. 

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. An additional 25% will be required 3 months prior to the event and the remaining deposit dates will be detailed in the contract with full payment required 10 days prior to the 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.

We allow access to the Hall at 8am for decorating (day of event). Decorations may be delivered the day before (storage cannot be guaranteed). Any type of table décor or other décor, must be set-up bit wedding party or a contracted event supplier.

No decorations can be hung from walls or ceiling in the CGC Main Hall. 

Yes, we are pleased to provide you with a vendor list of local suppliers:

  • Photographer
  • Videographer
  • Decorator
  • DJ

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,

Your guests are welcome to book online or you may prefer to buyout or secure all camping sites, lodge rooms, or trappers tents for your event.  Please inquire with your sales consultant.

We are pleased to offer both individual guest bookings or buyout of the Lodge. We also offer a bridal suite. Please inquire with a member of our team. 

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