Attention Visitors: Métis Crossing Temporary Closure
Métis Crossing is committed to providing our visitors and staff with a safe place to visit and work. In accordance with the Government of Alberta’s new mandatory COVID19 measures, limiting gatherings to 15 people, Métis Crossing will be closing our facility to public visitors until December 1st.
Métis Crossing is built on the values of the Métis people, including community and resilience. In the spirit of these values we are committed to doing everything in our power to keep our guests, staff, and wider community safe and healthy. We are equally committed to reopening, when it is safe to do so, continuing to share our distinct Indigenous story.
We are proud to do our part to keep our community safe, and we look forward to welcoming you again soon.
The Métis Crossing Team
Walk in Our Mocs – Métis Archery Program
One of Canada’s Indigenous People, the Métis, began here. Taught by proud grandparents, their way of life, crafts, survival and entrepreneurship of the Métis people live on. Walk in Our Mocs is a two-hour immersive Indigenous tourism experience telling the story of survival on the land and a way of life of the within the Historic Victoria District National Historic Site. A perfect blend of culture, the great outdoors, and Métis history.
Join us at Métis Crossing to hear stories of Métis life on the land and try your skills with a bow and arrow on our natural course and a delicious lunch infused with the flavours of a Métis kitchen.
• Immerse yourself in Métis culture and ways of knowing
• Practice your skills with a bow and arrow
• Identify plants, animals, and the traces animals leave behind
• Explore the boreal forest of the North Saskatchewan River Valley
• Spend time on an historic Métis River Lot
• Enjoy Indigenous inspired cuisine
• Discover the diversity of plants and animals that call Métis Crossing home
Lunch provided with the program.
Approximate length of program is 2 hours plus lunch.
Prices: $48 adults, $40 youth
Audience: ages 6 and up (youth require parent/guardian supervision), course requires long stretches of walking on uneven terrain and ability to use a bow.
Tours run every 30 minutes from 11:00am – 2:00pm Saturdays& Sundays. Each group will have their own bow(s), arrows, and area to practice their shots. We will also be making sure that cohorts are properly distanced from each other.
Pre-book your Meet the Métis experience by calling 1-780-656-2229 or visiting the Book Now page.
Métis Traditional Art Program
October 24 – Capote Making Workshop
Capotes are the staple of Métis winter survival – a beautiful coat made from a wool blanket. This workshop is being led by guest instructor Orlean Lizotte, and she will teach you how to make your very own capote using traditional stitches and decoration. Cost of course includes wool blanket and all materials required for the workshop. Please include your coat size when registering (S, M, L, XL).
Cost – $300 plus tax, includes lunch
Book today by calling 1.780.656.2229
Paddle Into The Past – Not Available at this time due to COVID19 restrictions
The Paddle Into the Past experiences includes:
- Métis crafts – Beading and finger weaving
- Paddling an authentic Voyageur canoe
- Tasting bannock cooked over an open fire
- Learning about traditional plants and harvesting
- Dancing the Métis Jig in a historic homestead
Tales of the Trapline Experience – Winter 2020
Tales from the Trapline is a 4-hour immersive Indigenous experience that explores Métis traditional winter activities and skills on a historic Métis River Lot Farm. Strap on a set of snowshoes, set a snare, build a survival shelter, and learn a traditional art as you create your own unique and beautiful keepsake.
Other Activities Include:
- Curriculum based student/educational activities and experiences (working closely with educators)
- Event & Function space and catering
- Camping facilities, trappers’ tents
- Gift shop and Café and classroom facilities