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Beavers, Bison, and People: Our Promise to Wahkotowin

Immersive three days two nights all Inclusive guided bus tour package

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All inclusive guided bus tour package

  • 3 days
  • Groups of up to 20

2024 Tour offerings:

July 10 to 12

July 31 to August 2

August 28 to 30

September 4 to 6

Elk Island National Park and Métis Crossing have collaborated to deliver an immersive, educational, and entertaining travel experience that will create memories to last a lifetime.

The Beaver, Bison, and People: Our promise to Wahkotowin tour gives participants an in-depth insight into the cultural, social and ecological factors that led to the establishment of Edmonton and the surrounding communities. Beginning in the present day Edmonton, travel back in time and understand how ecological factors made this region a successful area to trap furs and establish settlement. Learn about the Métis: one of three Indigenous groups of people in Canada. Discover how this Nation of families was birthed from the beaver and born into the Nationhood through the bison. Feel inspired to explore the world of bison and beaver, interconnectedness of human relationships with the land, and what walking a path of reconciliation means to you.

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Itinerary at a glance

Day one
ÎNÎW Art Park in Edmonton; Bison Backstage Tour at Elk Island National Park; Turning Deserts into Gardens: A Beaver Tales at Elk Island National Park.
Day two
Overnight stay at the Lodge at Métis Crossing; Visions, Hopes and Dreams at Métis Crossing Wildlife Tour.
Day three
Overnight stay at the Lodge at Métis Crossing; Connecting Worlds: Beaver Tales of the Fur Trade at Métis Crossing.
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What you will experience

Discover past
and present

Deepen your understanding of Métis heritage through stories from our experienced guides and traditional knowledge-keepers.

Find your
connection

Connect to the Métis way of life through the sharing of practices, traditions, and foods central to Métis culture.

Learn by
living

Participate in unique activities designed to bring you closer to Métis past, present and future.

Feed your
understanding

Experience the healing potential of this powerful place, through a new appreciation for our land, wildlife and shared history.

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Day one

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ÎNÎW Art Park

The journey begins at ÎNÎW Art Park in Edmonton. Explore the pivotal role the Métis and First Nations played in shaping the city’s identity. As you explore the park, learn the story of River Lot 11, delving into the rich history and cultural significance of the Métis River Lot systems. The Métis served as integral intermediaries between First Nations Communities and European settlers, contributing to the development of Edmonton as a burgeoning hub through trade and cultural exchange. The tour unfolds the resilient spirit of the Métis. Connect with the vibrant artworks of ÎNÎW Indigenous Art Park, each piece telling the story of this sacred place.

Bison Backstage Tour at Elk Island National Park

Bison backstage is the exclusive, behind the scenes look at bison conservation at Elk Island. Our friendly and knowledgeable interpreters will lead you through the Plains Bison Handling Facility and along the way you will learn about the history of bison, how they affect the prairie landscape around them, and how parks staff continue the ongoing role in bison conservation efforts.
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Turning Deserts into Gardens: A Beaver Tale (Beaver Pond Exploration) at
Elk Island National Park

Step into a beaver’s perspective to explore the land that gave rise to Edmonton. Elk Island National Park is part of the Beaver Hills (called amiskwaciy in Cree), which provided the beaver critical to the fur trade in Fort Edmonton (or amiskwaciwâskahikan, Beaver Hills House in Cree). Our guides will share with you the home of the amisk, the beaver, and how these industrious creatures continue to shape and support the land and its inhabitants, turning deserts into gardens, in the internationally important and critically endangered aspen parkland.

Day two

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Stay at the Lodge and and Indigenous-Inspired Cuisine

Your journey at Métis Crossing begins with checking into your spacious and comfortable suite with a private in-suite patio that offers breathtaking views of the Heritage North Saskatchewan River.

As part of the package, you will embark on a culinary journey and savor delightful offerings throughout your stay.

Connecting Worlds: Beaver Tales of the Fur Trade

Signature Experience

Connecting Worlds: Beaver Tales of the Fur Trade starts with displays featuring snares, pelts and trapping outerwear to support a discussion of the fur trade and its importance to Métis history and way of life. Through this journey you will explore the parallel plight and perseverance of the beaver and the Métis Nation. Step into the realm of beaver lore, forge a deeper connection to the land, grasp the significance of upholding responsibilities, and recognize principles of sustainable resource management within Métis culture. 

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Visions, Hopes and Dreams Wildlife Tour

Signature Experience

Join us for an immersive wildlife tour showcasing the rich culture and traditions of the Métis community. Our knowledgeable Métis Interpreter will accompany you on an SUV tour to the paddocks, where you can immerse yourself in the breathtaking natural beauty of the Métis heritage species, including the rare white bison and elk, woods bison, plains bison, and majestic Percheron horses. Throughout this journey, you will gain an understanding of the interconnected nature of relationships, communities, and natural systems in Métis Culture, as well as the significant role of bison in Métis heritage.

Day three

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Walking the trails

Self exploration

Taking in some fresh air before heading back and exploring the nearly 10 km of cross country skiing and walking trails at Métis Crossing is a fantastic way to wrap up your package experience. Nestled within the National Historic Site of Canada and along the Historic Victoria Trail, this picturesque site is enveloped by a myriad of trails, pristine boreal forests and stunning valley vistas.

Don’t forget to explore our Cultural Centre with interactive displays, historical artifacts and one of a kind Gift Shop, where you can browse a range of Métis and locally crafted items.

Common Questions

When are packages available?

Please note these packages are only available for guests booking a stay from Friday-Sunday.

How many guests are included?

The package price is based on double occupancy, with two people sharing a room.

Is transportation available?

Transportation is available via ground or air from the Edmonton International Airport or other destinations in the region.

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Congratulations and thank you very much for considering Metis Crossing for your wedding. Please allow our dedicated, expert staff assist you in providing the perfect setting for your special day.

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With service that will exceed all your expectations, the Métis Crossing team makes the planning process a smooth and easy one, transforming your dream wedding into reality. Métis Crossing features all the facilities and amenities to help make your dream day come to life; enjoy the many conveniences of having your wedding and reception on the banks of Heritage North Saskatchewan River.

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With service that will exceed all your expectations, the Métis Crossing team makes the planning process a smooth and easy one, transforming your dream wedding into reality. Métis Crossing features all the facilities and amenities to help make your dream day come to life; enjoy the many conveniences of having your wedding and reception on the banks of Heritage North Saskatchewan River.

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The property

Our property is the perfect venue for your special day. Our 11000 sq ft Cultural Gathering Centre is just a short walk from our covered outdoor patio, 40 room boutique Lodge with a bridal suite, Skywatching domes and campsite with 21 powered RV units, trapper tents and camp sites.

What we offer

  • Métis designed venue with views of the North Saskatchewan River
  • Full Banquet menu: appetizers, main courses, late-night snacks and much more
  • Bar for alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages
  • Banquet Services (Servers) and Barmen
  • Audio Visual: Projector, Screen, Podium and Microphone, Indoor and outdoor Speakers for background music
  • Bring your own entertainment or arrange musicians and DJs with us
  • Glassware, cutlery and plateware
  • Dance floor
  • Event setup and cleanup
  • Stage risers
  • Round tables and chairs
  • Black or white tablecloths
  • Shuttle services
  • Preferred local vendor list

The venue

Venue rental

Venue rental includes our main hall, back deck, tables and chairs, linens and A/V system.

Day before setup: $500.00

Catering

With a variety of menus to choose from, our in-house catering team will be happy to please your palette. We offer a variety of culinary choices to satisfy any dietary restrictions.

  • Dinner buffet starting at $51.00 per person
  • Dinner plated / family style starting at $61.00 per person
  • Event service charges

Bar service

  • Host bar: Host receives 10% discount on all drinks
  • Cash bar: Guest pay Métis Crossing prices for drinks
  • Twoonie bar: Guests pay $2.00 per drink with host covering the balance of the cost
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Accommodations

Room Rates

The Lodge Bridal Suite Room: $315 per night
The Lodge: Wedding Block Group rate per room: $230 per night
Single Sky Watching dome rate: $320 per night

High Season

June 1 – September 30: $10,600.00

Mid Season

March 1 – May 31 / October 1 – November 30: $8,500.00

Low Season

December 1 – February 28: $7,000.00

Common Questions

When are packages available?

Please note these packages are only available for guests booking a stay from Friday-Sunday.

How many guests are included?

The package price is based on double occupancy, with two people sharing a room.

Is transportation available?

Transportation is available via ground or air from the Edmonton International Airport or other destinations in the region.

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