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Summer Activities at Métis Crossing

May 12, 2021

At Métis Crossing, its summertime and the fun has just begun. What are you waiting for? Get outside! Explore, be active, and have a wonderful summer! Keep reading this blog post to learn more about what Métis Crossing has to offer our visitors.

Camping at Métis Crossing

Métis Crossing is the perfect location for your next overnight adventure. Camping is available directly on-site, providing the perfect home base for in-between cultural experiences and activities. The Campsite at Métis Crossing is located on a traditional Métis river lot overlooking the banks of the North Saskatchewan river. Enjoy wide open spaces, blue skies, and the gorgeous North Saskatchewan river valley, just ten minutes south of Smoky Lake, AB with quick access from highway 855.

The campsite at Métis Crossing offers

  • 4 Comfort Camping in Traditional Trappers Tents
  • 2 Comfort Camping for Two in Traditional Trappers Tents (max 2 ppl)
  • 21 powered (30amp) RV sites
  • 2 non-powered sites
  • 4 tent sites in trees

To ensure you have a comfortable stay in our Trappers Tents we recommend packing the following

  • Sleeping Bag / Bedding / Pillow
  • Flashlight / Lantern
  • Water bottle
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunscreen
  • Matches / Firestarter
  • Axe / Hatchet
  • Camp Stove & Cookware
  • Camp Chairs

Please note that Métis Crossing will be following Alberta Parks Summer 2021 guidelines and safety measures

Hiking in the Smoky Lake Region

Smoky Lake Region is a great place to venture out on a summertime adventure! You’ll find many great spots to stop for a hike or walk to stretch your legs.

Alberta’s Iron Horse Trail

This multi-use trail is perfect for year-round adventures! Enjoy hiking, biking, quadding or horseback riding. With over 300 kilometres of trails and parks, this trail will take you down a historic route of northeast Alberta—through parkland, forest, wetlands and sand dunes.

Mons Lake

Featuring a sandy bottom clear water lake, Mons Lake is located just over an hour east of Edmonton. It offers a sandy beach, two playgrounds and some of the best Perch and Northern Pike fishing in the area. Many visitors enjoy the walking along the shore or stopping for a beachside picnic!

Smoky Lakes Pumpkin Park

They don’t’ call Smoky Lake the Pumpkin Capital of Alberta for nothing! Pumpkin Park features large concrete pumpkins that families from all over Alberta come to see. The park is considered the launch point for many planning an adventure down the famous Iron Horse Trail, so be sure to add it to your list of destinations this summer!

Programming at Métis Crossing

With our Signature Experiences, Métis Crossing offers visitors the opportunity to participate in guided cultural interpretive experiences, sharing the distinct Indigenous story of the Métis people in an interactive way. These Indigenous signature experiences change with the seasons. This Summer our General Admission visitors can also purchase Signature Experiences such as Walk in our Mocs, Paddle into the Past, and Meet the Métis.

Métis Crossing is also pleased to offer daily experiences included in the price of admission. These activities include historical exhibits, art exhibits and additional Métis cultural interpretive experiences. Stay tuned for more information coming about our Farmyard – complete with chicks. Our friendly goats, Annie and Franny and their friends, are not too far behind! We look forward to sharing the animals that would inhabit a historic Métis river lot farmyard with our visitors in 2021.

Métis Crossing is located 1.5 hours northeast of Edmonton and 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.

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