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Our Land

Métis Crossing is comprised of river lot farms originally settled by Métis families from Red River. Like our ancestors before, our site design listens to the land and respects what Mother Nature tells us. Learn more about our relationship with the land past, present and future.

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Métis Crossing

A Jewel within the Victoria District National Historic Site

Nestled within the expansive beauty of the Victoria District National Historic Site is Métis Crossing, a cultural gem that celebrates the rich heritage of Métis people. As an integral part of this historic trail, Métis Crossing seamlessly intertwines with the surrounding landscape, offering visitors a profound journey through time and culture.

Within the Victoria District, Métis Crossing stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of the Métis people, whose contributions have played a significant role in shaping Canadian history. The site’s strategic location along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River serves as a gateway to understanding the cultural, social, and economic significance of the Métis community.

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As part of the Victoria District National Historic Site, Métis Crossing ensures that the stories and heritage of the our people continue to be preserved and shared for generations to come. Through its commitment to education, cultural preservation, and community engagement, Métis Crossing contributes to a deeper understanding and appreciation of Canada’s heritage.

Experience the intersection of history, culture, and natural beauty at Métis Crossing —an unforgettable journey that celebrates the enduring spirit of the Métis people.

Land Acknowledgment

We recognize that we are on traditional gathering and traveling routes, now called Métis Crossing.  We acknowledge that we are situated within the Otipemsiwak district 12 & Treaty six territory. We acknowledge the First Nations, Métis, and Inuit as Indigenous peoples, who also share this land. We recognize the land as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting. The Métis made our living from our Homeland and its resources. We acknowledge the North Saskatchewan River as a place where land and water were traditionally shared through our river lot systems. We do govern ourselves and we are Otipemisiwak—the free people, the people who own themselves. We are thankful to gather at the beautiful Métis Crossing.  It is an honour to use this traditional land as a place for teaching, building community, knowledge sharing, and learning. We are grateful for the Traditional Knowledge Holders and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us.

Current Projects

Our deep connection with the land shapes our values, practices, and relationship with the environment today. This connection fosters a sense of stewardship, leading to sustainable land use practices and conservation. Learn more about our current sustainability projects here and what we’ve got planned.

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Salay Prayzaan Solar project

The Métis Crossing Solar Farm Project is a 4.86 megawatt community generation solar installation and will be the most northern grid-connected solar project of such size in Alberta. The project is a collaboration among the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA), the Town of Smoky Lake, and Smoky Lake County. The electricity produced by the solar farm will help offset the MNA’s electricity use. The Town of Smoky Lake and Smoky Lake County will also benefit from the generation of economic and community benefits, like tax revenue for the county.

A portion of the project’s revenue will be dedicated to a community development fund to support other green energy and sustainable development in the area. Profits generated from the MCSP will be used to fund social and economic development initiatives and programs through the MNA, benefitting Métis people across Alberta.

Saskatoon & Haskap Fields

Métis Crossing has planted two berry fields on site.

One is for Saskatoon berries that grow in the area. The other is Haskap, a berry with origins in Japan that is high in antioxidants. We use these ingredients in our culinary program.  You can try them on the menu in our Saskatoon Lemonaid, deserts, and other menu items.

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Regenerative Grasslands

With a strong commitment to regenerative tourism Métis Crossing has developed a series of permaculture installations that contribute to establishing a healthy ecosystem. Runoff from drainage systems are diverted to gardens that grow plants that have traditional use among Métis people.

Permaculture Installations

With a strong commitment to regenerative tourism Métis Crossing has developed a series of permaculture installations that contribute to establishing a healthy ecosystem. Runoff from  drainage systems are diverted to gardens that grow plants that have traditional use among Métis people.

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North Saskatchewan River

Heritage River

The North Saskatchewan River, kisiskâciwani-sîpiy, omaka-ty, is one of the great rivers of western Canada. This river flows through complex and varied ecosystems. Much of its length forms an overall geographic demarcation line between boreal forest and prairie grassland, creating interesting and unusual environments that support a broad diversity of wildlife, including many rare plant and animal species. This river also flows through Métis Crossing. Smoky Lake County is leading a collaboration of more than a dozen municipalities in the nomination and designation of the North Saskatchewan River. The collaboration includes the North Saskatchewan Watershed Alliance (NSWA), as well as Indigenous, recreational, and stewardship groups in advancing a CHRS designation of 718km of the North Saskatchewan River, downstream of Banff National Park to the boundary with the Province of Saskatchewan.

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Signature Experience

Visions, Hopes & Dreams Wildlife Tour

The return of the buffalo to our traditional land brings a healing energy. Take a guided tour of our wildlife park to see three types of bison, elk and Percheron draft horses.

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