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Metis Crossing

Smoky Lake, Canada
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About Metis Crossing
Métis Crossing is the first major Métis cultural interpretive destination in Alberta. The development and operation of this facility mirrors the core values of the Métis community including self-sufficiency, respect of elders, participation of youth, and pride in our culture. Métis Crossing began as a major initiative of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Our mission is to be a premiere center for Alberta Métis cultural interpretation, education, gatherings, and business development. Our 512-acre site is designed to engage and excite visitors, and is comprised of river lot titles from the original Métis settlers to this region in the late 1800’s. Our programming encourages active participation of visitors in activities that promote appreciation of our people, customs, and celebrations.
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Vivian M wrote a review 10 May
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Amazing place! The new Boutique Lodge is ideal for corporate retreats as well as personal events. Love the integration of Métis culture!
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Kevin W wrote a review Jan 2022
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We were some the first guests in the new lodge at Metis Crossing. It is a beautiful facility in a gorgeous location. The room was spacious and well laid with access to the deck for views of the river. The staff was very friendly and eager to help. The food was fantastic. My wife wants to come back for an extended trip in the summer.
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Date of experience: January 2022
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Response from LeonH1495, General Manager at Metis Crossing
Responded 15 Feb 2022
Thank you for coming to stay at our Lodge here at Métis Crossing. We are proud of our facility and the blend of culture and history we have incorporated for our guests. We look forward to welcoming you back this summer!
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Kimberleigh wrote a review Jan 2022
Edmonton, Canada3 contributions1 helpful vote
Amazing team, history, experience, and views. Lilyrose and her team made us very comfortable in the cold and shared incredible knowledge of the land and people. Food was delicious and truly authentic! Couldn’t recommend enough.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from LeonH1495, Manager at Metis Crossing
Responded 14 Jan 2022
We are delighted to hear about your experience at Métis Crossing. We really appreciate you taking the time out to share your experience with us — and we agree, Lilyrose is incredibly welcoming and knowledgeable! We look forward to seeing you in the future.
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Lynn W wrote a review Dec 2021
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We visited in Dec 2021 and had a lovely time exploring the grounds, learning about Métis life and culture, dining on delicious homemade meals, and making new friends. Thanks to all of our hosts.
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Date of experience: December 2021
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Response from LeonH1495, Manager at Metis Crossing
Responded 14 Jan 2022
Thank you for sharing your feedback regarding your visit! We agree - there is nothing better than a homemade meal shared with new friends. We look forward to seeing you again soon!
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5Hills3 wrote a review Jul 2021
Edmonton, Canada9 contributions5 helpful votes
Today we visited Métis Crossing for the first time and I would recommend it to anyone seeking a good day trip from Edmonton. It’s less than 1.5 hours drive each way and the drive itself is pleasant, taking you through farming country. We participated in the ‘Walk in our Mocs’ program. Cost was about $150 for two adults and one teen. I was unclear from other reviews if lunch was included, it wasn’t. Hot sweet tea was free. We paid about $20 for two generous sized pieces of bannock with butter and jam that we split and a delicious Saskatoon berry lemonade. We also had a handful of Saskatoon berries for free, of course, along the trail as they were ripe during the time of our visit. I’d clarify that despite the description which suggested to me that the program was a multitude of things, it was mainly an archery lesson which takes place a short walk away from the main building. The main building is gorgeous in terms of design and very clean. I can imagine the main building as an event centre for weddings, et cater. The path is an easy walk and the guide pointed out a few plants and spoke about their purpose along the way. To learn more about Métis culture it is important to visit the exhibits. There is a lot of information provided on placards and a number of artifacts in several buildings that are worth seeing. The archery program was really fun and the guide was really patient and engaging. If you suck at this task as much as I did then wear good walking shoes as you will have to go back into the bushes to looked for your arrows. Based on our group’s composition, I’d suggest this program for mature kids 10 and up and definitely for teens and adults. Our group was small, less than a dozen people and we got to take about 10 shots each during the two hours we spent together. The guide told us that often the group is bigger but with two interpreters so the ratio is similar. I was pleased with the focus and attention to safety. The guide gave feedback on each shot and most people, present company excluded. did improve as we went along. Two hours felt about the right amount of time to spend on this activity and it was aimed at an introductory level. The young staff that we encountered during our visit were all very friendly and helpful. We particularly enjoyed our visit with the farm animals that took place after our program. The interpreter was really engaged and told us a lot about the animals which included a dozen chickens, 4 rabbits, 2 sheep and 4 ducks. We only saw the trappers tents for glamping from the outside. They are right along the river which is a lovely location. One of the group who was staying in one said they are quite basic inside as a glamping experience but that fits with the price of $100. My main suggestion would be to consider including an order of bannock for participants in this program. Though I didn’t feel like we overpaid for the archery lesson the cost is high for a family activity. Had our other two family members been interested in taking this trip with us, we probably would not have been able to afford the program and would just have wandered around the exhibits. The cost of providing a piece of bannock to program participants is negligible but would have added value for me. Overall, I would definitely recommend making this trip especially during the pandemic when we have been short on places to go and interesting learning experiences.
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Date of experience: July 2021
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