Victoria District is a unique cultural landscape shaped first by the establishment of a Methodist Mission in 1862, and again by the Hudson’s Bay post and Métis community which stretched out on either side along the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. In the early 1900s the arrival of eastern European immigrants introduced a new layer of settlement on the land. Adventurous travelers can still follow the original Victoria Trail, built for Red River carts, into the city of Edmonton.
Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site
Discover a quiet place on the North Saskatchewan River where the Reverend George McDougall first founded a Methodist Mission for the Cree. The Hudson’s Bay Company arrived in 1864 and opened Fort Victoria trading post to trade with the Cree. Visit the 1864 Clerk’s Quarters and the 1906 Methodist Church and let the historical interpreters lead you through sixty years of history, from the arrival of Reverend George McDougall to the immigration of Ukrainian settlers early in this century.
This site is open May 15th to Labour Day and is located 90 minutes east of Edmonton, on Victoria Trail, 6km east of Highway #855, south of Smoky Lake.
For more information, please contact: summer 780-656-2333 and winter 780-645-6256 or check out our website at www.cd.gov.ab.ca/vs
Métis Crossing provides a glimpse into the vibrant Métis community that built farms on narrow river lots along the banks of the river. Métis Crossing shares the story of the Métis’ exciting culture and celebrates the contributions the Métis people made to our province and our nation. Visitors will experience historic buildings and learn from interpretive exhibits, artefacts, costumed interpreters and interactive programming. The surrounding landscape will provide numerous opportunities for enjoyment including trails, picnic areas and a campground.
The site is open May Long Weekend to Labour Day and is located near the junction of Victoria Trail and Highway 855 south of Smoky Lake.
For more information, please contact: 780-656-2229 or check out our website at www.metiscrossing.com
Services: interpretative tours, parking available, gift shop, picnic facilities, RV parking, hiking trails, & campground.