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Located just off Hwy 855 on the Victoria Trail, Métis Crossing, a 512-acre site on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River is comprised of five river lot titles that were owned by Métis settlers in the late 1800's. It is the first – and only – major Métis Cultural Centre in Canada.
Hamlet of Bellis
Bellis is located just west of Vilna along Highway 28. Stop in and check out the huge antique selection at Heritage Corner Shoppe on the Go East Antique Tour.
Smoky Lake County Office
History buffs will love a trip on the Victoria Trail along the North Saskatchewan River, just 10 miles south of Smoky Lake off Highway 855. Start at Victoria Settlement, where interpreters bring this former Fort and pioneer settlement to life. It is the site of the oldest building still on its original foundation in Alberta.
Smoky Lake County Attractions & Events
The Smoky Lake Museum, located on the north side of town, displays a number of interesting artifacts and historic photographs of the area. A large antique machinery collection and the restored Pakan ferry are also hosted here. Pakan was a Hudson’s Bay Company Post opened in 1864, serving as a steam boat and ferry landing and a stopping point on the Victoria Trail. A full service RV Park, which overlooks the ravine, is situated between the museum and the agricultural complex.
Bring the family to the Great White North Pumpkin Weigh-off and Fair. Have your photo taken with giant pumpkins; enjoy the huge Farmers’ Market, Art Show & Sale, kid’s activities, the downtown Show ‘n Shine, museum threshing bee, and the Giant Pumpkin Drop.
Plan on spending your August long weekend at the Smoky Lake Stampede. Activities include a parade, pancake breakfasts, kids’ activities, dance, fireworks, and more.
Victoria Settlement hosts a Frontier Christmas – yes it’s Christmas in July! For zany potato fun for all ages take in the Great Alberta Potato Derby. Sink your teeth into a baked potato, roast a hotdog and try a good old fashioned potato sack race and more!
Join Metis Crossing during National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration, Jamtron, Sasquatch Gathering, and plan to take in the exciting Voyageur Days. This is a two-day, one-night adventure following an old fur trading route. It will include a stay in a luxury trapper’s tent overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Enjoy a traditional fish fry dinner, fiddle music and jig dancing around the campfire. Explore the grounds and buildings, traditional Métis trapping harvest, and a guided voyager canoe tour along the North Saskatchewan River to Victoria Settlement. Stop at the gift shop, stay at the campground, or enjoy the interpretive buildings, trails, and boat launch.
Smoky Lake Region is a great place to venture out on Alberta's Iron Horse Trail. This multi-use trail is perfect for year-round adventure. Enjoy hiking, biking, quadding or horseback riding. Bring out the snowmobile and the horse-drawn sleigh when the snow falls. Enjoy a round of golf at the beautiful Smoky Lake Golf Course and a home-cooked meal in the clubhouse. You can also stay at their full service RV Park. Take a break in local lake country to visit all that Smoky Lake has to offer.
North of Smoky Lake is the popular Hanmore Lake camping area that's comprised of two campgrounds. You can enjoy an assortment of watersports, a beach, and playground areas.