Smoky Lake County


Looking for a fun daytrip into Alberta’s countryside? The Smoky Lake Region is a beautiful area full of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Camping, biking, hiking, and horseback riding are common forms of entertainment—and events are held throughout the year.


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Metis Crossing

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.

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Visitor Information Centre CN Museum Train Station, Smoky Lake. Open May long to Sept long weekend.



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Victoria Settlement

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, 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!

Located just off Highway 855 on the Victoria Trail is Métis Crossing. It is a 512-acre site on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Explore one of Canada’s Indigenous cultures in Métis settlers’ homesteads with historical artifacts, experience the life of a voyageur on the North Saskatchewan River, and camp in their new Metis trappers’ tents. The new Métis Crossing Cultural Gathering Centre showcases traditional Metis craftsmanship with modern energy efficiencies to be a true Place of Pride and a year-round attraction.

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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.

Eat, Shop & Stay

Journey 2 kilometers off Highway 28 to Bellis to visit the Bellis Heritage Corner Shoppe - home to a treasure trove of gifts, antiques, collectibles and so much more!  Treat yourself to the famous Shack Attack Burger at Betsy's Burger Shack and stop by the Old Fashioned Bread Bakery & Deli for a selection of delicious, traditional Ukrainian baked goods. For the highest quality pork, chicken, lamb, eggs, vegetables, and honey visit Serben Farms at their farm store to find all these, along with high quality local beef, artisan cheeses, soups, pickles, jams, Ukrainian foods and much more! Enjoy a meal at Smoky Lake Inn – where you'll also find the largest wine selection in northeastern Alberta! – and stay the night where history and luxury converge. Also, check out the new Super 8 along the highway for your stay in Smoky Lake and the new Gofer Liquor featuring a growler bar with 12 items on tap!


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