Paddle Into The Past

Paddle Into The Past (formerly called The Victoria Trail Voyageur Experience)is a new immersive historic experience. Encounter the fur trade at Métis Crossing, Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site, and in a canoe on the scenic North Saskatchewan river: places which once belonged to an historic fur trade route.

At Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site explore life at a Hudson’s Bay Company fur trading fort. You can try carrying bales of fur using a leather tumpline across your forehead and meet the people who lived at the Fort through handwritten letters. Step into the restored 1864 Hudson’s Bay building and lend a hand to indoor crafts. Join historically costumed guides for tea and discover will what life inside the Fort was like. 

Led by a qualified canoe guide with Haskin Canoe, paddle a Voyageur canoe on the North Saskatchewan River. Keep your eye out for signs of beaver and Canada geese as you paddle and sing French Voyageur songs.

At Métis Crossing encounter the Métis culture which is so connected to the fur trade. Explore a fur trapping camp and discover how the Métis acted as guides, interpreters, clerks, canoe men, and fur packers. You will be welcomed into the original home of a Métis family to try out sash weaving and trapping skills.

Step into the past with a unique program offered jointly with Métis Crossing and Haskin Canoe.

This pre-registered program allows you to experience aspects of fur trade life. With interactive activities hosted by Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site, a Voyageur canoe ride, and cultural experiences at Métis Crossing, this program is a favourite of visitors of all ages.

Preparation Checklists

  • Outdoor clothing appropriate to the weather. This could include rubber boots, rain gear, coats and mitts, sunscreen, and bug spray.
  • You are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy before or after the program.

Bookings

Paddle Into The Past will be offered on Fridays throughout the 2019 summer season. Please contact our program partner Métis Crossing metiscrossing@metis.org to check availability and to pre-register.

Tour Operator Net Rates and group rates are available. Tour Group and FIT bookings for the Victoria Trail Voyageur Experience are made through our program partner Metis Crossing metiscrossing@metis.org

Custom group tours can be provided to accommodate your groups special needs and to find a date and time that works for your group.

Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for more information about dates for summer 2019.

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