Métis Crossing is the first major Métis cultural interpretive center in Alberta. Located on a 512-acre site comprised of original river lot titles from the original Métis settlers to this region in the late 1800’s, Métis Crossing is designed to engage and excite visitors in activities that promote appreciation of Métis people, customs, and celebrations.
The following landscape features form part of the new Métis Crossing Gathering Center, a new facility at Métis Crossing. Both landscape and building design focus on celebrating the culture, history and contributions of Metis people within Canada. Metis Crossing will provide year round access to the outdoors.
The landscape design intent is to integrate the new development with the existing structures on site, taking into account all historic and natural features, the existing topography, and viewpoints, as well as honouring the historic site and the central role of the river – all of which imprints a distinct Metis Crossing signature throughout the site.
An interpretative boardwalk in shape of the infinity symbol is proposed to loop through the site and connect the most important features (such as the historical cabins and barn, trappers tents etc) and activities with each other.
The existing playground will be extended and includes playful learning experience about Métis culture such as large dovetail joint blocks and red river frames. Inspired by the natural beauty of the site, the playground will have only natural play elements.
Other new landscape features include a picnic shelter and a communal fire pit and gathering area by the river. Planting will be used to create an intimate setting. All planting will consist of native species with priority given to those plants that were traditionally used by the Métis for food, medicinal or spiritual purposes, as well as for crafts.
Métis Nation of Alberta
Métis Crossing, Smokey Lake, Alberta
Manasc Isaac Architects
Anticipated fall 2019