Michif Cultural and Resource Institute Edmonton

Location: Juneau House, 9 Mission Avenue. If northbound on St. Albert Trail (Hwy 2), turn east on Mission Avenue.

Info: Open Monday to Thursday, 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., or other times by appointment. Admission is by donation. 780-651-8176.

The Michif Cultural and Resource Institute is home to a Metis museum, including an Aboriginal Veterans Exhibit. The institute houses Metis and local indigenous artifacts and presents St. Albert history prior to 1861. You can access the research facility and resource library, which includes Metis and French genealogy. Take a workshop on moccasin making, then visit the gift shop, which features a wide variety of locally handmade Metis and First Nations crafts.

ACT Celebration Garden

Location: Located on the north side of the river across from St. Albert Place.

Info: 780-459-1500.

The Associated Canadian Travellers (ACT) Celebration Garden is a scenic oasis where visitors can reflect on the memories of their loved ones. The peaceful garden features lilacs, in recognition of the early pioneers who planted these flowers on their homesteads. You will also find roses (breathe deep!), a fountain, and a pathway with original sculpted benches and commemorative bronze plaques recognizing outstanding Albertans. The garden honours volunteerism and the contributions of seniors.

Riverlot 56 Natural Area

Location: If northbound on St. Albert Trail (Hwy 2), turn right onto Sturgeon Road, keep left where the road forks, pass the St. Albert Botanic Park, turn left onto Sir Winston Churchill Avenue. Take Poundmaker Road to the parking area on the left.

Info: 780-960-8170 (Alberta Tourism, Parks, and Recreation). Dogs not allowed. No picnic sites or outhouses.

Riverlot 56 is a 108-hectare area ideal for walking and enjoying nature. Interpretive signs remind you to look for wildlife as you explore the upland aspen forest, meadow, and Sturgeon River ecosystems. Walk the 3.5-kilometre perimeter path or meander along one of the shorter trails in search of wildflowers and birds. You may flush out a deer or moose or spot coyotes, squirrels, snowshoe hares, muskrats, beavers, or porcupines. In the snowy months, you can cross-country ski across eight kilometres of groomed trails, suitable for beginner to advanced skiers. The land is provincially owned and protected for environmental, educational, and recreational uses. It is noteworthy as one of the original land parcels subdivided when the region was settled in the early 1900s.

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