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Photo Contest Submission RCMP Memorial Statue by Mel Chow

MAJOR ATTRACTION

Iron Horse Trail

ATTRACTIONS & OUTDOORS Be sure to have your photo taken at the wooden train trestle erected in 1919 when the Canadian National Railway Company opened its line from Edmonton to St. Paul. This point of the old rail line is now the western trail-head for the Iron Horse Trail, which heads east for 260 km of multi-use activities. Come in August to join the community for their family fun Fair Days.

NORTHEAST OF EDMONTON

Waskatenau (pronounced WAS-ET-NA), originally known as Pine Creek, is considered the Baseball Capital of Alberta. The small, progressive community of 260 residents is located only 45 minutes northeast of Edmonton on Highway 28.

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 homesteaded by Métis settlers in the late 1800s. Join them during National Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration on June 22 and plan to participate in their annual celebration of Voyageur Days on August 24-25. This is a two-day festival highlighting the diversity of Métis culture. Enjoy traditional foods, music and dancing around the campfire. Explore the grounds and buildings and learn about traditional Métis trapping harvest. For the most adventurous, book your spot for Paddle into the Past, a guided voyageur 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. Any visit to Métis Crossing can now include a stay in a traditional tapper’s tent overlooking the North Saskatchewan River Valley. Watch for the new Métis Crossing Cultural Gathering Centre scheduled to open in November 2019.

Just south of town near the North Saskatchewan River is the 58 km Victoria Trail, which was once an Indigenous trail leading to the Victoria Settlement – a Methodist mission established in 1862. The RCMP Memorial Statue is located along Victoria Trail, 15 km east of Highway 831. The statue was constructed in 1998 by the Victoria Home Guard Society to honour the original 20 members of the Northwest Mounted Police who travelled to Fort Edmonton on Victoria Trail in 1874 (pictured above). Waskatenau has hosted various baseball championships from across Western Canada. The top-notch facility at the Pine Creek Ball Park is considered to be one of the top baseball facilities and hosting sites in Alberta. If you love the outdoors, stay in Waskatenau at the Pine Creek Campground, which has powered camping stalls, a camp kitchen, fire pits, picnic tables, shower facilities, indoor bathrooms, and ball diamonds.

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