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Metis Homecoming

Kick off the sesquicentennial celebrations at Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site

Sesquicentennial may be a tough word to say, but start practising now, because you'll be hearing a lot about it throughout 2017. Canada’s Sesquicentennial - or 150th year of Confederation - will be celebrated from coast to coast to coast and along all the rivers, lakers and in towns and cities and communities in between. Head to Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site on the shores of the North Saskatchewan River for the Métis Weekend Homecoming on Feb. 18 and 19. The free weekend will be filled with events that harken back to the days when explorers, trappers, First Nations plied the North Saskatchewan in canoes and established settlements, forts, trading posts and villages in the west. You'll also get to meet a 1967 Centennial Canoe Race Team. Discover how people lived, ate, played and worked with a series of special events that includes dog-sledding, sleigh races, fiddling and dancing, and feasting on bannock and bison stew. 

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Rocky Mountain House Historic Site, usually closed during the winter months, will open especially for this event. Pack up the car for a winter adventure, and dress accordingly for what is sure to be an authentic Canadian experience.

Photo by Parks Canada

The Métis Homecoming is the first of a series of events that will celebrate the Centennial Voyageur Canoe Races.

Where: Rocky Mountain House National Historic Site. From the town of Rocky Mountain House, travel west on Highway 11A for 6 km. The park is well marked on the south side of the highway.

Tickets: Entry to the Historic Site is free during Métis Homecoming and for the entirety of 2017 (the historic site is will be open daily May - September) 

Daily activities:

Saturday, Feb.18, 2017

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dog sledding, (a sugar shack) Cabane du Sucre, Northern Games demonstrations, tractor and sleigh rides, Voyageur winter Games, fiddling and Jigging competitions.

11 aa.m. to 5 p.m.: Bison stew and Bannock and other food venders.

Noon – 1 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies

1 to 5p.m.: The outdoor stage hosts numerous entertainers from singers to Celtic Dancers.

A ticketed banquet wil be held on Saturday, Feb. 18 in the town of Rocky Mountain House. Tickets are available at voyageursrendezvous.ca 

Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

Photo by Amar Athwal

11 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Dog sledding, Northern Games Demonstrations, tractor and sleigh rides, Voyageur Winter Games, fiddler and Jigging competitions.

1 to 5 p.m. The outdoor stage hosts numerous entertainers from singers to Celtic dancers.

5 pm: Fireworks at Pow Wow Field.

Photo by Parks Canada

Stick around for Monday and head to Crimson Lake Provincial Park to celebrate Family Day Weekend.

More Information:

Parks Canada official page www.pc.gc.ca/rockymountainhouse 

2017 Voyageurs Rendezvous  http://www.voyageursrendezvous.ca/en/?page_id=23 

Contact rocky.info@pc.gc.ca for questions or call 403-845-2412 

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