Rootsy, artistic and connected to land and culture, the communities of Athabasca, Lac La Biche, MD Bonnyville, Métis Crossing and Vermilion are overflowing with local makers, artists, crafts and...
Meet the makers of north east Alberta, online
From March 7 - 28, 2023, the #NEAB Online Festival celebrated LIVE music, cooking and crafting demos, behind-the-scenes tours and how-tos from throughout northeast Alberta, featuring the communities of Athabasca, Lac La Biche, Métis Crossing, MD Bonnyville and Vermilion.
From a look at how berry syrup is made to glamping breakfast boards to sweet cocktail recipes, mini art workshops and spring travel tips, we’re feeling the first glow of spring from the #NEAB Online Festival.
It’s time to get ready for spring, with all the fixings, in northeast Alberta. Check out a few of the last week’s showcases for some inspiration, and tune in to the final day of the festival on Tues, Mar 28!
For specific dates and times check out the schedule here and you can watch it all happen LIVE on Facebook and Instagram.
Read on for a taste of what you missed and what to expect next, plus chances to win great prizes!
Or bookmark this page, to follow along with the schedule below.
More to come!
Connect to the #NEAB Online Festival from the comfort of your own home as we introduce you to the artists, makers and entrepreneurs of northeast Alberta #NEAB—just some of the many locals who make this region such a beauty.
How the #NEAB Online Festival works
This is a virtual festival: think of it like a music festival with a schedule of performers who take the stage through a weekend, expect for the #NEAB Online Festival you don’t have to go anywhere, as the entertainment is right at your fingertips via Facebook and Instagram LIVES.
Just check the schedule below, or click the links or RSVP to get notifications when your fave presenters are going live!
#NEAB Online Festival, March 7 - 28
Check out the schedule and tune in, Tuesdays and Thursdays! See the schedule below for all the LIVE action from northeast Alberta, featuring the communities of Athabasca, Lac La Biche, MD Bonnyville, Métis Crossing and Vermilion.
*All times are in Mountain Standard Time (MST).
Tues, Mar 7
get a preview live music experience at Alberta's only live music venue on an island!
meet the app to find your next travelING experiences
|Lac La Biche Museum
A fascinating historical survey of the region, French, Russian, Indigenous, Métis and more. New and rotating exhibits.
|Plamondon Hall / Festival Centre
Take a virtual tour and enter for a chance to win tix to the upcoming Comedy Night!
|Talking Rock Tours
Keith Diakiw, geo-educational Indigenous adventurer, presents a rock and stone demo
|Kookum Clara's Custom Cree-ations
Kookum Clara shows how she creates vinyl t-shirt designs; plus enter to win a custom keychain!
Thurs, Mar 9
Take a cooking lesson and learn how to whip up delicious soup with Soup Time
|Grande Rapids Wilderness Adventures
Take a tour of GRWA's backcountry cabins, and preview summer package trips
Tues, Mar 14
|Hideaway Adventure Grounds
Watch a Trapper's Tent demonstration and learn about day trip adventures at Hideaway
|River Meadows RV Park
Make camping an adventure with outdoor activities at River Meadows - but book soon!
|Christy Creek Honey
See Rob and Joanne suit up, meet the bees and learn about private tours to book now
|Burnt Rock Adventure Co.
Announcing Paddlepalooza! And a new tour offering, LIVE from their historic location in downtown Vermilion
|Kookum Clara's Custom Cree-ations
See how a ribbon skirt is made, and enter to win a custom keychain!
Thurs, Mar 16
|Fort McMurray Métis Trading Post
Join Lisa to learn smudging etiquette and participate in a live smudge
See how moccasins are made
|Copper Cork Distillery
Learn how to make a St. Patty's cocktail
|Vermilion Heritage Museum
Take a look back in Vermilion history
|Orchard Fresh Syrups
Learn how to make a summer dessert topping with Saskatoon syrup
|Kapâwinihk Wilderness Triathlon
Step to the starting line, and check out this wilderness tri course
Tues, Mar 21
|Tawatinaw Valley Retreat Bed & Breakfast
Tour the B&B's relaxing setting
See what goes into making 350 Farms' popular charcuterie-style breakfast board
|Healing A la Source
Learn key steps in making stained glass
|Sandi's Métis Designs
Join Sandi for a basket weaving demo
Thurs, Mar 23
|Kinosoo Ridge Resort
Check out MD Bonnyville's winter (and summer) playground, right on Cold Lake
|Creeative Rose Beading
Sierra gives you a sneak peek on new beaded earrings and shows off some of her bestsellers
|Water Spirit Spa and Retreats
Learn about soothing, holistic health treatments at the spa
|Lac La Biche Agricultural Society
Celebrate 50 years with the the society's first market day coming up Mar 31
|Prairie Bakeshop & Bistro
Join Darren for baking demo
Tues, Mar 28
|TerrBear Lauzon Artworks Creations
Get a glimpes into an artist's creative process
|Old School Cheesery
See the new storefront and learn about new spring offerings
|Reel Angling Adventures
Get ready for summer fishing!
LilyRose introduces you to traditional workshops and signature experiences
|Lac La Biche Mission
See inside the historic convent and preview their upcoming Easter event
|Vermilion Agricultural Society
Join the Vermilion Ag Society to hear about exciting events coming in 2023
|Rocky Lane Fairways
Discover new ways to golf - disc, fling and soccer
|Parks Canada - Elk Island
Take a walk through the Wahkotowin Visitor Centre at Elk Island National Park
Kayla reveals a new project she's working on
Join Lisa from Fort McMurray Métis Trading Post for a smudge to close out the festival
Support local, Indigenous creatives in #NEAB
“Our art is a matter of survival, we as Métis people are nothing without our art,” explains Lilyrose Myers, elder and program director at Métis Crossing, one of Canada’s top Indigenous attractions.
During the #NEAB Online Festival you will be able to take a tour of her awesome as she takes you for a virtual tour answering the question on why Métis Crossing earns a spot on your destination hit list.
The list of experiences out of Métis Crossing is long—just watch this recent ZenSeekers Facebook live that knocked my socks off—a full on wildlife safari, similar to what I have experienced in Africa many years back, but this time it’s only 1.5 hour north east of Edmonton.
FACEBOOK LIVE: an introduction to Métis Crossing's attractions
Along with Métis Crossing there will be other Indigenous artisans and entrepreneurs giving how-tos and introductions on how to make Indigenous arts and crafts, including moccasin making, beading and skirt making.
Stay tuned for more from us @FestivalSeekers, the producers of the #NEAB Online Festival.
Support for the festival has been provided by:
- Métis Crossing
- the County of Lac La Biche
- the Town of Vermilion
- The County of Athabasca
- the MD of Bonnyville
For more on the region, check out our past stories from the #TakeitToTheLake expedition.