Victoria Settlement Provincial Historic Site

Plan Your Visit

Staff at Victoria Settlement work to make sure everyone has a positive experience learning about Alberta in the 1880 and beyond. Help plan your visit with information on:

Rules and Recommendations

Victoria Settlement is located in an outdoor, rural setting. The historic buildings and interpretive path are located at the end of a winding paved road on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. The site has mown lawns, shade trees and paved paths. The following recommendations and rules will help to ensure a safe and enjoyable visit for everyone.

  • Good walking shoes and clothing for variable weather are recommended

  • Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended

  • Alcohol is prohibited

  • Smoking is prohibited in and around the historic buildings. Please consider other visitors and the environment when smoking outdoors – avoid smoking during guided tours and ensure cigarette butts are disposed of properly.

  • Pets are permitted on the general grounds but must be on a leash at all times and cleaned up after. Except for service animals, pets are not permitted in the historic buildings. Do not leave pets in vehicles.

  • Never approach, touch or bother animals and birds, whether wild or domestic, found on-site. Report any sightings of injured or potentially dangerous animals to staff.

  • Climbing trees, fences, rocks or monuments is prohibited

  • There is poor cell phone reception at Victoria Settlement

  • Admission to the site is payable by cash or cheque only.

  • Tours and services are offered in English

Amenities

The following amenities are available at Victoria Settlement:

Parking
Free public parking, with a loop driveway with enough space for RVs and busses.

Emergencies
A first aid kit can be found in both historic buildings. All staff members have current Standard First Aid certification.

Washrooms
The washroom building has accessible washrooms.

Food services
Prepackaged snack food is available for sale at the admissions desk. Other food establishments can be found in the nearby communities of Smoky Lake and Andrew.

Picnic Area
6 picnic tables are located in a picnic area that provides both open and shaded locations.

Accommodations
Hotel accommodations are available in the Town of Smoky Lake.

Powered RV Sites
Available nearby at Metis Crossing with additional sites at the towns of Andrew and Smoky Lake. More rustic campsites can be found in county campgrounds.

Gift shop
A gift shop is located in the Historic Church and features a variety of items including mainly books and toys, clothing and local/handcrafted goods. All sales are cash or cheque only.

Information
Brochures and information about the local surrounding area can be found inside the Visitor Centre.

Accessibility

Historic Church/Admissions desk
The Historic church has a ramp for access but the interior spaces are quite confined but can be negotiated with a wheel chair.

Washroom Building
The washroom building has accessible washrooms.

Historic Building
To maintain historical accuracy of the 1864 Clerks Quarters, there are no ramps leading into it. Door sills and a short step would be barrier to some. The building also has an interior staircase to the second floor. Assistance from an attendant is required to move wheelchairs into the building. Scooters are not permitted inside the building.

Walking Paths
Walking surfaces are asphalt and grass, some areas do involve significant grades. Benches are situated along the walking paths between the historic buildings to provide rest opportunities.

Tours and Activities

Guided
A full tour of the site and historic buildings takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Interpreters are happy to adjust tour length according to individual visitor’s time and interest levels. Partial tours can be arranged until 4:30 p.m. For security reasons, the historic buildings are kept locked and are only accessible by taking a guided tour with a Victoria Settlement staff member.

Drop-in
Guided tours can be arranged in advance or by dropping in. In May and June, due to education programs, drop-in tours are generally only available after 2 p.m. on weekdays, but throughout the day on weekends. In July and August, drop-in tours are usually available any day of the week or weekend (with the exception of some Wednesdays, due to day camps). To ensure that an interpreter will be available, please call ahead.

Group
Group tours of 10 or more should be arranged in advance to ensure interpreters are available.

Special Events
Victoria Settlement is transformed into a veritable hive of activity on special event days. Please check out our special event calendar to make sure you don’t miss out. Link

Special Activities
Take a few minutes while visiting this historic site and learn a unique historic skill. You will have fun and learn something new.

Home Spun Fun!
In the 1880's everyone worked hard, yet they found time for leisure activities. One leisure activity that crosses cultures is the throwing of of spinning tops. Discover for yourself the fun of playing with a simple toy like a top.

Facility Bookings

Planning a wedding? With areas available to be booked during normal opening hours, Victoria Settlement is a beautiful place to gather. Call now to book:

1906 Methodist Church
This quaint church can accommodate 40 guests for weddings and other ceremonies. Cost is a $200 flat rate.

Last reviewed/revised: March 18, 2016