Crow Wing Camp
Crow Wing Camp
The Crow Wing Camp is a replica of what life used to be like on a major trade route of the 1800's, where travelers would stop to rest, trade, break bread and share stories. It is located near the convergence of the Roseau River and the Crow Wing Trail and is designed for a hands-on experience of ancestral ways.
Campers and visitors are brought back to a time when Red River carts were used to transport merchandise across the Canada/US border and voyageur canoes traveled with trade goods and furs. An overnight stay is considered a primitive camping experience with little or no modern amenities. Cellular phones do not work and there is no electricity on site. A rudimentary outhouse is the only concession that deviates from authenticity. Campers savour authentic trail cuisine of bannock and bison stew before spending the night wrapped in history on bear pelts and buffalo robes. This taste of a rich piece of history endows a new found appreciation of modern life and of what our ancestors had to endure.
During your stay, a local Métis Trader will be your guide and interpreter as you overcome daily challenges and take part in various camp activities. His wealth of experience in the ways of old will be invaluable to you whether you're starting a fire, traveling to a nearby buffalo compound or exploring the rapids.
The camp is open to individuals and groups everyday of the week from June to September. Accommodations include a tee-pee for up to 6 people or a canvas tent that holds up to 8. Some may even choose to sleep in wool blankets under an authentic Red River cart. Drop in day visits are welcome but a two-week advance booking is required for overnight stays. Advance bookings generally allow for exclusive use of the camp but sharing the space with other travelers is a possibility. One night stays are from 2pm till 10am the next day. Most of what you need is provided and you're welcome to bring modern amenities like a sleeping bag, toothbrush or any specialty health or dietary foods.
The Law of the Buffalo Hunt exists at the camp and is applied at all times.
You are responsible for any special or dietary needs when staying at the Crow Wing Camp. You are also encouraged to bring a sleeping bag/pillow since only primitive bedding is provided. The Crow Wing Camp menu is set according to the availability of foodstuffs.