Victoria District National Historic Site of Canada
Designated in 2001 by Ministerial Order of the Minister of Canadian Heritage under the Canada Historic Sites and Monuments Act, the Victoria District has long been a focal point of the Smoky Lake region.
This achievement was thanks largely to the advocacy and hard work of the Victoria Home Guard Historical Society (VHGHS).
For more information, please visit: https://www.pc.gc.ca/apps/dfhd/page_nhs_eng.aspx?id=1960
Provincial Historic Resources:
Designated under Section 20 of the Alberta Historical Resources Act:
For more information , please visit the Alberta Register of Historic Places.
For more information, and to visit the Victoria Settlement, please visit: https://victoriasettlement.ca/
Municipal Historic Resources
Designated under Section 26 of the Alberta Historical Resources Act:
Municipal Historic Area
Under Section 27 of the Alberta Historical Resources Act, Smoky Lake County has designated the Victoria Trail as a Municipal Historic Area (Bylaw 1370-20).
This is only the second such designation anywhere in Alberta!
The Victoria Trail formed a segment of the expansive Fort Edmonton - Fort Garry (Winnipeg) Trail (aka Saskatchewan or Carlton Trail), which was the main overland route of travel, often by Red River Cart, until the arrival of the railway in the 20th Century. Much of the Trail has been lost to time, however, the portions of Trail within Smoky Lake County which have been built into municipal road represents a significant historic resource.
Use of this Trail was declared a 'National Historic Event' by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (HSMBC).
Victoria Trail Municipal Historic Area by Steve Ricketts