As proud owners of the Mistahiya Retreat Centre, Kathie and Cliff Brown can be seen helping out where ever they can, at whatever event is being hosted. This couple has long been dedicated to environmental causes, and this is very evident throughout the property. Having grown up and raising their family in rural east-central Alberta, either of your hosts can fill you with stories of the good ‘ol days, teach you about all the natural beauty of the area, and captivate you with their understanding of music and the arts in general. Cliff is a well known piper, who can been seen donating his time and expertise on the pipes all across the region. He also enjoys throwing down some classics on the mandolin. Kathie also demonstrates a real affinity for various percussion instruments, particularly the drums. The long-range goals of the Retreat Centre are a reflection of the owner’s philosophy.
Currently, these goals are:
- To develop soft-adventure tourism programs and encourage wilderness appreciation.
- To manifest a site for amenities migration interests and a cooperative green community.
- To practice sustainable living by remaining off-grid, by introducing green energy, and by the promotion of permaculture.
- To share the property with as many “getting away from it all” guests as possible!
Upcoming Event at Mistahiya
Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards: September 7 & 8, 2019
Saturday, Sept. 7
9am -10:30am: Medicine Walk with Creeteacher, Calvin Laliberte (Kamewkwaniaso) from Smokey Lake
11am-12pm: interpretive Nature Walk to Bird tower along the Battle River with members of Wainwright Wildlife Society.
Noon: bag lunch. Option: smokies for sale to cook over a bonfire near the Lodge (plus beverages).
1-2 pm: Maskwacis Cree Nation grouse/Mamio or chicken dance with drum. (group participation welcome)
2-2:45: Music by Brianne Bergerud and Mark Perkins
3–3:45: Vermilion Trio
4-4:30: Vermilion Pipes and Drums and Highland dancers
4:30-6pm: Gourmet Supper (beef and bison) catered by Red Feather Ridge
6-7:30pm. Daniel Gervais 4 piece band
Camping: open field camp area for over 100 units (unserviced)
Friday night and/or Saturday night
Sunday, Sept. 8:
Explore area around Mistahiya: hiking trails (7.5 km. along the river). Follow trails to the fresh water spring and to the summit of Mistahiya. Canoe or kayak.
Take a guided tour to historic sites south of Czar:
Treaty 6 monument, Teepee rings, Stampede cairn at Big Valley Gap in the Neutral hills, McCord ranch, RCMP barracks, Indian effigy and Mud flats. Also Birding and possibly lunch at Gooseberry lake.
What to Bring:
Lawn chair, all weather clothing, water, snacks.
All events are OUTDOORS. Covered stage for entertainment.
Supper served in Lodge; picnic tables are available indoors and outdoors.
Notes: wifi unavailable, intermittent cell phone reception
Area not licensed for alcohol.
Ticket information TBA
Children 12 and under free
Sunday event by donation
Map/ directions: Mistahiya is located in the Battle River Valley between Wainwright and Vermilion on the Buffalo Trail (hwy 41) 10 km. East of Riverdale Park. End of road.