Parks and Local Attractions
Lots of things to see and do…
Banff & Lake Louise
Combining wild alpine beauty with first-class amenities, Banff and Lake Louise offer vacation possibilities as diverse as the Canadian Rocky Mountain landscapes themselves. Few places in the world have such stunning scenery. And fewer still offer the warm hospitality and excellent service you can enjoy in Canada’s first National park.
2 hours from the ranch
Waterton-Glacier International Peace Park
In 1932, Glacier and Waterston Lakes National Park, in Canada were designated Waterston-Glacier International Peace Park. The park preserves over 1,000,000 acres of forests, alpine meadows, and lakes. Its diverse habitats are home to more than 70 species of mammals and over 260 species of birds.
The spectacular glaciated landscape is a hiker’s paradise containing 700 miles of maintained trails that lead deep into one of the largest intact ecosystems in the lower 48 states.
3 hours from the ranch
Calgary Stampede in July
In 1912, Guy Weadick, a trick roper and promoter had a vision to leave a lasting tribute to cowboys and the cowboy way of life. Today, Calgary comes alive with free pancake breakfasts all over the city, an unending list of events and attractions at Stampede Park, and hospitality that will leave you feeling like you have been part of the Calgary Stampede for years.
Fort Steele Heritage Park, Ft. Steel B.C.
The origins of Fort Steele can be traced back to the small settlement of Galbraith’s Ferry, born during the 1864 Kootenay Gold Rush. Today, over 60 restored and reconstructed homes and buildings are waiting to take visitors back to yesteryear.
Living history street dramas, live professional musical comedies at the theatre, steam train rides, and horse-drawn wagon rides are part of the excitement of spending time at Fort Steele. Guided and self-guided tours of the town site are available.
Other on-site attractions include the Kershaw General Store, Mrs. Sprague’s Confectionery, the City Bakery with its wood-fired brick oven, the International Hotel Restaurant and North West Mounted Police post.
30 minutes from the ranch
Elizabeth Lake Sanctuary, Cranbrook B.C.
Elizabeth Lake Sanctuary attracts many different species of ducks, songbirds and Canada Geese. This area provides a safe place for the birds, as well as animals such as moose, deer, and painted turtles.
20 minutes from the ranch
Kootenay Trout Hatchery
6 million baby trout are produced each year at the Kootenay Trout Hatchery. The cutthroat, rainbow, and brook species of trout are all raised here – the second largest hatchery in British Columbia.
40 minutes from the ranch
Canadian Museum of Rail Travel, Cranbrook B.C.
The passenger train helped establish Canada’s west and nowhere is that fact better reflected than in this wonderful museum. A complete luxury train from 1929 – the ‘Golden Age’ of Rail Travel is on display. The ‘Trans Canada Limited’ cost a fortune to build and was the ultimate in luxury. See the high standards of service that were offered and sample afternoon tea in a plush business car. There is also an original railway station on display.
20 minutes from the ranch
Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre, St. Eugene Mission.
Discover First Nations cultural tourism in the Rockies. The Ktunaxa Interpretive Centre, located in the St. Eugene’s Mission, offers a rustic teepee village, arts & crafts, and museum quality exhibits.
15 minutes from the ranch