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Our Basecamp for Adventure in Banff and the Rockies

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The breezeway between the guest house and main house

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  • Minimum stay:2-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

Tacansina Ranch. Or what we call 'the ranch.' it is a beautifully designed ranch house with an equally stunning view of the mountains of Banff National Park. Set on 480 acres of foothills between Calgary and Banff/Canmore, the ranch sleeps 12 people. This is our hiking and skiing basecamp.

THE RANCH HISTORY:
According to the Cochrane Historical Society, Tacansina Ranch was first created in 1889 and was known back then as 'The Ripley.' The first family that owned it raised Galloway and Hereford Cattle in the valley and had built a house, a stable and lime kiln by what they called 'Ripley Creek', now known as Baymar Creek, which empties into Ghost River. Old First Nations trails cross Tacansina Ranch as well as old and current wildlife trails. When the Palliser expedition came from the north in 1858 to go through the Banff area, they crossed Deadman's Hill, which essentially is the hill or ridge that our house and our cabin are situated. It was called Deadman's Hill because of a First Nation story of a major battle along the Ghost River (Formerly Deadman's River).

The space:
You will not find another ranch house designed like this. It has massive log beams holding up the roof and floor to ceiling windows on the south and west sides.

The ranch house itself is actually two buildings (main house and the guest house) connected with a large outdoor covered patio space that we call the breezeway.

The main house is a fully open space with logs arranged to form 2 adjacent hexagons, 12 inch thick cement walls that encase floor-to-ceiling windows across the south and west sides of the structure. It has a large wood-burning fireplace in addition to the in-floor heating to create a cozy space when you relax on the couches or the murphy bed. The kitchen is fully functional, with the centre-piece of it being a 15 foot long island. The main house bathroom is stunning with a huge bathtub and shower area and tile throughout.

The guest house contains 4 bedrooms with a total of 3 queen-sized beds and 4 single beds. It has warm cork flooring, its own 1/2 bath and high ceilings.

Around the house you will find a rundle stone patio on the southwest side with a firepit and seating around it. Between the two buildings is the 800 square foot breezeway, with a 16 foot long handcrafted wood table with benches (created using timber from the property), and patio heaters. On the south and southwest side is our 4500 square foot grass lawn that is very kid-friendly.

Guest access:
Guests will have access to the ranch house and the land. There is a log cabin on the property, but it is not available for use.

Interaction with guests:
We will be present at your arrival to offer a brief tour of the ranch, and ensure you are comfortable. At the end of your stay we will also be present to make sure it is tidy, and that certain things have been properly shut off etc. We are happy to provide suggestions for activities and sightseeing if you want.

The area:
The ranch and the area that it is located is the foothills of alberta, the land just before the start of the rocky mountains. The ranch house sits on the top of a ridge about 20 km west of the mountains, which can easily be seen from the house and many other vantage points across the property.

The area is pristine wilderness and ranch lands, with thick forest foothills covering most of the area except for the bottom of the valley where native grasses are predominant.

There is a significant amount of wildlife that call this area home. This includes black bears, grizzly bears, deer, wolves, cougars, elk, moose, coyotes, badgers, hawks, bald eagles etc.

Just 2 km hike to the north of the ranch house is the ghost river and to the south about 10 km is ghost lake, which is a reservoir with inflow from the bow and ghost rivers.

On a clear day you can see downtown Calgary to the east and if you look to the west you will see a wide swath of mountains, including devil's head and devil's gap, which is the valley leading to Lake Minnewanka of Banff National Park.

Getting around:
Tacansina Ranch is a rural property so having a vehicle to get to and from the ranch is a must. If you come in the winter, having a vehicle such as an SUV is a very good idea since the drive way is a 2 km long gravel road that is snow plowed, but requires good ground clearance and good tires.

Other things to note:
ATV's, snowmobiles, motorbikes or any off-road vehicles are not allowed to be used at the ranch. It is protected land under the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

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Property Type

  • Chateau / Country House
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

Other Amenities

  • We require each guest of our home to clean and tidy our home so that it is returned to the state that they received it in. There are cleaning supplies provided. ...moreless

Entertainment

  • Stereo
  • Video Library

Theme

  • Adventure
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Bird Watching
  • Boating
  • Eco Tourism
  • Horseback Riding
  • Scenic Drives
  • Sight Seeing
  • Sledding
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The ranch + surrounding area are on the eastern slopes of the rocky mountains. The ranch house sits on the top of a ridge with a world-class view of the rocky mountains, 20 km away to the west. ...moreless

  • Rural:

    Tacansina Ranch is 25 minutes from the closest grocery store or gas station, so please keep that in mind when getting supplies and gas. ...moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Cross Country Skiing
  • Cycling
  • Fishing
  • Fly Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Hunting Big Game
  • Hunting Small Game
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Dining:

    It is not a separate dining room but a part of the living room. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 10 people

General

  • Clothes Dryer:

    It is a steam dryer, with a long cycle so sometimes we use the drying rack instead....moreless

  • Fireplace:

    Large Wood Burning Fireplace...moreless

  • Fitness Room / Equipment:

    Snowshoes and sleds are available...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Bodum coffee grinder and maker...moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Set of about 20 utensils, dishes and glassware...moreless

  • Dishwasher

Outside

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    We call it the 'breezeway'...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal Weber BBQ...moreless

 

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Pricing
Jun 29 - Aug 31, 2015
3 night min stay
C$1,100 C$1,200
Fri, Sat
C$7,000 C$23,000

Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$30 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
C$900 C$1,000
Fri, Sat
C$5,400 C$20,000

Rates are based on 10 guests; add C$30 per night, per additional guest

* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

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  • Refundable Damage Deposit C$2,000
  • Taxes Not included

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Location

75 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Calgary International Airport
63 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Silvertip Golf Course
7.5 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Highway 1A
57 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Nakiska

Car: Necessary

THE AREA: The area is pristine wilderness and ranch lands, with thick forested foothills covering most of the area except for the bottom of the valley where native grasses are predominant.

There is a significant amount of wildlife that call this area home. This includes black bears, grizzly bears, deer, wolves, cougars, elk, moose, coyotes, badgers, hawks, bald eagles etc.

Just 2 km hike to the north of the ranch house is the Ghost River and to the south about 10 km is Ghost Lake, which is a reservoir with inflow from the Bow and Ghost Rivers.

On a clear day you can see downtown Calgary to the east and if you look to the west you will see a wide swath of mountains, including Devil's Head and Devil's Gap, which is the valley leading to Lake Minnewanka of Banff National Park.

ACTIVITIES: In the winter you can snowshoe, cross-country ski, hike, sled, ice fish at Ghost Lake, go alpine skiing at one of the area hills such as Sunshine Village, Lake Louise, Norquay, or Nakiska. In the summer, you can hike, go boating, rafting, sight seeing, and many more adventurous activities.

 

Owner info

About the owner: We are two entrepreneurs that work hard and play hard. We have 3 beautiful kids and love to play at the ranch.

The Unique Benefits at this Chateau / Country House:
Tacansina ranch is unique because of its combination amazing world-class views, remoteness, sprawling forest and valley and modern amenities of the unique building itself.


Contact us

Speaks: english

Links to more information:

 

Photos

  • The breezeway between the guest house and main house

    The breezeway between the guest house and main house

  • The breezeway with the handcrafted table that we built using local logs and larch trees to the left

    The breezeway with the handcrafted table that we built using local logs and larch trees to the left

  • the living/dining room area of the main house with wood burning fireplace

    the living/dining room area of the main house with wood burning fireplace

  • Great views from the bathroom!

    Great views from the bathroom!

  • Kids North bedroom

    Kids North bedroom

  • Large wood burning fireplace and sitting area

    Large wood burning fireplace and sitting area

  • A sitting area of the main house

    A sitting area of the main house

  • Living room sitting area

    Living room sitting area

  • SW Rundle Rock patio

    SW Rundle Rock patio

  • Overall view from the breezeway

    Overall view from the breezeway

  • Overall view of the ranch house

    Overall view of the ranch house

  • Your hosts, Claire and Michael

    Your hosts, Claire and Michael

  • The view of the rocky mountains about 20 km west

    The view of the rocky mountains about 20 km west

  • Rundle rock patio walkway with grass and larch trees

    Rundle rock patio walkway with grass and larch trees

  • Kitchen area and back patio door

    Kitchen area and back patio door

  • SW Bedroom in the guest house

    SW Bedroom in the guest house

  • South bedroom of the guest house

    South bedroom of the guest house

  • Living room

    Living room

  • Pebble tile of the shower/bath area

    Pebble tile of the shower/bath area

  • The view to the west

    The view to the west

  • Breezeway with guest house on the left, main house on the right and lawn in the background

    Breezeway with guest house on the left, main house on the right and lawn in the background

  • Westview from the breezeway over the west rock wall

    Westview from the breezeway over the west rock wall

  • Huge log beams kept in place with 1 ton metal 'keystone'

    Huge log beams kept in place with 1 ton metal 'keystone'

  • The main gate of Tacansina Ranch

    The main gate of Tacansina Ranch

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  • Bedrooms
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  • Bathrooms
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  • Property type
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Speaks: english
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  • Response rate 100%
  • Calendar last updated 04/21/2015
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