Our Basecamp for Adventure in Banff and the Rockies
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- Minimum stay:2 nights
- Pets considered:Ask Owner
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
Canmore chateau / country house 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).
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.
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 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.
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.
- 1600 sq. ft.
- Chateau / Country House
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Wheelchair Accessible
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 12, Beds for 12
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils:
- Pantry Items:
- Coffee Maker:
- Clothes Dryer:
- Fitness Room / Equipment:
- Linens Provided
- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
- Music Library
- Video Library
- Sports & Activities
- Away From It All
Location & View
- Jet Skiing
- Whitewater Rafting
- Rock Climbing
- Cross Country Skiing
- Sound/Bay Fishing
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
- Eco Tourism
- Bird Watching
- Scenic Drives
- Ice Skating
- Hunting Small Game
- Mountain Climbing
- Fly Fishing
- Horseback Riding
- Hunting Big Game
- Freshwater Fishing
- 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....moreless
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I had booked this place for me and my family. Unfortunately I had to cancel the reservation. I was worried about not being able to receive my deposit back. Thankfully Claire and Michael were very understanding and provided me with a full refund. I am really appreciative.
- Guest riz s.
- Date of stay 02/10/14
- Review Submitted 02/10/14
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Jun 28 - Jul 31, 2014
2 night min stay
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2 night min stay
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30% paid at the time of reservation and the remaining 70% paid on the first day of the stay.
- Refundable Damage Deposit: C$1,000
- Tax Rate 5%
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- Nearest Airport: Calgary International Airport at 75 Kilometres
- Nearest Motorway: Highway 1A at 7.5 Kilometres
- Nearest Ski: Nakiska at 57 Kilometres
- Nearest Golf: Silvertip Golf Course at 63 Kilometres
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.
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A sitting area of the main house
The view of the rocky mountains about 20 km west
Rundle rock patio walkway with grass and larch trees
Kitchen area and back patio door
SW Bedroom in the guest house
South bedroom of the guest house
Living room sitting area
SW Rundle Rock patio
Overall view from the breezeway
Overall view of the ranch house
Your hosts, Claire and Michael
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 living/dining room area of the main house with wood burning fireplace
Great views from the bathroom!
Kids North bedroom
Large wood burning fireplace and sitting area
Pebble tile of the shower/bath area
The view to the west
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
Huge log beams kept in place with 1 ton metal 'keystone'
The main gate of Tacansina Ranch
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