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Last updated: 07/24/2016
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  • Minimum stay:2 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Yes
  • 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 29 km away. Set on 480 acres of foothills between Calgary and Banff/Canmore, the ranch sleeps 10 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 3 single beds. It has warm cork flooring, its own 1/2 bath and high ceilings. It is much more utilitarian and simple than the main house.

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).

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:
Feel free to ask us any questions that you may have regarding your upcoming stay and suggestions on what to do in the surrounding area.

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 25 km west of the mountains, which can 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

  • Chalet
  • 1600 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental

Meals

  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Suitability

  • Children Welcome:

    There are some breakable items in the home, so we ask that children are supervised and respect the home....moreless

  • Non Smoking Only
  • Pets Considered:

    We do allow dogs that are non-destructive and are potty trained....moreless

  • Wheelchair Accessible

Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 10, Beds for 10

  • SW Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • South Bedroom: 1 queen

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  • East Bedroom: 1 queen, 1 twin/ single

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  • Main house Bed: 1 murphy bed

    Queen Sized Murphy Bed ...moreless

  • Kids North Bedroom: 1 twin/ single, 1 bunk bed

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  • The bedrooms of the guest house are very simple. The main house bedroom is a murphy bed that is pulled down from the set of cabinets....moreless

Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Main House Bathroom: toilet, tub, shower

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  • Guest House Bathroom: toilet

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  • The Guest house bathroom is a half bath.

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

Theme

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

Leisure Activities

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

Location Type

  • Mountain View:

    The ranch + surrounding area overlook the eastern slopes of the rocky mountains, about 25 km away....moreless

  • Rural:

    Our 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
  • Ice Skating
  • Jet Skiing
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Climbing
  • Mountaineering
  • Parasailing
  • Rafting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Sound/Bay Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Whitewater Rafting
  • Wind-Surfing

Dining

  • Child's Highchair
  • 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

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    In-Floor Heating...moreless

  • Internet:

    Although we state that there is internet available, it is an intermittent data cellular signal. Please do not rely upon this internet for music or video streaming....moreless

  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils:

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

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    We have a kitchen with many amenities. The water source is excellent quality well water, but in recent years, the flow of water has dwindled. We ask that all guests conserve water & reduce water use....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Oven:

    Dacor Wall Mounted Oven...moreless

Outside

  • Deck / Patio:

    SW Patio with a rustic burning barrel...moreless

  • Lanai / Gazebo:

    We call it the 'breezeway'...moreless

  • Lawn / Garden
  • Outdoor Grill:

    Charcoal Weber BBQ...moreless

 

Reviews

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Rental basis: Per property
Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Summer Pricing
Jul 1 - Aug 31, 2016
2 night min stay
$690 $843
Fri, Sat
$4,831

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $23 per night, per additional guest

My Standard Rate
2 night min stay
$537 $690
Fri, Sat
$3,221

Rates are based on 10 guests; add $23 per night, per additional guest


Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Refundable Damage Deposit $1,533.60
  • Taxes Not included

Notes:

Rental agreement must be filled, signed and returned at time deposit is paid in order to confirm booking. The house must be returned to us after your stay in the clean state that you received it.


Owner's cancellation policy:

Policy available by contacting owner when booking


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Last updated: 07/24/2016
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Location

75 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Calgary International Airport
45 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Gleneagles 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 4 beautiful kids and love to play at the ranch.

The Unique Benefits at this Chalet:
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
 

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This listing was first published here in 2014.

Date last modified - Friday, July 29, 2016

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