Our AREA & WHAT TO DO
THE FORESTRY TRUNK ROAD
The Forestry Trunk road is a unique road that is one of the few north south roads west of Calgary and Edmonton. It varies from a paved road to a gravel road. Branching from this road are roads and trails of all shapes and sizes. Unlike the parks to the west, this is an area that is open to virtually any type of recreation. From off-road trails for the ATV's and motorbikes to a virtually endless run of snowmobile trails there is something for every taste of adventure and avtivity, like exploring the area on foot, bike, horse or ski. During the fall the area is also known for good hunting or fishing.
Only 20 km west from our Ranch is the access to this West Country road. Whether you go to the South to the
Bighorn Falls that plunge 81 feet into the canyon below, visit the Ya-Ha-Tinda Ranch or hike to some of the Fire Lookouts in the area, or you go North and stop at the
Ram River Falls or go further up to Nordegg and visit the Coal Mine Museum, there is always something to explore.
TAKE A BREAK - NATURALLY!
Be prepared to reserve some time for the variety of activities available in our great outdoors.
Plan a White Water Rafting Tour on the Red Deer River, or stop to catch some fish at the
Bearberry Creek, watch the
Wild Horses, or other wildlife in the area.
For a slower pace, explore just our property and hike along our trails or just relax on your private deck and enjoy the
SUNDRE SWINGS FOR GOLFERS!
Choosing the right way to spend a day can turn out to be a hole in one when you're visiting the Sundre area. With three unique golf courses in close proximity, golfers can have a field day!
Fairways at the Sundre Golf Club, an 18-hole facility, provide for acurate tee shots, and the hard-to-hit-greens have earned the course a reputation as 'an honest test on golf'. If you're just looking to sharpen your game, a practice facility with driving range, putting green, and chipping area is the perfect venue.
The Forest Heights Golf Course is the newest in the area. Expert instructors and a pleasantly challenging course rating make it the perfect spot for lessons.
Finishing off the trio is the Coyote Creek Golf Course, just west of Sundre.
MUSEUM HIGHLIGHTS GOOD OL' DAYS
Step back in history with a visit to the Sundre Museum and Pioneer Village. The large grounds feature a Norwegian log cabin, the area's oldest schoolhouse and a blacksmith's house and barn. Displays donated by long-time residents highlight the history of the area, and a fully equipped pioneer home allows you to experience life in the good ol' days.
CHESTER MJOLNESS' WORLD OF WILDLIFE
View more than 150 animal mounts from all continents of the world, displayed with backdrops painted to depict the animals' natural habitat. Come see the Exhibit at the Sundre & District Pioneer Village Museum! For opening hours please visit website
Visit another very unique museum just 1 hour drive away from us - the World Famous Gopher Hole Museum in Torrington. Not to forget the Tyrell Museum in Drumheller.
YA-HA TINDA HORSE RANCH 'OASIS' WELCOMES NATURE LOVERS
As cities grow, farms disappear, and towering forests are replaced with clear-cut fields, it's harder than ever to escape to the tranquility of nature.
But located southwest of Sundre, in the heart of South Central Alberta, rests a land surrounded by mountain peaks, rolling plateaus and the silent flow of the Red Deer River. It's the largest unspoiled example of the Montane Eco-region in Alberta, a backcountry oasis, comprised of 17 sections.
The Alberta gem is called Ya-Ha Tinda (translated from the Stoney place name to mean The Little Prairie in the Mountains).
Ya-Ha Tinda's history dates back 10,000 years to when humans occupied the Ya-Ha Tinda and Eagle Lake flats. In 1905, the Brewster family acquired a lease for the land, using it to raise and break horses for their outfitting company for 12 years. In 1917, it became a district headquarters for the Warden Service, and has been used for raising, training, and over-wintering the official National Park patrol horses.
Although Ya-Ha Tinda may be remote and primitive, it's never without life. Each winter, approximately 1000 elk move in from nearby Banff National Park for winter grazing, and big horn sheep, wolves, cougars, bears and lynx inhabit the area year-round. Frequent chinook winds and mild winter weather make it accessible year-round.
The ranch is located 85 km southwest of Sundre and 25 km northwest of the Mountain Aire Lodge.
WHITE WATER THRILLS ON THE RED DEER RIVER
Follow the flow of Canada's top wild water champions as you paddle down the world famous Red Deer River. Known for its wild rapids, clear channels and sleek running water, the Red Deer River (aka the Big Red) was placed on the map when it hosted the Canadian Wildwater Championships in 1972 and 1976.
Almost 30 years later, the Big Red is Alberta's most popular whitewater destination, and Sundre is a major focal point. Depending on the time of year, levels range from Class II to IV, providing adventure seekers with a thrilling introduction to running rapids.
For a more tranquil setting, spend some time by one of Sundre's many rivers and streams. With a habitat rich in natural splendour, this central Alberta location is an excellent place to catch trout, walleye and mountain whitefish. And don't be surprised if you spot some wildlife on your journey in. The spanning valleys and rolling hills provide excellent homes for the many deer, elk and moose in the area.
BLUE HILL LOOKOUT - HISTORY WITH A VIEW!
Let curiousity take you up, up and away to the Blue Hill Lookout Tower south of Sundre. The skyscraping tower, situated 1,846 meters above sea level will fascinate young and old.
When it was chosen in the 1920s by the federal government as a fire detection site, operator George Pearce built the tower. Before building could begin however, Pearce and his pack horses had to haul the required lumber up terrain so steep that Pearce had to wear hobnail boots to keep from sliding backwards!
Once the pillars were in place, the determined workman built the ladder stick by stick until he reached the top. For many years, Pearce manned the tower, providing weather reports and fire warnings for the government. Today, Blue Hill is one of the few remaining lookout towers. It is still manned during summer months and times of heavy fire alerts. Vehicle access is not permitted directly to the site. It can be reached however, by taking Highway 584 west to the Coal Camp Road. At the Red Deer River Ranger Station, walk out and follow the signs.
BEARBERRY - THE CREATIVE TOUCH
Don't be surprised to find a thriving arts scene in Bearberry - our tiny community with a HUGE, creative soul. Many artisans have banded together to showcase their talents - including pottery, folk music, stained glass and oil painting - and treat visitors to their always-warm hospitality.
Start out at the Heritage and Arts Centre, the old James River Ranger Station converted into a showcase and interpretive centre. It's the perfect place to find that one-of-a-kind painting for over your fireplace mantle, or to purchase an original keepsake to help you remember your peaceful Alberta Getaway.
Visit www.bearberrycommunity.com to find out more about what's going on in Bearberry.
This lake is a 15 minutes drive from our property. The Burntstick Lake Recreation area offers a Motorboating and Quad Parking Area, Day Use / Picnic Area, Fish Cleaning / preparation area, Outdoor Privies, Public Pay Phone, Picnic Tables. Canoeing, fishing, Horseshoe Pits, Playground, Non Supervised Swimming, Beach, Boat Ramp, Pier. Boat Rentals Available.
BURNTSTICK LAKE - THE PLACE TO BE ON HOT SUMMER DAYS
Or swim in one of the countless small creeks in the surrounding area. For colder days, the Sundre Aquaplex is alive with activities for all ages. They offer everything from Yoga to Pilatesto Aquafitness and Canoe Polo.
Bearberry is a great place to thaw out those winter blues. It's one of Alberta's best backcountry playgrounds, offering a wide variety of activities for all ages.
Our paths, wooded hills and far-reaching wilderness provide the perfect venue for an afternoon trek via snowmobile. Take a trip out to the 130 km of wild trails maintained by the Olds Snowmobile Club. The staging area begins 4 km West of Bearberry at the "T-intersection", and continues in a 65 km loop.
Our place transforms into a winter playland with cross-country ski trails and toboggan hills. Like any great Alberta town, Sundre has no shortage of ice facilities.
Day Trips from our Guest Ranch
Within a 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive from our place you can reach the following popular places:
For more activities in our area please visit our Events page.
- Sylvan Lake
- Red Deer
- Rocky Mountain House