What’s the Holiday Season without a Party?

We may not have even hit Halloween yet, but the truth is the holiday season is just around the corner!  Any planner worth their checklist will tell you that you need to book in advance otherwise the pickin’s for venues become pretty slim!  Now, we realize that many of you probably have this all lined up but for those don’t, and likely can’t believe that we are closing in on the end of October, fear not, The Crossing just may be able to help.

With our holidays menus hot off the press, our boxes and boxes of Christmas decorations just a few weeks from going on display, Christmastime at The Crossing is one of the highlights of the year!  If your team has been working hard and you want to show them how much you appreciate them, there is no better way then a relaxing overnight event with us.  A winter wonderland with all the sights and smells of the season paired with our country-home feel, everyone will be sure to start the holidays off right.

Chef Doug and his team have created a special sensational seasonal menu to reflect this joyous time of year.  Please take a moment to review all of the good things that await you this holiday season at The Crossing!

Enjoy the weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Social Media Butterfly

Over the past two years, well almost two years now, since our team acquired The Crossing we have had the opportunity to work on a variety of great projects to upgrade and enhance the already wonderful ‘experience’.  From new bedding, new roofs, new decks, new railings….do you see a pattern…we have enjoyed every minute of growing and improving and have considered ourselves lucky to have such a great platform to start from!

One thing that is completely new to The Crossing in the past year has been social media and we are absolutely loving being part of that world.  At first we weren’t really sure what to expect, we knew we needed to be swimming in that pond but didn’t realize how much of an effect it would have on us or what an opportunity it would provide us to create a little community!  Over the past several months social media has not only allowed us to make friends, swap ideas, learn, and generate business but more importantly it has allowed us to engage with others on a daily basis about things that we feel are important!

You will notice that our Twitter and Facebook pages are more about day to day life then what we ‘technically’ are providing onsite ie. meetings, conferencing accommodations, excellent meals, etc., but just as there is more to life than work, there is more to The Crossing then only business.  The Crossing is more than just a location to have meetings and retreats, it is a place that promotes connection which is exactly what social media allow us to do, ‘connect’. We are a place that promotes healthy lifestyles, balance, finding passions, and learning new things!  Social media has allowed us to expand on what we have built on our website and in our brand and allow us to share all of these great things with you, every single day!

In our community we say the more the merrier, and so we hope that you will join our online community by checking out our weekly blog, or catching up with us on Facebook or Twitter.  From topics ranging on how to beat wrist aches from being at the computer too long (I think most of us can relate), to business articles that we feel might help our corporate clients, and even to what to do with left behind mason jars or muffin tins, we have something for everyone!  Not to mention this is a great place to stay up to date with the latest happenings at The Crossing.

So, if you have a few spare minutes this weekend while you are having your morning coffee, come and check out our community at:

http://www.facebook.com/TheCrossingatGhostRiver and https://twitter.com/TheCrossingGR

Happy reading and enjoy the weekend!

Much to be thankful for…Happy Thanksgiving!

Whatever it may be that makes you happy we hope that you take a few moments this weekend to take a deep breath, reflect, smile, and say “Thank you”.  It doesn’t matter who you are thanking in particular, perhaps it is a spouse who has put on a great dinner spread, your kids who, although you just finished raking the leaves, have decided to jump in them and made you join, maybe it is even your boss who sent you home early for a little extra family time, or it might simply be giving a respectful nod to recognize Mother Nature and how fortunate we are to live in a beautiful bountiful country. However and to whomever you want to, please take a moment to say thank you for the large or small positives in your life.

We, at The Crossing, want to thank our family, friends, colleagues, guests, neighbours and everyone who has made the last year and a half a possible.  The Crossing is a special place that we are so thankful to have in our lives.  It is truly a wonderful experience to watch the effect that it has on those who visit.  A large part of this has to to with the amazing staff who make everyone feel ‘at home’, and especially to Mother Nature who has given us such a magnificent gem to steward and share.

Many thanks to all of you and may you enjoy a happy and healthy Thanksgiving weekend!

Flavours of Fall

As the golden days of summer shorten into the crisp rustic coloured days of fall one thing is for certain at The Crossing, the cuisine just keeps getting better and better. And, what perfect timing to introduce a new irresistible menu then to start prepping ourselves with that extra winter layer, Albertan’s you know what we are talking about. When it is -40 having a little additional ‘insulation’ never seems to garner many complaints.

Chef Doug and his team have done it again! They have created a circus for the senses; wild rice fritters, sour cherry rosemary sauce, dauphinoise potatoes, Madeira reduction, and to think these are only the side shows, not even the main event! With the smells and colours of fall all around, an inspiring batch of tasty root vegetables, members of the onion family, and everyone’s favourites, well ours at least, potatoes, done up every which way possible, it is hard to pick just one dish to devour!

If it isn’t obvious already, this week’s blog post focuses on our new fall dinner menu. Take a moment to read through and see what dishes you think your group would enjoy the most. We dare you to not daydream about sharing these great meals with your team in our cozy dining room beside a crackling fire while the wind whips through the river valley scattering gold and rust coloured leaves around like fall confetti….see we knew you couldn’t do it!

 Enjoy the weekend!

The Photo Whisperer

Rolling hills back lit by a burnt orange sky, sunlight streaming into antique adorned guestrooms, gourmet dishes so life-like you can taste them, the perfect mid-conversation laugh that encapsulates the essence of being at The Crossing…all of these images and so many more were created by our good friend and photographer Tracy Connery of Tracy Connery Photography.  Light-hearted, not afraid to get a little dirty and with good sense of humour, we knew we would hire her from the get-go!

Finding just the right person to shoot The Crossing can be compared to finding just the right person to take the first photographs of your first born because that is precisely what The Crossing is to all of us, ‘our baby’.  Therefore, everything had to be perfect; we had to find the right person to see all of the beauty and special qualities that we could see and then coax out the extra ‘smiles, coos, and giggles’ that we knew were hiding in there just waiting to be found.  After viewing Tracy’s photography we knew that she was our gal, she definitely had that “something special”!

It is a challenge being a remote location; people can’t just pop in for a visit as they are walking to the store or strolling to a meeting.  It was crucial for us to have the right images that capture the true nature of The Crossing so that when people visit our website or look through our marketing brochure that not only could they ‘see’ The Crossing, but more importantly that they could ‘feel’ it too.  Needless to say we have not been disappointed and Tracy’s photographs have truly been able to bring ‘our baby’ to life!

Clearly Tracy is very talented and we have enjoyed having her out throughout the year to capture The Crossing in all its natural seasonal glory.  We are looking forward to having her seize the holiday spirit as our team “Decks the Halls” this winter!  If you are interested in learning more about Tracy and her talents feel free to visit her at www.tracyconneryphotography.com .  Also, The Crossing is a great backdrop for corporate portraits or fantastic souvenirs from a team building retreat.  We would be happy to help arrange Tracy to come out and capture your team at work and play!

Enjoy the weekend!

 

Bringing the Past to Life – Our Friends at Hall’s Auction Services

An armoire here, a barley twist table there, lovely china in a variety of patterns, intricate wood inlay tables, handcrafted desks where hours of letters were written…

The ambiance of yesteryear created at The Crossing wouldn’t have been possible without the help and expertise of our friends at Hall’s Auction Services in Calgary.  Among the leaders of Western Canada’s auction companies, Hall’s was founded in 1979 and has been, “conducting sales of antiques, fine furniture, collectibles, fine art, objets d’art and jewelry for estates” and call an 8,000sq ft warehouse and retail space in the south east of Calgary ‘home’.

Friendly and extremely knowledgeable, the team at Hall’s is sure to help you find exactly what you are looking for.  They recognize the quality and craftsmanship of items created in years gone by, and can help them find a new home where their beauty radiates.  Hall’s hosts a variety of auctions and sales in addition to other services such as appraisals, short term storage solutions, and free and confidential auction assessments.

If you are in the market for something old but new, or are just looking to admire the design and quality of days past, go and visit our friends at Hall’s www.hallsauction.com/.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

Last week we introduced you to a great local organisation, the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society, who were going to be celebrating their 10th Anniversary with an outdoor concert and events at The Crossing.  Mother Nature must have realised the good work that they are doing and bestowed a beautiful day on all those in attendance with warm summer temperatures and sunny blue skies.  Overall the event was a huge success with excellent attendance and fun had by all!

It is important to chronicle these times of celebration and share their impact and positivity.  Ghost Watershed Alliance Society was happy to have Susan Cooper Parker in attendance who was able to capture the magic of the day.  We would like to share some of these fond memories with you as you start your long weekend.  Take some time to get out and appreciate nature, it will do wonders for the start of an amazing fall!

A happy and healthy long weekend to all!

Happy 10th Anniversary Ghost Watershed Alliance Society!

Water, where would we be without it?

This week we want to highlight a very special local group who are working hard to bring about awareness of the Ghost Watershed.  This Sunday marks the celebration of the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society’s (GWAS) 10th Anniversary and will be filled with an afternoon of music, education, thanks, and last but not least cake!

Research, education, preservation and enjoyment are all words that can be associated with how the GWAS has involved itself with the 1000sq kms of surface and groundwater that comprises the Ghost Watershed.  As shared on their website, “the GWAS has set its mission to identify ecosystem and environmental issues affecting the watershed of the Ghost-Waiparous, raise public awareness and work towards resolving these issues.”  Through events such as “Walks in the Watershed”, Open Houses, and educational visits to local schools, the GWAS brings focus to the realities of how a variety of everyday interactions, both natural and human, affect this amazing ecosystem and how one can help preserve it.

The Crossing is happy to be involved with GWAS through providing a fitting location for their Anniversary celebration.  An afternoon concert featuring the sweet sounds of local musicians Emily Jill West, Terry William Clark, and 15 year-old Alysse Ernewein are sure to set the mood for an enjoyable event.  If you are interested in attending, free for the first 100 people, please rsvp to smacdonald40@nullgmail.com as capacity is limited and reservations are required for all attendees.

Connection to and through the land, water, music, friends and family are precisely what The Crossing hopes to provide to those who visit our special place.  We are extremely happy to be able to support the efforts and commitment that the GWAS has demonstrated to sharing the importance of one of Mother Nature’s most precious gifts, water.

If you would like to learn more about Ghost Watershed Alliance, or how you can support or become involved, please visit their website at www.ghostwatershed.ca.

Enjoy the weekend!

 

 

Join our Team – The Crossing is Hiring!

Attention, Attention!  The Crossing is looking for a few great new members to join our team!

If you are looking for an enjoyable work environment, fun colleagues, and the opportunity to work hard but have fun doing it, then look no further.  Please see below for new positions available within the team.

Reservations Coordinator for The Crossing at Ghost River Ltd.

The Crossing at Ghost River, a conference and retreat centre 15 KM NW of Cochrane, has an immediate opening for a full time Reservations Coordinator.  The Reservations Coordinator ensures that guest reservations from initial contact to the end of the guest experience are efficient, professional and effective.  This position will prepare quotes, coordinate accounting functions, and assist in other office operations.  Requirements include strong computer skills, three to five years’ hospitality or guest service experience and further education, or equivalent experience, in hospitality or related disciplines; a valid driver’s license and access to your own vehicle; strong computer skills and some bookkeeping skills; clear and helpful telephone manner; ability to integrate with the existing team personnel in a friendly and supportive manner.  This position is 40 hours per week, however, the successful candidate needs the ability to work modified hours including evenings and/or week-ends. Flexibility in this regard is essential.

Guest Services Coordinator for The Crossing at Ghost River Ltd.

The Crossing at Ghost River Ltd., a conference and retreat centre 15 KM NW of Cochrane, has an opening for a full time Guest Services Coordinator.  The Guest Services Coordinator will work closely with the entire team to deliver exceptional Guest Services to The Crossing clients.  This position will coordinate all guest service requirements including dining room set up, aesthetics, and amenities; facilitate check in requirements; monitor and address special needs;  ensure conference room requirements are met ; maintain recreation equipment and supplies; and will report monthly on guest service activities and requirements.  The successful candidate will bring the ability to provide a self-starting, organized approach to daily tasks; have sound judgment and problem solving skills; sound verbal and written communication skills; a valid driver’s license with access to your own vehicle; and the ability to integrate with the existing team personnel.  This position is 40 hours per week, however, the successful candidate needs the ability to work modified hours including evenings and/or week-ends. Flexibility in this regard is essential.

If you would like the opportunity of be part of a small, dynamic team intent on providing a quality guest experience to clients in a growing business, please send your resume to humanresourcescxn@nullshaw.ca or Fax to Amy at 403-231-7763.

 

Enjoy the weekend!

 

 

 

Sweet and Savory Summer

There is something special about summer cuisine isn’t there?  Perhaps it is the freshness of ingredients or the increased variety for that matter, but really is there anything more enjoyable than dining al fresco?  Sunshine and summer breezes transitioning to dusk and a candle lit table as you sit around enjoying good food and drink.  My friends, I beg of you think of something better on a warm night.

Luckily The Crossing can provide this exact experience for you and your team.  Whether you are looking for gourmet bagged lunches to enjoy riverside during a team builder, a light and tasty lunch on the main patio, BBQ dinner in the Riverhouse, and last but not least desserts of s’mores and cobbler cooked on an open flame, we are here to make each dining experience memorable because really, that’s what its all about!

We strive to bring the best sensory experiences together to create a relaxed and inviting atmosphere; one where you linger around the table telling stories, heading up for ‘one last helping’, and laughing until you realize it’s time for bed and you just can’t keep your eyes open a moment longer.  Yes, these are the kind of experiences we want our guests to have.  The Crossing is very fortunate to have an amazing culinary team headed by Chef Doug, who is as lighthearted as his cooking is delicious!

They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home and at The Crossing it is no different!  We encourage you to check back seasonally to see what wonderful creations Chef Doug has concocted for the menu.  And remember, although it isn’t a boardroom table, the dinner table is an excellent place to share and grow with your own corporate family!

Enjoy the weekend!