Get Away This Valentine’s Day!

Valentine’s Day is coming up and it’s the perfect time for a getaway! Celebrate your love with a romantic stay at our charming B&B this February 12-13! This package includes a romantic in-room gourmet dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast buffet served in our dining room. Nestled on the scenic banks of the Ghost River, make time for each other and reconnect at the natural and peaceful setting of The Crossing.

The Crossing’s Executive Chef, Doug Ghanam, has created a wonderful in-room gourmet dinner that will be delivered to your private room for your enjoyment. Check out this menu!

 

ORANGE MARINATED PRAWNS

Baby lettuce, roasted bell peppers, orange segments, white balsamic vinegar

 

PAN SEARED CHICKEN BREAST SUPREME

Stuffed with roasted pumpkin seed and basil pesto

Brandy and thyme infused jus, mashed potatoes, selection of vegetables

 

DARK CHOCOLTE MOUSSE

Sweet raspberry coulis, white chocolate sauce, fresh berries

 

BOOK YOUR VALENTINE’S DAY GETAWAY

Give us call at 403-932-3392 or email us at info@crossingexperience.ca to book your stay! Queen Rooms from $349 and King Rooms from $379 – plus taxes.

Community Outreach Program at The Crossing

While the last 18 months at The Crossing at Ghost River have looked different than years passed, we still have had the opportunity to host many events, retreats, weddings and individual travellers at our charming inn. We have also had the chance to refresh the property and dedicate efforts to our Community Outreach program. Supporting Helping Hands in Cochrane, Veterans Association Food Bank, and Home for Hero’s in Calgary. Over the last year and a half, The Crossing Team proudly has provided over 12,400 meals and soups to those in need. It has been an incredible honour to be able to offer our support these amazing organizations and the people they help! Read more below about our Community Outreach program.

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Helping Hands Society

“The meals and soups that we received, almost weekly, from The Crossing during 2020/21 were not only delicious and nutritious but were also an invaluable resource. The partnership was born out of necessity as the first COVID shut-down removed our ability to continue operation of our own meal prep program; that prepares and provides emergency meals to those in need in Cochrane and Area. Without a way to have those meals on hand during a time that the need for them was desperately rising made The Crossing’s offer to help extremely generous and absolutely essential.

These meals were distributed through multiple service agencies in Cochrane to people in need, in crisis and sometimes to those who were just locked out from their loved ones and lonely. We heard time and time again that these meals and soups were “one of the nicest gifts” during a difficult time. There aren’t enough words to express how tankful we are to The Crossing for these gifts of food and comfort but bless your generous souls for stepping up and becoming an integral part of the Helping ands team – we honestly couldn’t have helped the way we did for the past 16 months without you!”

April Baird, Food Security Programs Manager of Helping Hands Society of Cochrane and Area

 

The Veterans Association Food Bank

“The Veterans Association Food Bank is a registered charity in Calgary, Alberta, dedicated to supporting and enriching the lives of Veterans and their families. We offer a variety of programs and resources to our veteran community such as our pet care promise, financial assistance, and emergency assistance. We also supply veterans with monthly food hampers to ensure they have access to fresh and nutritious food. On average, we send out 125 food hampers per month.

The Crossing at Ghost River has been a huge supporter of our initiative at the Veterans Association Food Bank in the past year. The Crossing at Ghost River has supplied us with a total of 3,390 meals and 1,600 liters of soup. The meals provided by the Crossing at Ghost River have had a direct impact on enriching the lives of our veterans, and we could not be more appreciative of the good work the chefs and staff at The Crossing are doing.”

Alyssa Harrington, Communications Coordinator Veterans Association Food Bank

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Celebrate Christmas at The Crossing with your Team

We Create – You Celebrate

After a year and a half of working from home, zoom meetings and social distancing, there is no better place than The Crossing to get together and say “Thank You” to your employees. Located on 145 rolling acres, set along the banks of the picturesque Ghost River, The Crossing offers an exceptional stay in the beautiful Ghost River Valley. Only an hour from downtown Calgary and less than 20 minutes from Cochrane, come experience relaxed, professional and unassuming hospitality in a natural and peaceful setting.

Discover the Difference

Bring your team together for an unforgettable experience and immerse yourself in nature and the peaceful surroundings at The Crossing. Enjoy your Christmas celebration with us and let us spoil you with our service and culinary delights from the time you arrive to the time you leave.

Once you are settled in, take a walk in the snow to the river (we have snowshoes!) or relax in the living room by the crackling fire. This package includes an overnight stay (single or double accommodation) hors d’oeuvres, Christmas dinner, dessert and breakfast the next morning. Available between November 26 and December 22, 2021, this package starts at $285 per person. If you are looking for the perfect space for your holiday event, contact us today!

The Crossing is also able to offer the exclusive use of our entire property for groups and organizations that are looking for complete privacy. We have multiple meeting spaces, 27 guestrooms and 145 acres of pristine nature to enjoy, ask us about exclusivity for your next meeting or event!

For additional information and to book your event, please call 403-932-3392 or email us at info@crossingexperience.ca

We look forward to welcoming you to The Crossing at Ghost River!

Fall Feature Recipe: Snickerdoodles

Happy Fall! We are sharing another one of our chef’s fantastic recipes that is the perfect treat for the changing season! Whip up a batch and enjoy these delicious snickerdoodle cookies!

SNICKERDOODLES

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup                      butter

1½ cup                  sugar

4 tbs                      white vinegar

2 cups                   all-purpose flour

1 tbs                      cream of tartar

1 tbs                      baking soda

¼ tbs                    salt

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:

1 tbs                      cinnamon

1 tbs                      sugar

STEPS:

  1. Using mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy, add white vinegar
  2. Mix all-purpose flour, cream of tartar, backing soda and salt and add to creamed butter
  3. Combine cinnamon and sugar for cinnamon/sugar mixture
  4. From dough into 1 inch balls, roll in cinnamon/sugar mixture. Place 2 inches apart on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
  5. Bake in preheated oven for approximately 10 minutes
  6. ENJOY!

Feature Recipe: Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

If you have stayed with us before, you might have tried some of our chef’s fantastic sweet treats! Check out this month’s feature recipe for Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies, straight from our kitchen to yours!

Double Chocolate Chunk Cookies

Ingredients:

1 cup                     butter

1½ cup                 sugar, granulated

225 gr                   dutch cocoa

2                             eggs

2 tbs                      vanilla extract

2 tbs                      baking powder

1¼ cup                  all-purpose flour

125 gr                   white chocolate chunks

¾ cups                 salted peanuts (optional)


Steps:
  1. Using mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add cocoa and mix to incorporate. Add eggs, one at a time, at medium speed, then vanilla
  2. Combine baking powder and flour and fold into batter to combine. Fold in white chocolate chips and peanuts
  3. Drop about 2 Tbsp of batter per cookie onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper, leaving 2 inches between cookies to allow them to spread
  4. Bake in preheated 350F oven for approximately 12 minutes
  5. Enjoy!

 

Ranching in the Ghost Valley: Weekend Experience

The Crossing at Ghost River is excited to present the next weekend in our Summer Weekend Experience series! Our Ranching in the Ghost Valley from Past to Present weekend is coming up on July 3-4.

Take this opportunity to get out of the city for an exclusive weekend getaway! Come explore one of Alberta’s hidden gems with an overnight experience at The Crossing paired with a private ranch tour. Experience the land and listen to the stories that shaped the Ghost Valley while visiting a sustainable ranching operation and learning about its ranching history. Your weekend includes dinner, overnight accommodation, breakfast, packed lunch, in addition to an interactive tour and history talk of a local ranching operation.

WEEKEND ITINERARY:

Your getaway begins on Saturday with a leisurely afternoon check-in. After settling in, enjoy walking to the river, lounging in the living room or taking in the sunshine on the deck. Join us for a wonderful evening meal in the Remington Dining Room at 6:30pm. Following dinner, there will be a ranching presentation in the Pine Loft at 8:00pm. Spend the rest of your Saturday evening relaxing with an overnight stay in our serene and charming Inn.

After enjoying a hearty breakfast on Sunday, pick up your packed lunch and then depart for your interactive ranching experience. Following your arrival at the ranch, you will commence your tour and history talk. Enjoy your picnic lunch at noon and depart the ranch by 1:30 pm.

YOUR HISTORY & RANCH EXPERIENCE

The entire Ghost area is rich on history. You will hear what it was like to settle in the area one hundred years ago. While walking on the ranch, you will explore the unique landscape, riparian structure and how the land is being used for sustainable grazing. Learn what it takes to operate a sustainable ranching operation by seeing it firsthand. The ranch is home to several old buildings that are full of interesting stories. This will be a fascinating weekend that will not disappoint your curiosity. The Crossing at Ghost River and our local ranch partner are excited to offer this wonderful weekend in the Alberta Foothills!

YOUR DINING EXPERIENCE

Our guests continuously tell us how fantastic our food tastes and how much they look forward to every meal. Our Chef and culinary team combine the perfect amount of comfort and class in their creations. They are always seeking fresh ingredients and showcasing flavorful dishes prepared in our open kitchen. You will truly enjoy our Chef’s choice meals! With advanced notice we offer vegetarian, wheat, gluten, and dairy- free options.

THE CROSSING AT GHOST RIVER – DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE

Located on 145 rolling acres, set along the banks of the picturesque Ghost River, The Crossing offers an exceptional stay in the beautiful Ghost River Valley. During your stay, you will experience relaxing, professional, and unassuming hospitality in a natural and peaceful location. In addition to our pristine setting, our delightful rooms, comfortable common areas and amazing cuisine, your stay will be truly memorable.

BOOK YOUR GETAWAY

If you love nature and are interested in local Alberta ranching and history, this is the perfect weekend for you! Immerse yourself in this authentic Alberta culture and join our upcoming interactive ranching weekend.

Cost for the weekend is $410.00 plus taxes for single occupancy. Double occupancy is $320.00 plus taxes, per person. Book your weekend now because there is limited availability for these exclusive experiences! Reserve your spot by contacting The Crossing at 403-932-3392 or book online: Ranching in the Ghost Valley Weekend Experience. 

 

WHAT TO BRING

  • Small Backpack for your lunch and water bottle
  • Hiking Shoes/Boots
  • Raingear
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera and Binoculars (optional)

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

The Crossing at Ghost River and the local ranching operations adhere to all AHS guidelines. You will be participating in the activities at your own risk. A 25% deposit is required upon booking. The remaining 75% deposit will then be charged seven days before the event. Both deposits are non-refundable. However, deposits will be 100% refundable if we are unable to host the the event because of COVID restrictions.

Ghost Watershed Hiking Adventure

The Summer Weekend Experience series kicks off next month at The Crossing! The first experience is the Ghost Watershed Hiking Adventure on June 26-27, 2021. This exclusive weekend is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Take this opportunity to get out of the city for a unique weekend getaway!

The weekend includes dinner, an introduction to the Ghost Watershed, overnight accommodations, breakfast, packed lunch and an interactive hike in the Ghost Watershed with a local guide.

WEEKEND ITINERARY

Escape for the weekend and discover Alberta like never before with authentic experience that immerses you in nature, culture and history.

Your weekend begins on Saturday, with a leisurely afternoon check-in. Once you are settled in, enjoy a walk to the river, lounge in the living room or take in the sunshine on the deck.

Following a wonderful dinner, you can interact with your guide from The Ghost Watershed Alliance to learn about environmental stewardship and water preservation. During the presentation, your guides will provide history of the area and explain how the society is working to protect the ecosystem. Enjoy the rest of your Saturday evening relaxing with an overnight stay in our charming Inn.

After a hearty breakfast on Sunday, you will head out to your adventure exploring the beautiful Ghost Watershed to complete your weekend.

YOUR HIKING EXPERIENCE

The Ghost Watershed is located approximately 60 km west of Calgary. It contains some of the most scenic landscapes in Alberta adjacent to Banff National Park. The Ghost Watershed Alliance Society (GWAS) is a Watershed Stewardship Group (WSG). Their vision for the Watershed is to be a biologically rich headwaters ecosystem in Alberta’s Eastern Slopes that supplies abundant clean water maintained through stewardship and holistic management. Join GWAS on a hike far from the crowds to experience this beautiful part of Alberta. Learn about its flora and fauna and what you can do to help preserve it. Your guides will provide extensive information on the  history of the Ghost Watershed as well as background information on conservation. The Crossing at Ghost River in conjunction with the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society are excited to host you on this adventure weekend!

YOUR DINING EXPERIENCE

Our guests continuously tell us how good the food tastes and subsequently, how much they look forward to every meal! Our culinary team combines the perfect amount of comfort and class in their creations. They constantly seek fresh ingredients in order to showcase flavorful dishes prepared in our open kitchen. You will truly enjoy our Chef’s choice meals. With advanced notice we are pleased to offer vegetarian, wheat, gluten, and dairy-free options.

THE CROSSING AT GHOST RIVER – DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE

Located on 145 rolling acres, set along the banks of the picturesque Ghost River, The Crossing offers an exceptional stay in the beautiful Ghost River Valley. Experience relaxed, professional, and unassuming hospitality in a natural and peaceful location. In addition to our pristine setting, our delightful rooms, comfortable common areas and amazing cuisine, your stay will be truly memorable.

BOOK YOUR GETAWAY

If you love nature and want to learn how stewardship groups help to provide clean and safe drinking water to Albertans, or just want to spend a peaceful weekend exploring something new, this event is ideal for you. Cost for the weekend is $410.00 plus taxes for single occupancy and $320.00 per person double occupancy plus taxes. Book your weekend soon because there are limited availability for these exclusive experiences! Reserve your spot by contacting The Crossing at 403-932-3392 or booking online here – Ghost Watershed Weekend Experience.

WHAT TO BRING

  • Small Backpack for your lunch and water bottle
  • Hiking Boots
  • Raingear
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera and Binoculars (optional)

ADDITIONAL NOTES

The Crossing at Ghost River and the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society (GWAS) will adhere to all Alberta Health Services COVID-19 guidelines. You will be participating in the hike at your own risk. A 25% deposit is required upon booking. The remaining 75% deposit is charged seven days before the event. Both deposits are non-refundable. Deposits will be 100% refundable if we are unable to host the the event because of COVID restrictions.

 

Photo Credits: Made to Travel; The Crossing at Ghost River

Horseback Adventure Package

Are you looking for a horseback adventure and a peaceful getaway? The Crossing and Saddle Peak Trail Rides are offering a 1 or 2 night stay and horseback riding adventure in the beautiful Ghost Valley. Just an hour from Calgary, get out of the city to experience an authentic Alberta getaway! Come enjoy a relaxing evening with a wonderful dinner, an overnight stay in our charming Inn and go on a trail ride exploring the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies.

THE CROSSING AT GHOST RIVER – DISCOVER THE DIFFERENCE

Set on 145 rolling acres, along the banks of the picturesque Ghost River, The Crossing offers an exceptional stay in the beautiful Alberta Foothills just an hour west of Calgary. You will experience relaxed, professional, and unassuming hospitality in a natural and peaceful location. Explore our beautiful surroundings, relax in our charming accommodation and enjoy wonderful meals during your peaceful stay.

THE CROSSING AT GHOST RIVER – DINING EXPERIENCE

Our guests tell us continuously how good the food tastes and similarly how much they look forward to every meal. Our Chef and culinary team combine the perfect amount of comfort and class in their creations. They constantly seek fresh ingredients to showcase flavorful dishes that are prepared in our open kitchen.

You will truly enjoy our Chef’s choice meals and with advanced notice we are pleased to offer vegetarian, wheat, gluten, and dairy-free options.

SADDLE PEAK – TRAIL RIDE EXPERIENCE

Led by a local and experienced guide, Saddle Peak is offering two different trail rides with these packages. The 1-Night Stay includes The Pringle Mountain Ride and the 2-Night Stay includes the Ghost River Ride.

Pringle Mountain Ride

The Pringle Mountain Ride is the perfect introduction to western riding and is a great “bucket list” getaway. The first afternoon ride will provide basic instruction before setting out to explore the rolling hills on the wagon trails from the 1930s. In addition, the second day will truly be a memorable experience riding up Pringle Mountain Ridge. Riders will be rewarded with panoramic views of the eastern slopes and mountain ranges as seen in movies like “Legends of the Fall”. Bring your camera!

Ghost River Ride

For the more experienced rider who wishes to explore the Ghost River Valley, this two-day adventure will be an unforgettable trip. The all-day ride crosses the Ghost River and follows the side hills of Lesseuer Creek. During the second day you will ride up Pringle Mountain Ridge and take in the panoramic views of the Rocky Mountain eastern slopes and Ghost River Valley.

BOOK YOUR TRIP TODAY!

Contact Saddle Peak at 403-922-7430 or email saddlepeaktrailrides@gmail.com to book your trip. A 25% deposit is taken when your booking is confirmed. The remaining 75% deposit is due 7 days before the event. Both deposits are non-refundable.

 

WHAT TO BRING
  • Hiking/riding boots
  • Raingear
  • Sunscreen, bug spray
  • Camera and binoculars (optional, but recommended!)

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

Saddle Peak and The Crossing at Ghost River adhere to all Alberta Health Services COVID-19 guidelines. Depending on COVID regulations, as a result, meals may be takeout style. Come prepared with a face mask for those instances where physical distancing cannot be maintained.

Chocolate Truffle Torte Fundraiser for Mother’s Day

Pick up dessert for mom this Mother’s Day and support a great cause! Pre-order one of our Chocolate Truffle Torte’s to pick up on Saturday May 8th, just in time for Mother’s Day. This fundraiser supports our Community Outreach Program which allows us to provide meals to those in need. During this past year we have delivered over 7,500 meals to charities and organizations in Cochrane and Calgary.

Our Chocolate Truffle Torte is a decadent dessert with a combination of dark chocolate and whipping cream for a melt-in-your-mouth mousse. With an Oreo cookie crust and cherry sauce to finish it off, these 8″ round cakes will serve up to 8 people. The minimum donation per cake is $30.00. Call or email us to book your cake 403-932-3392 or info@crossingexperience.ca

While we will miss hosting our Mother’s Day Brunch, we are thrilled to still help you spoil Mom this year, she deserves it, pre-order your cake now!

Thank you for your support from all of us at The Crossing!

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COMING SOON: Weekend Experiences at The Crossing

We are excited to be launching exclusive weekend experiences this summer! These weekend experiences feature a variety of themes and include all-inclusive packages with an overnight stay, meals and adventure in the beautiful Ghost Valley. Our programming will range from hiking adventures to local history exploration and immersive dinner events focused on Albertan cuisine. These exclusive experiences are a great opportunity to get out of the city for a truly unique weekend getaway. Explore the Alberta foothills as you indulge in exceptional cuisine, recharge in charming accommodations and enjoy an authentically local experience.

There is a limited number of spaces available for each experience, sign up here to be the first to know more about these all-inclusive packages, including information on dates, prices and reservation details.

Check out some highlights of these weekend experiences below!

Ghost Watershed – Hiking Experience

Looking for a unique adventure and a peaceful getaway in nature near Calgary? There is so much to see, experience and appreciate in the Alberta Foothills. During your hike, The Ghost Watershed Alliance Society will share the background on the area and explain how the society is working to protect the ecosystem in the Ghost Valley.

Ranching in the Ghost Valley – From Past to Present

This is a great opportunity to get out of the city for an authentic Alberta weekend getaway. Learn about the rich history and what it takes to operate a sustainable ranching operation in the Ghost Valley with a visit and tour of a well-known ranch.

Explore the Canadian Museum of Making

If you are interested in history and machinery and are looking for an exclusive getaway, check out this weekend experience. The Canadian Museum of Making is well known for preserving and maintaining equipment that was used from 1750 to 1920 in Canada, Britain, and the United States. Enjoy a presentation and guided tour of the museum. This is a great opportunity to get out of the city for an educational weekend adventure.

Alberta Seven Iconic Foods – Dinner Experience

Explore, Experience, Eat and Connect with the Seven Iconic Alberta Foods. Cherish Alberta food and culture with a truly authentic experience and an unforgettable evening in the Foothills. Enjoy an escape into nature and see just how delicious Alberta’s food tastes.

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Come experience all that The Crossing has to offer! Sign up here to receive more information on these all-inclusive weekends!