the crossing event center near Calgary & Cochrane, Alberta re-opens 2020

The Crossing at Ghost River Re-Opens for Small Meetings & Outdoor Events

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With the Alberta Government announcement and easing of COVID-19 restrictions, The Crossing at Ghost River is excited to welcome guests again for meetings, events and outdoor gatherings.

“We have developed comprehensive procedures working within Alberta Heath Services guidelines to deliver a safe meeting or retreat experience for our guests and staff.” says Jori Guetg, The Crossing’s general manager.

As of June 1st, 2020, The Crossing is able to open its doors to small groups. With the onset of warmer spring and summer days, cooped up Albertans are eager to re-emerge and re-connect, but still with consideration and respect to the ongoing concerns around COVID-19.

It’s been a challenging year for Albertans, as it has been for everyone around the globe. With the physical precautions we have all taken, including major shifts in working from home, self-isolation and social distancing, we have also faced the debilitating effects on our emotional and mental states.

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About The Crossing at Ghost River

The Crossing at Ghost River is a unique space that focuses on supporting individual and group wellness and healthy activities, something that is even more needed in times like these.

With specialized offerings for small groups, personal retreats, engaging programs and small weddings, The Crossing helps individuals reconnect in a healthy, conscious way. Nestled in 145 acres of rolling Albertan foothills beside the beautiful Ghost River, the event center is a perfect setting for your group’s re-emergence.

the crossing reopens with covid procedures for June 2020

With its re-opening, The Crossing welcomes back many returning guests and also new guests, who seek a safe group experience with staff members ready to serve and support their guests within the guidelines and procedures currently required including physical distancing, screening guidelines and sanitation strategies to create a safe and rewarding experience for all involved.

Procedure Documents for Small Meetings & Outdoor Gatherings

For more information please review the following PDF documents for small indoor meetings and outdoor gatherings:

COVID-19 Operating Guidelines for Meetings & Events at The Crossing (PDF)

More Information

If you have any questions or would like to discuss your specific needs or concerns, please call 403-932-3392 or email us at As always, we are looking forward to welcoming you back to The Crossing.

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Local 5-Star Kitchen Gives Back to Cochrane Community

As the COVID-19 coronavirus continues to weave its way across the globe, many individuals, right here in Cochrane and Calgary, are feeling the impact. The effects are not only health-related, but also financial due to job loss. There is also an increase in loneliness and loss of hope as a result of social-distancing and self-isolation.

During this uniquely challenging time, people may be feeling a sense of loss of freedom. However, some members of our community, who already face barriers like poverty, homelessness and social isolation, need our help now more than ever.

This unique situation has undeniably created many challenges. However, this has also prompted some businesses to ask how they can re-focus their resources to help those in need.

The Crossing at Ghost River has been a popular venue for decades as a conference and retreat centre. It is well known for its beautiful riverside setting and exceptional hospitality. Many have enjoyed the space and facilities during their conferences, meetings, retreats and workshops, not to mention The Crossing’s own special events.

Unfortunately, like many other organizations, The Crossing at Ghost River is closed for business during these unprecedented times. However, the Crossing’s dedicated team is not standing still! They have decided to give back to the community and introduced a grassroots community outreach initiative.

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Doug Ghanam, Executive Chef at The Crossing at Ghost River (far right) at the Veterans Association Food Bank in Calgary

The Crossing has partnered with local community members, such as “Helping Hands Society” in Cochrane, “Homes for Heroes” and the “Veterans Association Food Bank” in Calgary. The event venue and its partners provide people in need with nutritious, healthy and wholesome meals.

“Take Care of your Community and your Community Will Take Care of You”

Their experienced 5-Star kitchen team is keeping busy. Each week, the team is preparing and delivering approximately 100 individual meals, 100 containers of soup and 20 food hampers to these organizations.

The Crossing’s general manager, Jori Guetg, affirms, “We are pleased to help during these unprecedented times. We hope the meals will bring a smile and provide much needed support to those in need.”

The Crossing at Ghost River is planning a Mother’s Day 2020 fund raising event. It will prepare a brunch dish (meals for two) that people can pick up and enjoy on Mother’s Day. 100% of the event’s proceeds will buy food to prepare more meals for the local charities. More details to be announced shortly.

2019/2020 Wedding Trends

According to the experts in the wedding industry, one of the big trends in weddings for 2019/2020 is choosing unique and alternative style venues.

Our “Alternative Wedding Venue” fits right in with the trends!

One 2019 wedding trend that is gaining momentum is the “alternative wedding venue” as couples are looking for something unique. Country Chic settings, Industrial-chic spaces, rooftops, theatres, greenhouses, galleries and brewery style venues are rising in popularity and are definitely worth considering for your big day.

No longer is the typical community centre, banquet hall or hotel the norm. Modern couples are looking for a more expressive wedding experience. Unique venues are in!

Our amazing 145 acres of the most beautiful natural setting anywhere provides a wedding experience unique and unlike any other. How could anything match the beautiful venues (3 or them) the stunning views, the Ghost River running right through the property and so much more. Having your guests join you for the weekend is another new trend and it doesn’t have to mean a faraway destination. We are just 1 hour from downtown Calgary, 15 minutes outside Cochrane, and yet when you enter our property you feel like you are in another world.

The peaceful tranquil surroundings immediately relaxes you. Can you imagine your day in such surroundings? Your guests arriving to enjoy this amazing property with you for the weekend (Our Deluxe or Dream Wedding Weekend Packages), in complete privacy.

Inside and outside activities are there for everyone’s enjoyment. A wonderful hike, a little time sitting down by the river or enjoying our decks that offer stunning views in every direction. Or how about a wonderful visit in our Remington House sitting room, including the beautiful sun room. If the weather is inclement then the social room is a perfect spot to relax and enjoy a game of pool or just relaxing by the fireplace in perfect harmony. A unique and wonderful wedding weekend experience.

Combining Elegance and Country Chic Charm

A little can go a long way in creating the country chic wedding of your dreams. Incorporating our antique furniture pieces into your decor can bring it all together.

Unique arrangements incorporated with our very unique furnishings!

Yes, many couples will still go for traditional floral arrangements in 2019, but a fair few are expected to shake things up and opt for alternative decor in their centre pieces and bouquets. Larger arrangements will flaunt cotton branches and pampas plumes. Adding elegance and charm to the already stunning venue.

We are on Trend with our Unique Ceremony settings and beautiful Reception Venues

A ceremony on the riverbank of the beautiful Ghost River is an experience everyone will remember forever. It is unique and so stunning! A Wedding Photographers Dream!

Small intimate and elegant Wedding/Reception Spaces in a unique country chic setting sets the tone for a wonderful Wedding Ceremony and Reception Celebration!

When you choose The Crossing at Ghost River, you really do get a very unique wedding experience and one that is really on trend with our modern couples for 2019/2020!

Plan a rustic barn wedding or outdoor wedding in the Beautiful Foothills near Calgary

The Crossing’s country chic destination style wedding package includes a team of professionals who specialize in creating a wedding experience unlike any other.

The peacefulness and charm can be felt from the moment you arrive. What better way to plan a wedding than to simply arrive and have everything you need all in one place. You and your guests will enjoy the privacy of this 145 acre property and all it has to offer for the weekend.

Our Remington House provides 27 guest rooms, sitting areas, decks overlooking the property and with a 5 star culinary team to enhance your stay, what more could you ask for. Decorated in perfect country style it is warm and inviting.

Our guest rooms are all beautifully decorated to suit the country style and provide a charm and elegance to the whole experience.

Just minutes from the banks of the Ghost River our “River House” with its screen in walls provides a stunning setting for your wedding ceremony, it is something out of a dream for every couple. The River House is perfect for a summer wedding or a warm spring or fall day.

After the ceremony a beautiful cocktail reception can be arranged for your guests while you spend time with your photographer to get some of the most amazing photos. Where else can you have a river as a backdrop and stunning landscape for your wedding pictures?

Once pictures are done, you and your guests will make their way to the reception in our charming country chic Pine Loft Barn. Especially designed to maintain the charm and authentic country setting the Pine Loft promises to please everyone. Our dedicated team will see to you and your guests every need and the food is guaranteed to be outstanding.

After the wedding celebration, dinner and dance and the evening is complete your guests are free to retire to their rooms or enjoy some time in the Deere House social room to relax and reflect on the day. This is a very private intimate space to enjoy at any time during your stay with us.

The next morning you and your guests are free to explore the property before enjoying a wonderful breakfast or brunch in the Remington House.

All in all our “country chic destination style wedding package” can make your dream wedding come true!

Natural Charm and Elegance for your Unique Day!

It’s your wedding day! You want to do something unique for your celebration, but whatever can you do?

Check out the natural charm and elegance of the
“River House Wedding Package”.

Breaking away from tradition can be challenging but it often allows for new and exciting opportunities! At The Crossing at Ghost River we feel we have created one of the most amazing non-traditional wedding day experiences anywhere.

Imagine the warmth of the sun on a beautiful summer morning down by the river – a beautiful setting. Your ceremony’s backdrop is a stunning view of the river, the water quietly burbling in the background.

From there your photo ops are endless. Incredible scenery can be found wherever you look, from the shoreline of the river to shady paths among the birch trees or a field of wildflowers, you are sure to find a setting that suits you. It’s a photographers dream!

The beautiful River House pavilion adds a natural elegance to your reception.  Imagine a lovely champagne luncheon accompanied by soft music playing in the background and the screened pavilion walls providing stunning views in every direction!

Your guests will be surprised and delighted as the unparalleled view, the natural elegance of the River House, the warmth of the service staff and the incredible food all come together to create an unforgettable wedding experience.

Add some champagne, a few speeches and maybe a cake service to a lovely afternoon of visiting and enjoying the setting and you have just had one of the most unique and special wedding experiences available!

Stunning Winter Weddings

The Crossing at Ghost River provides the most stunning setting for a winter wedding.

A truly enchanting setting is waiting for you at The Crossing during the winter season! Everything is covered in glittering snow and the air is crisp and clear and more peaceful than you can imagine. It is quiet and tranquil and you can really feel its charm.

Everything is beautifully decorated during the Christmas season, so there is really nothing more that needs to be done to make your wedding decor complete.

As you enter the elegant and charming Remington house, you will find a warm and inviting sitting area arranged around a beautiful fireplace. Throughout the main floor, other sitting areas display views of the grounds in every direction. The kitchen, located at the center, fills the house with delicious aromas.

The most peaceful feelings will fill you as you view the grounds from the windows of the house. You and your guests will be thrilled with the private setting.

The Crossing at any time of year is magical, but during winter it’s even more so. Come check us out for your winter wedding – we promise it will charm and delight you!!


There seems to be a tendency as the end of July approaches for people to slump into a funk about the imminent end of summer. This state of mind seems a little premature to us at The Crossing… as summer isn’t technically over until the foliage is appropriately dressed in the vibrant colours of fall. So quit wallowing and reminiscing on how fun summer “was” and experience the best of the remaining summer months!

We are so blessed to live in the beautiful province of Alberta, with long hot summer days, close proximity to the Rocky Mountains and pristine lakes, and easy commutes to summer festivals and celebrations in surrounding cities. So if you’ve already resorted to feeling sorry for yourself and dreading the impending fall and winter seasons, we have decided to cheer you up and enlighten you on activities to brighten your days… even more than the summer sun already has!

July 30                          SunFest in Inglewood – a street festival in the heart of Inglewood celebrating community and culture, with activities for all ages, including live music, shopping, face painting, and street performers.

July 30 – August 1       Canmore Folk Music Festival – folk artists from around the world gather in downtown Canmore to create a lively outdoor music festival on the August long weekend.

August 6                       Cochrane Classic Bullriding – head down to the Cochrane Rodeo Grounds for an evening of professional bullriding followed by a dance!

Every second Tuesday Calgary Farmer’s Market vendors come downtown to the beautiful and historic Stephen Avenue to sell fresh fruits, vegetables, jewelry, art, and healthy homemade meals.

August 13                    Calgary Police Rodeo – if you can’t get enough of the rodeo scene… circle back to the Cochrane Rodeo Grounds for a rodeo, children’s carnival, exhibitions and concessions followed by a barn dance featuring live country music.

August 18 – 27            Global Fest – stay up late for a world-class, multi-cultural and international fireworks festival in Elliston Park or find a lookout point in the city to enjoy the show from afar.

August 19 – 21            Cochrane Fair – escape the city by bringing the family to the Cochrane Ag Society Grounds for a country fair. Experience the equestrian events, great food, a midway, and fun for the whole family!

September 3,4             X Fest – go to Fort Calgary to enjoy a summer weekend checking out Calgary’s alternative music scene featuring amazing artists, such as Vance Joy, The Lumineers and The Arkells (just to name a few…).

September 4                Calgary Pride Parade – gather family and friends to join the fun at Calgary’s most colourful parade celebrating the city’s vibrant and diverse LGBTQ community!

Saturday Mornings     Cochrane Farmers Market – experience the best locally grown fruits, vegetables, baked goods and more between 9:30am and 1:30pm at the Historic Cochrane Ranche Site.

So no more wallowing… get out there to enjoy what the city and the outdoors have to offer during these spectacular summer months. As for fall and winter… we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.

We Dare You!

We have a very exciting leadership retreat coming to The Crossing this November – check it out! Early bird pricing is available, so be sure to register soon to save yourself a spot.

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Get Hitched!


The cozy and comfortable ambiance of a quaint venue in the countryside is the perfect setting for a unique and sophisticated wedding. A picturesque outdoor wedding inspired by nature, keeps it simple and elegant while providing the opportunity to use nature as your backdrop. Just imagine… mason jars filled with wild flowers become centerpieces, tree branches mark your aisle, and wooden coasters become place cards. The beauty of any wedding is the simple touches that add personality and uniqueness.

If an outdoor wedding isn’t your style, there are also a number of beautiful indoor venues available at The Crossing, including a screened-in riverside pavilion or a traditional barn with an outdoor patio. To accompany the perfect venue, The Crossing offers world class meals, tailored to each couple’s taste or theme.

Whether you have been dreaming of this day since you were a little girl or only recently started thinking about this exciting adventure, The Crossing at Ghost River provides a variety of options to suit any couple.

To inquire about our wedding venues and services, please call 403-932-3392.

Thanks Mom!!

Mother’s Day Getaway & Brunch

It’s almost that time of the year when we say a special thanks to our moms for all she does. Mother’s Day gifts are pretty simple – all she wants is time with you! This Mother’s Day show your mom how grateful you are for her ongoing love and support by treating her to an overnight stay and a delicious brunch at The Crossing! Nothing says thanks like a relaxing night in the countryside followed by a gourmet breakfast!

May is a beautiful time of year at The Crossing. Warm weather, colorful wildflowers, and endless acres of land make it the perfect place to celebrate mom and spend time with family! Bring your hiking shoes for a picturesque stroll to the river or a trek up to the scenic ridge. You can also bring your competitive spirit for a game of riverside horseshoes or croquet on the lawn.

If you cannot spend the night…no worries bring mom and the family for brunch Sunday, May 8.

Spaces are limited, so please call 403-932-3392 to make reservations.

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