Casting for Life

This week we would like to promote a very special group that is very near and dear to our hearts.

We encourage all of you to check out their website and perhaps join in on their event here at The Crossing. Casting for Life is a non-profit registered charity formed in 1997.  It was created to provide women recovering from breast cancer with the opportunity to learn the sport of fly fishing and the art of fly tying in the beautiful and enriching environment of a three day retreat. The three day weekend retreat will be held here at The Crossing.  Four-five volunteers and a maximum of 16 participants attend the Casting for Life retreat.  By keeping the numbers low they are able to have an intimate setting that allows hopes and dreams or worries and fears to be shared in a caring, empathetic setting. This retreat is open to women who are breast cancer survivors, whose treatment has been completed and who have not previously attended Casting for Life. Although the focus for the weekend is on fly fishing, you do not need to have any experience fishing or fly fishing – just a desire to learn and make some new friends. Please go to their website for further information.

Men in Kilts…No Peeking!

Mother’s Day was awesome with about 100 people celebrating Mom.  What’s better?  To do it again!  We will start the Father’s Day BarBQ at 11.  Join with us to celebrate Father’s in a special way at The Crossing.  Call us today for reservations 403-932-3392, Adults $35, Youth (3-17) $20, under 3 Free.


Last week was our yearly cleaning of the windows.  How fun are the Men in Kilts (@MIKCalgary)?  Lots of fun and lots of giggles, not to mention that our windows are spotless!


The Ghost Watershed Alliance Society will have their 2nd Walk in the Watershed on Saturday, June 1st from 10 AM to 1:30 PM.  This Walk will feature the history of First Nations and early fur trading in the Ghost.  This is an easy walk for the entire family.  Please bring your own lunch, unfortunately no dogs allowed on this walk.  Contact Marina at to RSVP and directions.

We’ve Celebrated Mom…Now It’s Dad’s Turn

Have you made your reservation? We Have…..

Call today to reserve your spot at our table.  Call 403-932-3392.

It’s Mother’s Day this week and we officially want to say “Happy Mother’s Day!” to all our Mothers, young and younger!

This article taken from the following website: maybe sums it up best:


Dear Mom I’d like to Thank you:

  • for always being there.
  • for at least trying to understand where I’m coming from and for listening to me without judgment.
  • for allowing me to make mistakes and helping me deal with the consequences.
  • for teaching me to tell the truth even when the consequences may seem more than I can handle.
  • for teaching me to be kind, loving, generous and polite.
  • for teaching me to be respectful towards others while standing up for what I believe in and staying true to myself.
  • for teaching me to question things and to solve problems on my own.
  • for making me feel loved and showing me that the best gifts can not be bought.
  • for teaching me the value of money and the importance of budgeting.
  • for allowing me to be a kid, to explore, and to just have fun.
  • for showing me it’s okay to be wrong or not have all the answers. Nobody knows everything about everything.
  • for teaching me that happiness is a choice.
  • for showing me you’re not perfect and even the best make mistakes 😉

With Love Always,

Your child


Don’t Forget Mom….

Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 12th!  Let us do the cooking for you!

If you have always wanted to experience The Crossing but haven’t had the opportunity to do so, we are offering our guests the opportunity to stay overnight.  This is a special that we are only able to offer once a year.  If you would like to get away for the evening on Saturday, May 11th and let Mom sleep in the next morning phone us at 403-932-3392.  We are taking reservations for two seatings;  one at 9 AM and the other for 12:00.

The first Walk in the Watershed for this year, hosted by the Ghost Watershed Alliance Society will be hosted on Sunday, May 5th at 1:30-4:30.  Need more information contact Marina at

Snickerdoodles (Double) from Our Kitchen to Yours:

This is a recipe that we use, origin unknown.  Preheat oven to 370F

Cream, 2 cups of butter, 3 cups of sugar.

Beat in 8 tsp. of white vinegar.

Sift, then add…4 cups of all purpose flour, 2 tsp. of cream of tartar, 2 tsp. of baking soda, ½ tsp. of salt.

Cinnamon-Sugar mixture:  2 tsp. of cinnamon, 2 Tbsp sugar.

Form into 1 inch balls and roll in cinnamon-sugar mixture.  Place 2 inches apart on an ungreased cookie sheet.  Cook for 10 minutes.  Cool on a wire rack.


Mother’s Day Sunday, May 12, 2013 Menu

Old Man Winter

Old man winter gave us a gentle reminder that he is still in the area this week.  But Mother Nature is trying to sweep him out with the rest of the snow.

Giving Mother Nature a hand this week is our version of the Dream Team…our Maintenance Department.  Leo is our head of Maintenance and he has working for him Jim (aka Buck) and Jim (aka Cooter).  Reminders of the Newhart television series “Hi, I’m Larry, this is my brother Darryl, and this is my other brother Darryl!”

Our dream team is usually here before us; clearing the walkways and parking lot, turning on the lights and getting the coffee on!  It seems like no task is too big or too small for them to tackle.  Smiles are free and a quick hello if you pass them on the run.

To help you celebrate your Mother….Watch for our Mother’s Day details coming out in next week’s news!  New items for this year include Caramelized  Onion and Smoked Salmon Tart and Mediterranean Style Chicken.  Sounds de-lish!



Another Week…

We have the flowers ordered and they will be ready in time for Mother’s Day, which really is just around the corner.  It always amazes me as to how quickly the days charge at us.  Chef Doug is putting the final touches on the menu and we will be announcing shortly the meal seatings and the menu.

Diane had an unexpected surprise on April Fool’s Day.  One of her donkeys decided that she was going to have a baby.  This was a very welcome surprise!  They are still trying to decide on a name.  Perhaps we could help her with some suggestions……

Matt attended the Gluten Free Show in Calgary last weekend, and is attending the GFS Show this week with Chef Doug.  I am sure they are going to come back with some tasty new ideas to try on us.

We have had several tours out here to see the facility and overall things are looking good for a wonderful  summer.  The river is flowing the ground is soft and I am searching for my first crocus.

Speaking of the Ghost River, if you do not have plans for this Friday, April the 5th and are looking for something to do, please try and attend the GWAS Annual Benefit Concert and Silent Auction.  Starts at 6:30 and goes to 10 at the Beaupre Community Hall.  For more information or tickets go to:

Hope to see you there!

New Member of the Team

Matthew "Matt" Bird

This week at The Crossing has been a flurry of activity.  There is so much going on in preparation for Spring and Easter.  The deer are strolling through, the gophers are all chipper and happy and our resident squirrel is enjoying the warm sunshine.  Our neighbours cattle are calving which tells us it is definitely Spring.

This week I would like to introduce you to The Crossing’ new Sous Chef, Matthew Bird.

Matthew was raised in Pickering, Ontario and has been living and working in Guelph for the last 11 years.  He graduated from Niagara College with honours in 2010 as a Chef Apprentice.  He has worked many facets of the food industry from fast food to fine dining for the last 15 years.

Highlights so far include Chef at the Fat Duck Gastro Pub in Guelph and  a Sous Chef at the Prince of Wales; a five diamond hotel at the beautiful Niagara on the Lake.  He also had the privilege to cook for Prince Charles and Camilla.  After much ado in the kitchen to prepare a fantastic meal for them, Prince Charles advised that he just wanted a burger!

His hobbies include fishing, camping and hockey.  Well we think he has come to the right place to enjoy those hobbies.  He is fan of the original six of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Chef Doug and the rest of the staff at The Crossing, welcome Matt and look forward to many tasty treats.


Hello, my name is Carol and I am the new face here at The Crossing.  I am so excited to be here and reach out to each of you and keep you updated as to the comings and goings here.

First things first!  Congratulations to Kelly and Mike!

Next, I am going to try to fill some hard to fill shoes!  Kelly is going to be a tough act to follow.  She did such an awesome job over the last year getting us here.

I will start with my initial reaction to The Crossing.  Maureen and Diane invited me out to see the facility and meet them – the dreaded interview!  I was so nervous and was driving out from Calgary to see them.  I was afraid I would get lost and be late…you know how it is when you know you need to be on your game.

Turning off of Highway 1A onto Highway 40 and less than a minute onto the property….the majority of my stress was gone.  This is an amazing piece of Alberta!  Lucky me….here I am, officially now.  I get this amazing feeling each and every day.

We have had some awesome groups come through in my short time here already.  I have met some amazing folks in the few days I have been here and all in the comfort of The Crossing.  Where you come to get back to the basics.

I also had the amazing opportunity to attend the MPI ONE Conference in Calgary this past week.  The room was filled with super planners.  I was honoured to be embraced by many of them.  Looking forward to doing more networking with this group for sure.

Thanks for reading me and please send us questions, articles and comments to make us better!