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

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 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

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 or Fax to Amy at 403-231-7763.


Enjoy the weekend!




The Hazy, Not So Lazy, Days Of Summer

When one thinks of summer it often conjures up images of swinging in a hammock under a shady tree, lemonade, barbeques with family and friends, riding bikes, swimming, and trying to keep cool in the summer sun….in other words, the lazy hazy days of summer!  Although, the past few months at The Crossing have been anything but!

We are delighted to have welcomed a very busy stream of guests and as the month of August slows down a little it allows us to get things in ship shape for the fall rush!  It also allows us to dive back into a few very exciting projects that we look forward to bringing to our guests by the end of 2012 and into early 2013!  Read on to see what we have brewing….

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The Vegetarian Downward Dog = Bliss

Beautiful coastal scenery…check!

Downward dogging with amazing people…check!

Delicious vegetarian fuel…check!

Feeling pretty zen…check!

Last week I, Kelly, your Business Development Coordinator, had the amazing opportunity to visit a very special place on Cortes Island, BC called Hollyhock ( and participate in one of their many programs.  Amazingly, while looking up which program to sign up for, I saw that they were offering a Blissology Yoga Program ( with none other than Eoin Finn whom I have been bending into pretzel like contortions with for the past several years via my DVD player!  Blissology Yoga Program here I come!

From the get-go I knew that Hollyhock and The Crossing were kindred spirits; both offering spectacular settings in nature, a prime ambience for connection, and the desire to have guests leave more full and rejuvenated then when they came.  I am happy to say that my experience there supported the many thoughts that I had going into this adventure!

Our team at The Crossing has known that individuals, not just groups, are looking for an opportunity to engage and expand their horizons, and my recent trip to Hollyhock solidified that.  It was amazing to be part of something so stimulating on all fronts, to meet people looking to better themselves via certain paths but at the same time being open-minded and learning so much from each other.

It is one of The Crossing’s goals to work on the development of a variety of programs to offer to the public.  Our desire to share the land, energy, and beauty of this special place with as many people as possible is one of our dreams!  Please stay tuned to our website, blog, and twitter to learn more about up and coming programs, events, etc., that we will be offering at The Crossing.  Additionally, if anyone is interested in bringing out their own program to The Crossing we would love to chat so don’t be shy and send us an email at

Overall my experience at Hollyhock was fantastic and I look forward to going again!  For those yogis out there I encourage you to take a look at Eoin’s site, he has some amazing retreats coming up…Bali and Baha just to name a few.  And don’t forget, if you happen to be out in the Cortes Island area, I highly suggest you stop in for a visit to Hollyhock.  The beach, the trees, the garden, and the quiet are the perfect recipe for summer!

Until next week…Namaste!

Soul searching, soul found.

Do you know your soul?  Do you know yourself through your soul?  Do you know what you are meant to share with the world?

These are the questions, along with many others, that one will explore while joining Animas Valley Institute for their SOULCRAFT ™ INTENSIVE multi-day/night workshop from July 11th to 15th, 2012 at The Crossing.  With the world moving so quickly, do we really take the time to realize our essence and how we share it with the world?  Do you even know what it is that you bring to the greater good?  If you find yourself asking these questions then SOULCRAFT ™ is an excellent place to start your journey.

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So What Makes The Crossing Different?

We often ask ourselves, if we were company looking for a retreat or meeting space what would we want to know about The Crossing? Our internal dialogue usually goes something like this….

We are a conference and retreat facility in the beautiful foothills of the Rocky Mountains. So What?

So, we can accommodate small to mid-sized groups in quaint rooms with ensuites and indvidually selected antiques. Great, so what?

So, we offer convenient on-site delicious homemade meals. A lot of our competitors do, so what?

So, we’re just different! So what, prove it!


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Community Connection!

Out here at The Crossing it’s all about connection, and what better way to connect than to do so through our community!

This week the cozy main floor of Remington House played host to our friends and neighbours in what is turning out to be an annual community dinner.  It is a great way to stay connected to the community, share information, and visit with friends.  Not to mention the opportunity to show off in the kitchen, just a little bit, which no one seemed to object to!  As promised Chef Ghanam and his team prepared nothing short of a feast, which left all of us eyeing up the comfy couches post indulgence.

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Spring Is In The Air!

At The Crossing it is hard to imagine anything better than branches heavy with fresh snow, a wood burning fire in the hearth, the scent of homemade cider in the air, and a peaceful winter calm in the river valley but there is… a wonderful spring!

Spring is a time for renewal, regrowth, and rejuvenation, and although we know that winter will likely show its affection a few more times (we are in Alberta after all), the winds of change are in the air!   There are so many great things happening at The Crossing I don’t even know where to start….

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