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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!

Recognizing the Incredible People that are Keeping us Safe

The Crossing at Ghost River, merely an hour west of Calgary, is providing an opportunity for essential workers to recharge and rejuvenate as a way of saying THANK YOU for all of their hard work this past year.

Healthcare Workers, Paramedics, Police Officers, Firefighters and Teachers, are invited to book a one or two night stay at The Crossing, spending some well-deserved time in a peaceful and natural environment, at a discounted rate.

The special promotion includes accommodation and meals: (meals are chef’s choice and take-out style)

  • 1-night stay includes dinner, overnight stay and breakfast
  • 2-night stay includes 2 dinners, 2 nights’ accommodation, 2 breakfasts and 1 packed lunch

These promotional rates are valid for the month of March 2021.

It is our turn to take care of essential workers, many of whom have worked countless hours caring for the communities we live in.

Jori Guetg, The Crossing General Manager explains, “Just as many other hospitality operations, The Crossing experienced a difficult 2020. However, the unprecedented gift of time has afforded us the ability to devote our efforts to start a community outreach initiative.

We are incredibly fortunate to work with partnering charities in Cochrane and Calgary to provide healthy meals to those in need. We are making a difference, one meal at a time!! To date we have delivered more than 6,000 meals, 3,000 containers of soup to charities and front-line workers. The special offer for essential workers is another initiative for us to give back and support the community by providing a place for people to relax in a serene and peaceful environment.”

Nestled within 145 rolling acres, set along the banks of the Ghost River, The Crossing offers easy connection to nature and a place to restore your mental, physical and emotional well-being. The land provides time and space to leave behind everyday stresses and to revitalize from the inside out. Enjoy the beautiful surroundings, outdoor spaces and river access, you will truly be able to recharge your soul.

To book please send us a message at info@crossingexperience.ca to get your special promo code or call us at 403-932-3392 to make your reservation. Relevant ID will need to be provided upon check-in.

Weekend Getaways at The Crossing

The Crossing at Ghost River is the perfect destination for a weekend getaway, especially with Valentine’s Day coming up! Nestled within 145 rolling acres, set along the banks of the Ghost River, The Crossing offers a truly exceptional environment to relax. A Valentine’s getaway is a wonderful option if you have not been away for a while and are looking for a peaceful escape! Take the time away from distractions and your busy life to reconnect, sleep in, read a book and recharge.

We have one-night or two-night packages that include overnight accommodations and breakfast. Click here for more information and to book your Valentine’s getaway today!

NEW WEEKEND EXPERIENCES COMING SOON

We are also excited to announce that in addition to our one and two night packages, we will soon be launching a new series of Weekend Experiences at The Crossing!

These experiences will include all-inclusive weekend packages with a variety of curated themes. Our programs will range in everything 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 authentic local experiences designed to inspire you in new ways.

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The Crossing at Ghost River has always been a destination for connecting visitors with its serene environment, natural beauty and unique history and we are excited that these weekend experiences will be yet another opportunity for our guests to explore all that the Crossing has to offer. Whether you are looking for a place to connect or perhaps disconnect, we have the perfect setting for you. Only an hour from downtown Calgary and less than 20 minutes from Cochrane, The Crossing is the ideal location for a staycation. Soak in our pristine scenery, breathe in our fresh air and experience The Crossing at Ghost River.

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Stay tuned for more details on our new Weekend Experiences, we can’t wait to welcome you to The Crossing for your next getaway!

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The Crossing at Ghost River, Our History

With 2020 soon becoming history, we thought it was the perfect time to share some of ours!

The Crossing at Ghost River has had an adventurous history. Even in the earliest days, this land has always been a venue for connecting it’s visitors with its serene environment and natural beauty.

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The Name

The land’s earliest history has been traced to stories of the first peoples indigenous to the region. The stories tell how they would utilize a low point in the river as a ‘crossing’. In the years to come, it would serve the same purpose for the early explorers, traders and settlers alike. This crossing would have been an integral part for hunting, trade and exploring the territory.

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Many believe that our name comes from this river crossing and while that may be in fact case, there are other local legends of our name’s origin. Some claim that this area was a fierce battleground and that there may still be spirits wandering the land, awaiting their own crossing to another side. Other stories share tales of the early indigenous peoples sending their departed loved ones into the river to disappear into the deep. Perhaps the less haunting and more likely history of our name is as local folklore suggests, that there is a section of the river that goes underground, thus making a portion appear to be ‘ghost-like’. The Cochrane and Area Historical Society’s book, Big Hill Country; Cochrane and Area, also refers to this stretch of river becoming a “ghost of itself” after the Ghost Dam was built and mighty Bow River was diverted.1

While there may be some mystery around our name’s origin, there is no mystery that the river is one of the core draws for every guest at The Crossing.

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The Owners Over Time

The Crossing at Ghost River has changed hands many times over the years, including being owned by the Canadian Pacific Railway and George W. Pocaterra.

Pocaterra was one of the famous early explorers who came to the Alberta Foothills from Italy in 1903. He was one of the first non-Natives to explore much of Kananaskis Country and he developed close friendships with members of the Stoney Nation. Pocaterra was known for his early explorations, fur trapping in the Kananaskis Valley, establishing The Buffalo Head Ranch and mining exploration. In 1933, Pocaterra returned to Italy and fell in love and married Norma Piper, a talented young opera singer from Calgary 2. When World War II forced them to return to Canada in 1939, the Pocaterras settled down on the ranch which is now The Crossing at Ghost River. Norma continued her music career with concerts, teaching singing at Mount Royal College and eventually had her own studio and became one of Calgary’s most loved music teachers 2.

The Pocaterra’s were two remarkable individuals, both together and individually and their legacy lives on, learn more about their incredible lives in the book The Diva & The Rancher: The Story of Norma Piper and George Pocaterra by Jennifer Hamblin and David Finch.

The Journey Continues

The Crossing officially began its journey as a conference and learning centre in the late 1970’s. Since then we have been growing, evolving and adapting our services to best suit our clientele. We specialized for many years as a retreat and conference centre and have hosted countless corporate meetings, events and weddings. Most recently, we have opened our doors to individual travelers for our bed & breakfast packages. We are excited to continue to welcome individuals and groups alike to our one-of-a-kind facility.

This unique property will continue to be a place for exchanging of ideas, sharing experiences and a stop in a journey to pause and connect. Plan a visit and come experience for yourself all that The Crossing at Ghost River has to offer!

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1 Cochrane and Area Historical Society. (1977). Big Hill Country: Cochrane and Area. Cochrane and Area Historical Society.

2 Hamblin, J., & Finch, D. (2006). The Diva & the Rancher: The Story of Norma Piper and George Pocaterra. Rocky Mountain Books.

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Tour of The Crossing at Ghost River

Welcome to The Crossing at Ghost River, we’d love to show you around! Experience all that The Crossing has to offer and read on to explore our unique indoor and outdoor spaces.

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THE REMINGTON HOUSE

Let’s start our tour with the Remington House, a colonial style building with an inviting atmosphere, two wood burning fireplaces and home to the central common areas here at The Crossing. On the main floor of Remington you will find the dining room, living room and our lovely sun room. Our bright dining room is the main area for all our meals, from delicious breakfasts for our bed & breakfast guests to the meals we serve our meeting and event attendees. On the second floor of The Remington House we have 17 bedrooms that are charmingly furnished with antiques, comfortable quilts and special touches. All of our bedrooms have their own unique views and private ensuites. Our bedrooms at The Crossing are purposely designed without phones and televisions for our guests to able to unwind, relax and recharge.

Remington House

DEERE HOUSE

Adjacent to the Remington House and connected by expansive decks is the Deere House. The Deere House hosts our main meeting and conference room as well as 10 more guest rooms. These guest rooms follow the same aesthetic as the rest of the property and feature unique antiquities in every room. The flexible meeting space in this building boasts big windows, a cozy fireplace and has everything you need to hold your meeting, training workshop or retreat. Next to the meeting space is our lounge area with pool table, ping pong table, darts and couches. This is a great spot for guests to comfortably connect post-meeting, outside the boardroom or after an evening event or wedding reception.

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Accommodations & Bedrooms at The Crossing at Ghost River

PINE LOFT

Across the expansive lawn from Remington House is the Pine Loft. Originally built as a barn, it is now a flexible meeting space that offers an inspirational environment for your special event, meeting or retreat. The upstairs loft space is the primary meeting area with wood panelled walls, soaring ceilings, large windows, and sliding glass doors that lead to a large deck. The main level is an inviting environment for breakouts with plenty of natural light, a wood burning stove and comfortable seating. In-room catering is available in the Pine Loft and it is a rustic, charming and functional venue for hosting everything from weddings to workshops.

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THE RIVER HOUSE

A few minutes walk from the Pine Loft is the River House, our seasonal screened pavilion that overlooks the banks of the Ghost River. With its screened in sides and natural river rock fireplace, it’s a versatile event space designed to bring the outside in. Perfect for group work, brainstorming sessions, weddings, BBQ’s and outdoor activities, our River House is a favourite for so many reasons. Hosting an event in this one-of-a-kind space can help increase productivity and reinvigorate attendees. Embrace this versatile space for your next event and we know you will be thrilled.

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OUTDOOR SPACES

The expansive decks here at The Crossing are one of the unique features that we love sharing  with guests. We have multiple decks around the Remington House, including the second floor, and also around Deere House and at our Pine Loft. Use our decks for coffee breaks during your meetings or brainstorming sessions outdoors and reap the benefits of fresh air and a change of scenery for your attendees.

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Remington House

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Our sprawling lawns are the perfect spot for your retreat activities, team building exercises and wedding ceremonies. Take advantage of our open spaces and use them as part of your next meeting or event.

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Situated on 145 scenic acres, we have plenty of outdoor spaces for you to enjoy. Come take in the views and fresh air on a walk down to the river and be rejuvenated by the tranquillity of our natural environment.

Our fire pit down by the river is the perfect accompaniment to a corporate meeting or retreat. A circle of chairs around the crackling fire is a wonderful change of pace from your typical meeting or work day. Explore all our outdoor gathering places and come experience all the ways The Crossing is a truly unique venue.

We would love to talk to you about the endless meeting, event and wedding possibilities at The Crossing, give us a call or send us a note here!