Took me a while to get to it, but here it goes 🙂 we spent 5 nights (originally booked 4 nights but then decided to stay another one) at Montana Hill Guest Ranch in June 2018 on our way towards Jasper. We had read some really positive reviews and already booked beforehand from Germany. It was a pleasure to write emails with Elaine, we always got replies very quickly and she didn’t seem to be bothered by all our questions 🙂
When we got to the ranch, Elaine was already coming out of the main house to greet us and show us our cabin. The cabins are just great, kitchenette, table for four, separate bedroom, clean bathroom with shower and all amenities. Two of the highlights can be found on the front porch of each cabin…a hot tub and a BBQ, spotless! We used the hot tub every day and had a BBQ one night. Elaine and Alan were very welcoming, such nice people and made us feel at home right away.
My girlfriend (now, after the stay at the ranch, my fiancée ;)) loves horses and was just thrilled to have them running free and grazing right outside our cabin. The horses were awesome, very well trained and we went for trail rides every single day of our stay. The property is mainly woods and there are a lot of trails through the trees where you can also meet the cattle. Alan also took us to a lake where we just let the horses graze and we laid down in the sun for a while 🙂 After the rides we always jumped into the hot tub and took in the views of the countryside with the horses right next to us.
The breakfast Elaine prepared in the main house was DELICIOUS! Fresh fruit, pancakes, french toast, eggs benedict, homemade banana bread, cakes…you name it. One night we joined the other guests for a BBQ which Alan prepared. Those were the largest and best tasting steaks I’ve had so far and I still have to talk to Alan about the recipe for his BBQ sauce 🙂
Besides all those things, we got to milk Lexi, the Jersey cow, spend a loooooot of time with the horses, hike the surrounding area, get to know some amazing people and just relax (no cell phone coverage, no TV (you can watch DVDs from Elaine and Alan’s collection), we didn’t even use the Wifi)). It was a perfect time and really cool to break up our 3-week-roatrip through Canada.
I’ve written a couple of 5-star-reviews but this ranch and its owners definitely stand out from the rest (we didn’t spontaneously book an extra night without reason)! If you are in the area check it out and even if you are in a hurry, stay at least 2 nights, you won’t regret it!
We will hopefully be back someday!!!