YouTube Videos Up We started a series of videos to tell the story of Rocky Mountain Escape – from conception to current operation.  The videos are posted on YouTube and can be accessed here: Episode #1:  Escaping into the Wilderness.  https://youtu.be/AaQJo_R57A4 Episode #2:  Making a Living.  https://youtu.be/DVfew7Ev36U Episode #3:  Heating Things Up.  https://youtu.be/WKWwYKd6ups Episode #4:  It’s All About Power.  https://youtu.be/TnvfEvvyDtc It is our hope that folks who have visited the ‘Escape, and others who may believe in preserving this way of life, will subscribe to our video channel. Future episodes are in progress, and suggestions on what you would like … Continue reading

FOR SALE

Rather than “sell out” and become something we are not – a standard-issue, run-of-the-mill tourist accommodation – the assets of Rocky Mountain Escape have been listed FOR SALE.  We boast 3 beautiful, hand-crafted log guest cabins and supporting infrastructure surrounded by wilderness in the Rocky Mountains.  Details of the listing can be found at http://www.mccowans.com For many years, the ‘Escape provided a unique ecotourism experience – allowing travelers the opportunity to share a simple, more natural and much less environmentally destructive way of life in a beautiful, relatively remote setting.  The ‘Escape has touched travelers from around the world, as well … Continue reading

Spring Hike – Alpine Meadow

While waiting for paint to dry, what better way to spend a gorgeous Spring day than climbing a mountain?  My hard-working helper, Caroline (from Germany), and I both needed a break so on with the packs and hiking boots! No brave wildflowers out on the trip up, but the birds were singing and there was a lone Big Horn Sheep ewe grazing on the adjacent slope. Lunch at the top was rewarding as always and Caroline discovered the joy of bum sliding on the way back down. Caroline has now gone on to her next adventure, the painting is done … Continue reading

The Gray Jay

The Canadian Geographic Society has recommended that the Gray Jay be adopted as Canada’s National Bird (https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/gray-jay-gets-nod-for-canadas-national-bird/article32882103/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&click=sf_globefb&service=mobile).  Can’t think of a better symbol of being Canadian! These beautiful birds are clever, resourceful and hardy (and they love blueberry pancakes!). The Gray Jay families in our valley are frequent visitors to the ‘Escape, undaunted by winter, and bringing smiles to all who take the time to appreciate a less-hectic pace. The Gray Jay is a gentle bird, quietly “chucking” at you if you’ve been “too busy” to pay attention to them!  No squawking or screeching, as is common in the more raucous … Continue reading

The Gray Jay

The Canadian Geographic Society has recommended that the Gray Jay be adopted as Canada’s National Bird (https://beta.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/gray-jay-gets-nod-for-canadas-national-bird/article32882103/?ref=http://www.theglobeandmail.com&click=sf_globefb&service=mobile).  Can’t think of a better symbol of being Canadian! These beautiful birds are clever, resourceful and hardy (and they love blueberry pancakes!). The Gray Jay families in our valley are frequent visitors to the ‘Escape, undaunted by winter, and bringing smiles to all who take the time to appreciate a less-hectic pace. The Gray Jay is a gentle bird, quietly “chucking” at you if you’ve been “too busy” to pay attention to them!  No squawking or screeching, as is common in the more raucous … Continue reading

Happy Thanksgiving

Howdy, friends.  Ah, Canadian Thanksgiving, a time to be thankful.  And despite the fact that this is the first time in 20 years Rocky Mountain Escape has been closed for Thanksgiving, we still have much to be thankful for; We are thankful of Mother Nature, reminding us that this is Alberta, and we can expect 6 months of winter or better.  🙂 Yaay! Skiing  🙁 Yaay, shoveling… We are thankful of our longtime friends, supporters and occasional lumberjacks, the Chant Family, plus Mike!, who have never shied away from helping with our Fall Harvest.  Thanks also to David, Christine, Ali, Mark, … Continue reading

It is unlawful to feed…our friends?

Hello, friends, Our Inspector returned this morning to post her own “Closure” notice on the door to our cookhouse.  Laura’s repeated requests during the Inspector’s last visit, and this one today, asking the Inspector to please clarify who was encompassed in the terms “registered guests” and “public attendees” as set out in the Closure Order (which is attached in our last blog post) were succinctly ignored by said Inspector.  Ms. Thind refused to provide any clear definition, verbally or in writing, as to if this pertained to “paying clients” only, or in fact extended to “friends”, “visitors”, “family”, or everyone except Laura … Continue reading

A way of life – Not permitted

Hello friends, It is with heavy hearts that we inform you that effective September 15th, 2016, our private kitchen has now been closed to registered guests and public attendees by an Executive Officer’s Order from the Alberta Health Services. As you may know, we have never operated a commercial kitchen out here, nor intended to open, or operate, a commercial restaurant of any kind. However, Alberta Health Services has deemed we fall into the category of a food establishment and must meet applicable code in accordance with the Public Health Act and the regulations, and obtain a subsequent food handling permit. As of … Continue reading

Season’s Greetings!

  Howdy friends, “…the Lady in her kerchief and I in my cap Had just settled in for a long winter’s nap…” WHOA!  Wait a minute, wrong story.  Napping at the ‘Escape?  What’s that?  Oh, you’d like to hear our version?  Well, ahem.  Sure, why not; ‘Twas a week before Christmas, and I’m put to the task. No, I ain’t done this before, now that you ask. “Come home for the holidays” was the Boss’ request “But it gets cold in that loft!” as one can attest. “Time for some heat, we’ve got a woodstove right here.” “Ah, but first, … Continue reading