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

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

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

Helping Out at Rocky Mountain Escape

My name is Timo and I am from Düsseldorf, Germany.  I have stayed at Rocky Mountain Escape as a helper for a little bit more than 2 months. It has been an extraordinary special time. Getting here was an adventure itself:  You first had to drive around 40 km up north on Highway 40 from Hinton, then get on the Rock Lake Road – in the winter time, very little traffic and infrequently plowed – and drive this one for another 27 km and afterwards find your way to Rocky Mountain Escape up a narrow trail for another couple of kilometers … 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

A Greener cup o’ Joe

Howdy, friends, This past week was certainly full of excitement up here at the ‘Escape. Leo had a rough week with imminent thunderstorms causing him to seek cover under the protection of hard shelter. His confinement was NOT aided by suspiciously high helicopter activity in the area, scouting what we suspected was the Rock Slide blaze located to the Southwest of us. However, airborne activity reached a fever pitch one evening with several low-pass flybys. The “Whump-whump” of rotor blades filled our valley and was soon replaced by the whine of a fixed wing spotting plane – which vectored in … Continue reading