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


The first time I saw The Cave on the rock face of the Hoff Ridge, I wondered . . . Can I get up there without ropes? Is it truly a “cave” cave?  Perhaps deep enough to over-winter bats?  Maybe a whole cavern system running deep into the mountain? What might I find up there?  Hieroglyphics?  Dinosaur footprints – or better, a dinosaur bone? Will I come face-to-face with a cougar or wolverine who is not at all impressed that I just popped in? With glorious weather and repeat guests Pam, Heath and Rebecca willing to go on an adventure, … Continue reading

In Like a Lion . . .

The first weekend in March was accompanied by a major winter storm across most of central and southern Alberta. According to The Weather Network, a strong low pressure system developed around Rocky Mountain House and sucked in the moisture-laden system from the West Coast that had been pummeling British Columbia with heavy rain. The moisture landed here as snow. A LOT OF SNOW! By the time it quit snowing Sunday evening, we had accumulated almost TWO FEET of new snow. Guests throughout February and the Storm Weekend have enjoyed cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in good snow conditions. Our Australian family … Continue reading

Hectic Holidays . . .

2012 come and gone, and the world didn’t end on the Winter Solstice.  I sat on my rocks overlooking Munn Creek and waited for it . . . rather disappointing, eh? We’ve had a full house at the cabins over the Christmas/New Years holidays, with guests taking time to celebrate at a slower pace up here. Cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, tobogganing/bum-sliding and snow-fort-building have occupied our guests during our short daylight hours.   Spending quality time with one’s family and/or partner, away from other distractions, is what the holidays are all about up here . . . At least, that’s what I think! … Continue reading

New Website – just in time for Christmas!

After a few years (yes, years) of planning, designing, drafting and prepping . . .Rocky Mountain Escape finally has a brand new website with new pictures, new information and slightly higher prices (well, it is the first time in 10 years!). The migration may have caused some of you to get duplicate posts today – If so, sorry, it won’t happen again, but technology never behaves! I’d love to hear any thoughts about the site. More winter updates coming shortly . . .we’ve gone into the deep freeze for a few days. Until then, happy trails!   … Continue reading


Just back from a fantastic hike from the ‘Escape cabins to the Hoff Ridge.  We’re having a bit of a heat wave (30 to 35 C during mid-day), so we made an 8:30 start.  So very nice and cool to the base of the mountain, and not terribly hot making the climb (it’s STEEP) to tree line.  The mosquitoes are out in force, not allowing much time to catch your breath during the slog up the mountain.  We were grateful for the breeze coming up-slope to keep the bugs at bay while we devoured our lunches . . .and rested our eyes on the … Continue reading