Surrounded by rolling hills at the base of the Canadian Rocky Mountains, the Sierra West Cabins offer guests a chance to live a back-to-basics life on an authentic working cattle ranch. Experience the day-to-day activities of an Albertan cowboy with cattle drives, trail rides, cattle sorting, and more. The ranch’s rustic log cabins are set on the banks of the Todd Creek. The original Homesteader cabin is more than 100 years old. Cow Town is a replica single-street frontier town with basic but comfortable bunkhouses decorated with Canadiana. Even beginners can saddle up and ride through the seemingly endless space of hill country during Sierra West’s Frontier Drives in June, July, and August. It’s a truly authentic Western adventure.
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You come here to get far away from city life and modern technology. Unplug and listen to the music of the bubbling creek, and relax amid the seemingly endless rolling hills of Alberta. Find out about the area’s Blackfoot First Nations at the Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump World Heritage Centre, and learn about Canada’s deadliest rockslide, which took place at nearby Frank Slide in 1903, at the Frank Slide Interpretive Centre.
Need to Know
Rooms: Three log cabins, three bunkhouses. From $125, two-night minimum. Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: 11 a.m. Dining options: Sierra West is self-catering. Guests need to bring all their supplies with them. A small general store in Cow Town sells essentials like jerky, popsicles, coffee, and candy. Spa and gym details: No spa or gym, just acres of wide-open space in which to hike and ride.
Who’s it for: Western fans and horse lovers; international visitors seeking a taste of the true Canadian West; North Americans looking to get back to their roots. Our favorite rooms: The forest green–toned Sundowner Cabin is the largest on the property, and has a spiral staircase and claw-foot bathtub. The Sundowner can sleep seven, making it perfect for family gatherings. Over in Cow Town, the Vaquero bunkhouse is cozy with plenty of character, including Stampede posters and First Nations art. Nearby highlight: A mini Niagara, the stunning Lundbreck Falls on the Crowsnest River is just 10 miles from the cabins, with a horseshoe-shaped “Canadian” side and a straight-line “American” side.