Green-Beard's Yurt at Sign of the Pines is fifteen minutes north of Hwy 1A. We are resting in the gateway between the urban nightlife of Calgary and the majestic mountains of Canmore/Banff. A scenic 35 - 50 minute drive on scenic, well-maintained, paved roads, east or west, will allow you access to the full amenities of either.
There's so much to see around here. So, take your time, look around, and explore the neighbourhood. Learn all there is to know about this internationally acclaimed area. We hope you enjoy your stay.
Established in 1885, Banff National Park is the oldest national park in Canada. Located in Alberta's Rocky Mountains, just an hour's drive west on very scenic paved roads, this large internationally acclaimed park of mountainous terrain, glaciers, ice fields, dense coniferous forests, and alpine landscapes is a must see.
Horse Creek Grand Valley Loop - This 42.74 km loop has a wonderful road that follows a beautiful rolling valley northward of HW 1A. The scenery is delightfully rolling hills and ranchlands, and the pavement is very smooth for your 241 ft climb. Horse Creek Grand Valley Bottrell Loop - A bit longer at 72.58 km with a 326 ft climb, you have the opportunity to check out the heritage-style country store in Bottrell, or maybe stop there for a picnic at the creekside, wooded campground. These wonderful rides through the foothills can be windy, mainly from the west, but occasionally, from every direction, so be prepared for the extra push.
Check out Big Hill Springs Provincial Park. It's a provincial park in the foothills of Alberta's Rocky Mountains, about 40 kilometres northwest of Calgary, about 20 minutes from here. There is a series of springs and small waterfalls that flow year-round over rocky terraces covered with a lush growth of mosses, shrubs, and grasses. Beautiful picnic site. (Currently closed due to renovations - summer 2021)
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Grotto Mountain Pond is a beautiful 30 minute drive from here. Fishermen will find a variety of fish including rainbow trout, whitefish, and brown trout. Whether you’re fly fishing, spinning or baitcasting your chances of getting a bite here are good. So grab your favorite fly fishing rod and reel, and head out to Grotto Mountain Pond. There is a popular, medium difficulty, hiking trail through Grotto Canyon, the trailhead leads from a day use picnic area, as well.
Ghost Lake is a popular recreational and sporting destination for Albertans, with it's clear and inviting water that encourages boating, sailing, windsurfing, swimming, waterskiing and so much more in the warmer months. In the winter, Ghost Lake is a draw for skaters, ice boarders and ice fishing enthusiasts. In fact, Ghost Lake provides year round fishing of over 11 indigenous species including lake trout, mountain whitefish and rainbow trout.
A Walk in the Park - Perrenoud Wildlife Habitat is a gently rolling forest donated to the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation in 1980 by George Emil Perrenoud for the purpose of a wilderness park for the benefit of the residents of the Province of Alberta. Come on out and enjoy this lesser known park on one of the backroads off the Grand Valley Road west of Highway 22. All of the roads leading to the park are paved and well maintained year round. Care and attention are needed if heading off the hiking and game trails due to deadfall in some areas.
Bragg Creek Provincial Park is a provincial park in the Rocky Mountains at the eastern edge of Kananaskis Country. The park is located near the Elbow River and includes facilities for picnicking, extensive hiking and cycling trails, and fishing.
Eagles, great grey owls, woodpeckers, barn swallows, purple finch, crossbills, blue jays, whiskey jacks, hummingbirds, geese, mallards, mountain bluebirds, goldfinch, grouse... the list goes on.
Eagles, osprey, hawks, falcons, bluebirds, swans, great blue herons, cranes, owls.
Sandhill Cranes, raptors, crossbills, warblers, owls, hummingbirds, Northern Waterthrush, vireos, grouse, flycatchers.
Of course! Besides the cooking over an open fire and soaking up the gorgeous forest views, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing or wildlife watching, you can book your choice of select experiences offered right here on the ranch, or even visit The Lofty Art House, the private studio of our Artist in Residence.
In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the traditional Treaty 7 territory and the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations – Indigenous and non – who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.