Welcome to Rafter Six® Ranch Resort
The Cowley Family & Staff of Rafter Six Ranch Resort welcome Y'all to come and visit, stay, play with us through the month of December in our Farewell Season. Please book now for horseback riding, sleigh/wagon rides, hot chocolate & homemade cookies, early Christmas parties and New Years "End Of An Era" Party event as our doors close January 1st, 2014!
Rafter Six Press Release – Nov. 30, 2013
Cowley’s “Passing of the Legends” will become part of its name as of January 1st, 2014. It is with sincere sadness that Cowley’s Rafter Six Ranch Resort as we know it, will be closing.
38 years ago, Stan Cowley - a visionary and entrepreneur, came across the ranch in the Canadian Rockies and realized there was something very special about this ranch and decided it was too nice not to share. Rafter Six is an Alberta family run business, and they have dedicated their entire lives, home, sweat and tears to the sharing and preserving Canada’s historical “cowboy western lifestyle” with the world.
As you may, or may not be aware, Stan and Gloria entered into an agreement with a Calgary resort developer in 2008 to expand Rafter Six Ranch Resort. The resort land and buildings were put into the agreement and the joint venture partner would provide the development expertise and funding. Unfortunately, it was at the beginning of the recession and our joint venture partner went into a form of receivership which left us on our own to swim in the sea of debt that was amassed during the initial stages of the agreement. We have now become a casualty of this event.
Sadly, after being on the losing end of this long struggle, the Ranch will be closing in January and the Cowley’s will be uprooted from their business, home and livelihood shortly after Christmas. This tragic event will leave the Cowley family with just the memories.
…and they say cowboys don't cry.
The Cowley’s have sincerely done their best to provide a unique, quality service with genuine hospitality to the world for the past 38 years.
Thank you all for being a part of this history. Your respect of their family, ideals, vision and hope for the future will be cherished as they move through this transition.
Millions of people have come to Rafter Six Ranch Resort and stayed, played, married, worked, prayed, made friendships, conquered fears, fallen in love, and made memories of a lifetime…If Rafter Six Ranch Resort has touched your lives, please touch the lives of the ones who have had stewardship over the past four decades.
If we aim high enough, we can continue the legacy and with your help and contributions, the Cowley’s will be able to get back on their feet to start a new life. You can help by donating to help ease legal, moving & storage costs, horse hay, time, kind words… it all helps.
To everyone that has been touched by Rafter Six Ranch and/or the Cowley family, please share your story to be placed on our “Wall of Legends” and showcased for the world to see how we have contributed to your life in some way. We hope the love and passion we have put into Rafter Six Ranch over the years have left a legacy in your heart.
Please share your stories, memories, photographs and prayers and raise awareness on Facebook and other social media. Share this link and lets help the west stay alive!
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God bless and Happy Trails… Until we meet again.
Welcome to the world of wide open spaces and friendly faces! Nestled at the base of the Canadian Rockies, about 40 minutes west of Calgary and 30 minutes east of Banff, Alberta is Rafter Six Ranch Resort – Where the West Stays Alive!
Rafter Six Ranch offers a wide variety of activities, accommodations and exciting adventures just waiting to be discovered! While here, you can enjoy guided horseback trail rides and overnight pack trips through the picturesque Bow Valley and Kananaskis Country; experience an exhilarating Whitewater rafting trip down the Kananaskis River; take a challenging treetops ropes course and zipline in a natural forest of spruce and Douglas fir; mountain biking; hiking on walking trails with a friendly ranch dog; swim in the heated outdoor pool (June to September) or relax in the hot tub.
Folks from around the world come for more than just all the fun things to do – Rafter Six provides unique western accommodations, including the three storey log lodge with 18 guest rooms, meeting facilities, and a fully licensed dining room and lounge. Seven unique, character rich cabins and four chalets are also available for short stays. The wilderness camping area is ideal for short stays in a motorhome or self contained RV.
Check out our special CHRISTMAS PACKAGES perfect for corporate parties or family get togethers!
Looking for a Beautiful Wedding Ceremony and Reception? Check out the Country Church and Outdoor Chapel, overlooking the Kananaskis River and the SunDance Hall where you and your guests can celebrate in western style for your all in one destination wedding celebration!
For Family Reunions and Corporate Retreats at Rafter Six Ranch Resort, we can also arrange BBQ's and Entertainment, special events and concerts, team building activities, helicopter tours and so much more!
Thank you for visiting our website and whether you would like to visit for the day, night or week, we look forward to sharing our western hospitality with you!
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