Movies and Visitors

Rafter Six Ranch is an incredible location and setting for movies, commercials, travel shows and any type of filming. It offers a wide variety of terrain and stunning backdrops including mountains, rivers, fields, spruce and aspen trees, horses, cowboys and cowgirls!

In the 1940s a location scout for Walt Disney Pictures discovered Rafter Six Ranch, and thus began the long association between the Ranch and the entertainment industry. Walt Disney visited Rafter Six Ranch, and was so taken with the stunning scenery, that soon a steady stream of Disney Productions were using the Ranch. A cabin was specially built for Walt Disney - and still carries his name.

river posterRiver of No Return, was Marilyn Monroe's first movie, and many of the scenes were shot on and around the ranch.

Rafter Six Ranch has been the backdrop for many wilderness themed Movies and TV Shows. Productions like, Grizzly Adams, Wilderness Family, Wolf Boy, and Across the Great Divide (Stan Cowley's movie debut!) have all been shot at the Resort. During the filming of Blood River, with Wilford Brimley and Rick Schroeder, Mister Schroeder met his future bride.

In 1994 the TV Movie, How the West Was Fun, using Rafter Six Ranch 's name, starred Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and was filmed on location. Television Commercials, Music Videos, and Advertising Agencies also take advantage of our unique brand of rustic luxury, and stunning scenery. All things being equal, you just never know who or what you'll see at the ranch, on any given day in the beautiful Canadian Rockies!west dvd




Some of the Guests and Visitors to Rafter Six Ranch

  • Mark Wright (UK Television Host)
  • Beverly Mahood (Country Music Singer)
  • Charley Boorman (Travel show star)
  • Charles Bronson (Old West Actor)
  • Sam Neill (Actor - Jurassic Park)
  • Buffy Sainte Marie (Singer, Songwrighter, Activist)
  • Mary Kate and Ashley Olson (Actors)
  • Paul Newman (Actor)
  • Amber Marshall (Actress - Heartland)
  • Shaun Johnston (Actor)
  • Tom Jackson (Actor, Singer, Humanitarian)
  • Martin Mull (Actor)
  • Walt Disney (Animator/Producer/Visionary/Hero)
  • Eddie Cibrian (Actor)
  • Wilfred Brimley (Actor)
  • Rick Schroder (Actor)
  • Jimmy Iovine (American Idol Music Producer)
  • Prince Charles (Prince of Wales)
  • Prince Andrew (Duke of York)
  • Diane Chase (country Music Singer)
  • Huntley Ritter (Actor/Entrepreneur)
  • Gil Grand (Country Music Singer)
  • Melissa Gilbert (Actress)
  • James P. Owen (Author)
  • Robert Logan (Actor/Producer)
  • Prince Adulaziz Saudi ara (Prince of Saudi Arabia)
  • Tony Melendez (Singer/Songwriter)
  • Rajmohan Gandhi (Professor/Humanitarian)
  • John Michael Talbot (Singer/Songwriter)
  • Thomas Kinkade (Artist)
  • Chief Dan George (Actor/Author)
  • Chief David and Daisy Crowchild (Chief of tsuu t'ina Nation)
  • Lee Marvin (Actor)
  • Kevin Costner (Actor)
  • Marilyn Monroe (Actress)
  • Grant Denyer (Australian TV personality)
  • HRH Maha Chakri Sirindhorn (Princess of Thailand)
  • Robert Mitchum (Actor)
  • Stuart Margolin (Actor/Producer)
  • Hardy Kruger (Actor/Producer)

And Many, Many More!!!


The Cowley's have made welcome royalty, dignitaries, musicians and athletes from around the world - and they continue to offer their friendly brand of western hospitality to all visitors.


Some of our lodge guests have been actual Danny the horse or Browd the Bear, a 600 pound black bear (complete with claws and teeth!) who co-starred in the movie Jungle Book and made himself at home in the Bearspaw Lounge! It's a good thing he didn't find the excellent Brunch Buffet that is featured in the Mad Trapper Dining Room on Sundays from May to October!