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85 Years
50 Years
"Very beautiful - Thanks for the hospitality"
- Radka & Miral - Slovenia

- Rajesh - Bombay, India

"Wonderful stay in beautiful surroundings. Great food - Great staff"
- Robert & Eleanor - Scotland

"What a magical place! So peaceful and Quiet. Thanks for the warm welcome."
- Laurent & Christine - Montreal, QC

- Albert - Indonesia

"Really liked the large common living space that encouraged meeting people and conversation."
- Beth & Leia - Minneapolis, MN

"What a wonderful place and what a warm welcome you have given us."
- Sarah & Bruce - Dorset, England

"Better every day we stayed! Lovely hosts."
- Claire & Frank - Burlington, VT

"Very beautiful place. We really loved it"
- Hassan - Morocco

"Amazing Experience"
- Claire - Ireland

"Best Hospitality ever"
- Edith - Tempe, AZ

- Jeff - Guangxi, China

- Olga - Odessa, Ukraine

"Truly a lovely and unique experience"
- Mitch & Judy - Orlando, FL

- Frederic - New Caledonia

"A beautiful place that I will remember for all my life"
- Abdo - Grande Prairie, AB

"How to say Thank You for such kindness?"
- Martha & Damian - Denmark

"Best Wedding Ever!!"
- Will & Donna - Bowden, AB

"Lovely, relaxing. Like coming home."
- Kimberly - Edmonton, AB

"Wonderful hospitality, incredible environment"
- George & Ester - Tampa, FL

"Thankyou for a beautiful time"
- Marlis - Berlin, Germany

"What a wonderful setting for a retreat"
- Edmonton, AB

"A beautiful slice of paradise. Thanks for sharing."
- Jeca - Vancouver, BC

"There is no better place to receive a marriage proposal!"
- Ashley - Innisfail, AB

"Thanks for the many years of retreat"
- Debbie & Ed - Mount Hagen, Papua New Ginea

"Fun hosts - had a great time"
- Peter & Iris - Minnetonka, MN

"Thankyou so much for a delightful, peaceful time in a gorgeous location"
- Mary & Jim - Burke, Virginia

"Great Place!!!"
- Agnes & David - Israel

"A great family place"
- Atiq & Nabila - Peshawar, Pakistan

"All we could have ever wished for!"
- Greta & Gordon - Stratford Upon Avon, England

"Thank you for the memories"
- Denise - Pennsylvania

"One day we will be back again to savor old memories and meet great people. "
- Leon and Doris

"Thank you Black Cat Ranch for all that you have done not just for us, but for so many people who have passed your ranch over the years!"
- Eva & Pelle - Uppsala, Sweden

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Kayli likes to ride!

"Relaxing, friendly, great meals. Wonderful experience"
- Doug & Tara - London ON

"I got to do something that for me is rare - I really relaxed. Thanks."
- Sam - Pittsburgh, PA

"Fantastic Time! See ya'll next year."
- Gayle, Michael, John & Nicholas- Baton Rouge, LA

"Year 10 - Great time as always. Excellent food."
- The Calder Gang - Edmonton, AB

"1st time here - I would just come back for the meals. Everything else is a bonus."
- Don - Ft. Saskatchewan, AB

"Amazing Beauty. Loved the horses and stories. No Humidity!"
- Claire - Houston, TX

"What an awsome week with all you champions! Thank you very much. Huge Hug"
- Julia - Switzerland

"For a novice rider - the horse experience was great!"
- Paul & Rosanne - Calgary, AB

"Thanks so much for everything. Our wedding was perfect. We will cherish this weekend forever"
- Cara & Trevor - Truro, NS

"Many thanks for a lovely time"
- Keith & Sandy - Wagga Wagga, NSW, Australia

"We had the best time! Thank you! Thank you!"
- Don & Frances - Concorde, CA

"Thanks once again for the most remarkable weekend. We enjoyed ourselves sooooo much!"
- Kathy - Edmonton, AB

"Thanks for sharing your dream with us. And it was lovely to see such happy horses."
- Annette, Ignazio & Emilia - Surrey, England

"Thanks for the wonderful time. Nothing tops a weekend of peace and quiet in the mountains"
- Lynn

"(We) now know for sure what the true meaning of paradise and awesome is. The location of your ranch can only be described as paradise and the scenery is awesome"
- Stuart & Sally - UK

"Your place in an oasis of calm for us poor city slickers"
- Maryann

Sunrise at the Black Cat
Winter sunrise at the Black Cat (with setting Moon)
Thanks for a great weekend
- Barbara

"Many thanks for your Newsletter. We still have our fond memories of happy days with you and would love to return"
- Catherine & Michael

"Thanks for helping in so many ways to make our wedding such a wonderful day. It was more than we hoped for."
- Jennifer & Mark

"It was the most fastastic Easter/Birthday/Engagement weekend any of us could have possibly imagined"
- Jane

"I have just heard that you have been recognized by Yellowhead County Economic Development Committee as the Entrepreneur of the Year for 2003. Congratulations!!"
- Fred

High Valley Trail
On the High Valley Trail
Sarah, Monica & Jim - Ottawa

"The setting, the staff, the food and environment is fabulous! This is a wee bit of heaven on earth!"
- Christine

"...we are all FUNNED out! We toured the beautiful grassy country-side and sipped tea by the fireplace. What a wonderful weekend!"
- K and M

"I have truly not experienced such warmth and hospitality anywhere!"
- Chris - Newfoundland

"Thank you for our wonderful getaway with you and the gang at the Black Cat. We loved the views, the horses, the hikes, the food, and especially the people."
- Cathy, Paul and Gillian - Edmonton

"Well you have outdone yourself again. For the second year in a row, the service has been excellent, the food fantastic, the scenery is out of this world. We can't thank you enough for such a wonderful time."
- Michelle - Edmonton

"We had such a great time staying at the ranch. Riding to the top of the mountain on horseback was the highlight of our entire Alberta experience."
- Bill and Denise - Cambridge, PA

"We were guests at the ranch two years ago. What a wonderful experience it was. The staff, accommodations, food, atmosphere and all the animals made our holiday extra special."
- Marg - Ontario

"Visit number three to the fabulous Black Cat Ranch. As far as I'm concerned this place has restored my sanity more than once. This is definitely Alberta's best kept secret. I'm looking forward to many more visits" - C.I.

"Thank you for the spa weekend! It was fantabulous!!!"
You'll be seeing us again!.....and again....and again....and again.....
- Kim, Connie, Kathy, Melva, Dana and Brenda

Saddling Up
Getting ready for a trail ride - circa 1989
Thanks to Aase Darling for this photo

Haslett Family
"Thank you for the absolutely wonderful Christmas holiday our entire family enjoyed at your ranch"
- The Haslett Family

The Cantors
"Our memories of the days we spent
at the Ranch are vivid and wonderful"
- Paul & Omi

Rusty and Rider
"We had a wonderful time staying with you.
Thank you for your kindness and patience!"
Japanese Junior High School Students

Ski Lunch
Our winter Elderhostel enjoying a hot dog lunch at the Athabasca Nordic Centre

Winter Sunrise
"Thanks for your attention to detail that made our stay fun, memorable, comfortable, delicious and educational - but mostly fun!"
- Allan & Beth

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