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December 15, 2017

How We Spent Our Summer Holidays

During summer 2017 we hosted guests from all over the world and made many new friends. Our visitors took day trips to many Jasper Park attractions and also explored some local sites such as Hinton’s Beaver Boardwalk, Black Cat hiking trails and Highway 40 destinations like Cadomin and Grand Cache.

The past few years have seen steadily increasing tourism in Jasper Park and the Northern Rockies. The summer of 2017 hit a new high and, at the Black Cat, we were busier than ever. With international bookings coming in as early as December 2016, our summer availability was very low for Canadians who waited too long to arrange to enjoy their own parks for the 150 celebration! Many of our regular repeat guests were disappointed when they found that we had no rooms left.

Summer 2018 looks to be almost as busy as 2017, so please make your bookings early to ensure that you can relish some summer time in the mountains. And remember, you can call us directly if you are unable to reserve through, as we may have more rooms than are listed on that site.

You can reach us at 1-800-859-6840 (Canada and USA)

Wildlife Sightings

Since spring, we have been treated to many views of our beautiful local wildlife. Our first one was in June, when Perry and Amber were planning to walk beside Old House creek not far above the road and railway track. We were stopped in our tracks by the sight of a mother bear and two tiny cubs. All three were the cinnamon phase of Black Bear – a lovely auburn family portrait. Although obviously aware of our presence, Mama Bear allowed us to retreat back down the trail without giving any sign of aggression.

During the summer, our guests reported seeing bears, elk, moose, coyotes, wolves, sheep, mountain goats and many different birds. In August, guests driving into Brule took a photo of a cougar sitting beside the road. When they returned from their short drive around the hamlet, it was still sitting there! Since that time, this cougar has been sighted by many local people. In fact, one night it paid a visit to the porch of the Hayward cabin at the Ranch, staring through the glass door at our agitated house cats!

Somewhat less alarming but more charming was a snowy morning visit from a red fox, busily mousing in our yard. Perry took some video footage of it for the Facebook page.

Family News

We are saddened this May when Peggy Shannon passed away in North Vancouver at the age of 92. Peggy and her husband, Buzz, along with Mary and Jerry Bond, purchased the Black Cat Guest Ranch in 1970. This partnership transformed the business from a few cabins catering mostly to a children’s summer riding camp to the present 16 room lodge attracting guests from all over the world. 

Through the years, Peggy enriched the Ranch with her kindness, wit and art. Many of her paintings are on our walls. She is greatly missed by family and her Black Cat friends.

Watercolour Workshops

Groups of dedicated watercolour painters appreciate our large front room windows framing an inspiring view of the Rockies. During the workshop in October, dates were set for two upcoming workshops – January 19 – 21 and June 1 – 3. On both weekends, an option to keep painting until Monday is available.

The wonderful Robert Sinclair will instruct for both sessions.

Season's Greetings

We wish all our guests and friends a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!