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“Unique, but a little pricey...” 3 of 5 stars
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3.0 of 5 Ranch   |   81130 South Ranch Road East | P.O. Box 100, Exshaw, Alberta T0L 2C0, Canada   |  
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Calgary
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“Unique, but a little pricey...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2012

I found the price that we paid for our "rustic" room in the main lodge was a little overpriced seeing how we didn't have anything other than the bare necessities (as in a bathroom, beds..) There are no TV's and no phones in the rooms. That isn't really an issue seeing how they do mention that when the reservation was made, however I did feel that the price was a little much for what you get.

The best part of the trip was sitting out on the little balcony to our room. We could hear nothing but the horses. Totally peaceful and relaxing. No traffic, no anything. It was truly wonderful! The staff were great. There is a pub/restuarant on site which is nice for ranch style food.

The scenery is amazing!! If anything, you pay for the scenery and the fact that it's away from everything. Canmore is a short drive away, but far enough to get away from the hustle & bustle.

Room Tip: Remember that this is "rustic". There are no TV's or phones in the rooms. Plus is that...
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  • Stayed June 2011, traveled with friends
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    3 of 5 stars
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Dublin, Ireland
2 reviews
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

The setting is stunning, the people are so friendly and so happy and the animals are very well kept and really beautiful. pictures cannot really do justice to the view, to the snow topped rockies, the rolling hills and the amazing surroundings, but I will treasure my photos from the day as a reminder of one of the happiest days I've ever had. if you get the chance to go here, then go. really.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Edmonton, Canada
1 review
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2012

We made a last minute reservation for the New Years weekend and asked twice for confirmation on the price as it seemed a bit pricy, but seeing as it is New years I guess we could live with it. New years eve they had a fondue which was ok. Nothing spectacular, only the price that we got when we checked out! Our final bil was $500 more than what the confirmation email said and when I asked for a breakdown the fondue cost $89 per person.

The "VIP" Moose cabin is overpriced, there is no word to explain how overpriced. the heating system sound like a jet engin every time it starts up and there were only 4 coffee mugs to have all our drinks in. We finally borrowed some wine glasses and plastic cups from the bar.

Spectacular setting, but please please please make sure you view the rooms before you check in an confirm all the prices. There booking system is a mess. I will not recommend this place or go back there ever again.

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled with friends
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 2 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Cochrane, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2011

I visited thiis place and fell in love with the horses and dogs and Donkey! it's such a nice place and so welcoming that I decided to stay overnight. although the prices seemed steep at first, it was worth the food and waking up to see horses walk past my window! Gorgeous!

  • Stayed November 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
1 review
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2011

Despite being born and raised in Calgary, my wife and I had never been to Rafter Six. We arrived on Friday evening and departed Sunday afternoon. The accomodations were basic, however very clean and certainly quiet and comforable in a very relaxing atmosphere. The staff was superb; attentive and very courteous. In fact, the owner spoke to us to ensure our stay was enjoyable. We ate three meals/day in the restaraunt and were not disappointed (perhaps the desserts at dinner could have been a little fresher). No telephones or television make for a peaceful getaway less than one hour from Calgary. Give Rafter Six a try and make sure to take a trail ride.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Invermere, Canada
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

We had our Son's wedding at the ranch, beautiful setting, food was great, hall was spacious. Rooms were very clean and spacious. Organizers were very helpful, everything went really smooth. If I had one complaint it would be the minister/owner can be cranky. I realize he has a huge responsibility but needs to be a little more diplomatic with his actions. And he was in the way of the photographer a lot. Almost every pic in the church, there he is. Over all we had a great time with our family and friends.

Room Tip: We had a great south/west view room. Some had balconies but were all very spacious.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Calgary
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2011

I will admit, after booking the ranch for our wedding and then reading some of the reviews on here I was more then a littler nervous of what was going to happen, but I am glad I trusted my gut because we were not disappointed. The staff at Rafter Six went above and beyond to ensure that everything went perfectly for us. Marshall was an amazing host and made sure everyone was taken care of during the night and was there to lend a helping hand while we set up the night before. The food was unbelievable! Everyone raved about how good it was. In all honesty we likely didn't even need a wedding cake because the dessert spread was so huge! Marshall was even so kind as to pack up all of our decorations and lock up the hall for us to clean up the next day after breakfast. We rented one of the cabins and it was very clean and the bed was very comfortable. We were also pleasantly surprised by the jetted tub in our cabin! The breakfast buffet included in our room price the next morning was also fantastic. I would recommend anyone have their wedding in the beauty of the mountains with the hospitality of the folks at rafter six. We will definitely be going back for a weekend of relaxation.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about Rafter Six Ranch Resort

Address: 81130 South Ranch Road East | P.O. Box 100, Exshaw, Alberta T0L 2C0, Canada
Location: Canada > Alberta > Canadian Rockies > Kananaskis Country > Exshaw
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 4 Specialty Lodging in Exshaw
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:3 star — Rafter Six Ranch Resort 3*
Number of rooms: 29
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Rafter Six Ranch Resort is a resort ranch with full facilities on site including horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and an adventure ropes course. Rafter Six Ranch Resort is located along the Kananaskis River nestled at the base of the Canadian Rockies. Located 2km from the Trans Canada Highway – we are 45 minutes west of Calgary and 20 minutes east of Canmore. ... more   less 
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Rafter Six Ranch Hotel Exshaw
Rafter 6 Ranch Resort
Rafter Six Ranch Resort Canmore, Canada - Alberta

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