Spring has sprung!

It looks like we’ve survived another winter. It was quite the season. Snow arrived in September and cold temps stuck around all October. Then November and December were very warm and the sheep creek opened up again. Then came January- Feb-March where average temps of -20 were the norm and lots of -30 days too.

These frozen conditions make for great access to the lodge over ice and snow and we made the best of it. We got to work renovating cabins #3 & #4 and put in new kitchen cabinets and counters. We’re very pleased with results. We also reworked the deck on the #4 cabin so that guests have even more room to stretch out.

We’ve got an exciting opening week in July with a group of 30 attending a youth camp that we are hosting. The kids will be learning white water safety, then go rafting as well as horse handling and trail rides. This is new territory for us but we love exposing our youth to this amazing place so we look forward to the adventure.

Here’s hoping we cross trails in 2019!

Another Great Season

October Wrap up

As we draw a close to our summer / fall season I’m amazed at how the internet has shrunk our world in many ways. This season we had guests from Israel, Norway, Finland, Netherlands, and the U.S. Along with our own much beloved Canadians.

Most of whom found Sheep Creek Lodge by way of surfing the net. It’s kind of cool when world travelers tell you your cabins are one of the highlights of their many travels.

Some of the highlights this year has to belong to some local Albertan’s, our Fairview Alberta guests. They were able to photograph a cougar during daylight hours and then topped it off by watching a lynx snatch a ruffled grouse chick from the trail right in front of them! I told them to never come back as I couldn’t top that trip.

Most of our guests will have their own interaction with nature, though usually not that dramatic. Guests viewed mountain goats, bighorn sheep, grizzlies, moose, deer, elk, black bears, and innumerable bird species while at the lodge this season.

For the Bjornson family it was all about the grandson out-fishing Grandpa Dale, and he sure did that with a beautiful bull trout and grayling, both of which he released. What ever your reason for visiting you’ll find Sheep Creek lodge to be both off the beaten track and a step back in time. Hope to see you sometime.

Getting ready for 2018 season!

                                                                        SHEEP CREEK VALLEY

                                                                        SHEEP CREEK VALLEY

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April 2018

We've just returned from spending a week at the Lodge over the Easter break.  We took a few of our Grand children out with us, which made our time out there even more special.  

We have 9 grandchildren and each and everyone of them has a special connection to the lodge, and more importantly to the environment.  In these days of a "plugged in virtual reality world" it's refreshing to see kids enjoying themselves.  From board games to chasing balloons its like a step back in time watching the kids play.   

We have no problems with the new wonders that technology has brought us, but we still treasure the old fashion values that bush life brings.  How many three-years-old's today help stack firewood?  Are you ready to unplug and unwind?  Why not put Sheep Creek Lodge into your travel plans for 2018?

Fall / Winter 2017

What a great season we had... after a rocky start.  Torrential rains in June swept away our bridges and cable car.  But we rallied our family work crew and were able to rebuild our cable car and gain access back to the lodge once again. 

One factor at Sheep Creek lodge is we were blessed with a lot of repeat guests.  We also noticed an upswing in family groups due to fires in BC.  Their loss was our gain and we were happy to be able to provide these families with a unique experience.  

We look forward to the upcoming winter and the chance to humanely harvest fur on our wilderness trapline.  Enjoy the winter! 

APRIL 2017 -  

It's time to buckle down and get the lodge in ship shape order for this seasons guests.  We've tackled our #3 cabin and are in the process of giving it a new roof and a face lift.  With new opening windows and revamped bathroom the cabin  will maintain it's back country charm but provide a little more comfort.  It was nice to see the spring birds coming into the feeders.  A Purple Finch in brilliant colours seemed to be the king of the feeder.

 Accessing the lodge this time of year can be difficult, but our tracked Argo is up to the challenge.  It's only during the flooding spring conditions that we avoid the Lodge as the Sheep Creek can be a force of nature.

Come on out and visit us this year.

 

May 2016

It's been an unseasonably warm winter and now spring.  I suspect the rivers will experience the spring floods early this season and the high waters receded by June.  In some ways this helps us out by making access to our cabins easier...but I can't help thinking nature wasn't designed for this.

We had a good winter at the cabins, inclusive of hosting a BBC camera crew.  We also saw the world premier of our wolverine documentary on CBC The Nature of Things.  Google "Ghosts of the Northern Forest" for an in-depth look at the life of wolverines.  Much of the footage was filmed in the sheep creek valley over the last few years.  Just another exciting happening out at Sheep Creek

 

Well we had a great summer and fall season in 2016.  With guests from as far away as the Netherlands plus some old returning friends made for an enjoyable season.  It was a bit wet but the moisture is invaluable.  It was good to see some healthy bull trout caught and released, ready to play again.

The winter of 16 / 17 started off old-school cold with temps down into -35 range.  As we maintain an active 350 square mile  fur management area around the lodge we really appreciate an early freeze up.  We had good snowmobile access for most of the winter but multiple chinooks made for some rocky travelling.