This is the incredible view from the new one-room honeymoon cabin on the Alberta Western Uplands ranch, approximately two hours north of Medicine Hat, Alberta in western Canada. This ranch is also home to a refurbished 1903 homesteader’s cabin that sleeps twelve comfortably. Oliver North, who became famous during the Reagan years, stayed here once. In summer, the lodge operates as a B&B. A room and a full “cowboy” breakfast of bacon and eggs with homebaked beans and toast will run you between $100 and $130 Canadian. 650 head of cattle roam the ranch’s 34,000 acres. This is a working ranch. Round-ups, calving and branding are still done much the same way they were eighty years ago.
Another great honeymoon spot is Elkwater Lake Lodge & Resort in the heart of Cypress Hills, the only interprovincial park in Canada. The park straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan border and commands a magnificent view of Montana’s Sweetgrass Hills. Cypress Hills is where Sitting Bull and the Sioux fled to following the Battle of Little Bighorn in 1876. The inn is open all year. Its accommodations include big lofts with fully equipped kitchens, flat screen TVs and wood burning fireplaces. www.elkwaterlakelodge.com
Drumheller’s Heartwood Inn & Spa has its own “Honeymooner’s Cottage” located at the back of the property, surrounded by lilac bushes. The cottage comes equipped with a fireplace, fridge, queen-sized bed, cable TV and jacuzzi tub for two. www.innsatheartwood.com
How about a honeymoon in a tipi? The new Blackfoot Crossing in Siksika Nation offers tipi sleepovers in an authentic tipi village. Each sleepover includes access to all of Blackfoot Crossing’s amenities – tours, art gallery, library, and dance performances. www.blackfootcrossing.ca