Ranch History and Facts
Outdoor Activities and Games
Don't Forget to Bring
Myown River Ranch is located on 40 acres
of pristine woodland situated on the Red Deer River. If you
are looking for a place to get away from the rush and noise
of the city, this is one of the most beautiful and peaceful
places you could ever hope to find. Quiet and serene, it is
truly a breath of fresh air. You won't believe it until you
The ranch is one
of the very few privately owned properties in the area. It
is bordered by Federal Forest Reserve Land and very large
ranches (up to 50,000 acres).
- The three-bedroom bungalow sits on the
upper bank of the river with private access down to the
- Enjoy a tasty BBQ on the sundeck overlooking
- Take a dip in the private hot tub and
enjoy the panoramic view of the river valley and surrounding
Rocky Mountain Foothills.
- Run down the path to the river with your
kids and skip rocks across the sparkling water or cast a
line and you may catch supper.
- A gentle eddy just below this home makes
a kayak/canoe launch a breeze.
- Don't be surprised if you awaken to local
wildlife outside your window.
- The retreat is only 1 1/2 hour drive
The Red Deer River
flows peacefully by the Ranch with easy access for fishing
enthusiasts. White Water rafting and kayaking are very popular
on the river with fantastic rapids located just a few km west
of the Ranch. A number of White Water Rafting Guide companies
are located in the surrounding area. The numerous trails close
by are popular with horseback riders, hikers and ATV enthusiasts.
Beaver Pond at Myown River Ranch
The ranch was homesteaded in 1934 by Albert
Helmer. It has been known as the Helmer Creek Ranch, 19 Mile
Ranch (as it is found 19 miles from Sundre) and now as Myown
at the ranch itself is 4,133 ft. ASL (above sea level).
Elevation at the top of Parker's
Ridge (right behind the Ranch) is 4,658 ft. ASL.
Elevation rise to hike up to the
top of the ridge is 525 ft.
40 km from the ranch to the Banff
30 km west, the mountains are up
to a Rocky height of about 8,000 to 8,500 ft. ASL.
The Sundre Pioneer
Village Museum (located in Sundre) relates a wealth of local
history and anecdotes.
The museum can be found at 211- First
Avenue, S.W., Sundre.
Phone: 403-638-3233 or 403-638-4397
There is a wide variety of wildlife in the area and on the ranch, such as: elk, deer, beavers, and fox. The beavers made the ponds you see in the photos "Beaver Ponds in the Fall" in the Photo Gallery. It is not uncommon to see deer grazing while looking out the front window. There are also wild horses (about a hundred) that roam the forest reserve around the ranch, they are a joy to watch.
It is a common sight to see moose in the town of Sundre, and if you are lucky you may catch a glimpse of a bear, cougar or coyote in the forest reserve. There are over 30 varieties of birds in the area and they are a pleasure to watch all day long.
Activities (in the area):
White water rafting
Cross country skiing
Games (on the
Don't Forget to
Camera/ video camera
Fishing License/ tackle
Movies (DVD or Blu-ray)