Your hosts of Sierra West Cabins & Ranch Vacations are Randy & Ginny Donahue. Both have been born in southwestern Alberta and raised with the ranching way of life.
Nestled at the base of the majestic Canadian Rockies in southwestern Alberta is a working cattle ranch called Sierra West. The ranch is a cow/calf operation with some yearlings that are trailed to the near-by Bow Crow Forest reserve, while others are on locally leased land for the summer months. Sierra West Cabins & Ranch Vacations have three log cabins set on the banks of Todd Creek and have now built a small town. “Cowtown” complete with the Longhorn Saloon (meeting house), a Cantina (commercial kitchen) and 3 Bunkhouses (Gambler, Maverick & Vaquero) have been added to accommodate more guests and larger groups.
It is here where the prairies rise up to meet the rolling foothills and continue on to the pristine mountains. It is also the place where you may find cowboys on cattle drives and round-ups, branding, rodeoing or going for a leisurely horseback ride.
What We Do Best
While at Sierra West, guests can experience various activities of the Alberta Cowboy’s way of life from a cattle drive to trail rides, gymkhana events, cattle sorting and more all within the breath taking scenery of the Canadian Rockies. Enjoy the fresh mountain streams, big blue skies and the unending scenery. Roping & riding enthusiasts can enjoy the large outdoor arena whether you choose to bring your own horse & tack or use theirs.
“We welcome you to our ranch, our adventures, and to enjoy & explore our part of the beautiful Southwest Alberta in the Canadian Rockies”
Ginny Donahue / Owner, Operator & Administrator
Ginny being born a ranchers daughter was raised riding horses & handling stock. She has been actively working on the Sierra West Ranch since the early 90’s. She was a professional photographer for twenty years and has since retired other than covering events held on the ranch, scenery shots & western stock pictures. This created the foundation for her popular Sierra West calendars which features western pictures from the ranch and southern Alberta.
Randy Donahue / Owner & Operator
Randy moved into the area in 1973 and has been actively ranching on this spot since 1979. The horse industry has always been a way of life for him from being stock rider in the Bow Crow Forest reserve in 1973 & 1974 to President of the Northfork Livestock Cattle Association. He has rode bareback and bulls in the rodeos and became a 4H Rodeo Horse Club leader in recent years. He has always raised and broke a string of quarter horses, which is very evident on the ranch today.
"You have a little piece of heaven here - thanks so much for sharing! We have so much enjoyed our time away from the city. The riding was a special treat! Thanks!"Graham,
"The cabin was great! The fishing was great! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality and look forward to our return. We fished all the rivers and had a great time. Beautiful area - would love to do this again."-Lorne,
"Thank you for everything - the "up grade", the wedding gift, the bubble bath, the hospitality and friendliness and who will ever forget the "Papa Joe's" purse rescue. This has been the best part of our honeymoon and one night was not enough so we just had to stay two! We're already planning to return soon and stay longer. I'll bring my "cowgirl" hat!"Paul & Kate - Drummond,
"Thank you so much for teaching us the "Code of the West." This cabin will get into your soul. Don't stay too long because you will never want to leave. Randy & Ginny - we love you and wish we could stay longer - forever. Thank you!"Jane & Daniel -Scotland
"Thank you for a wonderful time! The cabin and property are lovely. The girls absolutely adored their first horse riding lessons. Randy you are a patient and kind teacher! We also enjoyed the close-up of the cow herd and the baby kittens."-Miriam,
"You are very special people. This was a very beautiful Christmas for us. Thank you for your warm hospitality & inviting us to your home on Christmas Day. We had a wonderful time & lots of fun. We will definitely be coming back here again!"Wally,