Welcome to Homeplace Ranch - Vacation Rental and Day Riding
From 1974 to 2013, Mac Makenny, a passionate horseman, owned and operated Homeplace Ranch as a full service guest ranch. In 2012, the ranch evolved into "self-catering" accommodation or "Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO)". In 2014, Mac has turned over the lodging operations to his daughter, Jessi Makenny. Mac has retained the horse riding and lessons part of the operation.
We at the Homeplace Ranch are very pleased to be able to offer our Horseman’s Lodge for self-catering Retreat and Vacation Rentals*. Come enjoy the wonderful natural surroundings and atmosphere of the foothills on the Eastern slopes of the Rocky Mountains in Southern Alberta, Canada.
*Please note that in moving to this new program, we will not be offering any guest ranch or riding holiday "packages".
Over the years, our many guests have been delighted with the accommodation and environment at the Homeplace. We have a very comfortable self-contained ranch building situated on the pristine land of our ranch. Although we are only 60 minutes south west from the Calgary International Airport, we are at “the end of the road” - surrounded by horse pastures, beautiful aspen and spruce forest, creeks and walking trails – and far from traffic and noise. Our guests can come to focus, relax, unwind, breathe in the fresh air, view the stars and the moon, and watch moose and deer graze alongside the horses outside their windows.
Or … they can explore and participate in many of the surrounding activities...
The ranch is located within easy driving distance (less than one hour) of the magnificent mountain towns and ski hills of Banff and Lake Louise, the rugged mountains and waterways of Kananaskis Country, and the scenic Cowboy Trail that winds south through the Southern Alberta foothills with their historic and modern western offerings (ranches, rodeos and Indian Pow-wows). We are less than 20 minutes to Spruce Meadows (one of the premiere horse sport venues in the world), and 30 minutes to the Calgary Polo Club. Access to the “Calgary Stampede C-train” is also only a short 20 minutes away, and it will whisk you into the heart of action of the “Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth” – this year celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The sports or outdoor enthusiast can use the ranch as home base while enjoying some of the most fabulous fly fishing in the world on the Bow River, white water rafting in Kananaskis country, golf at several stunning courses, or explore the many marketplaces and art galleries in the neighoring towns - to name just a few.
Artists and photographers, writers and composers can find inspiration here. Retreat groups can find peace and freedom from the hurried pace of our modern world. Corporate groups or friend and family groups can find a place to gather for business, fun, or friendship.