I mean way back in the year of our Lord 1898, a group of haggard
dirty cowpokes crossed the 49th parallel with one heck of a herd
of cattle. Folks said they came from Colorado. They were in search
of prarie grass, one of the things the North West Territories was
famous for back then (the North West Territories became Alberta
seems they settled their herd down in what is now southern Alberta
and set up a ranch, they called it the Cross Zee Ranch after the
brand their livestock bore.
the early 1900's a young cowboy named John Boychuk was working in
this neck of the woods and the Cross Zee Ranch left a lasting impression
on him. What ever happened to the original Cross Zee we'll never
know. In 1939 when John Boychuk needed a brand for his aspiring
guiding and outfitting business, located in Yoho park, the Cross
Zee sprang to mind. He checked with the Brands Office and golly
gee it was free, so John registered Cross Zee Left Shoulder as his
horse brand in Albera.
1950 John moved his string to Canmore to better situate his busy
guiding and outfitting business. The Cross Zee has been in Canmore
ever since at this very location. In 1995 John decided to retire
at the ripe age of 90.
came the new riders of the Cross Zee, us! Not much has changed over
the years - the trails are the same, the scenery still gorgeous
and the wildlife still as wary. We just added some good old fashioned
home cooking in our nice new donut facility, and some dancing in
the barn to add to your visit.
come on up to the ranch, sip some spring water, kick back and smell
the roses. Wild Roses that is...
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