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Welcome to Thanksgiving Ranch .. a luxurious and exclusive Rocky Mountain wedding destination with unsurpassed views in a truly unforgettable location located in southern Alberta, near Waterton, Alberta.

Imagine having private access to our incredible ranch setting and marvelous Lodge to say ‘I do’! You and your guests will be fully immersed in a truly unforgettable setting, with ‘closed gate’ privacy, bordered by majestic mountain peaks. Creating a sense of ultimate seclusion and a serene sense of place, Thanksgiving Ranch is a uniquely luxurious setting for sharing a celebration with those you love most.

Facilities and Capacity

Begin your day in the classically designed Lodge by preparing in one of the designated get-ready suites. Surrounded by the warm wood-lined interior of the ranch house, take a moment to relax with your wedding entourage. There is plenty of room for your hair and makeup teams to help you ready yourself for the festivities. Your ceremony can take place in The Saddle Barn, a beautifully pastoral event space designed to host elegant celebrations. Here, you can seat up to 70 guests for your ceremony and reception in the seating design of your choice. Weather permitting, you could opt for an outdoor service in the surrounding pastures around The Saddle Barn. You might choose to host an outdoor cocktail reception in the fresh mountain air before proceeding back inside to enjoy a delicious meal. The interior of the barn structure is notable for its exposed log walls and beams. Market lighting is placed around the perimeter, casting a romantic glow over your reception as the sun sets majestically behind the nearby mountains. There is plenty of room to accommodate a dance floor and after-dinner entertainment.

For a more intimate affair, you can enjoy a ceremony and reception based solely in The Lodge. Your event can take place on the main floor, which can then be flipped to accommodate your dining. You can comfortably seat up to 36 guests here, keeping warm next to the wood-burning fireplace. If the season is warmer, you can also move the event onto the lawn surrounding The Lodge. The outdoor spaces will allow your guests to mingle or break away from the crowd to take in the amazing vista.

Services Offered

Thanksgiving Ranch offers two distinct experience packages depending on the size of your event. Each package is designed to fit their distinct spaces, All events offer overnight accommodation for up to fourteen guests in the Lodge. Full event catering by our in-house culinary team is available. They can help you to choose a distinct menu for your celebration, including delicious wine pairings. Full bar service can also be provided, including premium beers, wines, liquors, and custom cocktails. Event rentals such as glassware, flatware, linens, and china can also be sought from the management. There is plenty of parking available on-site for the convenience of you and your guests. Market tents may also be an additional option to consider.

Reception Dinner Costing (Subject to change):

Silver Menu starting at $55.00+

Gold Menu starts at $65.00+

Platinum Menu starts at $75.00+

Children's plate $25.00+

Assorted Gourmet Dessert (per person) $14.00+

Ranch Wedding Cake (10-12 people) $150.00 per cake

Desert options "couple choice" (per person) starting at $11.00

Charcuterie (per person and $ starting at) $22.00

Appetizers (per person and $ starting at) $20.00

TOTAL RECEPTION DINNER: Subject to guest numbers

Please note that 5% GST is charged on event food and beverage.

Please note a standard industry 20% banquet fee is charged on food and beverage.

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Frequently asked questions

How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?

Two indoor options and also outdoor spaces

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What kind of settings are available?

Uncovered outdoor

Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?

Bridal shower
Engagement party
Rehearsal dinner

What event services do you offer?

Bridal suite
Catering / bar
Clean up
Event planning
Event rentals
Liability insurance
Lighting / sound
Outside vendors
Set up

What catering services do you offer?

Cocktail reception
Family style
Hors d'oeuvres
Outside cake

What bar services do you provide?

Cash bar
Champagne toast
Limited bar
Premium liquor
Signature drink
Specialty beer

What event items are available?

Audio equipment
Chair covers
Dance floor

What food and beverage items are available?


What transportation and access is available?

Wheelchair access

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Which of the following are included in starting site fee?

Set up
Clean up
Bridal suite

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Which of the following are included in the starting price for bar service?

Limited bar
Specialty beer
Specialty wine
Champagne toast
Premium liquor
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Reviews for Thanksgiving Ranch

4.3 out of 5 rating
4.3 out of 5 rating
6 reviews
86% recommend it
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    4.3 out of 5 rating
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    4.2 out of 5 rating
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    4.3 out of 5 rating
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    4.3 out of 5 rating
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    4.3 out of 5 rating
Bob A. Sent on 09/09/2022
4.8 out of 5 rating

Mountain weddinng

Dream wedding! Stunning scenery
Cristina V. Sent on 27/08/2022
1 out of 5 rating

A long read, but a worthy one

Fact: on June 21st my now husband and I made the difficult decision to cancel our wedding and here’s some insight as to why. Prior to cancellation we spoke to the owner and agreed upon an amount he would keep if we canceled, we thought the number was fair and after lots of discussion we made the difficult decision to cancel. We verified the amount he would keep based on his cancellation policy attached to our invoice and all was settled, so we thought.

Fact: on wedding wire and according to Brads former event coordinator the corkage fee is $13.00 pp (see screenshot) After Brad let go of his event coordinator he claimed the corkage fee had NEVER been $13 pp it was $22 pp (70% mark up) in the end he was actually going to charge us $30.49 pp (135% mark up) for the rehearsal dinner as well as the reception. This is all before a mandatory 20% tip.

Fact: From day 1 speaking to this venue, we expressed how having an open bar with cocktails was ESSENTIAL for our wedding day. Exactly one month before our wedding I received an email stating the ranch did not have the capacity to make cocktails and if we wanted cocktails we would need to buy them in can or bottle format. This would have been a large added expense and came as quite a shock to us especially after the ranch had raised the corkage fee so much. When we questioned it we were told, “skilled mixologists are simply not available, they will be people old enough to serve liquor” and that they “fear(ed) that you should have stayed in the city at a large hotel venue.” Can you imagine saying that to a bride a month prior to her wedding? We began to question why we were paying such a large corkage fee if there wasn’t going to be an actual bartender or mixers to make cocktails.

Fact: After being told by the website and the former event coordinator that chair covers could be provided by the ranch for a fee, suddenly they no longer existed. Their website also stated that they provide napkins and a month before I was told I would need to rent those as well. These, along with other inconsistencies were very stressful as a bride especially since many of them came to light so close to my wedding.

Fact: Brad decided to follow me on instagram. I won’t speculate why as I’m trying to stick to facts :)

Fact: Brad claims in an email that he sent us all of our money back and gave us dates with payments. We replied to him stating we had received all of the payments except for one and we politely asked him to check his etransfers to ensure no typos were made. He responded with “back off and go away.” He later sent an email stating that the “hold up” is that he's waiting on a non disclosure agreement to be drawn up from his lawyer, this is just an example of his many contradictions. This NDA would prohibit us from “publishing or spreading false and negative reviews.” should we sign this document he will then send us the remainder of the agreed upon amount. Our last email from Brad was sent on August 5th, we’ve received no further communication and have decided to settle the manner in small claims court for the remainder of our money.

In my opinion, I would not bother with thanksgiving ranch especially for a wedding. In addition to being very disorganized, there are too many inconsistencies with pricing and services offered. When confronted about the inconsistencies the owner became extremely rude and unprofessional (examples shown in emails). We refused to sign the NDA not to “publish and spread false and negative reviews” but to share our honest experience with this venue. The constant bait & switch was extremely frustrating and stressful especially as a bride. I feel an obligation to share my opinion and experience with thanksgiving ranch.
Rob G. Sent on 16/08/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Wedding of our dreams!

Absolutely everything about Thanksgiving Ranch blew every expectation we had away. From the long private drive into a hidden gem of a working ranch, log house lodge with 6 bedrooms, jaw dropping landscapes butting up to the Rocky Mountains. Pictures do not do this place justice. The food was amazing. We had brisket for dinner and lemon blueberry cake for dessert. The most delicious meal we have ever had. Sunsets on the deck, horseback riding, small creek running through the property and an abundance of wildlife all around. 10/10 experience. We had the most amazing wedding we could have ever imagined. Definitely booking a stay again at least once a year.
Beth F. Sent on 24/12/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Beautiful setting and amazing hospitality.

It was tricky planning a wedding that depended on 3 international borders opening in the summer of 2021. Fortunately, Thanksgiving Ranch was able to be flexible as we waited for things to open up. We ended up with a very small but wonderful weekend wedding. The food was amazing, the lodge was beautiful and cozy, and the outdoor setting was breathtaking.
Steph M. Sent on 19/10/2021
5 out of 5 rating

Great Wedding Venue

My husband and I got married at Thanksgiving Ranch this summer past. Thanksgiving Ranch was the perfect location for our small intimate wedding. Ourselves and our guests stayed at the Lodge for two nights around the wedding and we all truly enjoyed the experience. The ranch worked with us to tailor the wedding, even allowing us to bring our own horses and mule to the property so that we could ride to the ceremony, and were great to deal with from start to finish. After trying to get information and quotes from a venue who were terrible to communicate with it was so refreshing to have Brad respond quickly to emails and calls.

I would highly recommend the ranch as a wedding venue or even just for a weekend get away. The location is beautiful, the food is fantastic, and the family who runs the Ranch and are your hosts are all really lovely.
Maria V. Sent on 20/12/2020
5 out of 5 rating

Exceeded our Expectations

I had my elopement at the ranch in August of this year. We originally had another venue booked but because of COVID, they cancelled all bookings.
We reached out to Brad and Christi to see what they could accommodate.
I had my heart set on a big wedding but It was better than I could have ever imagined.
The location is breathtaking. The venue fit right into my theme, and the food was impeccable!
They went above and beyond to make sure the day was perfect and it exceeded our expectations!
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Meet the team

brad bustard
brad bustard

As the owner of Thanksgiving Ranch, Brad is a detail-oriented person ready to think ahead and ensure things get done properly, beautifully, and not forget any detail because it is too small.

A lifetime of experience in food-related, customer service jobs and a career in Quality System Management has made details the key to his role.


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