We acknowledge Treaty 7 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani and Siksika as well as the Tsuu T’ina Nation and Stoney Nakoda First Nation. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and
We acknowledge Treaty 7 territory—the traditional and ancestral territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy: Kainai, Piikani and Siksika as well as the Tsuu T’ina Nation and Stoney Nakoda First Nation. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland. We acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit who have lived in and cared for these lands for generations. We are grateful for the traditional Knowledge Keepers and Elders who are still with us today and those who have gone before us. We make this acknowledgement as an act of reconciliation and gratitude to those whose territory we reside on or are visiting.
Meet Butch and Debby. Both have a love for outdoors, family and friends, which lead them to want to share Brother Fish Ranch with like minded people. Their quest to acquire a tipi lead them to Deanna and Bruce Starlight of the Tsuu T’ina First Nations, their neighbors to the west of Calgary. They had met Bruce in 2020 while searching for tipi poles for a friend. A quick call to Bruce in early winter 2021 lead to the creation of two beautiful tipi's which now reside on their property in the Foothills of Alberta.
"Working with Bruce and Deanna was an amazing experience" says Debby of her time spent in the creation of these beautiful pieces. "We were able to sit with them, listen and hear their stories and truly make a heart connection with these kind and generous humans." Deanna is a master seamstress and has stitched together countless tipis that now reside across North America. "We are so lucky and blessed to have two of these masterpieces." comments Butch.
Bruce and Deanna work with their adult children for the art work and in the set-up, blessing and story telling of the tipi.
Butch and Debby were gifted the story of the tipi, which has a Blackfoot canvas and Tsuu T’ina bones and are looking forward to sharing that story with our guests.
This well treed, private acreage offers a little piece of camping heaven. A perfect getaway with a private fire pit for an evening campfire. We’re located only 6 minutes south of Calgary, where you’ll find 3 beautiful golf courses within a 10-minute drive. Nearby is world-class fly fishing, as well as hiking and biking trails, and bird watching. We have delicious local eateries for dine-in or take-out, we’d be happy to recommend a few favourites, just ask!
While you’re here, you’ll have the opportunity to meet or see many of our farm animals. Including Chocolate Horse and Holly Berry (horse Holly, not human Halle Berry!) and goats Lucy and Merlin, who love giving visitors their best G.O.A.T. advice. If you enjoy falling asleep looking up at the starry night, frogs singing in the background and night birds call, then Brother Fish Ranch is your perfect destination.
Access to the site is straightforward and level, and electricity can be provided to recharge phones and other devices if needed. The tipi is lit with a chandelier and lamp.
We hope to see you soon!
- Check in: After 3PM
- Check out: Before 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- Minimum nights: 1 night
- Accepts bookings: 3 months out
Offered on the Host's property or nearby.
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A stay filled with love
Brother Fish Ranch is a must stay!
Nestled within the beautiful foothills of Southern Alberta on Treaty 7 Territory and just a quick drive from Calgary - Brother Fish Ranch is a one of a kind experience that’ll leave you filled with gratitude.
Upon driving onto the ranch we were greeted with free-range chickens, loving dogs and a beautiful yard with horses and goats. Hosts Butch & Debby started our stay off with a meet and greet in their zen garden, which was a lovely way to learn the history of the land, why they became Hipcamp hosts and their intentions of the Tipi.
Shortly after we did a walkthrough of the Ranch, Butch suited us up and took us out to their beehives and walked us through our first honey harvest - a truly exhilarating and fun experience!
Following our honey harvest, and before entering the tipi Butch told us the story of the tipi which he will share with all guests, and lead us through a smudge ceremony. After our smudge, Debby and Butch left us to enter the tipi and have our first impressions of their luxurious tipi.
The interior was unbelievable - filled with beautiful decor, a cloud-soft bed, crystals, a Nespresso machine, a chandelier, and handcrafted flower bouquets by Debby with her own flowers. She had even provided some snacks to enjoy our honey with along with a snack bag full of apples and carrots to share with the goats/horses - unremarkable!
Of course, the weather decided to be uncooperative for our stay, with high winds and rain, but luckily the Ozan they set up to prevent rain spilling in, worked wonders and we never had an issue. We were also pleasantly surprised by how well the canvas walls stood up against the wind.
We couldn’t recommend this stay enough, it’s a full-on grounding experience and perfect for a quick getaway if you’re coming from Calgary!