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Merlin Ranch

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· Alberta
300 acres
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1 RV/Tent
We moved from the city to this 300 acre ranch in 2013 and have been slowing updating it and adding to the fences, buildings and inhabitants since then. We now have several cows, 7 horses, 3 mini horses, 5 goats, 25 chickens, 4 ducks, 2 many pigs, and 3 donkeys in residence. Learn more about this land: Foothills of the Rockies. A wooded, hilly area which is great for hiking. Bring your horse and enjoy our 300 acres! We have horses, donkeys, cows, chickens, ducks, cats and dogs on the property. Views of the fields beyond and even the Rockies from one hill. Trails are primitive, but the area is very accessible to hiking and horses. Dirt bikes are OK as well, but lots of deadfalls will make it difficult.  Winchell Lake is a 5 min drive away. Water Valley Saloon is 10 min away. We have one campsite available for tent and RV/trailer campers. Amenities include a pit toilet, picnic table, 4 chairs, and potable water. Campfires are permitted with fire wood supplied and pets are welcome! This is the perfect place to go if you need to disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with nature, family, or friends.
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Hosted by Dana H.Joined in December 2019
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27 ratings · 22 reviews
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Kenji D.recommends
October 3, 2022
Merlin Ranch
A perfect place!
We really loved our time on Dana's land. I took my son and my dog out there for a night and we enjoyed the fire, field, stars at night and beautiful morning sunrise. The pit toilet was super clean and we had everything we needed. It was the perfect place to disconnect and unwind. Will definitely be back! Thank you!
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Torrin P.recommends
September 2, 2022
Merlin Ranch
We had a great time tenting at the Ranch! So many beautiful animals and a lovely friendly family. The dogs are so kind and all the animals looked so happy and healthy. Would 10/10 recommend!
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John M.recommends
August 28, 2022
Merlin Ranch
We enjoyed our time on the farm the large dogs on the farm were very friendly and seeing all the other animals was a treat for our daughter. We espasially liked the solitude we found away from the city
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Logan M.recommends
August 1, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Loved our two nights at Merlin Ranch. Perfect location away from all the hustle and bustle of Banff and Calgary. Had a good time hanging out with the very friendly dogs and hosts around the fire. Great place to stay.
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Santini B.recommends
July 26, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Dana and Paul were brilliant hosts - the site was lovely, and the animals (dogs and horses) were really friendly! We also were lucky to see a double rainbow when we were there!
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Sandy B.recommends
July 24, 2022
Merlin Ranch
The description of Merlin Ranch was just as it said. We had the best time. The camp site was clean, quiet and loved the visit from the horse’s. Will be going back for sure and would highly recommend.
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Jennifer S.recommends
July 16, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Peaceful and healing
We loved staying at Dana’s. it was beautiful, and PEACEFUL. It was great to have a covered eating area; be next to the horses; and, have a fresh water source. We went to the Calgary stampede during the days and chilled out at Dana’s in between. It’s a bit of a drive to do that, but it worked out really well for us.
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Lucca F.recommends
July 10, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Beautiful location, plenty of space.
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Jason Y.recommends
July 7, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Camping
The place is very spacious. If you're planning to have a big group of friends & family camping trip, this place will be perfect. The owners' dogs will welcome you and they are very friendly. Firewood is provided which is a bonus. The pit washroom was clean.
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Brittany H.recommends
July 2, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Absolutely gorgeous stay at Merlin Ranch! So quiet and peaceful. We loved meeting all the animals and watching the cows in the distance. We will be back for sure!
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Lindsay H.recommends
June 20, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Loved our stay. Directions were easy to follow. Everything was as expected. Would come back. If you’re lucky the puppers will come meet you. Fire was easy to start.
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Bridgette W.recommends
May 29, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Awesome experience. My kids loved the farm and even got to ride the mini horses! The Merlin family was so friendly and welcoming, will definitely be returning!
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Tom L.recommends
May 22, 2022
Merlin Ranch
What a great experience! Our first Hipcamp couldn’t have been better. Awesome hosts, great time at a working ranch. Thank you so much Dana! Loved meeting your family, your dogs, all your farm animals! Hoping to see you again next time we’re in central AB.
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Jenny R.recommends
May 4, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Overall the trip was amazing. Dana and Paul were super nice and easy-going. They welcomed us as we arrived and gave us permission to explore their ranch. They even gave us a tour and let us pet the animals. Outside of that, the camping experience was really great; we had the privacy that we wanted with the safety of being on the ranch. Definitely will be returning and would recommend!
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Bryaan K.recommends
February 5, 2022
Merlin Ranch
Amazing Spot. Will definitely return.
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Mi A.recommends
September 6, 2021
Merlin Ranch
Friendly hosts and amazing stars
Friendly hosts including the furry ones! The stars were amazing, lots of wood and a very clean outhouse. The extra chairs and the shelter came in handy. Thanks for sharing!
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Tinashe N.recommends
August 25, 2021
Merlin Ranch
Awesome Campsite
This is the place to go if you need to disconnect from the fast-paced world and reconnect with nature, family, or friends. It's a lovely, peaceful camping. We were greeted by friendly dogs. The children had a great time playing with the animals and their son. Dana and her family greeted us warmly as we entered their personal space. (I appreciate it.) We are looking forward to returning next summer!
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Adam L.recommends
August 22, 2021
Merlin Ranch
Great Stay
We enjoyed our stay, and the dogs!
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Estelle M.recommends
August 21, 2021
Merlin Ranch
A wonderful dog filled stay
We had a wonderful time staying at Merlin Ranch! Being greeted by 5 happy dogs made our day! Paul and Dana were helpful and welcoming, and Merlin Ranch is a perfect spot for anyone looking for privacy in a beautiful location. Bonus if you like dogs - one of them actually stayed right by our trailer the whole night. Would Definitely recommend - 5*!
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Clinton W.recommends
July 26, 2021
Merlin Ranch
Attention animal lovers!
This little slice of heaven is filled with friendly hosts and even friendlier critters. We had an awesome weekend exploring the property and taking in the beautiful scenery. Looking forward to staying here again!
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Cornelis V.recommends
July 21, 2021
Merlin Ranch
The perfect ranch location
Nice quiet area just out of town near some wicked crown land and a lake you can fish at. If you have horses or just looking for a quick dip out of the city this place has it. Dana and her family are all very nice!
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Yuki T.recommends
July 19, 2021
Merlin Ranch
Great camping near Cochrane
Great experience, kids said best camping ever. Loved playing with dogs and other animals. An access road to a camp site was grassy and rough, but manageable with a minivan.
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