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What our guests have to say...

Spring, 2011
Marlene - Lucasia Ranch guestHi Claudia, Judy and Wayne,

Application for adoption is underway!

"Thank you" seems to say so little sometimes, and now is one of those times.  Just to let you know, don't ever think there are other things you should be doing to make your guests' trips better... it is impossible!  Really and truly I couldn't have dreamed it better, way beyond my expectations!  I was trying to think about the highlights and it always came back to you three and your family.  I arrived feeling like a guest and left feeling like family as well.  It is a treat to be with people who are just simply themselves.  Heaven doesn't get better than what you've got right there on your ranch... breathtaking from every view!

You haven't seen the last of me!  I will be back for sure!!!  Did I mention my nickname is "Velcro" I stick to everything and I'm hard to get rid off!

You are all as welcome as the flowers in May to come visit PEI anytime, my door is always open and I have an extra room and would love the company!

Take care and thank you all so much for your "Western Hospitality",

Your friend, Marleen

Summer, 2010
2010 Lucasia Ranch summer guests from England
The 'Wayne' poem... a team effort courtesy of our Engish ladies
There is this Rancher called Wayne
Who rode out with us over the plain
We faced the bull and drove the cattle
Wayne's singing voice made a fair old rattle
Over the hills and on towards home
Our bums a bit numb and our legs had more tone
Our jeans are too tight, the zips won't quite touch
Judy's food is to blame, one pancake too much
Our memories are many, we will dream of at night
The bears in the meadows, the eagle in flight.
The call of the cougar, the deer on the run
The dogs in the puddles, wild floweres in the sun.
The newt in the boot, and the stars at night,
The food on the table - what a wonderful sight.
So thanks to you all and we give you a cheer,
We will save some more money to return next year.
Wayne and his English Harem...
Our six English ladies spent a week with us & kept us totally entertained.
Tammie, Lisa, Sarah, Wayne, Sandra, Carol and Gilly
Enjoying Summertime at Lucasia Ranch!

Maria from the Netherlands found one of our few hot days to play with the dogs in the creek.
2010 Lucasia Ranch GuestsA note from some of our British visitors...

Alex was totally smitten with Canadian Ranch life, is already looking at buying a western saddle for her horse and has been practicing barrel racing.

2010 Lucasia Ranch GuestsAlex would love to return to stay with you; she is just trying to raise the funds to return. 

Thank you again to you all for giving us such a warm welcome. I now have a cowgirl daughter who contantly plays country and western music and talks with a Canadian accent!!

Best Wishes
With much love
Julie and Alex
Spring, 2010
Carol & Steve - engaged at Lucasia Ranch Vacations!The hills around Lucasia Ranch are very green this spring, due to a great extent, to the spring rain and late snow we've had. We're enjoying some of the first guests of the season, including Carol and Steve from the UK who announced their engagement the day before they left the ranch!

We would like to send our congratulations to them!
Summer, 2009

Historic Lucasia Ranch CabinHi Judy and Wayne, Laura, Claudia, the boys and all of those fabulous pets of yours,

I've just about recovered from jetlag now and have realised that I have just had the best holiday of my entire life. You all made us so welcome and everything was just perfect. The scenery was stunning, the horses so well behaved and responsive, the food was fabulous (I'm now on a diet needless to say) the log cabin perfect for the 2 of us. What more can I say? Thank you so much for making it so enjoyable!

I hope your back and ribs aren't too painful Wayne and that you've got some nice guests with you this week.  I hope to see you again next year.

Love Joy xx

A Boyhood Dream Come True

Valley view - Lucasia RanchI have just returned from a 'dream come true'.  Since the early 1950s I have yearned to sit on a quarter horse overlooking a herd of cattle on pasture that stretches on for ever. For anyone who wants to be a cowboy/girl for a week or two, the Lucasia Ranch, near Claresholm, Alberta is the place to do it.

The four thousand acre ranch of rolling green hills and woods is situated in the Porcupine Hills.  The views are breathtaking. The working ranch is run by Judy & Wayne Lucas who welcome you to their dining table with fabulous local dishes and entertaining conversation. If any of their three sons join the table, the talk will be dominated by horses, cattle and rodeos. Guests are accommodated either in a superb log cabin, a very comfortable bunkhouse, (where I stayed) with a short walk to the shower or two rooms in the main ranch house.

I spent every available minute in the saddle, either trail riding or moving cattle to new pasture.  With the help of neighbouring ranchers and the sons we moved yearlings to their summer grazing on a days drive.
There is plenty of wildlife in the area. I saw two black bears, moose, white tailed deer, golden eagles, red tailed hawks and a bald eagle, plus a variety of smaller birds and flora. After dinner one evening we walked the twenty five minutes to an eyrie and gazed at a fledgling golden eagle watching the sun go down.

On the occasions we didn't ride Judy took us out to local attractions: a rodeo show, the World Heritage Site 'Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump', Fort MacLeod (where the 'Mounties' were formed) and shopping. 

I had a truly memorable time and highly recommend it for a visit.
Vic Llewellyn

Hi Judy and Wayne and Laura and Claudia and the boys and all of those fabulous pets of yours.I've just about recovered from jetlag now and have realised that I have just had the best holiday of my entire life. You all made us so welcome and everything was just perfect. 

The scenery was stunning, the horses so well behaved and responsive, the food was fabulous (I'm now on a diet needless to say) the log cabin perfect for the 2 of us. What more can I say? Thank you so much for making it so enjoyable! I hope your back and ribs aren't too painful Wayne and that you've got some nice guests with you this week. I hope to see you again next year.

Joy Barnes, England

Your hospitality is beyond compare. I had such a great time and just felt right at home from day one! This has been a dream come true and to share it with my sisters made it even better. I will always look back at this being one of the best experiences of my life!
Thank you,
Cathy Blessum, San Francisco, CA

Words cannot express what these last six days have done for me. Leaving my cell phone in the cabin "finally" and letting other people's problems be their own. Giving back myself to the important people in my life. You have such a blessed life, wonderful children, good friends. May your life always be blessed. I hope to see you in the future. This place and you all will hold a special place in my heart.
God Bless. Thank you,
Nancy, Santa Rosa, CA

Lucasia Ranch Guest, Michelle Rankin, photos. Click to view...

Thank you for restoring my faith in the Canadian way of life - this is how I remember people lived. Hang on to what you have here - it is disappearing elswhere and it is precious! Thank you for your hospitality and for sharing your family with us. ... Madge & David, Ontario, CAN

Dear Friends,
What a fabulous week - we hate to leave... You have carved a special place in our hearts and we will return. ... Dennis & Jan, Minnesota, US

Where you come as guests and leave as friends...
When I decided to come, I hoped to find a romantic Cowboy Life,
I found it.
I hoped to be accepted and integrated into the family,
I found it.
I hoped to meet friendly and open-minded people,
I found it.
I hoped to find people who live with their hearts,
I found it.
Thank you for this wonderful stay. May God lead you and keep you always on the right way, may your guardian angels protect you in whatever you are doing. ... Guenther Weinberger, Germany
What a View!
Horseshoe Toss


Enjoying the ViewWe headed west, it was the fall, a cattle drive, we had a ball.
Upon a horse we had such fun, no need for sea or surf or sun.

It was the best vacation yet.  Would we go back?  You sure can bet.
With Lyle and Heather at our side, we rode along with Brett, our guide.

Each day we saddled before the dawn and after breakfast, we were gone.
We rode up in the hills so high, they reached right up into the sky.

It was so awesome at the top, the hills just seemed to never stop.
The Rocky Mountains, in all their splendor, seemed to be just over yonder.

Their peaks were covered white with snow,
Much colder there, than here, I know.

If in his wisdom, God had planned, for us to visit this great land.
Upon a horse I’d want to be, instead of on a boat at sea.

Lucasia Ranch it was the best, so if you ever travel west,
Be sure to visit Wayne and Judy, amongst the hills in all their beauty. Bev Senos
(a past Lucasia Ranch guest who enjoyed the area so much that she & husband Jim now reside in area)

Milking Practice!
Creek Crossing
Out For a Ride
June, 2008 - Lucasia Ranch

To Wayne and Judy
Forget me Not
How does one start to express
Feelings that are held within
To describe a couple so warm and kind
Where does one begin
Judy's smile could light the night sky
And Wayne's cheeky grin is a dream
Together they have climbed Porcupine hills
That Lucasia Ranch lies between
Babbling brooks flow through the land
A land so beautiful and vast
Horses and cattle tend to their young
Reminding us of days long past
The Rooster awakens, horses are saddled
And a hearty breakfast inside
Coyote, deer, elk and bear
We have seen them all on our ride
And shared a glimpse of life on a ranch
Happy to lend a hand
To work these hills is hard we know
For those who toil the land
So God has granted three wishes
To soar their lives even higher
To know it, to live it, to feel it
To Dream, To Believe and To Inspire
Love to you both,
Mick and Ginnie Seetman, East Sussex
Judy pictured here with Ginnie and Mick Sweetman

Ginny wrote this lovely poem and was always pitching in as was Mick who helped build my new extra long dinning table.

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