Guests are welcome
to use the trails for walking in spring, summer and autumn, and
to explore while cross-country skiing on groomed track in the
winter. (A fair selection of cross-country skis and boots are
available if you are without.)
A canoe, paddles
& life jackets are available for use on the farm ponds or
at Twin Lakes during the summer. Swimming in the yard-pond is
refreshing on a hot day, or after a hot sauna!
Park benches dot the grounds. At sundown, cozy up to the heat
and crackling sounds of a fire around the fire-pit.
drive or hike to nearby Twin Lakes. It's only 3 km away, and
affords a unique experience in a balsam fir microclimate. Twin
Lakes, maintained by the County of Wetaskiwin, is a favorite
spot for scuba divers. The campground maintains 60 campsites
from May to September.
Other nearby attractions and activities include
antiquing, biking, canoeing, diving,
fishing, golf, hiking,
hunting, museums, and unique shopping.
The sauna is also available
to guests. A group can fit in nicely with lots of heat to go
around. Settle in for a good steam, relaxation and a visit.
It is built from squared timbers in log style and was the first
building we erected when we settled here. After all, a wood-fired
sauna was the simplest way to have evening fun and scrub a growing
family who lived in a little log cabin without power!
The bathhouse, as we call it, is designed in the Finnish style
with an outer change room and a barrel stove made by Barbara's
You will find an assortment
of books, CDs, videos, puzzles and games in the chalet. If you
dont find something to suit your liking there, the farmhouse
has even more to choose from! A
1200-volume book collection, slanted to history, religion and
prayer is available at the farmhouse. Guests may sign out books
and resources from there.
Springs is a 156-acre family sheep farm. Consider a stay at Hidden
Springs during lambing season in March and April. The miracle
of new-born life is a helpful antidote to end-of-winter cabin
fever. Horses and cows also pasture here in summer.
100 acres of our land is parkland forest. We consider this to
be an important resource as well. Healthy stands of trees help
retain local moisture and support diverse species of birds, waterfowl
Through this unique environment, we have developed a network
of trails for two reasons. First, the bush is a woodlot from
which we select mature timber and cut firewood. Second, the cleared
trails become recreational access to the splendors of the boreal
have great peace if we did not busy ourselves with what others
say and do.' - Thomas a Kempis
Springs is more than a place to stay in this area of Central
Alberta. Those who would like to come to Hidden Springs for retreat
purposes are encouraged to consider what personal questions they
are struggling with.
will come with a clear idea of what inner work needs to be addressed.
Others may find one of our retreat outlines helpful. Intentional
times of solitude or reflection often include such activities
as prayer, Bible reading, silence, writing, personal worship,
walks, recreation and reading from the devotional masters and
other literature. These activities stem from the scriptural promises
that Christians have held to over the ages: the belief that God
is neither aloof nor silent. He may be heard. It is not unlike
what we find over at the barn; 'The sheep follow the shepherd
because they know His voice'. (John 10:4) In fact, practical
lessons for living pour out of the careful observation of creation
and the endless interplay of her many elements.
it from the farmhouse, the chalet building has been called the
guest house after its larger Swiss cousin. Most of the lumber
for the chalet was cut and milled right here from our woodlot.
Room Amenities include bathrobes, CD player, ceiling fan, crib
available, DVD or VCR, extra bed available, fireplace (wood-burning),
full bed, iron/ironing board available, microwave, movie library,
private bath, private deck, private entrance, queen bed, refrigerator,
shower, television, Wi-Fi access.