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Reunion Cabin Overlooking the St. Mary River

Bedrooms 5
Space 2,400 sq ft
Property type cabin
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

5 Bedrooms + 2 beds in great room 3 bathrooms with River and Prairie Views

Our cabin is 55 minutes from the gate to the Waterton Lakes National park and 25 minutes from Lethbridge. We are closer to Lethbridge but chose to list the cabin under Waterton because Waterton has beautiful scenery and we believe that the view from our cabin is just as beautiful as anything you will see in Waterton.

Our best feature is that your children can stay at no extra cost. (17 years of age and under)

Note: The website charges for children so when you pay with a credit card you need to declare 0 children or the computer will ask you to pay more than you need to.

Our second best feature is that we have queen sized beds in the five regular bedrooms and another queen sized bed and a day bed that pulls out into a king sized bed in the basement great-room for a total of 7 beds however the last two beds mentioned are in the basement great room and are separated only by curtains. We do not provide bedding for the daybed because it is most often used by children in sleeping bags. The daybed has 2 single mattresses and if you pull out the second bed you can create a king sized bed by putting the 2 singles together.

We also have 7 or 8 foam pads for those who don't mind sleeping on the floor but again you will have to bring sleeping bags for those who sleep on them because we only have bedding for the 6 adult beds.

The web site says that the cabin will sleep 24. That number is based on 12 adults @ 2 per bed and 12 children who will sleep on couches, the daybed or on mats we keep in the master closet. We have had more than that number use the cabin but we don't recommend it. If you have more than 12 adults, we expect that they will be using the daybed or be staying in tents or motor-homes.

By the way camping is not all that great. South Alberta wind can be a problem. Some have had success putting up 2 small 3 man tents on the back balcony and larger tents on the front deck. We don't encourage more than 12 adults but we will not turn them away.

Parties and Events

Yes, you can hold an event in our cabin but there is an extra cost. Also, seating more than 24 for a meal is difficult. The other problem is that we only have 10 to 12 parking spaces close to the cabin.

We are not interested in having an event held in our cabin that will encourage drinking to excess. As a rule of thumb we usually allow any event that children can attend.

What you should bring with you?

We do not supply sheets pillow cases and bath towels so put those items on your to-bring list. Some bring sleeping bags but that will be your choice. In order to make your 'to-bring' list a little shorter we provide fresh hand towels and bath mats for each of the 3 bathrooms. We also provide dish towels and dish-cloths for the kitchen. We will launder these items after you leave at no extra cost to you.

You may use our blankets and comforters but please put pillow cases on the pillows.

Rental Rates

We charge $45.00/night Canadian per adult with a minimum of 6 adults staying each night. If you have more than 6 adults these extra adults will be charged $35.00 per adult per night.

Please be aware that VRBO sometimes shows the prices in US funds. When they do so, they use the daily exchange rate so if a price is not rounded off to the nearest dollar it is likely in US funds.

Youth Groups - We allow youth groups and youths under the age of 18 stay at no extra cost but we still require that you pay for the minimum number of adults.

Other Charges

Two other charges you should be aware of are our signup charge of $100.00 and a refundable deposit of $250.00. We don't live nearby so the sign-up charge covers the cost of our agent. VRBO also charges you something based on a percentage but the percentage varies with the number of adults so check the quote before you book.

We also ask you to put things back the way you found them at the end of your stay and clean up spills or splatters you would ordinarily clean up immediately if they happened in your own home. We will only deduct from your damage deposit spills and splatters and those things that you failed to complete per our exit list. Our agent will clean the floors after you leave.


You may pay the full amount up front or pay us half now and pay the balance 21 days before you arrive.


If you cancel 60 days or more before arrival we will reimburse you all of the funds you have sent us.


We don't live in the cabin so you and those you bring with you will have the place to yourselves. There are those who know that the gate to our farm leads to the river. Some of our guests keep the lock on the gate during their stay to keep them out. Two farmers in the neighborhood have the combination. One rents the field and the other rents the grass. They may come onto the property but will not bother you.

Since we will not be present, we ask that one of your group enforce our rules which are:

1. No smoking in the cabin (Outside is OK)

2. No pets inside the cabin.

3. Before you leave the exit duties must be completed.

The Top Floor

Contains the master bedroom along with a 3 piece bathroom and a covered balcony. You'll find six or seven camping pads in the bedroom closet. You will need them if you you have more children than we have beds.

The Main Floor

There are 2 bedrooms on the main floor and a bathroom complete with tub and shower. On this floor there is also a great room with a fully loaded kitchen as well as a dining area. Outside of the front door on this level is a deck that wraps around the front of the cabin and ends at the back door.

The Basement

Our walkout basement has two regular bedrooms and the 3rd bathroom which is equipped with a tub and shower. The basement has a great-room that can be divided into three parts by curtains. The first part includes a hallway and the children's play area. The second part contains a wall bed and the deep freeze. The third part contains a couch and a daybed with 2 mattresses that together can create a king sized bed. The basement door takes you to the lower patio and deck. Make sure that your children keep this door closed. The cabin is mouse free but it won't stay that way if you leave an outside door open. On windy days we like to sit on the lower deck because it has protection from the wind. We also have natural gas barbeque on that deck. When it was on the upper deck the wind would sometimes blow out the flames. Both decks give you great views of the river and the valley.

Bed Sizes

Six of the beds have Queen sized mattresses. The 7th bed is a daybed with two single mattresses that can be pulled out to the size of a king sized bed. You can also sleep a couple of children on the two upstairs couches with another on the downstairs couch.

The Play Area

The basement is designed with children in mind. There is a 9 foot high tube slide that starts near the top of the stairs. It winds around a two level playhouse and exits into the basement great room.

The River

Many of our guests love to spend time at the river. It's a catch and release river so the odds of catching a fish are pretty good. We get a flood every ten years or so and a flood will ruin the fishing so no promises.

What To Expect When You Arrive

The pillows for each bedroom are in plastic containers under the bed. Hand towels are usually in each bathroom under the sink however if previous guests left the morning you came, you may find them in the clothes dryer. The blankets and comforters are in each closet in plastic bags. The wall bed blankets are in the closet by the deep freeze. All the beds are Queen sized except the daybed. Some of our guests bring sleeping bags rather than bring sheets but that is your choice. Don’t forget to bring bath towels. We don’t expect you to wash blankets and comforters.

Finding Supplies etc.

There are black plastic bags under the kitchen sink that fit on the kitchen garbage barrel. You should also be able to find Hand Towels and Bath Mats for each bathroom under the sink of each bathroom. The tea towels and dish towels are usually found in a drawer in the kitchen. The broom and dustpan are by the side of the fridge. The laundry detergent is in the cupboard under the kitchen counter to the right of the main floor bathroom. The vacuum hose is in a closet in the southwest downstairs bedroom. The two kitchen tables can be expanded to seat 16. If you push them together they seat 12 and if they are pushed together and each leaf is removed, they will seat 10. (The leaf folds under the table.) The kitchen counter can be used to seat another 5. Extra tables can be found in the Quanset We also keep a booster seat downstairs that can be brought up for a small child. Extra chairs can be found downstairs in one of the plastic benches.

Kitchen Appliances

The Kitchen has a stove, fridge, dishwasher, toaster, electric griddle crock pot, rice-cooker, mix master, blender, microwave, electric roaster-oven, electric tea kettle, coffee maker and an electric knife. The kitchen is fully stocked with bowls cutting boards, knives, pots, pans and cookie sheets. There are place settings for 24 people. You will find a freezer in the basement great room. You will usually find it with the lid up and unplugged.

Washer and dryer

You are welcome to use the washer and dryer and we try to keep detergent and softener sheets available.


An internet connection is not provided however 3G and 4G service is available for those who have cell phones or Ipads with data plans.

You can get directions to our cabin from Google maps by listing our location as


Let us know if you have any other questions.

Darrel and Janae.

More Details

Darrel Harker
Member since: 2013
Speaks english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
June 18, 2018

About Darrel Harker

This cabin is owned by Darrel and Janae Harker. Darrel was born in Lethbridge, Alberta and spent most of his growing up years in the town of Magrath which is east of the cabin.

Janae was born in Berkley California and lived most of her younger years in Oakland California. Darrel and Janae met at University and they were married during the summer of 1972. They later moved to Alberta where Darrel practiced law for 32 years. Darrel and Janae have 4 children and 12 Grandchildren. Their greatest joy is to spend time with their family at the cabin.

Darrel Harker purchased this cabin in 2002

Why Darrel Harker chose Cardston County

The cabin is located on part of the family farm which was originally purchased by Darrel's maternal grandfather in 1903. Darrel's parents worked the farm from about 1940 until his mother died. Darrel and Janae then Purchased 92 acres of the farm from the estate and the cabin was completed just in time for the family to gather for the Christmas of 2008.

Darrel has memories of living on the property until he was 5 years old at which time his parents moved the family to Magrath (which is 5 miles east of the cabin) and where his mother taught school.

Even though they lived in town, the family would set up a huge army tent next to the river during a number of summers after they moved to town. Their father would work the fields and their mother would stand as the life guard while her children played in the river.

Darrel has fond memories of those years. At night he would listen to the noise of the rapids as he went to sleep and built the cabin so his children and grandchildren could create similar memories.

The cabin now creates memories for families that gather to experience this beautiful location and the joy of family.

What makes this cabin unique

Fishermen love the St. Mary's river. One of our guests caught a rainbow trout that was 16 inches long. I am told that larger fish have been caught up stream closer to the dam. Unfortunately, the river floods about every 10 years and ruins the fishing so no promises on whether or not you'll catch a fish. It's a catch and release river and there is a fishing season so check the regulations before you come. Regulations can be found through links at our other website that can be found by scrolling down. the link is just above the pictures.

During the spring you will often find geese and swallows nesting on the ledges and walls of the cliffs. We also see pelicans on the river and deer travel through the property about once a week. During the last two years a bald eagle has visited us almost every day. The large animal that lives under the Quonset is not a gopher. The proper name is Hoary marmot.

If mountains are your thing, you will love Waterton National Park. It is less than an hour away and is absolutely beautiful.


Accommodation and Amenities for this vacation cabin rental in Cardston County

Property Type:
  • cabin
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2400 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM / Check-out: 11:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 24
  • Events Allowed
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Rural ...
  • Water View ...
  • Waterfront ...
  • Away From It All
  • Family
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Fireplace ...
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 35 people
  • 3 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , Top floor - connected to the master bedroom
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Main floor bathroom between kitchen and bedrooms
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , combination tub/shower , Basement bathroom between great room and bedrooms
  • 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 24
  • Main Floor Left bedroom - 1 queen , Heritage Room
    Main Floor Right - 1 queen , Sunset Room
    Basement Left - 1 queen , Nauvoo Room
    Basement Right - 1 queen , Cathedral Room
    Upstairs Master Bedroom - 1 queen , Top Floor - Wilderness Room
    Basement Great Room - 1 sleep sofa /futon , 1 murphy bed , Double sized pull-out couch bed. Queen Sized Murphy bed.
  • Bedroom Great Room has a wall bed surrounded on two sides by walls and two sides by curtains. The Basement Great Room also has a double sized pullout couch surrounded on two sides by walls and two sides by curtains. We call these beds our Hospital Beds because of the curtains.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Foosball
  • Game Room ...
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • Toys ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Outdoor Grill ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Leisure Activities:
  • bird watching
  • boating
  • sight seeing
  • walking
  • wildlife viewing
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • fishing
  • fly fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hunting
  • mountain climbing
  • swimming
  • water tubing
We do not supply internet however you can get cellular service so if you have a data plan you can connect to the internet with your cell phone.


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Reunion Cabin Overlooking the St. Mary River
average rating of 4.6 based on 30 reviews

Great place for family reunion

  • 5 of 5

The location is very beautiful and there's lots to do right on the property. House is very spacious and comfortable.

  • Submitted: 3-Apr-2018
  • Stayed: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Cabin really awesome!!

  • 5 of 5

We were there in a freezing season -25c outside , roads were crazy but the inside the cabin so amazing! lots of space, well organized , we will be back in summer....

  • Submitted: 2-Mar-2018
  • Stayed: February 2018
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Beautiful, spacious, fun for all ages. Perfect for our family get-together!

  • 5 of 5

Our family had a wonderful Christmas celebration. We had children 2 years to teens and all had stuff to enjoy. We ended up housebound due to the cold weather, but the set up and spaciousness was so good it didn't matter.

  • Submitted: 14-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Excellent and spacious home with great views over the reserve

  • 4 of 5

We visited during some brutal weather, cold and a lot of snow. Be careful coming in during similar conditions. The cabin is beautifully set overlooking the river and Indian reserve. The weather called for a great cosy weekend indoors sharing food drink and games and seeing the new year in with friends. A few of us did go out sledding in a heap of snow and got a sense of the special location it is. Will have to visit again in the summer and make the most of the outdoors!

Thanks also for the assistance with the snow issues Kathy!

  • Submitted: 8-Jan-2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
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Accommodations were great and the destination was beautiful. Thanks for having us.

  • 5 of 5

Accommodations were great and the destination was beautiful. Thanks for having us.

  • Submitted: 18-Sep-2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Excellent condition, great surrounding. Owner is very cooperative

  • 4 of 5

We stayed there 3 nights and from the begining till end, it was an awesome experience. Everthing we need was there, plenty of room for kids activities. Riverside area was beautiful for rafting and fishing in the summer. Overall two thumbs up.

  • Submitted: 26-Aug-2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Nearest Airport
25 Miles
Lethbridge Alberta
Nearest Barpub
25 Miles
Lethbridge, Alberta
Nearest Golf
10 Miles
Magrath Golf Club
Nearest Motorway
5 Miles
Highway 5
Nearest Restaurant
25 Miles
Lethbridge 49.422587,-112.899628
Nearest Ski
95 Miles
Castle Mountain Ski Area
Nearest Beach
9 Miles
Wally's Beach on the St. Mary's Reservoir
Car: necessary

*****-Waterton Lakes National Park-*****

This park is a beautiful place to take your family. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains with lots of lakes, rivers and hiking trails. It takes 55 minutes to reach the gates of the park.

*****-St. Mary’s Reservoir -*****

This reservoir is 6 or 8 miles upstream from the cabin as the crow flies but probably twice that far if you follow the river. I have often noticed fishermen in boats on this reservoir and a number of people who water-ski on this reservoir. The boat launch is just north of the dam.

*****-Wally’s Beach-*****

This beach is on the East side of St. Mary’s reservoir about 2 miles from the dam. We will leave you instructions in the cabin about how you can get there.


This small community is the closest place to get gas (one station) and to get groceries. It is straight east of the cabin on township road 55.

*****-Magrath Golf Course-*****

Magrath has an amazing golf course. I’m not a golfer but I have heard golfers in Edmonton talk about the course so it must be good.


You will go through Cardston on your way to Waterton Lakes National Park. It is a small town but larger than Magrath. (5 gas stations compared to 1) They have an excellent theatre group that performs during the months of June, July and August. While you are in Cardston you may want to check out the Cardston LDS temple. They don’t take tours through the temple but they do have a visitor’s center.

*****-The Remington Carriage Museum-*****

This Museum is located in the town of Cardston, and is the largest of its kind in the world. It displays more than 240 carriages. While at the Museum you should take the time to view the statue of George Woolf riding Seabiscuit. George was from Cardston and the statue will preserve his memory as will the movie Seabiscuit which was released in 2003. On the way to the Museum, you will drive by a park dedicated to Fay Wray. Fay was from Cardston and is most noted for playing the female lead in King Kong which was released in 1933..


This is the largest city in the area and the place to go if you want to shop or to find a large selection of places to eat. It is only twenty five minutes away. Go straight east of the cabin until you hit highway 5. Turn left on highway 5 and within 20 minutes you will be in Lethbridge.

*****-The Great Canadian Barn Dance-*****

If dancing is your thing you will likely enjoy this barn dance which is held Saturday evening during the summer. The evening starts with a meal and ends with dancing to a live band. We really enjoyed the Friday night show. They didn’t have a dance that night but the music was as entertaining and as good as any professional show we have seen.

*****-Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump-*****

This world heritage site is just north and west of Fort MaCleod. The building covers the site with exhibits and interpreters who will help you understand the history of the site.

Directions to the above sites are available in a book that we keep at the cabin.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this vacation cabin rental in Cardston County

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2 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 6 guests; add C$35 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable Damage Deposit C$250
Signup/Cleaning fee C$100

The Rates listed on VRBO are minimum rates only. There is an extra charge for each adult that exceeds the minimum number. The minimum number of adults is 6
Cleaning: Our guests are only required to clean the dishes, foot prints, splatters and spills before they leave. We will do the rest of the cleaning. We also give our guests a list of things that need to be put back the way they found them. You may can pay $100.00 in advance to cover the cost of all exit duties including footprints splatters and spills however this charge does not cover the cost of anything that has been damaged.
We provide hand towels, dish towels dish clothes and bath mats but do not provide bath towels sheets or pillowcases. Years ago we provided all of these items but could not get the laundry done before our next guests arrived. We then lowered our rates and had guests bring their own bath towels and linens. The new policy has been well received and we now have no problem getting the items we do provide cleaned and ready for the next guests.
Other rules
No Smoking in the cabin. Outside is OK.
No Pets in the cabin. We would love to let you bring your pets but many of our children and grandchildren have allergies.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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