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Mark Maunsell in front of Excuses Tavern at the Alberta Hotel on Main Street Pincher Creek

New owner for the Alberta Hotel

One of Pincher Creek’s longest-standing businesses has a new proprietor.

Local entrepreneur Mark Maunsell has taken charge of the Alberta Hotel on Main Street.

“My plan is to try and help rejuvenate the downtown, get some more life down here,” says Maunsell, who bought the establishment from David McQuaig in the fall.

“I know the previous owner of this property and the one across the street [the former King Edward Hotel site] and he’s been great to deal with. We approached him about purchasing across the street, and after we closed that, we started working on a deal for this place.”

First opened in 1885, the Alberta is considered the oldest standing hotel in the province.

With a dozen or so unoccupied rooms upstairs, Maunsell hopes to morph the space into four or five larger rental units.

“We have such a major shortage of housing in Pincher. The upstairs, the old hotel, right now is kind of abandoned and I would like to develop it into apartments, or maybe a B&B,” he says.

The old-style rooms are very small. Each has its own sink and shares a common bathroom. The new design would provide a more up-to-date living space.


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While focusing on his latest venture, Maunsell was asked if he’s giving some long-term thought to what 729 Main St., the site of the former “King Eddy,” might look like.

While building regulations and requirements have changed, even in the four years since the heritage structure was destroyed by fire, the vision is to bring some of the former features that made it special into the new model.

“I’d like to see something modern,” Maunsell says. “A modern version of what was there. Bring back the frontage, have a restaurant, retail rental, hotel rooms, apartments.”

A return of the renowned stacked balconies is also among the considerations.

For now, though, Maunsell’s focus is on the Alberta Hotel, where patrons can karaoke to their hearts’ content on most Saturday nights.

“I’ve also been able to bring in a couple of  bands since I took over and we’ve had our two pool tables refurbished,” he says.

Once upgrades to the ground-level tavern are complete, the idea is to have live music once a month and hold special events like music trivia nights.



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Heading for Farm Family of the Year Award nominees in the Pincher Creek Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence

Six nominated for Farm Family of the Year

Six families were nominated this year in the Farm Family of the Year category of the Pincher Creek and District Chamber of Commerce Awards of Excellence.

The category is open to a rancher, farmer, or agricultural producer who represents strong values and maintains a healthy environment with a positive approach to agriculture. The nominee can be a couple, an individual or a family with outstanding management skills and strong community spirit.

The 2023 Farm Family of the Year Award was presented to Flint Rock Ranch at the Awards of Excellence gala on Oct. 20.

Enjoy the nomination snippets provided by the Chamber of Commerce and read Flint Rock Ranch’s story here!

Brylor Ranch (Bryan and Sherry Mackenzie)

Bryan and Sherry are exceptional volunteers, and they have raised their children and mentored others to have a passion for volunteering in the community as well. Every year, they take on the huge task of organizing and running the 4-H concession at the Pincher Creek Pro Rodeo. They raise award-winning Red Angus cattle and are incredible stewards of the land and environment.

Flint Rock Ranch  (Mitchell family)

Flint Rock Ranch is a new addition to a long-trusted name in cattle ranching in our community. Mitchell Bros. Beef raises exceptional-quality, 100 per cent grass-fed cattle, and now they have diversified to offer unique ranch stays in their Airstream RVs and cabins. They also host a variety of events that often feature locally grown musicians.

Hy Country Ranch (Paul, Tanya Whipple and family)

Paul and Tanya Whipple are a dedicated family who work hard together on their cattle ranch, and they are very conscientious of how they raise and treat their animals. Despite the many demands of running Hy Country Ranch, they take the time to volunteer with the skating club and coach the school basketball team. They are kind and helpful to so many people, and they quietly support our community in many ways.

Mark and Jessica Maunsell

Mark and Jessica are incredibly positive and supportive in both agriculture and the community. They contribute a great deal through participation and donations, and they involve their family in agriculture and own businesses to support the community.

Rafter 6S Cattle Co. (Brooke Slade, Donavan Barr and family)

Brooke and Donavan started from a few head of cattle, and they have worked hard to grow their herd and follow the best practices possible in order to produce high-quality local beef. They are a hard-working family and young ranchers in the community, and Donavan also works for the Town of Pincher Creek and does some custom farming in the area.

Turnbull Charolais (Curtis, Nanette Turnbull and family)

The Turnbull family has been supplying high-end bulls to Pincher Creek and the surrounding area for decades, and they deliver them to the customer no matter the distance. Curtis and Nanette have top-notch customer service and a quality product that has served the southern Alberta community for decades.


See all Awards of Excellence category winners here.


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Kids trick or treating in lion costumes – one roaring and one smiling on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze. Alberta news from Pincher Creek area and Crowsnest Pass.

Nov. 2, 2022

Lion’s share of fun

Ames and Miles were spotted enjoying Spooky Town and the great weather Saturday at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek.