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  1. The scope of this is amazing. What a range of emotions for you both….feeling fortunate that it is not your permanent residence, but anguish over losing a place with family memories and good neighbors. So sad.

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    • Thanks Al. Our whole family was getting ready to descend upon the cabin in about a week. There would be bonfires and afternoons at the lake. The Canada Day Golf Cart Parade and fireworks. Golf games and card games. The ever present jigsaw puzzle. Hutterites selling their baking and vegetables on Friday afternoons. Sending the grandkids down to the restaurant for treats. Hunting for garter snakes, making trails through the bush, feeding the chickadees right out of our hands!
      We’re going to have to switch to Plan B – not sure what that is yet, though.

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  2. Thanks so much for being the voice of Hidden Valley. We just found your site on Friday and have really appreciated being able to get updates. As you eloquently put it, we shall all miss our piece of paradise!

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    • Glad to help, Donna. I know that some people aren’t on Facebook, and right now that is the voice for the community!
      Yes, we will all miss the place – even the dust from the gravel roads and the mosquitoes!

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  3. When I was growing up, my family had a cabin on Antelope Street (I’m pretty sure it was # 328) – I remember the cleanup after the flood of 95 – Someone’s boat flipped on its side right in front of the cabin and wedged across some trees, forming a dam. The water stayed half an inch below the bottom of the doors – the deck was flooded and covered in silt but the house stayed dry because of this bit of good fortune.

    I doubt the new owners of the cabin will get so lucky this time around 😦

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    • Hi Kyle. Imagine, saved by a boat!
      We were out there for the clean-up of 1995 and the much larger clean-up of 2005. I expect there won’t be a reason for most of us to clean up at all this time. I guess we’ll find out soon.

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      • How far down Antelope Street are you folks from 328? We were right down at the end, next to where that empty lot/construction area was for so many years.

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          • Is it likely then that 328 was one of the cabins that got pulled into the river, and floated downstream into the bridge? I assume that with that cabin being so very close to the water there is nothing left now, if it even survived the floods of ’05…

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  4. As I have said before, we are so sorry about the devastation in Hidden Valley. It will take a while to get over the shock of losing your little cabin the way you have but I will be interested to hear what “plan B” turns out to be. Knowing you and Car Guy and your kids, you will manage to come up with something unique and fun. Take care and please know that we are thinking of you and your neighbours at Hidden Valley. I can’t even begin to speculate how we would feel if we were to lose our cabin that way. E

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    • I’ve been informed by the Car Guy’s sister that Bassano has a very nice campground on Main Street, and that the town of Rosemary has a Pancake Breakfast, Parade, Tractor Pull, Mud Bog, Car Show, and Fireworks on Canada Day. Who knows, maybe that is the beginning of Plan B.

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    • You know, I think there are many cabin owners who would rebuild again, but the lease has not been renewed. There does not seem to be much point in trying to reclaim something that we would only be able to use for a few months at best.

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  5. We’ve had our cottage #48 for 33 years. It has been the constant thing in our family’s life for many years. I expect that this is the end of Siksika Vacation Resort, or Hidden Valley As it has been known since 1991. We have memories that will last us the rest of our lives including the marriage to the boy next door in the backyard 11 years ago this past weekend. We too have a home that was not damaged, but this has been our summer retreat for a long time and we will miss it.

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    • HI Bill – you really have been there a long time!
      We’ve only had our cabin for 4 years, but visited relatives out there since the late ’80’s. It was one of the constant’s in my children’s lives and I had hoped it would be the same for my grandchildren. Sadly – not.

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  6. Hey there, just wanted to thank you for the info. You, and a few friends have been the only conduit of info and images, and I really appreciate it. This was our 17th summer in the valley. Got lucky in ’05, when the water slid by a few feet beneath the floor boards. Don’t think the old girl pulled her skirts up enough this time though. There’s a lot of things I will miss, sunny afternoons on the deck reading a book to the sounds of birdsong, children laughing and yes, the occasional ‘thwack’ of a golf ball hitting a tree, or languid rounds of golf, catching up with folks and the latest news on the next tee box, the social nights, and lots more. We were one heck of a community. Keep up the great work.

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    • Wow, you were one of the lucky ones in ’05!
      I love the image you paint of “the old girl pulling up her skirts”. I don’t know how much of your stuff you were able to rescue, but maybe your cabin will be safe enough and dry enough that you can get back into it and take your time saying good-bye.

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  7. I have been following your updates on the Hidden Valley disaster. Seeing news stories that concentrate mostly on Calgary, we don’t get the full scope of the tragedy and loss to so many. I am just glad that the cabin was not your primary home, though the loss would still be devastating. Thank your for sharing.

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    • Thanks Dor.
      The news coverage has concentrated on Calgary, but that was certainly where the most costly damage was done and the most people were affected!
      Hidden Valley will not garner much attention.

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  8. I just want to add my “thanks” Margie for all the information, updates and your thoughts that echo what most of us are feeling at this time. Your communication is heartfelt and honest and most of all positive and reassuring.
    We have been a cabin owner 1996 and while it took us time to rebuild in 2005 we did so and have enjoyed our cabin with our children and now our grandchildren, It breaks my heart when my grandkids ask, “Grama can you save the cabin please please.” They are very young and don’t understand all the complications that are involved and I wish more than anything I could reassure them it will all work out but I can’t…….
    Well I just wanted to let you know your information is very important to me and I’m grateful you have taken on this challenge.

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    • Thanks Brenda. I wish I could tell my grand children that we were going out to the cabin too, but that is not going to happen. I’ll keep posting information as I get it.

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  9. The escape of downtown in the big city was a longing I craved. Hidden Valley Golf Resort was my escape. Those memories I will cherish forever.
    I hope all are doing well, I look forward to a reunion.

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  10. Thank you so much for this info,not even sure how i found it but we have not had any photos or notices besides the one-a-day on the HVGR webpage. Pictures tell the story until we can access our cabins, which could be many days from now and as bad as it is, not knowing is worse. Keep up the great work and know how it is so appreciated.
    Cabin #337

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  11. Hi Margie — sure wished I’d met you when I was at Hidden Valley. Spent many summers at Hidden Valley with my mother-in-law and father-in-law, Margaret and Paul. My little brother-in-law, Rick, has been the owner of the cabin since 2009 after my in-laws passed away. All so very sad…but we will always cherish our memories.

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    • Hi Jacquie – To be honest, I really didn’t know many of the Hidden Valley people, except to wave and say hello. We only had the cabin for 4 summers, and like so many others, our days were busy with family and friends! I’m glad you stopped by to visit me on my blog. Perhaps here is where we will get to know one another!

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  12. My dad lives at the resort year round this is his ONLY home. He is currently in the hospital and me and my brother are trying to find out how to register them for flood relief. Does any one have any info to help us?

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  13. I , too found your blog by accident- what a wonderful way to keep in touch and to help inform cottage owners. We have been at the Valley since 1980 when our first child was born. Al built the cabin with lots of help from friends and relatives. We spent every weekend that we could while our 3 children were growing up and now have 2 tiny grandsons that would have enjoyed many more summers. I am semi-retired and really hoped to be able to spend more weeks out there. However, it is not to be as we don’t have a lease renewal. Janet is thinking of having some sort of HV monthly party somewhere which would be a great way to keep up with what is happening in lots of Valley members’ lives. As we all know, Janet is the party planner extraordinaire and so if that comes to fruition, it would be fun.
    Thanks again for keeping us informed and I wish I had met you before this disaster.

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    • The aerial photos of the aftermath have started to be posted on the ‘official’ website. No one has been spared, by the looks of it. The true pain will come soon when we are permitted to view the wreckage ourselves.

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  14. So sorry to hear about your losses. Keep the spirits up. We had our Queensland disaster…not good at all. People tried
    to help one another out

    From a bloke Downunder

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    • Hi John – thanks for visiting from so far away!
      I think it is the nature of the people to help one another, and the people of Alberta are doing whatever it takes to get this part of the province up and running again.

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  15. Hey all as a newly turned 40 year old i still look back on the the 17 years my father owned a cottage at hidden valley our place was 147 clems bay and the flood in 95 was no words short of brutal!! But alot of us did what should be done and that is start tearing things apart and putting things back together, but we also at that time had alot of the lease years left and that was the main reason i think people rebuilt cause it was a long term place!!! My heart goes out to all of the resort folks, i read the lease deals on the hvgr website and now is a good time to let that place rest in the great memories it was able to provide! All the locals see is a cash grab and every year the monatary value will increase. As google earth shows the river once ran through it and it wants to again!!! Take care all and best wishes to health and safety.

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    • Hi Kelly. The people rebuilt again in 2005 and I always thought it was a testament to their dedication to the place that they all did. Last year they had to recover from the horrendous wind storms that brought many trees down. If there had been a new lease, then I expect many of them would have wanted to rebuild again. Fortunately, there was no lease and the valley can return to the people who wanted their land back. It would have been far too expensive an operation for the cabin owners to make it habitable again.

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  16. Give me a break!!!! You can afford a house and a cottage on a golf course or to stay all winter in the Southern USA and you want the rest of Albertans to help you out because you lost your vacation home. Wake up and smell the roses. Suck it up and get over it. There are other hard working Albertans who lost everything and you are crying about your vacation homes??????

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    • Frank – we are not asking Albertans to help us out because we lost our vacation homes. Some of the cabin owners are members of the Siksika Nation and this was their full time home. They deserve the same kind of assistance as other members of the reserve will get. For some of the cabin owners, this is their only house in Canada. They deserve some sort of assistance too, irregardless of the fact they might live in a trailer park in the Southern USA in the winter. They were hard working Albertans for many years too.
      This wasn’t just where we had vacation homes. This was a place that supplied badly needed jobs for members of the Siksika Nation. They are suddenly out of work. Many of them were also flooded out of their homes on the reserve.
      As for the rest of us, Frank – we are asking at the very least for assistance to dismantle our community so that it can be turned back to the Siksika Nation.

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    • I am shocked that somebody would post such a horrible remark after losing everything to a flood. I would like to say I am disappointed that ignorance to somebody else’s pain and loss is even still around.

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  17. Margie, I agree with you, that everyone at this time is uptight, but comments such as the one posted by Frank is completely out of line. If all people on this planet were to think and feel the same, Life would be without conversation and compassion. Unfortunately some people thrive on others misfortune. It would appear that Ignorance and a lack of common sense appears to be flourishing in some.

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    • The Franks of the world kind of live with blinders on. They only see things one way and don’t check to see if there might be another way of viewing something.
      Or, maybe Frank just doesn’t like me.

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  18. Hidden Valley was our home for 6 months of the year. Our cabin and yard were our little piece of Paradise. Our winter home is a small mobile in Strathmore. We mortgaged our moblie to buy the cabin and it became our real home. Some people just don’t understand our loss………… our grandsons do. They cried when they heard about the flood. This was their summer home, too. Our friends and neighbours in the resort understand too, and somehow that makes it easier to bear. Thank you for this opportunity to link with others – it helps. Earl and Colleen

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    • Thanks Mark. Odd you should mention empathetic – that isn’t normally my strong suit! But a disaster of this magnitude brings out the best in everyone I guess!
      Our family is hanging in there – actually hanging out here would be the best way to describe it! With the cabin gone, our annual few weeks together at the cabin has moved to other locations, but we’ve still made it happen.

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  19. We rebuilt after the 2005 flood, we have had many many lovely memories with family and friends and neighbours at Hidden Valley, at 74 years old this was to be our retirement home. We have lovely memories with great grandchildren who will not soon forget the fun times at Bisnonna’s home. We are devastated as we worked so so hard to be able to afford this piece of heaven. Thank you all for your comments, I too found this site by mistake, I will continue to read all your thoughts. Many Blessings to everyone at Hidden Valley and Alberta

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