Spotlight: Bear Paw Ranch/Love Light Creations
Welcome to Bearpaw Ranch & LoveLight Creations
Dreams really do come true in Brazeau County, especially for Amanda Myrfield and Laurie Smith of Bearpaw Ranch and LoveLight Creations. “It was always a dream of mine to own a campground,” says Myrfield. “When we saw this property on Kijiji and the potential it had, we just couldn’t pass up on it.”
Open and inviting, Bearpaw Ranch is located just southeast of Cynthia along Range Road 92. The Ranch offers one bedroom and two bedroom cabins, a large open campground equipped with indoor and outdoor fire pits, as well as a four bedroom wooden lodge that is perfect for large events.
You can even bring your own extended four-legged family. With 5 kilometres of horse trails around the property, there is no need to leave your horse out of the weekend fun. “People really appreciate that they can bring their horses and ride them around here,” says Myrfield.
“We want people to come here and unplug, unwind and relax in nature,” says Smith, standing in the shade of the property’s “General Store” where you can find amenities for campers. You can also find books published by LoveLight Creations, as well as beautiful crystals of many varieties and holistic properties on the shelves of the cozy shop.
LoveLight Creations began when Myrfield finished writing her first book and was looking into the publishing process. After considering both small and large publishing houses, she decided to create her own. “It is an a la carte publishing company, where authors can decide which parts of the process they want us to handle,” Myrfield explains.
The company soon expanded to selling crystals. “We would bring the crystals to book promotions with us and the stones would get more attention” Smith says. “So we thought we should expand and include them as a larger part of the business.”
The two businesses don’t clash though. They are able to focus on publishing throughout the winter months when the ranch is quieter and turn their attention back to the ranch over the rest of the year, while continuing to sell crystals year round.
“Brazeau County has treated us exceptionally well,” says Myrfield and Smith, noting the County has been able to help them get through the permitting process as well as other paperwork in quick order.
Though they haven’t been here for long, Myrfield and Smith are excited to be part of the community. They set up a booth at the Drayton Valley Evergreen Farmers Market every Wednesday and attended the Women in Business conference last year.