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Family’s home in Wilderness Club three-and-a-half-hour drive from city
After discovering a lakeside Montana getaway, the Bergmanns were happy to put their trailer in park.
Mark and his wife Kristine and sons Kurt, 13, and Carter, 12, spent the last several summers trekking across North America in a trailer.
But with their kids now in their teens, Mark and his wife knew their vacation plans needed a change.
The Bergmanns bought a 3,200-square-foot residence at a four-season resort in Montana called Wilderness Club.
This development features amenities that include a Nick Faldo-designed championship golf course and a newly-built water park.
“We knew when they hit around 14 that it wouldn’t be cool anymore spending time with their parents in a small trailer,” says Mark, an engineer at Suncor in Calgary.
But he doesn’t see that as a concern when the family spends long weekends throughout the year, and longer stints in the summer, at their second home in the Big Sky state.
Based on the recommendation of family friends, the Bergmanns visited Wilderness Club last September “and we loved it,” says Mark. Lakefront property was a priority for the Bergmanns, who wanted a water amenity for their kids to zip across on their kayak.
“We wanted something for the kids to be able to go play on or paddle on,” he says.
Part of the appeal of the project is its proximity to Lake Koocanusa, a 30-kilometre reservoir that stretches through B.C. next to the Montana resort.
Kristine’s parents own a property next to the lake on its Canadian side that the family has regularly visited for more than 13 years.
“We know how hot it can get and how beautiful it can be in the summer,” says Mark. “So when we saw (Wilderness Club), it felt right.”
Another lake at the development is Wilderness Lake, which is a 12-hectare, spring-fed body of
Mark, his wife Kristine and their two sons. BACKGROUND: The family spent the last several summers in a trailer touring across North America. But as their children grew older, the couple decided it was time for a change of pace. They wanted a lakeside retreat with family-friendly activities and found Wilderness Club in Montana. Amenities including the development’s water park and its acclaimed golf course were among the draws to Wilderness Club. Door-to-door, the Bergmann family’s drive to their new second home takes about three-and-a-half hours. water.
“We just wanted something that has other activities around versus just a piece of land out in the middle of nowhere,” says Mark.
A destination for activities at the resort is its waterpark, which boasts a 200-foot water slide and kids’ splash pad, along with two pools, a spa, sun deck and fire pit.
“That’s gone extremely well,” says Barry Ehlert, managing partner with the Calgary-based Windmill Golf Group.
It bought in as majority owners at Wilderness Club slightly more than a year ago. Ehlert says Wilderness Club is designed to appeal to families and the water park is part of that theme.
“It’s something for all ages,” he says. “This is definitely a family amenity.”
Other family-friendly attractions include nearby opportunities for horseback riding, cycling, dirt bikes and hiking.
When people talk about Wildness Club, it doesn’t take long for its golf course to be part of the conversation.
After all, it was ranked the No. 1 golf course in Montana by Golfweek and the No. 2 best new private course in the U.S. by Golf Magazine. Mark admits such accolades caught his eye.
“I am not a great golfer, but I like golfing,” he says. “We try to get out with the guys quite a bit.”
Ehlert says that’s common for residents at Wilderness Club.
“Some are golfers, but some are not really avid,” he says. “They’ve golfed, but that’s not their prime motivation.”
Cabins at Wilderness Club are available in six pre-determined models, including the Ninebark, Bitterroot and Snowberry, which are detached garage homes, and the Twinflower, Pinegrass and Sagebrush, which are attached garage models. Cabins range from 1,500 to 5,700 square feet.
“It’s a rustic-looking house with some interesting character,” says Mark of his family’s second home. The cabin mixes log cabin charm with city living.
“It’s got an enormous great room,” he says.
The main floor also boasts bi-fold doors that lead out to the deck, which Mark says “basically opens your outside to the inside.”
For a look at what the cabins have to offer, the development has two show homes.
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Centre left, Mark Bergmann, his wife Kristine, and their two sons, Carter, 12, far left, and Kurt, 13, far right. The family bought a second home in Montana.