Wel­come to the Club

Fam­ily’s home in Wilder­ness Club three-and-a-half-hour drive from city

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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.

Visit our web­site un­der the head­ing, ‘Rec Prop­er­ties,’ for more pho­tos and sto­ries.

Adrian Shel­lard/for the Cal­gary Her­ald

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.

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