Big Project Coming to Eureka

A group of Canadian investors are proceeding with plans for a $300-million resort community and technology center near Eureka, Montana. The RiverStone Ranch is slated to include an 18-hole golf course, a high-tech business center, a 300-room lodge, 500 estate-style homes, and 250 condominiums.

Although remote, Eureka is relatively close to Calgary, and the Canadian investors – Dave Day and 7-Miles South Development, Inc. – are counting on Calgarians to be the resort’s primary users. Located off Highway 93 near the Canadian border, the 780-acre site for RiverStone Ranch is more accessible than half of the resorts now frequented by Calgarians.

There’s very little recreational property close to Alberta’s capital city because of development restrictions in Banff National Park and Rocky Mountains Forest Reserve. Currently, residents of Calgary have to drive over the Continental Divide to reach Fernie, Kimberly, Radium Hot Springs, and other resorts in British Columbia.

The Eureka project is being supported by Bob Tunis, executive director of the Lincoln County Economic Development Council. Of RiverStone Ranch, Tunis, who is Canadian, told Kalispell’s Daily Inter Lake newspaper, “People in Montana see Eureka as being at the far edge of civilization, but I’ve never seen a place as strategically located,” he said. “It’s about 45 minutes from the Fernie and Big Mountain (in Whitefish, Montana) ski areas, and 15 golf resorts are within an hour’s drive.”

The developers have been quiet about the project as they wanted to finalize the land purchase before making an announcement. The next step is for them to acquire permits from Lincoln County and the state of Montana. If all goes well, Eureka will no longer be an isolated outpost in Montana’s far northwest corner.