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Top of the World Ranch Treatment Center

By The Fix staff 08/31/17

Top of the World Ranch offers a thorough treatment program on an exceptional campus that’s perfect for those willing and ready to embark on the path to recovery. 

Top of the World Ranch Treatment Center
Location : 8350 Holmes Rd P.O. Box 29 Fort Steele, BC V0B 1N0 Canada
Phone : (888) 966-6306
Price : $15,950 CAD ($12,542 USD) 30 days
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Introduction and Basic Services

Located in Fort Steele, British Columbia, Top of the World Ranch Treatment Center offers a detox and residential program for substance abuse and behavioral addictions including cases with a dual diagnosis. It is accessible via a direct flight from Calgary and Vancouver and a four-hour drive from Calgary. Executive Director Mark Sadler, who has personally overcome addiction, runs the newly expanded facility.

Facility and Meals

The detox facilities house a maximum of four clients at a time, all with private bedrooms and bathrooms as well as around-the-clock oversight. The bedrooms have queen beds with memory foam mattresses, a flat screen TV equipped with Netflix, books and games. Those in detox have access to the Ranch’s physician.

Top of the World Ranch, which used to be a guest ranch, houses a maximum of 28 residents. All rooms are private but adjoining within two-room cabins or suites, with bathrooms being shared between the two clients. The log beds, with armoires and a desk to match, are a great reminder of the cozy locale within which residents are recovering. Outside of the cabins are porches complete with rocking chairs as well as a log swing on the lawn.

The main lodge is a log cabin with a roaring stone fireplace and a number of decks from which to admire the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Meeting rooms have adjustable executive-style chairs and the lounge area boasts leather couches and chairs.

Food is nutritious and of high-end restaurant quality, prepared by three on-site chefs using organic, fresh ingredients. It is served in a dining hall with four large wooden dinner tables.

There is a gym on-site, which has an infrared sauna, roller bed, free weights and cardio machines. The outdoors area has spectacular evergreen forests with an area for silent retreats, walking paths with a large, rustic viewing tower, a fire pit, a 12-step trail and two lakes.

Treatment Protocol and Team

The average stay at Top of the World Detox is 45 to 60 days. Private, medically supported detox is available.

Clients create individualized, goal-oriented plans with their primary counselors. Treatment is bio-psycho-socio-spiritual and holistic. Stress management and physical fitness are stressed, as are nature walks and meditation. In addition to individual meetings with an addictions counselor twice a week and group process meetings, Top of the World Ranch offers evidence-based therapies including CBT, EMDR and DBT. Clients attend four 12-step meetings a week and are often given homework related to their informative seminars.

Staff includes a PhD-level psychologist, a medical doctor, a certified addictions counselor, Master’s-level therapists, an experiential program facilitator and a registered psychiatric nurse.

Phone calls are allowed after the first week at certain times and when permitted by the client’s counselor. Residents do not have access to computers or email throughout their stay.

Aftercare includes continued facility staff support as well as access to an alumni website. There is four-day intensive family program offered every six weeks. Running Wednesday through Saturday, it involves educational lectures and process groups. It includes lunch as well as breakfast on Saturday morning.

Bonus Amenities

The facility is located on acres of national forest on which clients can canoe, mountain bike and hike. There is an on-site Poustinia, where clients can embark on solo meditation or prayer, or simply get time to themselves. There is a teepee-covered sweat lodge facilitated by an elder from the local Ktunaxa tribe. Massage is also available.

Near Top of the World Ranch clients can easily access golf courses, skiing, fishing, rafting, kayaking and mountain trail hiking.


Top of the World Ranch offers a thorough treatment program on an exceptional campus that’s perfect for those willing and ready to embark on the path to recovery. With a holistic program that’s integrated with an evidence-based one, clients are given a comfortable space to repair their bodies and minds.

Top of the World Ranch Treatment Center

(Mailing address)

8350 Holmes Rd

P.O. Box 29

Fort Steele, BC

V0B 1N0 Canada

(888) 966-6306

[email protected]

Top of the World Ranch Treatment Center Cost: $15,950 CAD [$12,542 per publishing day exchange rate] (30 days). Find Top of the World Ranch Treatment Center on Facebook

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