Donna Butters (Johnson)

Lazy JL Rancher

Donna Butters was raised on one of Alberta’s oldest working Ranches, the Lazy JL Ranch. She shared her experiences of this lifestyle as an Avid horse rider working the Trail rides, as a Calgary Horse Show rider, and used to guide ranch guests throughout the terrain by horseback.

Staying out late into the evenings and getting home near dark, she would be out alone scouting new trails and routes to give the best guided experience she could.
At the forks of the Ghost River - Levi Cobb, Donna and Peggy Johnson

Collection of Art & Photographs

Along with her wealth of knowledge and stories of the Municipal District of Bighorn & Cochrane area she has collected over the years a vast amount of art, photographs, and antiquities throughout her life that hold great sentimental value. Ms. Butters tells stories about her immediate & extended family, as a mother and raising children on the ranch, the Stoney First Nation and community.


Municipal District of Bighorn Interview highlights of Donna Butters - November 18, 2011

At the forks of the Ghost River. Levi Cobb, Donna and Peggy Johnson.
For full interview, watch the complete Oral History Project playlist for Donna Butters.

For more history regarding the Butters Ranch, please see the Erik Butters Oral History Interview.

Donna Johnson on C.P.R. Trail Ride at Mount Assiniboine