British Columbia, Canada may be best known for its magnificent ski hills, but it’s also a great place to find another popular tourist destination: guest ranches. Also sometimes referred to as dude ranches, guest ranches are perfect for those looking to inject a little cowboy culture into their next vacation. Yee-haw!
So, if you’re looking for some of that down-home lifestyle on your next trip (and perhaps a little horseback riding!), then dust off the old cowboy boots and settle in for our top 3 guest ranches to stay at in British Columbia.
Sundance Guest Ranch, Ashcroft, BC
Those who want a family-friendly guest ranch experience should check out Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft, BC. While horseback riding on the trails may be limited to those 8 and up, this guest ranch hasn’t forgotten about the younger kids. Toddlers as young as 3 have the opportunity to go on a parent-led pony ride in the arena. However, parents may also choose to take advantage of Sundance’s complimentary child-minding program while they’re off on the trails.
While the 100+ horses and riding opportunities are certainly a draw for many tourists, they’re not all this guest ranch has to offer. They’ve got games rooms for both kids and adults, a swimming pool, walking and hiking trails, and even a movie lounge. However, you’re probably going to be so busy when you’re there that movies will be the last thing on your mind!
The Flying U Ranch, 70 Mile House, BC
If you’re really into horseback riding, you may want to plan a visit to the Flying U Ranch, one of the oldest ranches in Canada. Here, you can go on an unsupervised trail ride on nearly 60,000 acres, which is a rare find these days. They’ll even make you get a horse suitable for your riding level!
After a long day of riding, you’ll be able to enjoy a nice campfire or hay ride before retiring to your cozy private log cabin for the night. And if you need a break from riding during your stay, you can also enjoy other activities like sailing, canoeing, swimming, and kayaking at no extra charge. Those who want a real down-home experience will love The Flying U Ranch, so consider booking here if you want to get a taste of Canada’s frontier past!
Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, Thompson-Nicola E (Bonaparte Plateau), BC
If you’re all about luxury and the finer things in life, then you’re going to love Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort. This luxury guest ranch and wilderness resort has been honored as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, and for good reason: you’ll have an experience here that you can’t easily find anywhere else.
This 5-star eco lodge offers plenty of activities and adventures: fly fishing, wilderness survival, whitewater rafting, marksmanship, and horseback riding, just to name a few. If you’re looking for something really different, though, you may want to book the Gold Canyon Safari. You’ll take in beautiful views, learn about panning for gold, and even heli-hike on Wild Horse Ridge. It may not be the cheapest vacation, but you’ll surely have an unforgettable experience at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort.
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