Posts Tagged ‘british columbia dude ranch’

RanchSeeker Welcomes YD Guest Ranch

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Located in Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada this authentic dude ranch has been operating as a guest ranch for 70 years. Here you will find a rich history, rustic elegance, delicious food and signature “Cowboy Service”. There is lots to do while staying at the ranch so you can be as active as you want to be or simply kick back and relax. Kids love the ranch as they discover new adventures and enjoy being in the beautiful outdoors. It’s also the ideal venue for secluded corporate retreats or the perfect ranch wedding.

Horseback-riding

If you have ever dreamed of being a cowboy or cowgirl then this is the vacation destination for you. Horseback rides with experienced wranglers will take you along sun drenched dusty trails or through grassy fields with snow-capped mountain peaks off in the distance. You will feel transported back to a simpler time like the days when the pioneers and homesteaders used these very same trails to herd cattle. At the beginning of your vacation you will be matched up with the best horse to suit your riding experience level and then you and your new equine friend will enjoy trails that lead through rolling meadows and shaded trails lush with sagebrush, western hemlock trees, and towering Douglas fir and ponderosa pines. With two hour guided trips, all day guided trips and even overnight pack trips to choose from your dream of being a cowboy or cowgirl is bound to be fulfilled.

BC Guest Ranch

YD Guest Ranch

Covered Wagon Trips

For those vacationers looking for a truly unique experience the ranch offers “Covered Wagon Trips”. Your first and last night will spent at the ranch and then once you have been matched up with a horse and feel confident in the saddle your wilderness horseback trip will begin. A master team driver will lead the covered wagon out early in the day. You can choose whether to ride in the wagon or on your horse with experienced guides to your first overnight destination. Camps are set up by YD crew members beside a little lake or a mountain stream and the wilderness kitchen provides delicious, hearty meals to enjoy around a blazing campfire. Guests have spacious private tents with cots, waterproof floors, and screen windows. Portable showers are available for your comfort, although the more adventurous wash away the days’ dirt in the creek – talk about invigorating! Be prepared to be “wowed” by this incredible adventure!

Covered Wagon Trips

Covered Wagon Trips

Other Ranch Activities

When not in the saddle YD Guest Ranch offers ATV and ARGO Touring adventures against the beautiful backdrop of the Cascade Mountains. Experienced guides will teach you all you need to know to get the most out of this exhilarating activity. A driver license is not required and minimum age of participant is 16 years old to drive own ATV. Helmets are provided. Other fun outdoor activities include archery hiking, and fly fishing. Guests also enjoy soaking in the hot tub after an action-packed day.

ATV and ARGO touring

ATV and ARGO Touring

Accommodations

You will experience down-home hospitality in an informal atmosphere that blends the creature comforts of home with a Western flair. Tastefully decorated, authentic Native Tipis, Cliffside miner tents (with Decks) and one beautiful Tree House are nestled privately between the aspen and fir trees. To preserve the quiet sanctuary and sounds of nature, the tents and Tipis do not feature wireless internet, televisions or phones. Take time to disconnect from your devices and reconnect with nature and your loved ones. For those that can’t completely disconnect there is free WiFi access, a guest phone, laptop and printer available in the main ranch lodge.

Miner tents

Miner tents

Dining

Most meals and social gatherings take place in the main ranch lodge. Here you will always find hot coffee and a friendly face. Meals consist of wholesome, hearty “western gourmet” fare with a variety of fruit, local produce, Montana beef and other fresh meats as well as tempting home-made breads and other goodies. Aside from dining in the lodge expect traditional cowboy cook-outs and BBQ’s. Special diets for food allergies or dietary restrictions can be accommodated within reason with advance notice. If you like a nip or two now and then be sure to bring your own since the ranch does not have a liquor license.

Home-cooked meals

Home-cooked meals

In a Nutshell

A YD Guest Ranch vacation offers the opportunity to try out new adventures, meet interesting new people, and enjoy delicious western gourmet food while staying in secluded peaceful accommodations.

Sundance Guest Ranch

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

Your Rustic Home in British Columbia’s Thompson River Valley

If you’re in the mood to experience Canadian hospitality, Sundance Guest Ranch is where you should be. Located outside Ashcroft, a small town with history dating back to the Gold Rush Days, Sundance is a three-star working ranch in Thompson River Valley. There are 22 rooms, which are simple, yet comfy enough to guarantee a good night’s sleep. You’ll especially need plenty of ample rest if you’re planning on enjoying the dude ranch’s top activity: horseback riding.

Sundance Guest Ranch

If this inspires you to head to Sundance Guest Ranch, read on to find out why it has received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence for the years 2013 and 2014.

The Sundance Guest Ranch Experience

Sundance truly offers its visitors a memorable experience promising its guests that” A feat it promises through its tagline “the first time, it’s a vacation – after that, it’s coming home”. Situated just four hours from Vancouver, BC, the ranch is accessible through three scenic routes. These will give you an idea of what you’re going to enjoy at the dude ranch, starting from panoramic views of the Thompson River Valley to the varied terrain promising ensuring you the ride of your life.

If you enjoy horseback riding, this is the perfect place for you. Sundance Guest Ranch usually breaks up its guests into groups based on their horse riding experience. However, you can always request to be grouped with your friends and family members regardless of everyone’s abilities. That way, you can have more fun with the people you love. If you’re worried about safety, don’t. The ranch won’t let you leave without an experienced wrangler. In addition to instructing you on how to enjoy your ride safely, they’ll share their 30 years of experience in the riding the area, ensuring that you enjoy mesmerizing views that can stop you in your tracks.

Horseback Riding

If you’re visiting the dude ranch in summer, you don’t have to worry about hot temperatures on horseback. The ranch will skip afternoon rides and offer beautiful evening rides instead. Meanwhile, you can soak in the guest ranch’s heated pool, catch up on some reading on one of the outdoor decks, or simply sleep through the heat in your air-conditioned room. Once the sun sets, you can saddle up for a twilight ride after which you can enjoy a generous table filled with a variety of refreshments.

Now that you have worked up an appetite, this is the best time to discuss the dining experience at Sundance Ranch. For breakfast, you’re welcome to you can select from a large variety of dishes at the breakfast buffet or order the daily special from the grill. As for the other two meals, you’ll indulge your senses in charcoal-grilled steaks or pick from international cuisine offerings. Complementing your meals is a selection of wine and the view of their 100 horses running in the pastures.

If you are in the mood for a lively atmosphere, the adults-only BYOB bar lounge is perfect. Featuring a stone fireplace and large bar, the lounge is a social hub. On Saturday nights the lounge features a weekly country-rock dance with DJ.

Sundance Guest Ranch Lounge

Why Sundance Guest Ranch Should Be Your Next Destination

If you’re in the area up till October 18th, 2015 and want another home away from home, Sundance Guest Ranch is the perfect fit. The following are some perks you can enjoy while staying at the ranch.

  • Affordable Daily Rates – Adults are charged $275 while children are charged starting from $35. For these rates, you get to enjoy comfortable accommodation, delicious meals and two horseback rides per day. You also gain access to all the ranch’s facilities.
  • Rustic Yet Comfortable Rooms – Though you may want to rough it up a little at Sundance, the guest ranch ensures that you remain comfortable. Featuring a rustic design with wood décor, the rooms are air-conditioned and come with comfy beds and private bathrooms.
Sundance Guest Ranch
  • Indoor Amenities – Aside from the pool and decks, you can enjoy the offerings of Sundance Ranch’s free-play games room, billiards room and movie lounge. If you want, you can schedule a massage with the ranch’s registered RMT.
  • Stag Getaway Packages – To have some fun before tying the knot, schedule a stag or stagette getaway at the ranch. In addition to western themed games, you’ll get complimentary Happy Hour drinks, Saturday night dances, and a karaoke machine.
  • Range of Specials – For this season, Sundance Guest Ranch offers different specials including a Kids Summer Special, a 10% Greenhorn Discount, Young Guns Package, and an Early Booking Discount.
  • Special Events Year-Round – To celebrate different events such as the end of summer school holidays or the Thanksgiving weekend, the ranch offers special treats to its visitors.

The Bottom Line

Whether you want a couple’s getaway, a Western themed stag/stagette party or a place where the whole family can enjoy during summer, Sundance Guest Ranch is one place you should seriously consider.

 

Now Is The Time To Visit a BC Ranch

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

British Columbia Ranch Vacations

If your idea of a perfect vacation involves fun-filled adventures that will provide you and your loved ones with everlasting memories then you should consider visiting some of the most captivating British Columbia Ranches which promise a vacation of a lifetime. British Columbia boasts beautiful flora and fauna with majestic mountain ranges in a pristine and invigorating setting perfectly suited for rustic and luxurious dude ranch vacations. Not only will you savour every moment of the time that you spend at a BC ranch, but you will want to return again.

Big Bar Guest Ranch

Wide open spaces at Big Bar Guest Ranch

Right Now There is No Better Time for US Travellers to Book a Ranch Vacation

A ranch vacation is something that everyone should enjoy at least once in their lifetime. With the Canadian dollar worth approximately 20% less than the US dollar there is no time like the present to book or pre-book a ranch vacation at a British Columbia ranch. Think of it as a 20% discount and act now before exchange rates change. Start planning your future memories now!!

Pick a Ranch, any Ranch

Chilcotin Holidays

Experience nature like never before at this 4-season wilderness guest ranch. Chilcotin Holidays designs custom wilderness experiences that allow you to connect with nature in a meaningful, life changing way. Explore over 5,000 sq-km of the pristine South Chilcotin Mountain Park with their licensed guides and sure-foot Cayuse Horses (suitable for novice to advanced riders). They provide guest ranch stays, wilderness guide training, wildlife viewing, and pack-horse, fly-fishing, mountain biking, and alpine hiking trips.

 

BC Ranch

Chilcotin Holidays pack Trip

Crystal Waters Guest Ranch

At Crystal Waters Guest Ranch, which is located in British Columbia’s Cariboo Chilcotin region, you will find horseback riding, hiking, biking, ranching and fishing holidays as well as many other activities. Boasting pristine lakes, rolling meadows, wetlands and deep forests you are sure to enjoy your time at this guest ranch. Experience a real working ranch experience that features Ranch style meals, log cabins and the finest horseback riding and fishing in North America.

Crystal Waters Ranch

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Echo Valley Ranch is a luxury ranch that is unique in two different ways. Firstly, it’s one of the few ranches which also has two world class spas on site with each offering treatments from different areas of the globe. Secondly, it has a Thai inspired element including buildings designed by a famous Thai architect. It’s the only guest ranch of its kind. If you are seeking a different type of spectacular western adventure, a superb sanctuary of first class accommodations, healthy gourmet food and world class spa treatments then Echo Valley Ranch is for you. “Echo Valley Ranch is a delightful contradiction. It’s unnaturally natural, yet quietly luxurious.”

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Free Rein Guest Ranch

Free Rein Guest Ranch offers an intimate family feel, truly providing a home away from home during your Canadian adventure in Super Natural British Columbia. This guest ranch vacation offers a hands on ranch experience and gets you involved in daily ranch life. So if you’re looking for some serious saddle time and love being off the grid with horses then this is the guest ranch experience for you. With home cooked food and lakeside log cabin or guest lodge accommodation you are sure to feel at home. Enjoy swimming in a lake, kayaking, canoeing, mountain biking, overnight camping and guided hikes.

Free Rein Guest Ranch

Sundance Guest Ranch

Just a 4-hour drive away from Vancouver, Sundance Guest Ranch is the ultimate place for all different types of vacations. Whether you’re looking for a horseback riding holiday, a family vacation where even the kids will have fun, or someplace new to really get away from it all, you’ve found it. The packages at Sundance Guest Ranch are designed to be all inclusive. Each package covers food and accommodation along with all the varied activities offered by the ranch. You can enjoy up to 5 hours of riding every day during your stay at the Sundance Guest Ranch. With a panoramic scenic view, the Sundance Guest Ranch is the sunniest and the warmest place in Canada.

Sundance Guest Ranch

Three Bars Ranch

Three Bars Ranch has been voted as the number 1 Canadian ranch and for good reason. This guest ranch is the perfect destination for anyone who wants to enjoy the breathtaking, scenic view of the Canadian Rocky Mountains. Located just south of Banff, in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, Three Bars specializes in 3 – 6 night all inclusive riding and non- riding packages. Packages including upscale log cabin accommodations, all meals, unlimited horseback riding, rafting, hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking, 4×4 UTV tours, archery, skeet shooting cook-outs, a full evening program and all ranch activities and amenities. It’s time to find the cowboy in you, make your next vacation a ranch vacation.

Three Bars Ranch

Tod Mountain Ranch

Hidden in the Louis Creek Valley, surrounded by mountains, Tod Mountain Ranch is small and exclusive which provides a relaxing, tranquil environment to enjoy a unique, all inclusive horseback riding vacation. A short drive from Kamloops and an easy 4 hours’ drive from Vancouver, this is the perfect mid-way stop on your Western Canada road trip between Vancouver and Banff or Jasper. Whether you’re travelling alone, with a partner or a group of friends, Tod Mountain Ranch offers an exceptional experience with horses, complemented with stunning views, great food, like-minded company and a peaceful, calm environment to relax and unwind.

Tod Mountain Guest Ranch

So saddle up cowboys and cowgirls for your next big adventure as a guest at one of these super, natural, British Columbian guest ranches and take advantage of the current 20% drop in the Canadian dollar against the US.  By booking now you can lock-in a fantastic guest ranch experience at an accessible price to suit every budget.

Thanksgiving Weekend at Tod Mountain Ranch

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

Tod Mountain Ranch is the ideal spot if you are seeking a luxurious, and rustic ranch that truly focuses on the experience of riding horses. Located within the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Tod Mountain Ranch is a welcoming place to relax, unwind, and enjoy the peace offered within the valley of Louis Creek.

This Fall, Tod Mountain Ranch is offering a very special promotion to encourage guests to visit during Thanksgiving weekend. Choose from either a 2 or 3 night stay (at discounted rates of $545 / $745 per person plus applicable taxes), with plenty of trail riding, and lots of hearty, healthy meals – including an amazing Thanksgiving dinner to share together on Sunday evening. With a horse personally allocated to you during your stay, cabin accommodations, all ranch activities and meals included – this promotion will fill up fast. Contact the Tod Mountain Ranch today to reserve your space!

Tod Mountain Ranch

The ranch host, Tracey, along with her team, work diligently to ensure each guest that comes through the ranch doors is treated to an unforgettable experience. Tracey and the other experienced wranglers are on hand to assist guests, from beginner to novice riders with skill level appropriate, safe, enjoyable riding. With daily rides through the nearby old logging roads, cattle trails, forests and mountains, the horse riding is unparalleled, and the views are spectacular. The Total Immersion Experience at Tod Mountain Ranch also includes the hands on experience of caring for your horse during your stay, including tacking up, grooming, saddling and evening turning out.

Tod Mountain is a great choice for friends, couples and even solo travelers. As an adult oriented ranch destination, visitors can be sure that they will have all the rest and relaxation they need, in addition to activities such as hiking, fly fishing, mountain biking and golf nearby should they so choose. Children are also welcome at the ranch, with riding times varying dependent on their age, and comfort level with the horses.

Horseback Riding

Meals served at Tod Mountain Ranch are prepared by their in house chef, using locally sourced, fresh, healthy ingredients. Enjoy their juicy steaks and baby back ribs, gourmet selections, fresh breads and delicious sweet treats – all prepared from scratch, with home style cooking. For special diets, contact them in advance and they are happy to cater to your needs. Served family style in the main dining area, outdoors on the deck, or even packed away to enjoy on a trail ride, Tod Mountain Ranch dining is sure not to disappoint.

Tod Mountain Ranch

Accommodations at Tod Mountain Ranch are designed to provide comfort and privacy for each guest. Guest Ranch cabins and Dude Ranch cabins are both spacious, and furnished with rustic decor, yet with all the modern amenities needed to make your stay comfortable.

Whether you are looking for adventure, or need time to just relax and unwind, Tod Mountain Ranch will cater to your needs. The surrounding mountains are the perfect backdrop to enjoying incredible riding. The team at the ranch work hard to provide as much trail riding time as each guest wishes during their stay. With a focus on exceptional horse riding, and a memorable experience, Tod Mountain Ranch is certainly a unique, and enjoyable destination.

 

Spend Thanksgiving at Echo Valley Ranch

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014

Imagine a place of balance between natural beauty, and luxury. A place where there is no sacrifice to their high standards of care, or to the surrounding environment. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a unique, eco-friendly ranch destination that offers world class accommodations, an incredible spa, and trail riding and outdoor experiences that are unforgettable. It is the perfect oasis for time to yourself, or to share with family and friends. 

Echo Valley Ranch

Located in beautiful British Columbia, Echo Valley is surrounded by mountains, valleys, forests and streams. If you choose to just sit on the deck and breath it all in, you can’t help but feel the tranquility begin to take its place within your soul.

Echo Valley Ranch Deck

With over 40 head of horses, and wranglers that are committed to the enjoyment and safe riding of every guest at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, riding the trails is an experience you won’t want to miss. Other adventures that are available to satisfy even the most insatiable of outdoor enthusiasts are fly fishing, mountain biking, hiking and paddling.

Horses

The cool, crisp Autumn air can work up quite an appetite. Healthy and hearty meals are prepared fresh each day for guests to enjoy family style. You’ll even get to observe meals being prepared by the in-house chef in their open kitchen, using many ingredients grown on the premises. Organic, nutritious and delicious are how best to describe the wonderful tastes and flavors you will experience at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa.

The spa at Echo Valley is an experience all of its own. Treatments that are a blend of classic Western, with Eastern Thai, create a balanced and relaxed atmosphere. For a one of a kind resheshment for your body and soul, plan to participate in their early morning Thai yoga and other activities, provide your body with exactly the types of nurturing and pampering it deserves.

Echo Valley Spa

This Thanksgiving, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is preparing to share all of their outstanding services with visitors, plus host a Thanksgiving feast at discounted rates. The popularity of this BC ranch means that this offer will quite possibly sell out, so contact them right away to save your spot to enjoy an unforgettable Thanksgiving weekend.

For anyone that has never taken a ranch vacation, a visit to Echo Valley Ranch & Spa will confirm how wonderful it can be, and how relaxed you will feel when your stay is through. It will without a doubt be a destination you will want to return to again and again, to refresh your body and mind, and surround yourself with the splendor of BC’s natural beauty. Contact Echo Valley today to take advantage of their Thanksgiving weekend promotion, or to reserve time soon for yourself or your family to reconnect, refresh, and revive your spirit with fine foods, extraordinary activities and an spa that is world class.

Fall Leaves

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a destination that will provide you luxury, in a natural setting that is eco-friendly, and inviting. With stunning accommodations and all you could ask for to fill your days, the only decision left to make is when you want to arrive!