Saddle Up in the Cariboo, British Columbia

by Hidden Trails 03/07/2007

Deep in BC’s Cariboo Country, the Cariboo deluxe Wilderness Ranch offers aspiring cowboys and cowgirls the ultimate western vacation. Featuring one of the most unique riding programs in North America, guests at this exclusive hideaway are assigned their own horse and given freedom to ride the range just like genuine ranch-hands. And the high staff-to-guest ratio ensures that guests indulge their inner-buckaroo while luxuriating in premium service, amenities, and fine dining.


With wide-open spaces and plenty of trails to roam, the spectacular setting at the ranch is ideal for exploring by horseback. From first-time through advanced riders, every guest will delight in a tailor-made riding experience. Guests are assigned their own horse for the duration of their stay, taught western horsemanship skills, and are given the freedom to ride when and where they want. With no “nose to tail” riding, guests of all levels are ensured that the pioneering-spirit is always present.  For experienced riders, free rein is given to individual exploration after demonstrating their abilities to ranch staff.  Less experienced riders can explore the trails as well, accompanied by a personal riding guide to ensure safety.  Guests have the opportunity to help groom and saddle their own horses as well, which is encouraged to help build a trusting relationship between horse and rider.


For guests looking for a break from the saddle, there are plenty of other activities on the menu.  There’s canoeing or fishing, hiking, mountain biking, swimming, and guided interpretive nature walks onsite, while fly fishing, white-water rafting and trips to local lakes can be arranged as guided day trips. The ranch boasts a children’s program during summer months, allowing families to experience the splendour of the Ranch together.


When it’s time to retreat from the adventures outdoors, guests indulge in the amenities of the 7,000 square foot log ranch house. This boutique lodge is akin to the country estates of the “Old West” – a casually elegant home away from home where guests feel pampered and comfortable. Following a day of western adventure, the Great Room welcomes guests to share stories from the day while enjoying appetizers and drinks around the 30’ high river rock fireplace, or on the sunny deck when the weather is warm. When simple relaxation is in order, guests can read by the log fire, enjoy a massage, or lie outdoors in the hammock.


Gourmet meals are served in the 20-seat dining room, featuring organic produce picked fresh from the garden, mouth-watering beef and pork, and free range eggs. The Ranch’s six guests rooms, each with ensuite bathroom, are furnished with country antiques, Egyptian linens, eiderdown duvets, and voluminous bath sheets.  Some rooms have deep soaking tubs, private balconies, and lake views.


From May to October, getaways at the Ranch include all activities, luxury accommodation, three meals a day, morning wake-up tray, and evening hors d’ouevres.  A three-night minimum stay is required, and family rates are available. In January and February, an all-inclusive winter program features dog sledding and a palate of winter activities.


If you’re ready to experience true Western hospitality,
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