Province/Territory: Saskatchewan

Immerse yourself in a Western Canadian ranch experience

  • 1904 first year of ranching at Cypress Hills
  • 05 generations of family homesteading
  • 4,175 foot altitude with a grand prairie view

Saddle up for a true Western Canadian cowboy adventure with the Reesor family on a century-old working heritage ranch in the Saskatchewan prairies. Don a ten-gallon hat and chaps to ride the same valleys, forests and wildflower-dotted Cypress Hills trails followed by First Nations and pioneer settlers. Mingle with ranch hands and join in daily routines. Take part in a cattle drive and experience the tradition of branding. See newborn calves in spring. Taste a “prairie oyster” or sit down to savour a home-cooked, ranch-raised natural beef steak after a day of fresh country air. Take a sunset carriage ride and relax in the glow of a campfire, swapping stories and cowboy poetry with your hosts. Soak off the day’s dust by slipping into an antique tub for a hot bath. Then head to your rustic log cabin as the aurora borealis dances across the vast prairie sky.

Why you should visit
  • Hiking or riding traditional trails through the Cypress Hills Wilderness Area spotting elk, moose, cougar and some of 200 species of birds.
  • Joining in a traditional cattle drive.
  • Digging into a hearty Ranch breakfast.
  • Staying in a real cowboy cabin complete with a Jacuzzi for two.
  • Experiencing the age-old tradition of brandings.
  • A hot bath in an antique tub in the spacious ranch house bathroom.
  • Savouring a home-grown, home-cooked beef dinner.
  • Taking a leisurely evening horseback "Sunset Ride".
  • Hearing a lonely coyote's howl.

Weather

  • Summer days are warm or hot and dry with average temperatures in the mid to high 20°Cs. Humidity is low, so evenings are cool.
  • Winters are cold and dry though sometimes warm winds called “Chinooks” blow in from the west.
  • Medicine Hat receives less precipitation annually than most other prairie cities and has plenty of sunshine, earning it the nickname of "the sunniest city in Canada".
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Visitor information
  • Rates and dates.
  • The city of Medicine Hat and Swift Current have banks, restaurants and a selection of shops.
When to go
  • The ranch is open year-round as a B&B.
  • Most ranch activities take place from June to September.
  • June is the start of the calving season – join in moving cow and calf pairs into various fields and into Cypress Hills Park by horseback.
  • Throughout summer there are opportunities to experience regular cattle herd health checks, cattle drives, round-ups and brandings – check in advance for dates.
Need to know
  • Packages include all meals, accommodations and horse use.
  • For horseback riding, pack comfortable riding boots and rain gear – jacket, pants and hat - as well as sunscreen and insect repellent.
  • Additional outings are available to local attractions like Fort Walsh National Historic Site, Hutterite colonies and Cypress Hills Winery.
  • Depending on your arrival date, attend the Maple Creek Cowboy Poetry Gathering, horse sales, cattle auctions, rodeos and country dances.
Getting Here