Province/Territory: Saskatchewan

Feel the freedom of the open range

  • 5000 acres of hilly countryside
  • 200 cows and newborn calves
  • 09 miles of river frontage

Experience the cowboy way of life under the endless sky of the Canadian Prairies and ride where the Blackfoot and Crow once camped as they hunted Buffalo across the vast plains. Spend an exhilarating Western week at La Reata Ranch, a family-owned working cattle ranch.

Feel the freedom of riding the open range and hear the thunder of many hooves as you help wrangle the free-roaming horses. Lunch on beans slow-cooked over an open fire while you admire emerald seas of prairie grass and rolling hills that open into steep coulees. Back at the ranch, you share the day’s experiences over a hearty, home-cooked supper, then fall asleep in your cozy cabin, already anticipating another day of authentic cowboy life.

Why you should visit
  • Enjoy a true ‘hands-on’ experience, grooming and saddling your own horse and looking after a herd of two hundred cows and newborn calves.
  • Mount your own horse and ride in the open fields of the Saskatchewan River Valley.
  • Get a first hand feel for the legendary cowboy way-of-life.
  • Learn how to handle the rope and work with cattle.
  • Spend a day riding to check the herd and to explore the ranch property.
  • View wildlife—deer, coyotes, foxes, owls and golden eagles—while hiking in the rolling hills.
  • Enjoy a lunch break with coffee, beans and sausages cooked over an open fire.
  • Burst into some country song and sing it at full-throttle.
  • Watch the entire sky opened up in caramel-and-red at sunrise from the top of a hill.
  • Pack up the horses for an overnight trip and camp out under the stars.
  • In the evening, play a game of horseshoes or learn how to handle a lariat.
  • Swim, boat, canoe or waterski on Lake Diefenbaker.
  • End the day around a crackling campfire, roasting marshmallows for a midnight snack.

Weather

Visitor information
  • Rates & dates for the La Reata Ranch experience.
  • Capacity is limited to 4 to 16 guests per week.
  • Group bookings of up to 20 can be arranged.
  • Rates include accommodation, all meals and soft drinks, horseback riding and all activities offered on the ranch on availability.
  • Guests stay in western-style wood cabins, with two twin beds or one queen-size bed. Each cabin has a private washroom.
  • Breakfast and supper are served in the Cookshack.
  • Guests and the LaReata crew eat family-style meals together.
  • The onsite Old West Saloon has a pool table, foosball, darts and lots of country music.
  • English and German are spoken.
When to go
  • Guest season runs from late May until mid October. Guests are welcome to arrive any day of the week.
Need to know
  • Guests should be comfortable riding horses and interacting with cattle and other ranch animals.
  • Bring sturdy shoes or cowboy boots, not regular street shoes.
  • Dress for the weather, rain or shine. Layers work best.
  • Guests should also be prepared to spend several hours per day out of doors with little or no shade often during very warm summer conditions.
  • Other activities include swimming, boating, canoeing, waterskiing and fishing on Lake Diefenbaker.
Getting Here