- 80,000 acres of Canadian wilderness
- 30 gentle and agile horses
- 100 km of trail riding
Inhale the scent of saddle leather mingled with sun-warmed pine as you indulge your inner cowboy or cowgirl. You're partnered up with a horse hand-picked to suit your individual riding attributes - part of the signature Siwash Synergy with Horses™ program. Novice to expert alike learn to groom, saddle and ride with confidence. With the sound of whinnying horses, you set off from Siwash Lake Ranch, a renowned working dude ranch and luxury wilderness resort at the foothills of BC's Cariboo Mountains. Imagine endless wooded trails, meadows and grasslands as far as the eye can see. Bed down at night in luxurious cabins, tent suites, or Siwash's genuine ranch house. Wake up in the morning to hot coffee and muffins delivered to your door. Ride under a golden sun all day, then go for a swim, hike, enjoy some fly-fishing or canoe across the lake at dusk. When night falls, listen for the loons across the lake as you sway in a hammock and count the stars before your gourmet dinner.
Why you should visit
- Upon arrival at the ranch, you'll be assigned a personal horse (like Soda, Chip, and Belle) for the duration; you'll learn to groom, saddle and ride wooded trails and meadows to waterfalls and mountain bluffs.
- Improve your riding and confidence with the Siwash Synergy with Horses™, a unique riding program, regarded as the country's best.
- Surrounded by the scent of pine trees, enjoy a relaxing spa treatment in a soothing, tented luxury spa.
- Tuck into organic and locally grown cuisine with tempting dishes like seared scallops, smoked salmon on baguettes, and fall-off-the-bone ribs.
- Discover a secret spot and go angling on a guided fishing safari. Listen for splashing trout on your line.
- Mountain bike to a picturesque mountain bluff.
- Go on a canyon hike to a waterfall.
- Enjoy fresh-baked muffins and coffee delivered daily to your door.
- Smile as ranch dogs play around your trotting or cantering horses. Spot coyote, bear, moose, deer, and beaver from the saddle.
- Learn about the land and its legends from experienced outdoor guides.
- Curl up beside the crackling fire with a glass of fine wine in the ranch library, listening for the occasional howl of the coyotes.
- The Cariboo-Chicoltin region enjoys dry, hot summers (June to August). Winters (December to March) find the mountains dusted with dry powder snow, perfect for skiing and tubing, as well as ice fishing. Spring comes early (March to May) bringing mild temperatures. Gorgeous colours mark the fall season (September and October), an ideal time for hiking.
- Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada’s Canadian Climate Normals Website.
- Open June to September. Winter stays and activities available for a select number of guests.
- All inclusive and custom-tailored packages are available.
- Enjoy fly-fishing, biking, swimming, canoeing and other on site activities.
- Accommodations range from guest ranch suites to luxury canvas cabins.
- Spa services are provided upon request at extra cost.
When to go
- September to June are perfect for couples, singles and adult visitors, while the summer months (late June, July and August) are ideal for lively family gatherings, offering riding and plenty of swimming, boating, biking and outdoor games.
- During June and early July, you may spot black bears and their cubs, as well as deer with their fawns.
Need to know
- Plan to spend three days to a week riding the trails and enjoying the ranch's wilderness activities.
- Children’s program offered in July and August by advance arrangement only. Children aged four and under are welcome in the summer months with nanny supervision.
- Limited number of guests are welcome in the winter for horseback riding, ice skating, tubing, ice fishing, and more.
- Full day rides with picnic lunch on the range are available for stays over three nights.
- Siwash Lake Ranch is a 5.5 hour drive from Vancouver(415 km). The ranch is situated north west of the Okanagan Valley and North East of Whistler and accessible by four-wheel drive SUV, float plane, private jet, or helicopter service.
- During the summer months, cars can make the trip easily, too.
- Fly into either the Kamloops Regional Airport (YKA) or the Williams Lake Regional airport (YWL), with chauffeured transfers available from both airports. The closest international airports is the Vancouver International Airport.
- BC’s luxury train, the Rocky Mountaineer, makes stops in Kamloops and the ranch will arrange transfer from there.