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At a glance

  • Only free range riding in British Columbia

  • Unique riding programme designed with each individual guest and their needs in mind

  • Right in the heart of cowboy country this is the real ranch experience

  • Gourmet food and superb local BC wines

  • New tented cabins for 2012

Description

This exclusive boutique ranch offers an enriching experience for guests who would like to have a taste of adventure in a stunning natural environment. Set in the heart of Canada's "cowboy country" Siwash Lake Ranch is the perfect stopping point en route between the Rocky Mountains and the West coast for a unique and fulfilling wilderness experience.

Horse riding is at the heart of the ranch experience and each guest is given their own horse to ride for the duration of their stay. Whether you are a first time rider or fully accomplished there will be a horse that will be specially selected to meet your ability and personality.

In their own words: "Whatever your pleasure, the Siwash Synergy with Horses experience is one-of-a-kind and remarkably enriching. Our Synergy natural horsemanship program delivers a powerful, personal experience that coaches guests to be assertive and work on intuitive skills for building confidence and establishing trust with their mounts. At Siwash you can learn as much about dealing with horses and riding as you wish, in a safe, supportive environment."

Even if horse riding is not for you, the ranch offers endless possibilities, from hiking trails to mountain biking to canoeing and swimming in the lake. There's even a luxurious spa tent tucked away in a forest clearing.

Dining is an occasion with all meals included in guests stay. A sensational fusion of Canadian and International dishes, created with care by the lodge's chef. Wherever possible, organic baby greens and vegetables from the garden as well as home grown beef and pork are used, enriched with wild berries, herbs and edible flowers for a memorable experience.

Accommodation is in premium rooms in the main lodge or in one of the suites in the hand hewn barn.

New in 2012, Siwash now gives guests the intriguing opportunity to sleep under canvas in one of their very private, luxury en suite tents. With one or two bedrooms they offer all the comforts of home including hard wood floors, king beds and fireplaces as well as fully heated bathrooms with outdoor river rock shower. Yet, guests are just steps from the stunning lake views by day or star filled sky by night.

Accommodation

All the rooms at Siwash Lake Ranch are cosy and individually styled. There are 5 Premier rooms (2 can interconnect for families) inside the main lodge.

The Cariboo Suite is located in the loft of the hand hew barn and is ideal for families with two bedrooms and a separate lounge

The Siwash Suite is the most luxurious accommodation with a wood burning stove and claw foot tub

One and two bedroom luxury tents with en suite bathrooms are also available on the ridge at Siwash Lake Ranch

Childcare

Children of all ages are welcome at the ranch in June, July and August, however the riding programme is most suited for children aged 6 and older. The ranch's "Free Range Kids" programme for children aged 4 to 6 years will ensure they experience the fullness of ranch life watched over by the Children's Counsellor.

Typical activities include: animal tracking; wilderness survival training and shelter building; orienteering; arts and crafts; scavenger hunts; nature walks; fort building; and outdoor games, depending on the weather, group dynamics, and the ages of the children involved.

There is a strong horse component to children's activities at Siwash. For younger children who are interested in learning about horses they offer horse care lessons and include pony rides in the home meadow. Children aged 6 and older who demonstrate an ability to safely control their own horse are welcome to ride the trails with their parents. Or they can stay back at the ranch and ride the gymkhana course

Children under 4 years of age are accepted, however, there are no nanny or babysitting arrangements possible for them.

Facilities

Main lodge with inviting sofas and a roaring log fire, Tented Spa available two days a week in a woodland clearing,riding programme, canoeing and mountain biking. Skeet (clay pigeon) shooting also available

Activities

Even if horse riding is not for you, there is an abundance of other activities available from the ranch.

Canoe across or swim in the lake, go mountain biking, hiking, head to see a real live rodeo or laze in a hammock and enjoy the view.

The lakes and rivers around Siwash are abundant with fish and full day fishing excursions are available. Both lake and river fishing as well as both spin casting and fly fishing - and Siwash has a pond on site stocked with rainbow trout which is perfect for fly fishing lessons. Catch and release is practised to preserve wild stock. You can do some wilderness survival (learning outdoor skills in the woods like campfire and natural shelter building) and clay pigeon shooting.

When to travel

The ranch is usually open from June to September each year, however dates can differ so ask for this years dates of opening.

BC’s varied climate is influenced by latitude, elevation and ocean proximity but it’s generally warmer in the south and cooler in the north. Winters are mild in Vancouver and Victoria, with only brief snowfalls, while other regions – especially the north and the interior – are subject to freezing temperatures and heavy snow from November to March.

Spring and fall are often warm and pleasant but rainfall can be heavy, particularly on the coast. Summers (June to September) are mostly dry and sunny with warm temperatures, but the interior is hot in July and August, with temperatures surpassing 30°C

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Location and directions

Cowboy Country, British Columbia

In a semi remote area of the Cariboo region, high on the Bonaparte Plateau at the foot of the Cariboo Mountains. Located between Vancouver and Jasper, not far from Kamloops.

How to get there

10 hour direct flight to Vancouver International Airport, followed by a 5 hour scenic drive North East to the Cariboo Mountains. Alternatively you can fly from Vancouver to Kamloops Regional Airport, 2 hours from the ranch.



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