Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
Cowboy Country, British Columbia, Canada
At a Glance
Beautiful location in the heart of the Canadian wilderness
Meals are enjoyed family style so guests can interact with eachother after a day of adventure
Great for beginner riding
Plenty of activities outside of riding including fishing and hiking
Relax in the Thai Spa after a day exploring the vast Canadian landscape
Best time to Visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit
The ranch is open from 01 April to 15 October
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
To start planning your vacation to Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
Echo Valley Ranch offers a fusion of guest ranch, adventure lodge and luxury wellness retreat in the heart of Canada's "cowboy country". Usually adult only, during July and August they also welcome families looking for a comfortable ranch experience.
Not your standard guest ranch, Echo Valley offers more of a soft adventure experience ideal for those who wish to perhaps just try riding for the first time or for a couple or family whose interests are not purely focussed on the riding.
Set in the heart of Cariboo country in a wonderfully scenic location, Echo Valley offers a very different experience. A combination of East meets West, guests can enjoy a ride in the morning and be pampered in the decadent Thai Spa in the afternoon.
Meals are enjoyed family style with an open kitchen and buzzing social feel. Varied cuisine is served, everything from an old fashioned ranch barbecue through to traditional Thai nights. Try and sit up at the kitchen counter and be wowed by the Master Chef's cooking demonstrations, tips and tasters. Cooking lessons can also be arranged by request.
Although adult only and orientated for most of the year, during July and August children are welcomed at the ranch and activities are planned to keep them happy and occupied whilst learning all about the ranch experience ensuring that parents have an opportunity to take advantage of some of the activities on offer too. Babysitting is also included in the family packages if required.
Whether you are a couple or friends passing through en route to the Rockies or a keen hiker, fisher or rider, or a family wanting an outdoor adventure, Echo Valley Ranch offers a luxurious ranch experience in a stunning setting which will blow those city cobwebs away.
Please note that smoking is not permitted on the ranch or in the grounds.
Ensuring an intimate environment, Echo Valley Ranch offers just 12 rooms and suites across the Dove Lodge and the Lookout Lodge. There are also 5 Cabins, each unique in size and layout and the stunning Baan Thai Suite. Lodge Rooms are centrally located in the Dove Lodge and comfortably accommodate two people. Premium Rooms are located in the Lookout Lodge and offer beautiful views. Some feature cathedral ceilings with sleeping lofts, ideal for older children. The Baan Thai Suite is a unique Thai themed suite in the ranch's signature building, epitomizing the fusion of East and West it offers sumptuous accommodations, plush furnishings and a spacious sitting area overlooking the ranchlands. The suite has its own private terrace and outdoor sitting pavilion.
Families are welcome at the ranch in July and August and the ranch offers a superb family package during this time.
Activities include trail riding, fly fishing for rainbow trout, scavenger hunts with prizes, guided family nature walks, lasso and horseshoe throwing lesson, arts and crafts, indoor swimming pool and board games, tending to the farm animals, evening kids and teens movie nights, weekly family barbecue with campfire stories, songs and s'mores.
3 hours daily babysitting for younger children is also included in the package so that parents can get out and play too! Additional babysitting is available for a charge.
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has a large outdoor hot tub, large indoor geo-thermal heated swimming pool, sauna and fitness center, games room featuring pool table, shuffle board, card table, darts, Karaoke and TV room and complimentary Wi-Fi.
There is a Thai Spa and Western Spa with a huge menu of spa services. There are also complimentary yoga classes run each morning.
Guided horseback riding including riding lessons, half and full day rides. All abilities are catered for.
Activities included in your stay, Fly-fishing on stocked trout ponds (non-guided, equipment provided), Thai yoga (Ruesri dat ton) stretching classes, guided nature trail walks, weekly evening entertainment program including camp fires, barbeque dinners, authentic Thai banquet and traditional Thai dancing, weekly cooking demonstrations with nutrition tips from the chef as well as tips on Thai cooking.
There are also optional activities available for an additional charge such as, Guided horseback riding including full and half-day riding excursions, introductory equestrian lesson or horsemanship lesson in the ranch's riding ring, Guided hiking full and half-day hikes, wide range of spa treatments, Fly fishing casting lessons, Guided fishing in local lakes and rivers, Fraser Canyon safari, Gold panning excursion, White-water rafting (off-site).
Lucie Polwin (Staff)
Echo Valley Ranch is a great stop for 3 or 4 nights for anyone who wants a mixture of relaxation and adventure. Whilst not your typical ranch, it has a charming Thai twist and lots of activities on offer as well as a great spa, making it a unique ranch experience. It is surrounded by stunning forests and only has a small number of rooms and cabins so still maintains an exclusive and peaceful feel even when fully booked.
Location & directions
Cowboy Country, British Columbia, Canada
In the heart of British Columbia's Cariboo region, 270 miles North of Vancouver.