A National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Siwash is set in the heart of Canada's Cowboy Country, offering a whole host of enriching adventures for guests who want to get off the-beaten path in the BC wilderness.
If horse riding isn't for you, or for all of your party, the ranch offers endless possibilities for exploring the wilderness. From hiking trails to waterfalls, mountain biking, canoeing, shooting, fishing and swimming in the lake there is so much more for the outdoor enthusiast. The ranch helicopter is ready to go for adventures into the wilderness to hike with not a soul around or pan for gold on remote rivers like the old days, or why not fly to a local vineyard for an indulgent wine tasting afternoon!
Horse riding still remains 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. Learning about horsemanship is at the heart of the ranch ethos, so guests leave the ranch with a good understanding of the western style of riding and make the most out of their experience. Riding terrain doesn't get better than this, with sun-dappled forest trails and flower strewn meadows where you may spot the odd black bear.
Dining is an occasion with all meals included in guests stay. A sensational farm-to-table menu is presented for every meal of the day, created with love and 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. The selection of BC wine is testament to why very little gets exported!
Choose to sleep in cosy ranch-style rooms in the main lodge, in one of the suites in the hand hewn barn ideal for a family or sleep under canvas in a beautiful en suite safari tent. With two bedrooms they offer all the comforts of home including hard wood floors and fireplaces as well as fully heated bathrooms with outdoor cedar wood showers. Enjoy being at one with nature with stunning lake views by day and the sparkling star filled sky by night.
All the rooms in the main ranch house 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.
For families with a sense of adventure, stunning luxury safari tents with en suite bathrooms and private decks sit overlooking the lake are our top choice! They are also within easy strolling distance of the beautiful spa tents and the morning yoga deck. For all rooms and tents, expect a morning wake up call with tea and coffee and freshly baked pastries.
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.
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
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, fishing, skeet shooting 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. Kids, and adults a like, will love the wilderness survival course learning outdoor skills in the woods like campfire and natural shelter building. The ranch helicopter is the most thrilling way to explore the wilderness, stopping to hike in pristine surrounds or pan for gold like the old days.
When to travel
The resort is open from June to September each year, however dates can differ so ask for this years dates of opening. Please note that there is a 4 night minimum stay during July and August, 3 nights at other times
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Location and directions
Cowboy Country, British Columbia
In a 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
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 Williams Lake and then it is a 2 hour scenic transfer to the ranch.