When you arrive at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa in Western Canada, you'll find many of the features of a guest ranch – horses browsing in the fields, dogs that greet you at the door, wranglers ready to hit the trail with you and your new four-legged friend.
But you'll find much more at this Canadian guest ranch…
There’s an intangible quality about Echo Valley Ranch & Spa that you'll feel the moment you arrive. Stress dissolves. Worries evaporate. Whether you’re in pursuit of new adventures each day – hike a mountain, pan for gold – or your idea of heaven is a day of indulgence at our ‘East-meets-west’ spa – the magic of Echo Valley Ranch soon seeps into your soul.
At this unique Canadian guest ranch you’ll take the time to walk through forests of scented jack pine, adventure through the desert canyons and soak in the beauty of sunsets spun with gold.
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa will rekindle your passion for life and is the perfect location for a family reunion, a wedding, or a corporate event! Of course you can also experience total relaxation and find out what it feels like to be Canadian. If you want to be as flexible as possible, our standard rates are the right choice for you.
Good time to go
Depends on guest: Driest and warmest June - September; Fall colours September - October; View wildlife anytime, but April - June best for bears; Sunshine all year round
Children at the Ranch
Great for children aged 13 and over
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa welcomes children during the family weeks, and on long holiday weekends. The family weeks are from July 01 - August 31. Children aged 13 and over are welcome all year long.
Arts & Crafts
play-doh, coloring, sketching
hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area, cookouts, petting zoo, supervised swimming, gentle guided horseback rides on the ranch and in arena, fishing for rainbow trout on the ranch's own ponds (all equipment and instruction included), identification of birds, mammals and flora, roping, ruesi-dat-ton (Thai yoga), indoor games including shuffle board, charades, tending to the farm animals, special supervised kids' lunches and dinners, evening kids' and teens' movie nights, babysitting for the younger kids, weekly family BBQ with campfire stories, songs and smores
scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, horseshoes, badminton, ping pong, pool table
From age 2 to 17. Hourly cost $10.
Baby Sitting Provided By
Echo Valley staff or child activity coordinator during family weeks in July and August
Environmental & Social Practices
Our Philosophy Since its inception in 1995, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has embraced the values of a Triple Bottom Line philosophy. Caring as much for its people as it does for the environment, the ranch has enjoyed success as an eco-aware destination long before 'living green' became a mainstream movement Lying at the heart of four distinct geographic regions, the diverse and unspoiled wilderness of the place exudes a heritage of pristine beauty. The landscapes not only instill a sense of awe in all who come here, they re-invigorate the mind, body and spirit in extraordinary ways. Such gifts are rare, and are why everyone at Echo Valley sees themselves as caretakers of the land. We take our responsibility seriously because we know that in return, the land will continue to nurture all those who visit for generations to come. How We Walk the Talk We are committed to:
•Being active and environmentally-conscious stewards of our land •Making environmental and socially-aware choices in our day-to-day operations •Always striving to improve the ways we can contribute to a carbon neutral operation •Practicing zero-waste in our food acquisition and production •Use of recycled paper for all collateral materials and a reduction of paper mail outs through the use of electronic brochure distribution Energy & Water Conservation Our back-of-house operations minimize our carbon footprint through: •Water efficient plumbing installations such as toilets, shower heads and faucets •Energy efficient lighting in guest rooms, common areas and storage areas •Two self-sustaining geothermal systems that heat the Baan Thai, swimming pool and Lookout Lodge •Supplemental energy that is generated hydraulically or with propane, both of which deliver zero to a low C02 emissions •Water sourced from naturally fed springs on site
Waste Management Our recycle, reuse, repurpose efforts minimize our carbon footprint through: •A bio-degradable sanitation system that recycles waste fluids as organic fertilizers into the surrounding landscape •A ranch-wide recycling/re-use program, including guest programs that encourage linen and towel reuse •A no-go plastic bottle zone - guests are provided with reusable metal water bottles, and water stations are located throughout the property •The use of recycled paper for all collateral materials •The preference for electronic brochure distribution and social media advertising programs to help reduce paper-based mail outs and promotion •Ranch raised beef, pork, turkeys and chickens for organic meats and dairy products •A ranch kitchen garden that uses organic fertilizers and companion plantings which act as natural insect repellents •Zero kitchen waste -- all leftovers are used in the garden or as food for ranch animals Carbon credits •Purchasing carbon credits to offset those C02 emissions generated by guests traveling to the ranch Environmental and Social Choices We believe that our responsibility as stewards of the land extends to the community with whom we share this wilderness. We believe that all cultures can live and learn from each other in harmony, and make every effort that our staff reflects the traditions of many nationalities. This includes our working alongside the local First Nations peoples whose territory lies at our door, as well as with others in our local community so that we all might prosper.
Grasslands Conservation Council of BC
Wilderness Tourism Association
Located in the heart of British Columbia's Cariboo, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has a unique cultural history and bio-diversity.
It was in the 1850s when gold was found along the Cariboo river's pebbly sand bars, attracting thousands of fortune-seekers. But with the majority barely making enough to pay for supplies or losing their fortunes through gambling, prospectors soon took their quest for gold further north. When young Cornish sailor Billy Barker struck the mother lode, a new wave of hopefuls arrived and the township adopted the name Barkerville. Its mining population grew enormously and, in order to support this, numerous roadhouses were established at various points along the route to the gold fields. Ranches soon sprung up around these roadhouses and before long, a small cattle industry emerged.
Evidence of the Canyon's history is easily reached from Echo Valley; remnants of shanty huts still sit along the Fraser River, parts of the original Chinese mining flumes still endure, and fields of washed stones still lie on the river's shores. Many original homestead structures still remain, including a log house, a root cellar and two animal shelters. Guests can take trail rides past many of these historic sites, ride down the ancient wagon road towards the Fraser – and even try panning for gold!