The Ranch at Siwash Lake

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Siwash is a luxury dude ranch and remote wilderness resort—an exclusive, intimate hideaway where horses, nature, and eco-adventure entwine in the wilds. Families and couples explore the Canadian west on horseback, immersed in the cowboy culture of BC’s Cariboo region, while enjoying life-enriching moments in a wilderness paradise. This authentic working ranch has 80,000 acres of guiding territory encompassing mountain bluffs, river canyons, old growth forests and wildflower meadows—prime habitat for a myriad of wildlife.

Siwash Lakes horse program is unparalleled throughout North America and beyond. Beginner and advanced riders are matched up with our gentle horses, hand-picked to suit the unique attributes of each guest. Natural western horsemanship is taught and guests have a personal riding guide. Those with desire and proven ability have the freedom to ride unescorted. Besides riding, the Siwash signature experience offers on-site fly-fishing, canoeing, swimming, hiking, mountain biking, nature walks, wildlife viewing, wilderness skills, rodeo, and skeet shooting. A pioneer-style spa features relaxation massage with healing treatments under canvas.

Accommodations overlook a secluded wilderness lake, surrounded by grassy meadows ringed with Aspen and Pine forests. Honey-hued log walls embrace a great room with river-rock fireplace, a library, and fine dining room where only organic, ranch-grown and locally produced food is prepared fresh and with love each day. Suites feature heavenly beds dressed with the softest linens, private baths, balconies and exquisite views. A private enclave, the Ridge at Siwash, features ultra-luxurious, safari tents with expansive sun decks and exquisite views of the lake and surrounding wilderness.

Your Hosts

The Rogers Family

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Capacity

28

Rates

All-inclusive starting at $1,095 CAD (approx. 795 USD) per night per person for the Siwash Wilderness Explorer Experience–luxury accommodation in lavish, safari-inspired Glamping tents, authentic ranch house, or reno’d barn loft; fine dining, 6 hours of guided eco-adventure activities per day including unlimited riding with a guide or on your own all day every day, fly-fishing, mountain biking, hiking, boating, swimming, wilderness survival, skeet shooting and much more! Ranch Takeover available for exlusive booking of the entire resort for private use.

Minimum stay

Arrive/depart any day

Deposit

50 percent to confirm reservation – non-refundable, but we will be credit to a new booking within a year of the original one.

Payment Methods

Bank wire preferred. Visa or MasterCard accepted.

Transportation

Fly to Vancouver or Calgary via commercial flight, then connect to Williams Lake (YWL) regional airport. Drive, train, float plane, helicopter and private chauffeur service available

Travel Agents

Yes

Memberships

Canada’s prestigious ‘Signature Experience Collection’; BC Guest Ranchers’ Association; Green Tourism Canada: Wilderness Tourism Association

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Lodging

The ranch is currently rated as a 4.5 Star property through the prestigious Canada Select accommodation awards program and is a very eco-friendly destination, located off-grid and powered by the sun’s energy. With our 24 guest capacity, we offer you a very private and exclusive western adventure – perfect for a sophisticated adult getaway, or upscale family vacation.

The 7,000 square foot lodge is set at the edge of a meadow on a knoll overlooking Siwash Lake. It features laid back western-style luxury – old-fashioned country charm and the rustic flavor of frontier living, finished with elegant touches reminiscent of the Victorian era. The cathedral ceiling living room, with its western decor, overstuffed furniture, vintage fabrics, and antiques, makes for a relaxed and comfortable haven at day’s end, when there’s always a crackling fire burning in the 30-foot high river rock fireplace.

Guest accommodations include premium lodge rooms, one and two-bedroom suites, a spacious family suite in the barn loft, and canvas-clad, two-bedroom tents with en-suites at a private enclave on the Ridge at Siwash Lake. All are romantically furnished with country antiques, eiderdown duvets, oversized bath towels, and many personal touches for your comfort and enjoyment. Most feature king size beds, French doors opening onto private balconies, and all have en-suite bathrooms and gorgeous lake views.

Food & Dining

At mealtimes, you’ll be delighted with fine cuisine and great fellowship in our cozy 30-seat dining room. Hand hewn log walls, a rich fir plank floor, and casually elegant country furniture make guests feel as though they’ve just stepped into the dining area of a grand “old west” estate. Tables vary from large group and family size, to intimate window settings for two.

The ranch offers savory, gourmet cuisine, prepared from the freshest of seasonal ingredients and served with casual Siwash-style flare. Whenever possible, we incorporate wholesome, organic food produced on the ranch – mouthwatering beef and pork, free-range eggs, and baby greens for your salads, picked right from our garden. Wild salmon, trout and venison are a Siwash specialty. We embellish your meals with edible flowers, fresh herbs and berries harvested from the woods.

Our chef is pleased to accommodate special diets when notified in advance. Your day begins with first class service. In the early morning, a wake-up tray will be placed by your door, brimming with home baked muffins and your choice of freshly brewed tea or coffee. Breakfasts in the dining room are hearty, and lunches, served outside whenever possible, feature nourishing homemade soups, salads, and breads. Later in the day, enjoy chef’s daily hors d’oeuvre, presented on the sun deck or fireside. Dinners are sumptuous, culinary delights infused with international flavors.

Romantic in-suite and alfresco meadow dining is also available. The ranch is fully licensed and we feature premium wines and beer from world-class BC wineries, included in your package!

Activities

This private hideaway is a boutique wilderness resort that is a sophisticated yet family friendly ranch appealing to the world’s most discerning, active travelers seeking freedom, authentic adventure, and life-enriching experiences.

We have one of the most unique horseback riding programs in North America. Whether you’re a first-time beginner or a very advanced rider, you’ll be delighted with the selection of horses in our wonderful herd. Roam our 80,000 acres of pristine rangeland as you wish. We encourage guests to become comfortable at all gaits – walking, trotting and loping(cantering).

Guests are assigned a horse each for the duration of their stay and are welcome to saddle and groom their horses. Our program is not at all intimidating, and is all about giving guests on-on-one, supportive and knowledgeable mentoring every step of the way. After some introductory sessions with the owner, you have the freedom to ride on your own or with a private guide. You may ride all day from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm if you wish. There is very little scheduling here and no rigidly structured “nose-to-tail” trail riding – we strive to provide a personalized riding experience that’s catered to your needs and abilities, with a focus on natural western horsemanship.

For non-riders, world-class fishing is featured at numerous wilderness lakes and a river, all within close vicinity of the ranch. We offer the services of our professional angling guide and provide all gear.

Summary of All-Inclusive Activities:

Horseback riding; fly-fishing; river & lake swimming; hiking; mountain biking; wilderness survival; skeet shooting; bird watching; wildlife viewing; canoeing & kayaking; guided interpretive nature walks; rodeo excursions; sustainability workshops, & outdoor games. Healing treatments in our magical tented Spa are available a la carte.

Kid's Programs

Your hosts have two teenagers. We love kids, and have an excellent childcare program that is available in summer by advance arrangement. With ranch critters and a wild flower meadow… welcome to nature’s play ground. A stay at Siwash for children revolves quite simply around life on a ranch, featuring a balance of free play, educational, and artistic content. Typical activities may include horse care, animal tracking, orienteering, scavenger hunts, nature walks, fort building, arts and crafts, or outdoor games, depending on the weather, group dynamics, and ages of the children involved.

Children ages 6 and older who demonstrate an ability to safely control their own horse are welcome to ride the trails with their parents. If under 12 years of age, participation in an unescorted group will be at the discretion of the wrangler, based on the child’s riding ability and maturity. Those needing more practice can be led around the barn area and home meadow, when the opportunity arises.

Location

Altitude

3,500 feet above sea level

Location

The ranch is located in the rugged and remote heartland of BC, a 2 hour drive north-west of Kamloops, an ideal half-way stopping point between the Rockies and BC’s western coast.

Closest Airports

Heli-pad at The Ranch

Float plane dock adjacent to The Ranch

108 Mile House Airport (ZMH) for small private jets

Williams Lake Regional Airport (YWL) for commercial flights

Vancouver International Airport (YVR)