Guest ranch vacations in Canada – Top50 unveils the very best

BY Jody Dahl | Wed 05 Oct, 2011

Guest ranch vacations are normally associated with the USA, and traditional ranching states such as Wyoming, Montana, Texas and New Mexico. But head over the border into Canada and you’ll find some real hidden gems – and Top50 has uncovered the very best to make sure your Canada guest ranch vacation is nothing short of breathtaking. Top50’s pick of the best Canada guest ranches are all located in British Columbia, the westernmost of Canada's provinces. Known for its natural beauty, British Columbia’s Latin motto reads Splendor sine occasu – "Splendour without Diminishment". Visit one of these Top50 ranches and you’ll understand why...

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is a luxury dude ranch in Jesmond, BC, where guests can enjoy true Canadian hospitality with an Asian twist, thanks to its award-winning BaanThai and European-style spa. Whether you want to saddle up with the wranglers, ride out on your own, climb on-board a Tennessee Walking Horse, or simply lie back and be pampered, you can do it all in the luxury of Echo Valley. This luxury dude ranch also cooks up variety of healthy gourmet meals and even accommodates special diets - life-style dishes such as 'Eat for Your Blood Type' are often incorporated into the menu plan.

For a family-friendly ranch vacation that even non-horsiest people will love, look no further than Three Bars in Cranbrook, BC. A diverse activities program makes this luxury dude ranch, guest ranch and working ranch an ideal location for those with differing ideas of what makes a great vacation, offering an activity-filled stay for all ages and interests. With over 100 horses, a casual schedule and the chance to ride over 75,000 acres of British Columbia crown land, Three Bars’ riding program accommodates novice riders through to the experienced. Beautiful landscape – from high lookouts to rivers banks – makes for some stunning scenic riding. If your vacation isn't all about riding, then you can also fill your week with rafting, fly fishing, 4x4 tours and archery. For those dabbling in performance horses, there’s the opportunity to learn from Jeff and Jesse Beckley – and you can even purchase a proven reining horse for yourself!

Free Rein is set amongst beautiful lakes, rolling hills and endless crown land in the Cariboo region of British Columbia. North of Kamloops, this is old ranching country – so you’d expect nothing less than the warm family reception that awaits on arrival at this guest ranch. Free Rein gives you just that – free reign to do as much riding and exploring as you care... Ride to the top of the pine-covered hills and take in the vast vistas and huge skies... Or simply kick back and relax at the newly-built wooden lodge, reading a book on the porch overlooking the lake. This is the perfect destination to experience the Canadian wilderness, and its location also makes it ideal as part of an adventure road trip from Vancouver.

If you’re all about the horseback riding, Tod Mountain Ranch is the place to go. The guest ranch offers mountain riding at its best, from trails suitable for the inexperienced to challenging mountain trails for more advanced riders. Accommodating only 16 guests at any one time, this is a small, intimate ranch with lot of attention to detail – from luxury bathroom products, to the red seal chef preparing exemplary international cuisine. Adult-oriented, flexible and offering both wilderness and seclusion, this is the perfect ranch destination for a chilled out, “switch-off” vacation, whether you choose to stay one night or ten.

 

Whether you head to one of Top50's dude ranch vacationsguest ranch vacations,working ranch vacations we know you'll have a great time. Or book a riding holiday estancia Argentina or a riding holiday, or to a working ranch in New Zealand, or go horse trekking in Australia, either way Top50 can help you find that ideal ranch experience.

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