The adventure ranch of the Canadian Rockies

We specialize in families, beginner riding opportunities, and multi-sport activities. Three Bars Guest and Cattle Ranch invites you to experience the ultimate horseback riding vacation in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia, Canada.

We offer the most diverse activities program available. Including a complete range of horseback riding programs, hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, tennis, indoor heated pool, hot tub, and fitness facility. Enjoy your vacation experience with true western hospitality, Three Bars Ranch style. If this is your first Dude Ranch vacation, you will surely be impressed.

With the diversity of our activities program, singles, families and couples, horseback riders and non-riders all enjoy an experience of a lifetime here. Our high season for families runs mainly in July and August with couples concentrating more in spring and fall.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    Dude Ranchers Association, British Columbia Dude Ranchers Association, Spur Alliance
  • Good time to go

    Before or after the Calgary Stampede(July 8th –17th 2011), or the 3rd week in August when the Cranbrook Pro Rodeo is in town.

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Jeff & April, Tyler & Jenna, Jesse Beckley
  • Address

    9500 Wycliffe Perry Cr. Rd, Cranbrook, British Columbia, Canada, V1C 7C7
  • Tel

    250-426-5230; 877-426 5230
  • Fax

    877-842-5148
  • Capacity

    45
  • Open

    May-Oct - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $275-380 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Diverse scenery, Kids - age 6+

Email Ranch   View Website

Highs

  • A diverse activities program makes Three Bars an ideal location for those with differing vacation ideas - ATV, golf, sporting clays, fishing, indoor pool and more!
  • Beckleys do what they have talent for - the activities they specialize in are among the finest in the industry; The entire Beckley family help run the ranch and activities
  • Varied scenic riding opportunities for beginner to intermediate riders including river riding
  • For those dabbling in Performance Horses you have direct opportunity to learn from Jeff & Jesse Beckley. Should you be interested in purchasing a proven reining horse, this is the ranch.
  • To ensure a quality experience for your children, Beckleys keep the percentage of on-ranch children at 30% under the age of 14

Lows

  • Directed more towards families; however, with the amount of activities offered and with plenty of land to roam, couples/singles will never feel overwhelmed with children
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    May-Oct
  • Nightly rate

    $275-380   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (non-rider)

    $240-300
  • Nightly rate (children)

    $275-250
  • Minimum stay

    2 days
  • Preferred arrival day

    Sun, Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Sat, Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • 25% deposit is due at time of booking. Balance is due at time of check-out.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, ranch shuttle, lodging, Riding, rafting
  • Extras

  • Tax

    6%
  • Gratuity

    Optional
  • Other

    Beverages from the bar

Weather

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Avg Temp (°F):

162132425158636152422919

Avg Rainfall (in):

1.81.20.90.71.21.71.10.91.10.91.31.7

Lowdown

  • Elevation

    2997 ft.
 

Nearest Airports

  • Canadian Rockies International Airport - YXC, Cranbrook, British Columbia

  • Nearest town / city

    Cranbrook, British Columbia
  • Distance to ranch

    10 miles
  • Time to ranch

    15 mins
  • Airlines

    YXC Air Canada, Pacific Coastal Air
  • Ranch shuttle

    free!

Private Air travel

  • Nearest town / city

    Cranbrook, British Columbia
  • Travel by

    Airplane
  • Distance to ranch

    10 miles
 

Our riding stands out

  • Our riding program is over-seen by pro-trainer Jeff Beckley and the Beckley family
  • A horse to guest ration of over 2:1, we are certain to find your perfect match
  • Lush, green scenery with meandering trails to the tip tops of the Crown wilderness

Our horses

  • guest horses

    100
  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Geldings

Our Riding

  • Scheduled rides

    Our morning rides leave between 9 and 10 and the afternoon rides between 1 and 2.
  • Guided rides

    Our fully guided rides cover both casual and extreme country, therefore, we encourage guests to come with the same physical ability as needed to ride a bike.
  • Program rides

    Each Wednesday, guests enjoy our breakfast ride; On Friday, we offer an all-day ride up too the summit with lunch on the trail arriving back at the ranch around 4.

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate
  • Most riders are

    Intermediate
  • Rides are grouped by

    Age, Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families Ride Together
  • Tyler and our head wrangler set up requested rides and activities by visiting with guests during breakfast and at lunch. Usually, the first few days, families choose to ride together, but then choose to separate into the week. Singles/Couples are not grouped with children
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    1
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • Guests ride with us for a full day before going on our faster rides. Wranglers then can asses abilities.

Email Ranch  View Website

You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 2 hours, Afternoon - 2 hours
  • We do offer all day rides, but with the plethora of activities, guests generally ride 1/2 day in morning and enjoy other activities in the afternoon.
  • Riding

    On specified trails
 

Riding Lessons

  • Details

    lessons come with package, lessons are additional, basic riding lessons, advanced horsemanship lessons
  • Lessons given by

    wrangler
  • Lessons located

    in the arena
  • We offer a beginner group lesson or a private or semi-private riding lesson. The private/semi-private riding lesson can be scheduled at any time throughout your stay at an additional charge. Our wranglers are capable of teaching at any level - from entry level to advanced horsemanship. Wranglers are also happy to instruct on the trail for all levels addressing various questions you may have.

Horsemanship Clinic

  • Clinician

    Jesse Beckley, Jeff Beckley
  • Details

    Included in package, Clinics occur in the arena
  • Focuses on

    Guests can watch Jesse and Jeff Beckley as they train reining performance horses throughout the week. Our reining facilities are right here at the ranch barns where guests are welcome to watch as Jeff and Jesse prepare for the international show circuit. You will find training occurring daily in our arenas. Guests are welcome to watch and learn their philosophies and training styles and what makes a championship reining horse. In addition to daily training rituals, Jeff and Jesse also offer an evening demonstration of Reining once a week. Jesse has trained with the top trainers in the industry; to learn more about their training visit www.beckleyreining.com

Sample Riding Itinerary

  • 8:00 AM Every day starts with a hardy ranch meal in the lodge. Where the day’s activities are planned.

    9:00 – 11:30 Morning Rides or alternative activity

    12:00 Lunch

    1:30 – 4:00 Afternoon Rides, or one of the afternoon activities. Rafting, guided hiking, skeet shooting, and more


    4:30 Happy hour in the bar

    6:30 Dinner

    8:00 Evening program starts. Casino night, reining demo, fire engine games, ext

Setting

  • Private Land - 1000-5000 (hectares)

  • Our ranch sits on 1200 acres of majestic British Columbian beauty surrounded by mountains, valleys, and clear rivers. Our setting boasts a gorgeous and rugged landscape with few open meadows. Allowing trail riding through the ranch and up into the Crown wilderness that surrounds us.
  • Public Land - more than 50k (hectares)

  • Our ranch is surrounded by 80,000 hectares of Crown wilderness offering some truly awe-inspiring trail rides. We back into a big valley, sitting at the foothills of the Percels. We are bordered to the north by St. Mary's River and to the south by Perry's Creek.

Three Bars offers traditional menus with our signature upscale flair.

Dining at Three Bars is an opportunity for everyone to come together. Tasty meals are served as a buffet with comfortable family-style and private table seating. To satisfy anyone's palate, meals run the full range - from BBQ steak cookouts to traditional Mexican cuisine. Ester, our in-house chef, specializes in fresh breads and home made desserts.

The day begins with your choice of a light and fresh breakfast, or a meal that can fill you up for the day.  When you arrive back from your morning ride, our lunches will satisfy your craving. We have hot and cold entrees, fresh salads, BBQ cook outs and some of the best cookies and squares for dessert. Feel free to drop a few in your pocket for your afternoon activities! Dinner is a very social time at Three Bars - a time to sit back and relax and enjoy another fantastic meal. Freshly baked breads, salads, a selection of vegetables and meat will impress even the toughest critics.

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Ranch-style
  • Meals served

    family style, buffet style, scheduled meals
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, dining room (casual attire)
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    vegetarians, other

Email Ranch  View Website

Guest Favorites

  • Blueberry Pancakes cooked over an open fire on our breakfast ride
  • BBQ Steak
  • BBQ Sweet Beans

Wine List Sample

  • An extensive wine list featuring some of B.C.’s best including the highly awarded Mission Hills Vineyard.
 

Sample Menu

    Breakfast

    fruits, cereals, yogurt and muffins for those who prefer the simple breakfast; hot breakfast menu varies from pancakes & waffles, to bacon, sausage, and eggs

    Lunch

    hot and cold entrees, fresh salads, BBQ cook outs

    Dinner

    Freshly baked breads, salads, a selection of vegetables and meat

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 6 and over



We offer a supervised children's program for 6 and over. Kids of all ages will feel at home here at the ranch, where they have wide open spaces to just be kids. Catch frogs, go horseback riding, cook a marshmallow over an open fire. Our program is designed to keep kids of all ages busy all day long and well into the night.

Our programs are designed so you can go on family rides, hike together and river raft together. Or the kids are welcome to join in the children's riding program while the adults choose another activity program, or an adult-only ride. We are small so that we can allow for custom vacation experiences.

While our riding program is designed for kids of 6 years and older, younger kids are welcome here at the ranch. We don't have a formal program for the younger kids, but we do have an outside play area & petting zoo. We will lead them around the arena on a horse with a parent beside to help make them comfortable on the horse.

Detailed Activities

  • Riding based activities

    arena riding, trail riding

While the Three Bar Ranch and cattle brand was one of the first registered in B.C., it was not until 1992 that it became a world call guest ranch.

After building several other guest ranches in Idaho and Canada, Jeff and April Beckley decided that Three Bars was the perfect location for their operation. Three Bars Ranch was custom built all at once to be a guest ranch. The ranch sits on 1200 acres of private land with 35,000 acres of lease surrounding the property.

Three Bars Ranch is the year-round home of the Beckley family. Jeff and April Beckley, Tyler and Jenna, and Jesse share the western lifestyle of wide open spaces, good friends and the cowboy way of life with guests from around the world. The Beckley family are all involved in the day to day operations of the ranch, we are in the dining room at meal time and around the ranch all day.

Lowdown

  • Guest ranch since

    1992
  • Ranchers for

    3 generations

Our Staff

  • Exceptional Horsemen and Horsewomen
  • Young and energetic
  • Supremely qualified in accommodating all aspects of your stay

Email Ranch  View Website

 

Owner Info

  • Owner - Jeff & April, Tyler & Jenna, Jesse Beckley

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Jeff & April With an agricultural degree and rodeo background, Jeff has always been part of the cowboy lifestyle. Jeff trains reining horses for Beckley Reining where you will find him most mornings in the arena. However, Jeff's new interest is in training gun dogs. With this new interest, Jeff has expanded the ranch's activities in the fall to include the opportunity to hunt pheasants with him and his dogs here on the ranch. April was raised on a combination cattle and guest ranch in a family where you learned to ride soon after you learned to walk. Cows, cowboys, horses and guests have always been part of her life. While the Three Bars office now takes up most of April's days, you'll find April riding reining horses most afternoons at Three Bars.

    Tyler & Jenna Having been born and raised in the industry(3rd generation), Tyler is as much at home on horseback as guiding a rafting trip. Tyler is back at Three Bars after being away at business school. He heads up Ranch activities and is our head wrangler. Tyler will assist you with your travel plans before your trip as well as help you with your daily activity while you are here. Being an avid golfer, Tyler is a great resource of information for you. Jenna started at the ranch as a wrangler years ago. After two seasons here at the ranch Jenna decided she wanted to stay in the area and transfered to Cranbrook to complete her degree in Education. Tyler and Jenna were married in 2008. Jenna teach's grade school in Cranbrook, but is still very much a vital part of the horse operation. She often leads the hike to the waterfalls and is one of your guides on the rafting trips.

    Jesse Jesse started showing reining horses at age 12, continuing his interest and education in the horse industry he moved to Oklahoma and California for 5 years where he worked for two of the top 5 reining horse trainers in the world. Following this time he returned to Three Bars Ranch to run Beckley Reining Horses with his dad. Jesse is now a professional reining horse trainer and shows reiners around the Canadian and US West. When not on the road he coaches non-pro reining horse competitors and competitive reining horses here at Three Bars.

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Cabin | Three Bars Accommodations$277-$330$210-$295

    • Description

      Our spacious cabins emphasize comfort, relaxation and never skimping on amenities like hand built log furniture, cozy quilts, full baths, fridge, a seating area and of course, a front porch. Whichever cabin works best for your family you are sure to find your private log cabin welcoming! Your home while visiting three bars ranch will be one, two or three bedroom log cabins - each room has a unique bed configurations from one queen to two queen beds. The two bedroom family cabins for are ideal for families with young children.

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • Business Services

    • Conference center
    • computer and fax hookups
    • printers
    • common computer
    • Cell Networks

      • alltel
      • AT&T
      • verizon
      • good cell coverage

Additional Services

  • Spa

    relaxation massage. massage therapist comes out by appointment
  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of 50-75. For up to 70, we offer custom corporate retreats year round
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of 50-75. A beautiful setting, weddings at the ranch generally occur July and August. Our dining room maxes at 70

Onsite

Shopping

  • We offer on-ranch shopping for hats, boots, western wear, logo wear, jewelry, and ranch memorabilia.

Outdoor Activities

  • mountain biking
  • tennis
  • Golf - 9 hole course
  • Golf - 18 hole course
  • sporting clays
  • ATV Rentals - guided
  • ATV Rentals - non-inclusive
  • Water based Activities

    • indoor pool
    • hot tub
    • whitewater rafting-adventure

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Riding helmets, Saddle bags
  • You can rent

    Cowboy boots
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    fly, river, guided inclusive, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available
  • Three Bars Ranch is located a short walk from the St. Mary's River. The St. Mary's River is considered to be one of the finest dry-fly fisheries in North America. You will enjoy Wild West Slope Cut Throats from 14 to 20 inches, and catch rates of 10 to 50 fish per day. As an added bonus, there is a good chance you will not see another angler during your float. The lack of angling pressure is due to the absence of roads along the length of the river. Fortunately, Three Bars Ranch controls over 7 miles of river, giving you exclusive access. Fly fishing equipment is available from the lodge at no charge. Fishing licenses are required and are available for sale at the ranch. You can take advantage of fully guided or unguided fishing as well as enjoy a fully-guided full day boat fishing trip down the river with a professional guide.

  • Wildlife and birding

  • Elk, Deer, Black Bear, Mouse, Coyote, and an abundance of birds

Local Attractions

  • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
  • Banff National Park, Glacier National Park

  • Three Bars is located in the Canadian Rockies, between Banff National Park and Glacier National Park. This gives our guest the option of visiting one of the parks either before or after visiting the ranch. A lot of our guest elect to fly into Calgary AB and drive down to the ranch via Banff and Lake Louise. There is also an alternative route back to Calgary via the Cowboy Trail. Kalispell MT is also a great option for guest interested in visiting Glacier.
  • Rental car

    Required
  • Fort Steel

  • Fort Steel is a turn of the century heritage town that has been re-built and preserved as a heritage site. Complete with street actors, theatre, general store, etc. The fort is 30 min from the ranch and a great ½ day adventure.
  • Distance

    30 miles
  • Time from ranch

    30 mins
  • Rental car

    Required
  • 5 of the Top 25 Golf Courses

  • The region is also home to some of the finest golf in Canada. 5 of the top 25 golf courses in Canada are located within 15 min of the ranch. It is a true golfers dream.
  • Distance

    15 miles
  • Time from ranch

    15 mins
  • Rental car

    Required

Check Availability / Request a Reservation

You're one step closer to booking a vacation you won't forget! Just fill out the form below — enter as much information as you know, we'll help you figure out the rest. Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required.

Vacation Dates:

  • Arrive On*:
  • Depart On*:

Party Details

  • Adults:
    No.
  • Children:
    No.
  • Ages of Children:

Contact Info

Name:

Telephone:

Email:


Any Requests


Check Availability

Tel 250-426-5230; 877-426 5230

Email Ranch View Website

follow this Ranch on Facebook

 

 

Favorites click star to add

    Rate this Ranch

    Visited this Ranch? we'd love to hear what you think - please fill out our Review form

    Read visitor reviews on Three Bars Ranch

     

    Visitor Ratings

    Riding

    Adventure

    Romance

    Ranch Setting

    Family Oriented

    Adult Oriented

    Western Hospitality

    Cattle Work

    Food & Wine

    Overall Experience

    View this ranch on Tripadvisor