Surrounded by wide open skies, rolling grasslands and forests bejeweled with lakes, The Ranch at Siwash Lake is a private hideaway in BC’s Cariboo region.

Authentic accommodations pair luxury amidst nature in lavish, safari-inspired “Glamping” tents and ranch house suites, while farm-fresh, 5-star dining highlights organic food grown on the ranch and foraged from the wilds nearby.

Guests explore BC’s rugged heartland on horseback as part of the Siwash Synergy with Horses™  riding program; awarded as a signature experience for Canada. It focuses on the magical bond between horses and humans for beginners and experts alike.

Beyond riding, Siwash offers fly fishing, frontier games (shooting; hatchet throwing; archery), wilderness survival, hiking, biking, and helicopter adventures. Those seeking gentle wilderness pursuits kayak on shimmering Siwash Lake, perform outdoor yoga, tour ranch gardens, or luxuriate at a forest spa.
 

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    Founding member of the Magnificent 7 - Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada; Canadian Tourism Commission; BC Guest Ranchers' Association; Green Tourism Canada, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast Tourism Association;and BC Wilderness Tourism Association
  • Good time to go

    Siwash welcomes a select number of guests from around the world during the most beautiful months of the year in British Columbia's Cariboo region, June through September.

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Allyson Rogers and Roy Grinder
  • Manager(s)

    Allyson Rogers and Roy Grinder
  • Address

    Box 39, 70 Mile House, Cariboo Cowboy Country, British Columbia, Canada, V0K 2K0
  • Tel

    1.250.395.6541
  • Capacity

    24
  • Open

    Jun-Sep - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $895-1295 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Dude Ranch, Guest Ranch, Luxury Ranch, Authentic, Hands-On, Safari Ranch
  • Great for

    Romance, Action & adventure, Peace & quiet, Pampering, Solitude, Diverse scenery, People of all ages

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Highs

  • Outstanding horseback riding program: ‘Official showcase program for the Canadian Tourism Commission’ Ride on your own or with private guides; no nose-to-tail; comprehensive, hands-on experiential program for all levels
  • Nature-based, multi-activity adventures: Riding; fishing; hiking; mountain biking; river and lake swimming; skeet shooting; wilderness survival; interpretive nature walks; bird watching; canoeing and more
  • Ultra-luxe amenities: Fine dining; high standard of comfort in lodge and guest accommodations; spa services available, magically delivered in the woods under canvas
  • Small, private and exclusive: A maximum of 16-24 guests and 14 staff ensures royal pampering; personal service; and intimate, boutique atmosphere; Quality children’s program available when pre-arranged
  • Authentic: Owners are Canadian, fourth generation ranchers. Setting akin to an “Old West” ranch estate, with log buildings, snake fences and frontier flavor

Lows

  • Due to SLR's remote wilderness location, special arrangements for dietary requests, childcare and so forth need to be made in advance, otherwise there is no guarantee it will be available
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    Jun-Sep
  • Nightly rate

    $895-1295   view details on lodging rates
  • Nightly rate (children)

    $795-895
  • Minimum stay

    3 days
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • 50% deposit to confirm a booking; balance owing 60 days in advance of stay
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, ranch shuttle, lodging, Riding, Yoga, bottomless glasses of premium wine, beer and spirits; soft beverages; bottled water in guest rooms; childcare for children over 4 during the summer months when arranged in advance.
  • Extras

  • Tax

    6.7% for international guests
  • Gratuity

    10-20% suggested please
  • Massage

    The ranch has a magical tented spa with relaxation and hot stone massage; aromatherapy wraps; facials; reflexology; hand and foot treatments hot stone
  • Other

    Private individual riding lessons by request; alfresco private dining; special VIP private boating excursions for wildlife viewing, sightseeing, and water sports including water skiing, tubing and wake boarding. Helicopter adventures including hel-wine tasting, heli-hiking, and heli-gold panning.

Environmental & Social Practices

  • Environment

  • The Ranch at Siwash Lake has been rated a top eco-friendly luxury destination in Canada (the Globe & Mail) and was the first of only a few in the country to be awarded a Gold certification by Green Tourism Canada.

    The ranch is off-grid and runs off solar power. There are many other environmentally sensitive sytems in place: to name only a few, the ranch utilizes rain water; has an extensive recycling and waste management program; produces organic food on site; and advocates for land stewardship. Conservation and preservation projects are ongoing.

    To read full details and a list of Siwash Lakes daily best practices, please refer to the Sustainability section at http://www.siwashlakeranch.com/site/eco-resort.html

Weather

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Lowdown

  • Elevation

    3500 ft ft.
  • Generate power

    We harvest sun power using solar PV arrays to generate 90% of the ranch's electricity, without sacrificing luxury & pleasures of a high-end resort!
  • Remote Location

 

Nearest Airports

  • William Lake Regional Airport (YWL) for commercial flights, Williams Lake

  • Nearest town / city

    Williams Lake
  • Distance to ranch

    140 miles
  • Time to ranch

    2 hours
  • Airlines

    Air Canada, Pacific Coastal Air
  • Rental car

    4x4 recommended
  • Vancouver International (YVR), Vancouver

  • Nearest town / city

    Vancouver
  • Distance to ranch

    330 miles
  • Time to ranch

    4 hours
  • Airlines

    All international airlines
  • Rental car

    4x4 recommended
  • Float plane direct to ranch, from the river terminal at Vancouver International Airport

  • Nearest town / city

    from the river terminal at Vancouver International Airport
  • Time to ranch

    1 hour 30 mins

Private Air travel

  • Nearest town / city

    108 Airport (ZMH) for jets 45 mins. drive from ranch; heli-pad at ranch
  • Travel by

    Helicopter, Private jet
 

Our riding stands out

  • Ride happy, healthy and responsive horses over 80,000 acres of pristine rangeland with no nose-to-tail; guided by professionals whom are passionate about interpretating the local history, culture, terrain, flora and fauna.
  • Guests are matched with a personal horse to groom, saddle, and ride daily as much or as little as they please.
  • Private guides offering plenty of one-on-one coaching for beginner through advanced levels, and Siwash also gives guests the freedom to ride unguided for those with proven ability.

Our horses

  • guest horses

    30
  • horse types

    Quarterhorse, Morgan, Thoroughbred, Appaloosas, Draft, Draft Cross, Paints, Arabians, Geldings, Mares

Our Riding

  • Scheduled rides

    Guests head down to the barn at 10AM each morning to groom and saddle their horses. They spend the first morning in a full orientation session, learning about their horse and the skills required to get the most out of their equine experience at Siwash.
  • Unscheduled rides

    Guests can choose how much riding and what type they want to do each day, whether it be an hour working on new skills in the arena, or a two hour ride with some loping before lunch, we cater to the individual.
  • Guided rides

    No nose-to-tail. We take guests in their own family groups, or in the case of couples, either on their own together or paired with another couple of similar ability, to all our favourite places on the range.
  • Unguided rides

    After a few rides with the owner, guests with proven ability and route finding skills have the privilege of riding on their own without a guide or other guests.
  • Program rides

    All day rides down to a river for a campfire picnic with swimming and fishing; or to a high mountain bluff for an exquisite view, or an epic 7 hour trip through a canyon to breathtaking waterfalls.
  • Riding Freedom

    Ride with your own private guide (2-6 in a party); join with other like-minded guests (maximum 6 in a group); or those with proven ability may ride on your own without a guide or other guests, following orientation and some discovery rides with the owner. The duration, route and pace of each ride is tailored to guest preferences.

Good to know

  • Riding considerations

    250-300 lbs, no riding experience needed, We recommend a good level of physical fitness, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
  • Saddles

    Western, English

Lowdown

  • Type of riding

    Western Riding
  • Riding opportunities for

    Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
  • Rides are grouped by

    Ability, Pace of Ride, Rides tailored to guest requests, Families Ride Together
  • Max riders per ride

    6
  • Wranglers per ride

    2
  • Pace of ride

    Walk, Trot, Lope
  • We coach one-on-one to ensure that all guests learn to take their riding to a new level, from complete novice through to expert.

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You'll enjoy

  • hours in the Saddle

    Morning - 3 hours, Afternoon - 3 hours, Evening - n/a
  • Guests ride as little or as much as they please. Typical rides can last from one hour to all day.
  • Riding

    Openly through property, On specified trails
 

Riding Lessons

  • Details

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

    wrangler, ranch owner or manager
  • Lessons located

    on the trail, in the arena
  • Individual private lessons by request.

Cattle work - pasture gathers

  • When

    Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
  • Frequency

    On Request
  • Interaction

    Guests participate
  • Cows are spread out on the range throughout our season. Guests have the opportunity to help move small groups as required from different pastures.

Wildlife Safaris

  • When

    Jun
  • Frequency

    Daily
  • Bear viewing daily.

Arena Work

  • Type

    outdoor arena
  • Activities

    roping from the ground, barrels, pole bending, gymkhana

Setting

  • Private Land - 250-1000 (acres)

  • Public Land - more than 50k (acres)

Our food can best be described as a Canadian mosaic of world flavours—a sensational fusion of international dishes plated with Siwash-style flare.

Everything we serve is prepared fresh from scratch the same day in our open country kitchen, using the very best ingredients.

We have a daily set menu in keeping with what's seasonal from our suppliers and available at the ranch or locally. Guests are given ample opportunity to state preferences in advance.

Whenever possible, we incorporate home grown food — mouth-watering beef and pork, free-range eggs—and baby greens for your salads, picked right from our ranch garden.

Our organic, country cuisine is said to rival fine city dining. Our guests call it delicious, designer food; simple and clean, not overly intricate, and most certainly light, healthy and nourishing.

We enrich your dining experience with edible flowers, herbs and wild berries harvested from the woods. Regional British Columbia cuisine, featuring wild trout, salmon and venison, is a ranch specialty.

In keeping with Siwash Lakes sustainability initiatives, we pair our delectable dinners with award winning wines from cottage vintners located in the renowned Okanagan Valley wine region of BC. Premium wine, beer and spirits are included in your Siwash experience.

Personalized services

Guests can choose menu, request favorite wine on-hand, request specific soda/non-alcoholic drinks

Good to know

Alcohol

wine provided with dinner

Snacking

Stocked refrigerator

Lowdown

  • Enjoy

    Gourmet, Health oriented
  • Meals served

    family style, meals roll with days activities, everyone eats together, children dine separately, scheduled meals
  • Enjoy dining in

    nature settings, patio, dining room (casual attire), dining room (formal attire), in-room dining, private dinners
  • You'll definitely love

    ranch-raised beef, ranch-raised pork, farm fresh eggs, ranch garden, organic produce, locally grown produce, fresh daily bread, fresh daily desserts
  • Dietary restrictions catered for include

    lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

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Your Chef

  • Your dedicated chef is Wendy Davenport

  • Wendy is no stranger to country living and delights in revisiting the lifestyle she so enjoyed on her family ranch in Idaho decades ago. Before joining the Siwash team in 2009, Wendy cooked professionally as head chef aboard private and commercially chartered yachts. Her inherent desire for travel and adventure has taken her to unique places internationally, including the base camp of Mount Everest, the jungles of Central America, through The Panama Canal and scuba diving in oceans all over the world.

    For Wendy, being on the ranch is indeed a marvelous adventure, one every bit as thrilling as sailing the high seas. She’s very happy to be on terra firma in the most beautiful setting imaginable, where her exquisite culinary creations continue to delight a discerning ranch clientele. She and SLR's sous chef, Nik, prepare the ranch cuisine from scratch daily, and the last ingredient they toss in as the food is headed out to our guests in the dining room, is love.

    When out of the kitchen, Wendy can often be spotted rowing the little red boat around the lake or riding her favorite horse, Smoke.

Sample Menu

    Daily wake-up service to guest room

    • Fresh ground organic coffee, brewed with a French press
    • Assortment of loose-leaf organic teas
    • Home-made apple strudel muffins

    Breakfast

    • Breakfast Burritos with the ranch’s free-range eggs, salsa made in-house from ranch grown heirloom tomatoes, greenhouse peppers and garden cilantro, bacon, and aged cheddar
    • Roasted red-skinned potatoes tossed in extra-virgin olive oil and fresh herbs
    • Fresh berries
    • Whole wheat toast and homemade strawberry jam

    Lunch

    • Siwash Salad and ranch-baked 12-grain bread
    • Grilled BC spot prawns, organic field greens, cherry tomatoes, pine nuts, bacon and feta with an orange infused, honey Dijon vinaigrette


    Hors D’oeuvre

    • Wild BC Smoked Salmon, crostini, fresh dill & cream cheese

    Dinner

    • Vine ripened Roma tomatoes, bocconcini, garden basil & balsamic vinaigrette
    • Filet mignon, grass fed, organic Black Angus ranch beef, with brandy green peppercorn demi-glaze
    • Garlic whipped gold potatoes and grilled baby asparagus

    Dessert

    • Dark chocolate ganache, wild raspberry coulis

Children at the Ranch

Great for children aged 5 and over



When arranged prior to arrival, guests’ young ones can enjoy our childcare while parents are out riding the range or just catching up on some much needed rest and relaxation. Children ages five through twelve can play as “Free-Range Kids”, quite simply enjoying life on a ranch.

A stay at Siwash offers children a mixture of fascinating free play and educational content, which builds self-esteem and opens young minds in a journey that brings them close to nature.

Our children’s counsellor will carefully watch over guests’ younger ones who will enjoy great freedom and adventure fostered by a secure, safe and friendly wilderness environment. Typical activities include: horse care; 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 kids who are interested in learning about horses we offer horse care lessons and include pony rides in the home meadow.

Children 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.

Your hosts have two children—free-range teenage kids who really enjoy sharing the joys of ranch living with guest children. Under the supervision of a children’s wrangler, Marshall and Jessica will help demonstrate gymkhana events to guest children aged seven and up, who can experience barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole racing and other gymkhana fun and excitement in the arena.

For those children who may be uncomfortable around horses, there are plenty of other fun things to discover and learn about. The children’s program is provided by advance arrangement between 10:00am and 5:00pm during July and August only. Due to our wilderness environment, children should remain under the supervision of their parents at all other times.

Detailed Activities

  • Arts & Crafts

    play-doh, coloring, sketching, Siwash signature horseshoe craft
  • Games

    scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, soccer, volleyball, badminton
  • Riding based activities

    animal care, horse care, pony rides, arena riding, trail riding, gymkhana

Babysitting

  • Available for children age

    1 to 12
  • Provided by

    Trained ranch staff
  • Hourly prices from

    $20

Siwash is a word from Chinook Jargon, a bridge language used on the frontier between native, french and english pioneers during the gold rush years. To 'siwash' once meant to travel quickly, deftly, and lightly, making use of natural shelters on the trail, or sleeping in the open as a First Nations person might do.

The Ranch at Siwash Lake was crafted from remote wilderness by Allyson Rogers throughout the years 1994 - 2001. Her mission was to share the Siwash experience with sophisticated travelers from around the world by offering unique, all-inclusive ranch vacations that feature nature-based adventure, luxury accommodation, fine cuisine, and first-class service… a soul-pleasing blend of the rustic and the refined, all delivered in style with a smile.

...and to continue developing a dude ranch that’s in complete harmony with the surrounding wilderness and to promote stewardship of the land, freedom of spirit, personal growth, and an appreciation for family and the finer things in life.

Lowdown

  • Ranch established

    1994
  • Guest ranch since

    2001
  • Ranchers for

    4 generations

Our Staff

  • Honest, loyal, respectful and hard working
  • Knowledgeable and passionate about the local flora and fauna, our horses, and the experiences that we offer
  • Great with people and their kids from all walks of life

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Owner Info

  • Owner - Allyson Rogers and Roy Grinder

  • Languages spoken

    english
  • Unlike some other Canadian ranches where there are foreign influences, Siwash Lake is legitimately Canadian owned and operated. We have three generations of our family involved in the operation, and we assure you that your stay here will be a pure, authentic experience.

    Roy and Allyson crafted the place from remote rangeland, in complete harmony with the surrounding wilderness, and have been running it as an eco-friendly, luxury guest ranch and working ranch for over a decade now.

    Roy is part Native and is a fourth generation rancher and cowboy—a man’s man and an expert woodsman—overseeing Siwash's fly-fishing, shooting, wilderness survival and boating programs.

    Allyson is a professional horse woman and an avid naturalist. She has a university degree in outdoor education and is the daughter of a mountaineer, founder of Outward Bound Canada. You will spend your entire first day with her as she personally introduces you to Siwas Lakes award-winning adventures on horseback.

    Roy and Allyson, and their two teenagers, are hands-on with daily operations. As the ranch owners and hosts, they welcome like-minded people from all over the world to their home at Siwash Lake, where they share the joys of cowboy culture, and the heartfelt delights of their life lived close to nature.

Our Managers

  • Manager - Allyson Rogers and Roy Grinder

  • Please read about the owner/managers above

Rooms & Rates

  • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

  • Lodge | Ranch House Two Bedroom Suite$795-$1295n/a

    • Description

      Located in the main log ranch house. Two connecting rooms with two full en-suite bathrooms; private balcony; sitting area with pullout sofa; full luxury amenities; sleeps a family of four or five with king bed, second kind bed or two singles, and pullout double sofa bed.
    • Rooms

      2
    • Max occupancy

      4
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      3 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      mini-bar, fridge, microwave, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace, washer / dryer
    • Entertainment

      dvd
  • Cabin | Cariboo Suite$795-$1295n/a

    • Description

      The private and luxurious Cariboo Suite is located separately from the lodge in the renovated loft of our hand-hewn log barn. It features a living room and alcove with two single beds or one king bed. The sectional sofa pulls out to a double bed. A separate bedroom boasts beautiful views and a king size log bed. A 4-piece bathroom and private balcony overlooking the horse corrals complete the offering.
    • Rooms

      2
    • Max occupancy

      4
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      3 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom
    • Amenities

      mini-bar, fridge, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, washer / dryer
    • Entertainment

      dvd
  • Luxury Tent | 1,000 sq. ft. Safari Tent on the Ridge$795-$1295n/a

    • Description

      Located on the forested Ridge above the main ranch. Very private and the ultimate accommodation with nature all-around. One bedroom with king bed; separate living room with fireplace and pullout sofa bed; sleeping nook with two single beds or one king bed; expansive sundeck with comfortable outdoor furnishings and exquisite views of surrounding wilderness, ranch meadows and the lake below; en-suite bathroom with indoor plumbing and radiant in-floor heating; attached outdoor shower - open to the blue sky above.
    • Rooms

      5
    • Max occupancy

      4
    • Prices listed are

      per person
    • Minimum stay

      3 nights
    • Bathrooms

      Private bathroom, Outdoor shower
    • Amenities

      mini-bar, fridge, crib, hair dryer, seating area, plush bathrobes, wood fireplace, washer / dryer
View from master bedroom of ultra-luxe Siwash safari tentir
View from master bedroom of ultra-luxe Siwash safari tentir
View from master bedroom of ultra-luxe Siwash safari tentir

Services

Communications

  • wireless internet
  • telephone
  • Business Services

    • Executive business center
    • printers
    • common computer
    • board room

    Cell Networks

    • Telus & Rogers

Additional Services

  • Spa

    relaxation massage, rock treatments, couples massage, manicures, facials, pedicures. aromatherapy wraps
  • Corporate Retreats

    For groups of up to 30. Book exclusive use of the entire place with SLR's Ranch Takeover package for a tailormade corporate retreat.
  • Weddings

    We can cater for groups of up to 30.

Onsite

Outdoor Activities

  • mountain biking
  • Yoga
  • sporting clays
  • bird watching
  • Frontier games (shooting; archery; hatchet throwing); hiking; waterfall safari; wilderness survival; fly fishing.

Water based Activities

  • lake water sports
  • river floating
  • Stocked pond on site for trout fishing

Additional Activities

  • Heli-hiking; Heli-wine tasting; and Heli-gold panning

Good to know

  • You can borrow

    Cowboy hats, Cowboy boots, Riding helmets, Saddle bags, Rain coats
 

Fishing & Wildlife

  • Fishing

  • Types of fishing

    spin, fly, river, stocked pond, lake, stream, equipment available, guided inclusive, guided non-inclusive, unguided, instruction available
  • Nestled high on the Bonaparte Plateau, the ranch is surrounded by natural meadows, open forests of pine and fir, groves of aspen poplar, numerous wilderness lakes, and is flanked by two rivers. There are more than nine excellent trout fishing lakes and a river close by - their picturesque shores are all within a half hour radius of the ranch.

    Your personal angling guide will take you to our favourite fishing spots in the ranch's four-wheel drive truck. Many of these places are well hidden—off the beaten track—just getting to them is like being on a safari adventure. There will be plenty of wildlife and stunning scenery along the way.

    Once there, you're sure to relax and let nature unwind your woes. Bask in warm sunshine sparkling on emerald depths, listen to the wild call of a loon and inhale the sweet scent of pine wafting by on a soft breeze.

    You'll be fishing for 2-15lb. rainbow trout, and will have the opportunity to use waders, float tubes, and a boat with super quiet, electric motor.

    We offer all types of fishing—you can do traditional spin casting from shore, troll from a boat, or learn to fly fish— whatever your preference. We also have a pond on site at the ranch, stocked with rainbow trout for your angling pleasure.

    Your guide will help you "match the hatch" and perfect your dry fly and wet fly techniques, using both floating and sinking line.

  • Wildlife and birding

  • Black bears; moose; deer; coyotes; wolves; eagles; ospreys and the list goes on! A myriad of wildlife thrives in our genuine wilderness paradise.

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View from Copper Bluff at Siwash Lake Ranch
Crater Lake waterfalls ride
Enjoy being at one with your horse and the land.
Cast for rainbow trout on pristine, backcountry waters at Siwash Lake Ranch
 

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