The first time, it's a vacation. After that, it's coming home.™

Spectacular adventure horseback riding just four hours from Vancouver, Canada in the beautiful BC interior. Over 100 happy horses, large heated outdoor swimming pool, air-conditioned rooms, free WiFi. The 2016 season runs April 8 to October 23.

Good to know

  • Works with travel agents?

    yes
  • Belongs to

    BC Guest Ranchers Association

Lowdown

  • Owner(s)

    Nichols & Rowe
  • Manager(s)

    Cynthia Nichols
  • Address

    2591 Kirkland Ranch Road, PO Box 489, Ashcroft, British Columbia, Canada, V0K1A0
  • Tel

    12504532422
  • Fax

    12504539356
  • Capacity

    50
  • Open

    Apr-Oct - view details
  • Nightly rate

    $-275 - view details
  • Ranch Type

    Guest Ranch
  • Great for

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

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Highs

  • Sundance Guest Ranch runs a herd of over 100 happy, well-cared-for horses with thousands of acres of spectacular and varied terrain to explore, and the horseback riding is truly wonderful, whether you're looking for relaxing, instructive or exciting
  • Sundance provides guests with a safe, family-friendly environment. The only people riding and enjoying the ranch facilities are other guests
  • Indulge in delicious and varied meals that go well beyond what you might expect from a "dude ranch"
  • Relax by the pool between rides, challenge your friends to a game of horseshoes, try your hand at roping or enjoy a drink in the adult lounge and swap riding stories with other guests
  • Only 4 hours from Vancouver along the stunning Fraser Valley Canyon

Lows

  • We are closed during the winter months due to winter snowfall and icy conditions
 

Summer Season Rates & Booking

  • Open

    Apr-Oct
  • Nightly rate (children)

    $0-195
  • Minimum stay

    1 day
  • Preferred arrival day

    Any day is fine
  • Preferred depart day

    Any day is fine
  • Booking Policy

  • Adult rate is $275 per person daily. Single rate of $325 may apply during peak periods, but not always - check with us! Youth 14-18 years of age are $195 daily. Children's rates are $160 daily for age 8-13, and just $35 daily for age 5-7 and no charge for children under 5 years! We require a deposit of one full day's rate for every five days booked to secure your reservation. All payments can be made by Visa or Mastercard. Final payment is required 30 days prior to the arrival date and 60 days prior for group bookings and for bookings receiving the Early Booking Discount. Date changes are guaranteed penalty-free with 90 days notice for bookings receiving the Early Booking Discount. All deposits and final payments are non-refundable, but in the event of cancellation will be applied to a promotional letter of credit good for 14 months from the date of the original booking. Letters of credit cannot be applied to pre-existing reservations, and are subject to restrictions, i.e. during peak periods and weekends may only be used on 48 hours notice. Refunds are not offered on unused portions of the package once booked.
  • Included in your stay

  • meals, activities, lodging, Riding
  • Extras

  • Tax

    6.2%
  • Massage

    We have a masuese available. Please inquire about rates.

Weather

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Lowdown

     

    Nearest Airports

    • Kamloops Airport, Kamloops

    • Nearest town / city

      Kamloops
    • Distance to ranch

      72 miles
    • Time to ranch

      1 hour 15 mins
    • Airlines

      Air Canada, Westjet
    • Ranch shuttle

      100
    • Vancouver Airport, Vancouver

    • Nearest town / city

      Vancouver
    • Distance to ranch

      223 miles
    • Time to ranch

      4 hours
    • Airlines

      Delta, United, Skywest, Allegiant, Horizon, Northwest, Alaska, United Express

    Nearest Town / City

    • Ashcroft

    • Distance

      5 miles
    • Time from ranch

      15 mins
    • Facilities

      grocery store, pharmacy, church, school, post office, medical clinic, hospital, bank, atm, gas station, museum
    • Shopping

      small hometown necessity shops
     

    Our horses

    • guest horses

      100
    • horse types

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

    Good to know

    • Riding considerations

      Up to 225 lbs, no riding experience needed, We consider height and athletic ability as well as a guest's weight
    • Saddles

      Western

    Lowdown

    • Type of riding

      Western Riding
    • Riding opportunities for

      Beginner, Intermediate, Experienced
    • Rides are grouped by

      Ability, Rides tailored to guest requests
    • Rides are split into beginner, intermediate and advanced, but friends and families of differing abilities can go out together as well, if desired. We will assign you a horse based on the information you provide, and if it’s a good fit, (that is, if both you and the horse are happy!) that will generally be your horse for the period of your stay. We aim to provide the best quality riding experience available anywhere!
    • Max riders per ride

      8
    • Wranglers per ride

      1
    • Pace of ride

      Walk, Trot, Lope

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    You'll enjoy

    • hours in the Saddle

      Morning - 2 hours, Afternoon - 2 hours
    • We generally take out small groups of 5 or 6 riders to ensure the best experience, and even the beginner groups get to “run.” (if they want to!) In the summer time, if it gets really hot, we will change the afternoon ride to an evening ride for the comfort of horse and rider.
    • Riding

      Openly through property, On specified trails
     

    Meals are mostly buffet-style service, with varied and delicious menus prepared by our wonderful chef.  Our dining room is licensed for beer and wine service, but everywhere else on the ranch is "BYOB" (Bring Your Own Bottle). We offer a selection of wine's that are local to British Columbia.

    Good to know

    Alcohol

    BYOB, available for purchase

    Lowdown

    • Enjoy

      Ranch-style
    • Meals served

      family style, buffet style, everyone eats together, scheduled meals
    • Enjoy dining in

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

      lactose intolerant, vegans, vegetarians, other

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    Guest Favorites

    • Charcoal-grilled steak w peppercorn sauce
    • Pan seared salmon with honey dill suace
    • Charcoal-grilled Burgers

    Wine List Sample

    • Cedar Creek Merlot
    • Quail's Gate Chasselas/Pinot Blanc/Pinot Gris
    • Mission Hill – Reserve Sauvignon Blanc
     

    Children at the Ranch

    Children must be 8 years of age in order to go trail riding.  Under 8 can enjoy a parent-led pony ride in the arena.  We have a complimentary supervised children's program for kids 3-7 years, during the months of July and August. 

    Detailed Activities

    • Games

      board games, horseshoes, pool table
    • Riding based activities

      pony rides

    The current owners, the Rowe family, came to the ranch as guests for many years and Stan and Vicki Rowe purchased the Bar Q Guest Ranch, as it was then known, in 1977, opening for business at Sundance Guest Ranch in 1978. 

    Lowdown

    • Ranch established

      1864
    • Guest ranch since

      1955
    • Ranchers for

      2 generations

    Our Staff

    • Happy
    • Friendly
    • Helpful
    • We have 10 wranglers on our staff, aged 19 to 35

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    Owner Info

    • Owner - Nichols & Rowe

    • Languages spoken

      english

    Our Managers

    • Manager - Cynthia Nichols

    • Hometown

      Ashcroft
    • Languages spoken

      english

    Rooms & Rates

    • Room type | nameSummer ratesWinter rates

    • Lodge | $275n/a

      • Description

        Standard rooms have a queen and a single or two queen beds, with space for a rollaway bed if required. We also have a few larger rooms with King beds and extra amenities.
      • Rooms

        23
      • Prices listed are

        per person
      • Minimum stay

        no minimum
      • Bathrooms

        Private bathroom
      • Amenities

        air conditioning

    Services

    Communications

    • wireless internet
    • Business Services

      • printers
      • Cell Networks

        • Rogers, Telus

    Additional Services

    • Spa

      deep tissue massage.
    • Corporate Retreats

      For groups of 40-50.
    • Weddings

      We can cater for groups of 40-50.

    Onsite

    Water based Activities

    • outdoor pool

    Good to know

    • You can borrow

      Riding helmets
    • You can rent

      Cowboy boots, Saddle bags
     

    Fishing & Wildlife

    • Fishing

    • Types of fishing

      unguided, BYO equipment
    • Sundance Guest Ranch is situated on the Thompson River which is very popular for fishing. We do not offer fishing guides but if you are an avid fisherman, you can hike down to the river or drive to a more accessible spot. 

    • Wildlife and birding

    • Deer, Birds and on occasion Black bears and coyotes

    Local Attractions

    • We've only highlighted attractions that may add to your stay!
    • Ashcroft Museum

    • Explore Gold Country's history at one of BC's best small-town museums. The museum's authentic and carefully appointed exhibits portray the history of the South Cariboo, the Indian tribes who first settled the area, the farms and ranches of Hat Creek Valley, and of course the establishment of Ashcroft. Open May to October, admission by donation. Tel. (250) 453-9232, Email: museum@village.ashcroft.bc.ca
    • Distance

      5 miles
    • Time from ranch

      15 mins
    • Rental car

      Required
    • Highland Valley Copper Mine

    • One of the largest open pit copper mines in North America - visible from space. Offers mine tours free of charge with a 15 minute video of the mining operation and guided bus tour of the mine. Open mid-May until end of August, Monday to Friday, with tours starting at 10:00 am and 1:00 pm daily. Call (250) 523-3307 to reserve touring spots.
    • Distance

      22 miles
    • Time from ranch

      30 mins
    • Rental car

      Required
    • Historic Hat Creek Ranch

    • Re-live the past and experience BC's gold rush era at this unique provincial heritage site offering trail rides, stagecoach rides, tours of the 1860s Roadhouse and Native Interpretation Site, gold panning, archery, and more. Open daily May 1 to September 30. The Ranch is hosting several special events each year, including the annual Bonaparte Band Pow Wow in August. Website: www.hatcreekranch.com, Email: hhcr@telus.net
    • Distance

      10 miles
    • Time from ranch

      30 mins
    • Rental car

      Required
    • British Columbia Wildlife Park

    • Kamloops (approx. 1 hour drive) -just east of Kamloops (ride the excellent miniature train!) The British Columbia Wildlife Park is an interactive wildlife experience in BC. The park has Grizzly bears, cougars, moose, birds of prey, and many more throughout its 50 hectares. Each day, activities include interactive displays, wildlife encounters, and interpretive talks. Website: http://www.BCzoo.org
    • Distance

      74.5 miles
    • Time from ranch

      1 hour 30 mins
    • Rental car

      Required

    Specials

    • WhatWhen

    • 10% Greenhorn SpecialApr 08 2016

      • Description

        Introduce your friends to Horseback Riding! 10% "Greenhorn Discount" for referred 1st-time guests, and "Trail Credits" of equal value go to the referring party!

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    • Weekly SpecialApr 08 2016

      • Description

        One Free Day of Horseback Riding! Stay for seven nights - pay for only six!

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    Events

    • WhatWhen

    • Thanksgiving WeekendOct 07 2016

      • Description

        Thanksgiving Weekend October 7- 10, 2016 What can we say about this one? Many of our regulars think this is the best riding of the year. Glorious food, including a traditional Thanksgiving dinner on Sunday, and a long-running, always hotly-contested horseshoe tournament!

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    • Fall Gourmet WeekendOct 14 2016

      • Description

        Fall Gourmet Weekend October 14 - 16, 2016 Return from glorious fall weather riding to a cozy fire in the lounge and complimentary wine tastings all weekend long, paired with special gourmet menus.

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    • Fall Cowgirl Getaway & Closing WeekendOct 21 2016

      • Description

        Fall Cowgirl Getaway & Closing Weekend October 21 - 23, 2016 Here's another chance for gals-only fun! If you missed our spring weekend, you won't want to miss this! Drink in the beautiful autumn colors from the back of your favorite horse and enjoy the fun Cowgirl events, including another chance to win a free weekend! For ladies only, 19 years and up.

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