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 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.
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.
Arts & Crafts
play-doh, coloring, sketching, Siwash signature horseshoe craft
hiking, biking, picnics, outdoor play area, supervised swimming
scavenger/treasure hunts, board games, soccer, volleyball, badminton
Riding based activities
animal care, horse care, pony rides, arena riding, trail riding, gymkhana
From age 1 to 12. Hourly cost $20.
Baby Sitting Provided By
Trained ranch staff
Environmental & Social Practices
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
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.