Ranching in BC This Summer Means Wild Open Spaces

Ranching in BC This Summer Means Wild Open Spaces, a range of outdoor experiences and all the horseback riding you can handle.

Vancouver, BC Feb 26, 2010 – British Columbia has truly perfected the art of guest ranching. For generations, BC’s guest ranches have been offering the experience of the ‘western way of life’ – from sleeping under the stars to high end luxury accommodations that allow guests to experience real life on a ranch.

Ranchers provide their guests with a new appreciation for connecting with nature through the amazing land that is their backyard during their ranch stay.  From cowboy-inspired dude ranches and sophisticated wilderness luxury to family friendly experiences, these guest ranches focus on riding with horsemanship lessons, cattle drives, wilderness pack horse excursions and leisurely paced rides in unparalleled beauty. There are also lessons in bear and wilderness survival, guiding, organic gardens and the simple pleasures of relaxing in rustic and luxury surroundings.

These guest ranches are just a few of those available this summer offering an adventure that will truly take guests away from their everyday.

The Siwash Lake Ranch, 70 Mile House, BC has the “ultimate family dude ranch experience” in the Family Fun on the Frontier package. This summer vacation offers fun and learning as families reconnect in the old-fashioned sense and spend quality time together, enjoying unlimited  horseback riding and instruction, swimming, hiking, canoeing, and mountain biking as well as a Free-Range Kids program, fine dining and luxury accommodation in a family suite. Available on select summer dates. $1,650 CAD per night per family(maximum two adults, and three children) www.siwashlakeranch.com

The Summer Adventure Guest Ranch weekly packages at Three Bars Guest Ranch, a third generation guest ranch in Cranbrook, BC includes log cabin accommodations, all meals, guided horseback riding every morning and afternoon, kids horse program, a guided river float trip as well as guided and unguided hiking, mountain biking, tennis, fly fishing equipment and an indoor heated swimming pool and hot tub. From $1080 USD for a three night stay, double occupancywww.threebarsranch.com

The most popular package at Tod Mountain Guest Ranch inHeffley Creek, BC,is the all-inclusive five night stay which includes four full days of riding, gourmet meals with a ranch twist and accommodation in one of the newly built cabins.  Rates are truly all inclusive, there are no hidden extras.  From $1,000 CAD per person for five nights (4 days riding) no single supplement. www.todmountainranch.com

At Chaunigan Lake Lodge in Pitt Meadows, BC, summer packages include private log cabin accommodation, three meals a day, daily guided horseback riding, motor boat and mountain biking, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing and fishing. Fish cleaning, smoking and packaging is also included. From $269 CAD/night/adultwww.chaunigan.com

The Weekend Ranch Experience at Chezacut Wilderness Adventures in Redstone, BC envelopes guests in the everyday life of a working cattle ranch. Spend time with horses, learn to rope, herd cattle on horseback, take care of the animals and enjoy ranch raised, grass finished meats with organic produce. Rooms and suites available. (Activities vary depending on season.) $350 CAD/person/weekend (dbl. occupancy of 3 nights accommodation, all meals and activities included).  www.chezacutwildernessadventures.com

About BC Guest Ranches

Rugged ranges, vast plateaus, tucked away lakes and ocean lapping at wild west coast line – this is the setting of 14 of the most incredible guest ranches of British Columbia. All members of the BC Guest Rancher’s Association (BCGRA) established in 1985, live up to their mantra of, “A Vacation of A Lifetime”. They are mainly located in the Chilcotin Cariboo and the Thompson Okanagan regions of this most westerly province in Canada.

For more information visit –http://www.bcguestranches.com/bc_guest_ranch_members.htm