Freedom to move is one of the big attractions of small guest ranches in the Cariboo. Smaller places provide a spontaneity and intimacy missing from some of the larger guest ranches, where supervised horse tours are more the order of the day. If you want a horse adventure, this is the way to go. Guests are invited to help the ranch hand each morning load the hay, feed and water the animals, and collect the eggs. Competent riders will also have the opportunity to “be a cowboy” and move the cattle on the open range.
Make new acquaintances as you ride trails on a sure-footed horse, or spend a week exploring a spectacular mountain range, sagebrush hills, wild canyons and gentle plateaus. Experience the thrill of cantering over open meadows and explore our Cowboy Country on a morning, afternoon or day ride.
For a holiday you’ll never forget, try a “City-Slicker” pack trip. Ride over the rolling hills of Big Bar Mountain, through spectacular canyons and drop down to the plateaus above the Fraser River. Let friendly wranglers guide you along breathtaking trails where you’ll see century old Indian carvings on cliff edges, mountain sheep and rock formations that are a photographer’s heaven.
Experience the challenge of survival for four days and three nights out on the range and relax two days and two nights at the ranch. An experienced guide will escort you along breathtaking trails, where you will see wildlife, Indian carvings and interesting land formations. Camp out under the stars, enjoy late night campfires and warm western hospitality.
For an exciting Winter Wonderland Adventure, canter in the powdery snow, let sleigh bells ring on a horse drawn sleigh ride, explore our spectacular countryside by snowmobile or enjoy the crisp mountain air while skiing or snowshoeing! Spend relaxing evenings in the hot tub marveling at the brilliance of the Northern Lights!
Guide-outfitters also offer adventure packages, with hiking, fishing, canoeing, and river rafting. Some say this is the ultimate outdoor experience.
Wherever you plan to spend your time in the Cariboo, be sure to inquire about which approach a guest ranch offers when making your arrangements. At the same time, clarify the financial terms of your stay. For example, many ranches operate on the ‘American plan.’ That is, everything – accommodation, three ranch-style meals daily, horses, riding lessons, hayrides, boats – is included in one fixed price.