Situated approximately 6.5 hours north of Vancouver, the Chilcotin Ranch is set in the beautiful Chilcotin Mountain region. The ranch offers the popular ‘Cowboy Ranch Based Trips’ and ‘Camp Based Pack Trips’. In total there are over 100 wilderness-related programs and experiences including hiking trips, yoga retreats, fly fishing packages and native tours.
Chilcotin Ranch is easily reached by car but the stunning wilderness is only accessible by horse, foot or float plane. This pristine and remote wilderness is home to bighorn sheep, moose, mule deer, mountain goats, wolves and black/grizzly bears. A wonderful benefit of a stay here is that it is an almost bug free zone and a generally sunny and dry climate with not much chance of rain! The warm western style Ranch House offers five en suite rooms and four twin/bunk configuration rooms. Alternatively, upgrade to a private log cabin. Meals are served family style with fresh fruit and vegetables and dishes include barbecued ribs and candied salmon; the ranch does allow you to bring your own alcohol but does not provide any.
Cowboy Ranch Based Trips include accommodation in the lodge, three meals a day and two half day rides or hikes as well as; guided trail rides, target shooting, lariat throwing and guided hiking. Ranch based activities on offer for all ranch stays include BBQ and bonfires, swimming, archery, gold panning, wildlife viewing and horse logging.
Popular pack trips are the 4, 7, 10 or 13 day Explorer Trips and the 4 or 7 day Mountain Challenger. The former involves stays at two or three camps (there are several camps in the 5000 square kilometre operating area) and the opportunity to learn the skills of a wrangler, whilst the latter is for the more advanced rider and goes deep into the mountains, you often take your camp with you here. Some camps will be fixed with permanent structures whilst others are tented.
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May - October and January – March
9 hours 25 minutes
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