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 Horseback riding at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

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Exploring the Wild in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast

This region of dramatic landscapes, true cowboy culture, and wide open spaces - including some of the world's last intact grasslands - offers visitors a number of ways to adventure in the great outdoors. A flightseeing tour is a great way to gain some perspective and get your bearings before settling in for some riding and relaxation at a BC guest ranch.

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Guest Ranches

Fantastic guest ranches, such as Bracewell's Alpine Wilderness Adventures, are found throughout... Read more the region, and they offer excellent opportunities to embrace your inner cowboy/cowgirl and explore the area using a more traditional form of transportation. On horseback, you can ride up a mountain, or around a lake. You can follow an experienced guide, or strike out on your own. You can trek through the trees or across wide open spaces, and you can even explore vibrantly coloured volcanic mountains.

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Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Indulge in a Thai massage or a pedicure before slipping into riding boots at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa near Clinton. Ride through the high country, hike to a canyon, explore trails by mountain bike, or cast a fly in a remote lake. Back at the ranch, take a dip in the indoor pool, soak weary muscles in a mountain-view hot tub, and learn ancient Thai exercise techniques. Dinner? The chef adds a whole new meaning to home cooking, with organic, locally raised food eaten family style in the ranch house.

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Big Bar Guest Ranch

A rustic retreat without pretense, Big Bar guests are welcomed like family. Laid back and friendly professional service is delivered with the goal of having you leave feeling like Big Bar Ranch is your personal "Home on the Range". Whether that's ...
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The Flying U Guest Ranch

Saddle up at the Flying U Guest Ranch. The ranch, complete with a saloon and a museum of cowboy history, has been in the riding and roping business for over 80 years. Food is simple but hearty, log cabins are rustic and the nearest thing to a spa is a sauna and a dip in Green Lake. The Flying U is also one of the few ranches where guests can ride unaccompanied on the surrounding trails, lakeshore and pastures - the horses know the way home. In the evenings, gussy up for a hoedown at the Longhorn Saloon.
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The Hills Health Ranch

At The Hills Health Ranch, near 108 Mile Ranch, you can ride or hike across thousands of acres of Cariboo rangeland, relax in the indoor pool, hot tub or sauna, or book a wrap or a massage that uses healing herbs grown on the ranch. This is a down-home kind of place, and it has been one of BC’s favourite family-friendly ranch and spa getaways since 1985.

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Siwash Lake Ranch

At Siwash Lake Ranch, possibly Canada’s greenest dude ranch, you can ride, hike, mountain bike, canoe, and fish. This is a luxurious, off-the-grid working ranch that runs with the smallest possible footprint. It’s all about minimal impact - but roughing it is never part of the equation. You’ll enjoy organic, locally grown food, private lake-view balconies, and crackling wood fires. Siwash Lake is a great place to try glamping – the ranch’s spacious safari-style canvas cabins come complete with ensuite bathrooms and sundecks.
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Tyax Adventures

Get into the wild! Experience the beauty of British Columbia's South Chilcotin mountains with us.

Based at Tyax Wilderness Resort & Spa on the shores of Tyaughton Lake, Tyax Adventures offers hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, flo...

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Bull Canyon Provincial Park

Located in a beautiful canyon with the Chilcotin River flowing past the campground. Day-use area, drinking water, pit toilets, fire rings, hiking, fishing, biking.
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Flightseeing

One of the most memorable and effective ways to take in the vast landscape of the Cariboo... Read more Chilcotin Coast is on a flightseeing tour of the region, such as those offered by Tweedsmuir Air Service. From high above, it is easy to be awe struck by the grandeur and the diversity of this land. See expansive grasslands, snow-capped peaks, and too many lakes to count. See spectacular, rainbow-coloured mountains, massive icefields, dramatic canyons and towering waterfalls. And don’t forget your camera so you can capture it all and relive the experience once you’re back on the ground.

Chilcotin Packhorse Trip

Saddle up and spend days on the trail and nights by the campfire in the remote Chilcotin... Read more Mountains. This landscape of alpine, valley and canyon is best explored the old-fashioned way – by packhorse. Outfitters can arrange treks along ancient game trails. Look for wildlife, including moose and bears and camp each night under starry skies. There is also option for just a few days of simple ranch life and shorter trail rides.

Chilcotin Holidays

Chilcotin Holidays offers customized wilderness adventures. The 5,000km2 guide territory, located in the south Chilcotin Mountains is known for its sunny skies & dry climate. Dedicated to providing quality wilderness experiences to both the novice...
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Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

This massive park, the largest in the province at almost 1 million hectares (2.4 million acres), offers a wealth of outdoor adventure opportunities. Hike historic trails; explore the red, orange, lavender and yellow of the volcanic Rainbow Range, on foot, on horseback or from the air; watch for black and grizzly bears along the banks of the river during salmon spawning season; see Hunlen Falls plunge 260 m (853 ft) into a cloud of spray; or canoe the “J” shaped Turner Lake Canoe Circuit over a three- to five-day period.

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Places to Stay

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Kayanara Guest Ranch & Resort

We offer our guests personalized holidays in an exclusive, beautiful setting in one of the most magnificent regions of BC. 'One of the nicest guest ranches in BC' our guests tell us. Stay in one of our very unique log cabins, our cosy full hookup ...
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Chilcotin Lodge

Historic country inn, established in 1940, located in the rolling Chilcotin grasslands, 47 km ( 28.2 mi) west of Williams Lake on Highway 20. We offer uniquely restored rooms with two shared baths, a stone fireplace in the lounge and a licenced pr...
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Eagle's Nest Resort

Overlooking peaceful Anahim Lake in the heart of BC's beautiful Chilcotin plateau, Eagle's Nest provides comfort in the wilderness. We offer comfortable suites or cozy log cabins, a lovely licenced dining room overlooking the lake, great food, a r...
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Tweedsmuir Park Lodge

Nestled amongst the towering peaks of the Coast Range Mountains & in the Great Bear Rainforest, Tweedsmuir Park Lodge is situated on private property within British Columbia's largest provincial park. Leave the hustle & bustle of Vancouver in the ...
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Getting Here and Around

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Getting to Ranches in the Cariboo Chilcotin

The Cariboo Chilcotin Coast is vast, with many ranches about a five-hour drive from Vancouver or... Read more in fairly close proximity to some of the area’s smaller, regional airports. In a rush to relax? Some ranches in the Cariboo Chilcotin Coast boast their own airstrips, or direct access via floatplane or helicopter. If you need to move around once you arrive, car rentals are widely available.

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Pacific Coastal Airlines

Pacific Coastal Airlines is BC's air carrier, taking visitors to the most desirable locations in our beautiful province.

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Williams Lake Regional Airport

Williams Lake Regional Airport is located 14 km north of the City of Williams Lake. The airport terminal building is approximately 2.5 km off Hwy 97N.

With a runway length of 2120 m (7000 ft) and a width of 45 m (150 ft), Williams Lake Re...

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Anahim Lake Airport (YYA)

The Anahim Lake region is decorated with remote lakes, grasslands, forests, farms and ranches. The airport is a year-round airport with a 3,936 ft x 75 ft asphalt runway serving the West Chilcotin area. Many charter and private planes use the airp...
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