Dude Ranch Experience

Where the spirit of the west meets the wilds of Canada

We’re not your ordinary dude ranch. At our horse ranch, we take the idea of guest dude ranches to the next level.

Experience the daring spirit and wilderness-driven lifestyle of a dude ranch in the mountains of Canada. From western-style trail riding to target shooting and lasso lessons, you’ll learn some serious cowboy skills. With our all inclusive vacations, the possibilities for adventure are as endless as the horizons of the old west.

Part of the action

At our horse ranch, we take the idea of guest dude ranches to the next level. Every day, we invite you to jump right in and work alongside us as much or as little as you want. Whether you join in as we roll out the hay or learn how to saddle your trusty horse like a true cowboy, you get to be part of the action at our dude ranch.

Where the old west meets the wilds of Canada

We’re not your ordinary dude ranch. Instead of the dusty planes and dry winds that surround most guest dude ranches, we have towering mountain ranges and ancient forests. The unique location of our horse ranch allows you to experience the ranch lifestyle in a setting unlike any other. Our wide-open skies, fresh mountain air, and wild terrain will refresh your mind, body, and soul. As you ride along the rugged mountain trails surrounding our dude ranch, your journey will take on the same spirit of adventure that the old west came to represent.

Have a positive impact on your surrounding

Conservation is an integral component of Chilcotin Holidays. Our ranch is involved in wildlife conservation and land management in partnership with the Wilderness Stewardship Foundation, and as we believe that conservation is not just important for wildlife but to all living things, we put a lot of effort in the protection of habitats here in our mountains. As you come here to be a part of the ranch for few days, we want you to feel and acquire this stronger sense of conservation that drives each one of your vacations packages. Conservation needs to be done by humans to prevent damage to the world caused by humans. As you ride through wild terrain and collect grizzly hair sample, observe wildlife in their natural habitat or help us remove burdock out of our horses’ manes if you feel like it, you’ll be able not only to learn more about conservation, but contribute to it and have a direct and positive impact on your surrounding during your journey with us.

Highlights
  • Challenge yourself with essential rancher skills and activities from the western frontier
  • Let your sense of adventure lead the way as you play and explore at your own pace
  • Marvel at the indescribable beauty of our mountain stars, which shine all the brighter away from city lights
  • Discover the thrill of horseback riding through rugged, awe-inspiring mountains and tranquil, undisturbed valleys
  • Explore historic trails and see the wild landscapes that greeted pioneers, explorers, and gold miners in centuries past

Day 1
  • Early morning departure from Vancouver aboard the Chilcotin Express Shuttle
  • Midday arrival and lunch at the ranch
  • Horse Riding Orientation- We match riders to horses, fit saddles, and practice horsemanship skills
  • Introductory trail ride along Gun Creek
  • Hearty ranch style supper
  • Map Orientation highlighting local trails and the surrounding territory
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 2
  • Fuel up with a hearty breakfast
  • Ride out for a full day of mountain exploration on horseback
  • Enjoy lunch in the fresh mountain air
  • Continue riding along quiet trails that weave through towering evergreens and past icy blue rivers
  • Return to the ranch for dinner
  • Take in the dazzling display of our starry night skies
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 3
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Bareback horse riding lessons
  • Practice your marksmanship skills with a round of target shooting
  • Farewell lunch at the ranch
  • Depart for Vancouver, arriving in the evening

**Please Note: Our trips are subject to the unpredictable weather and terrain conditions that come with a mountainous environment. And while we do our best to stick to the itinerary, there are times when the current conditions and needs of the group require us to adjust schedules, campsites, etc. This is part of any true wilderness experience, however, and we are well equipped to adapt the adventure to changing conditions.

Day 1
  • Early morning departure from Vancouver aboard the Chilcotin Express Shuttle
  • Midday arrival and lunch at the ranch
  • Horse Riding Orientation- We match riders to horses, fit saddles, and practice horsemanship skills
  • Introductory trail ride along Gun Creek
  • Hearty ranch style supper
  • Map Orientation highlighting local trails and the surrounding territory
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 2
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Ride horseback through majestic mountain landscapes on a half day trail ride
  • Return to the ranch for lunch
  • Take aim with target shooting or archery lessons
  • Dinner
  • Gather round the bonfire to roast marshmallows and relive the day’s adventures
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 3
  • Fuel up with a hearty breakfast
  • Ride out for a full day of mountain exploration on horseback
  • Enjoy lunch in the fresh mountain air
  • Continue riding along quiet trails that weave through towering evergreens and past icy blue rivers
  • Return to the ranch for dinner
  • Take in the dazzling display of our starry night skies
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 4
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Bareback horse riding lessons
  • Practice your marksmanship skills with a round of target shooting
  • Farewell lunch at the ranch
  • Depart for Vancouver, arriving in the evening

**Please Note: Our trips are subject to the unpredictable weather and terrain conditions that come with a mountainous environment. And while we do our best to stick to the itinerary, there are times when the current conditions and needs of the group require us to adjust schedules, campsites, etc. This is part of any true wilderness experience, however, and we are well equipped to adapt the adventure to changing conditions.

Day 1
  • Early morning departure from Vancouver aboard the Chilcotin Express Shuttle
  • Midday arrival and lunch at the ranch
  • Horse Riding Orientation- We match riders to horses, fit saddles, and practice horsemanship skills
  • Introductory trail ride along Gun Creek
  • Hearty ranch style supper
  • Map Orientation highlighting local trails and the surrounding territory
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 2
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Ride horseback through majestic mountain landscapes on a half day trail ride
  • Return to the ranch for lunch
  • Take aim with target shooting or archery lessons
  • Dinner
  • Gather round the bonfire to roast marshmallows and relive the day’s adventures
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 3 to 5
  • Fuel up with a hearty breakfast
  • Ride out for a full day of mountain exploration on horseback
  • Enjoy lunch in the fresh mountain air
  • Continue your ride along quiet trails through new wilderness landscapes
  • Return to the ranch for dinner
  • Take in the dazzling display of our starry night skies
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 6
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Embark on a wildlife viewing expedition, on horseback or by truck
  • Return to the ranch for lunch
  • Continue exploring mountain pathways with an afternoon hike
  • Enjoy a hearty dinner at the ranch
  • Commemorate your last night at the ranch with a bonfire under the star-studded night sky
  • Overnight in ranch accommodations
Day 7
  • Breakfast at the ranch
  • Bareback horse riding lessons
  • Practice your marksmanship skills with a round of target shooting
  • Farewell lunch at the ranch
  • Depart for Vancouver, arriving in the evening

**Please Note: Our trips are subject to the unpredictable weather and terrain conditions that come with a mountainous environment. And while we do our best to stick to the itinerary, there are times when the current conditions and needs of the group require us to adjust schedules, campsites, etc. This is part of any true wilderness experience, however, and we are well equipped to adapt the adventure to changing conditions.

AVAILABLE DATES

We welcome you to enjoy our Dude Ranch Experience package year-round.

DUDE RANCH EXPERIENCE

ACTIVITIES

  • Wildlife Viewing by Truck or Horseback
  • Bear Safety and Defense
  • Target Shooting
  • Guided Trail Rides on Horseback
  • Horseback Riding Lessons
  • Lariat Throwing
  • Guided Hikes
  • Grizzly Bear Tracking
  • Bareback Horse Riding Lessons
  • Horseback Riding Competitions
  • Long Reining Competitions
  • Horse Logging Demonstrations
  • Horse Packing Lessons
  • Horse Shoeing Lessons
  • Archery
  • Exploration of a Gold Mine Shaft
  • Multi-Sport Activities

With so many choices, every adventure is unique. Here is a sample itinerary to inspire your own dream Dude Ranch Experience.

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