British Columbia Ranch riding holiday in Canada - Far and Ride
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British Columbia Ranch, Canada




Programme


• Ranch Based Programme

 

Horses



Type of horses:

Quarter Horse

Nature of horses:

Well handled and schooled

Height of horses:

14.2-16 hh

Weight limit:

113 kg / 250lbs - those in the upper weight limit should be experienced riders and physically fit.

Tack type:

Western

 

Weather



 

Ride Description

This guest and cattle ranch offers guests the ultimate outdoor adventure holiday in the Canadian Rocky Mountains of British Columbia. Guests are offered a complete range of horse back riding as well as hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing and tennis. The ranch is family owned and operated and caters to the needs of the most discerning guests. Its world class riding programme makes this ranch outstanding with options available to suit every rider. No other location in the world offers such a superb combination of great horses, beautiful riding terrain and the seasoned experience of world class horsemen.

The ranch is situated in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of British Columbia between Banff and the Glacier National Park. Here you will be surrounded by an abundance of nature, clean fast moving water, green fields and plenty of wildlife. This is very much a family run Ranch and the Beckley family live there all year around sharing their western cowboy lifestyle of wide, open spaces and good friends with guests from around the world. The family is directly involved in all day-to-day operations of the ranch; they are in the dining room at meal times and around the ranch all throughout the day.

In addition to all the daytime activities, evening events include ranch casino nights, campfire nights, volleyball games, reining horse demos, fire engine games. Guests may also like to head over to the ranch's saloon for a cold beer or a wine from British Columbia. The Ranch store carries a full range of western gear and it is also possible to hire cowboy boots.

The ranch specialises in making sure families will have a holiday of a lifetime. It offers a safe environment for youngsters and children of all ages will be kept busy all day long with over 6 year olds able to take part in special programmes. Programmes are devised so families can go on family rides, hike together and river raft as a group.

See Programmes.

 

Food & Accommodation

The Ranch was designed and built in 1989 as a modern vacation ranch. Jeff and April Beckley had a clear vision for the perfect layout, having both previously built and run guest ranches. The Ranch offers the perfect blend of western culture and modern convenience. It is nestled on 35,000 acres, it boasts twenty one log cabins, a 7500 square-foot main guesthouse, and 2 acres of grass courtyard.

The spacious log cabins offer comfort and relaxation. Newly renovated in 2013, all modern cabins feature cosy hand-built log furniture with old western charm and a front porch to kick back on after a long day on the trail. The cabins are all equipped with full amenities and comfortable log beds. There is common sitting room and kitchen amenities with a small fridge and coffee pot. There is a private bathroom with tub and shower, hair dryer, 36' flat screen TV with satellite (100+ channels)and free WiFi internet. Guests can choose between a variety of cabin arrangements including king suites, queen suites, cabins with two queen beds, family cabins and a three bedroom ranch house. Daily housekeeping is provided in all the guest cabins.

Most meals are served as a buffet, with both family style and private seating available. Meals range from BBQ steak cookouts to traditional Mexican cuisine. They also offer traditional menus with an upscale flair. Ester, their in-house chef, specialises in fresh breads and homemade desserts. The day begins with your choice of a light breakfast or a meal to fill you up for the day. The ranch provide fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, and muffins for those that prefer something simple. The hot breakfast menu varies from pancakes & waffles to bacon, sausages, and eggs.
Weekly breakfast rides are a Ranch favourite. You will really enjoy fresh blueberry pancakes cooked on an open grill. You will return from your morning ride for a delicious midday meal. They offer hot or cold entrees, fresh salads, BBQ cookouts, and some of the best cookies and dessert squares you have ever tasted! Remember to pack a few extra treats for your afternoon ride. The most social time at the Ranch is dinner, this is a time to sit back, relax and enjoy another exquisite meal. Freshly baked breads and salads with a selection of vegetables and meats will impress even the most discerning connoisseur. The fantastic homemade desserts will end your perfect day on a sweet note. Vegetarian and vegan dishes are available upon request. The kitchen can also accommodate food allergies with advanced notice.

Whether you prefer a cold beer after a long day on the trail or a bottle of fine wine with dinner, you will find it in The Saloon. Fully stocked with local brews along with old time favorites, The Saloon can accommodate nearly any request. The wine list offers selections from around the world, including some of B.C.'s own award-winning vineyards.

 

Activities

There are many wonderful facilities - you can enjoy an indoor heated pool, outdoor hot tub and Jacuzzi. There is a centre with fax, computer, and pay phone. There is free WiFi internet in all buildings, Satellite TV, DVD, and VCR in the main guest lodge. There is a fully equipped fitness centre with a public laundry facility, ranch store, tennis court, volleyball court. For the youngsters there is a petting zoo, Horseshoe pit, kids fort and an outside play area. As well as horse riding, guests can enjoy hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, tennis, trap shooting, archery, wildlife viewing and golf.

 

Further Details

Languages: English

Health requirements: No special

Age limit: Childrens Programmes for 6+ years

Tuition: Can be arranged in the arena

Included: Set-time transfers from and to Cranbrook airport, log cabin accommodation, all meals, access to all ranch facilities, guided horse back riding, guided hikes and raft trips (raft trip only included in summer) and 6.2% taxes.

Not included: Flights, transfers (except from Cranbrook Airport after 1.30 pm), travel insurance, gratuities.

 

Travel Information

Guests can fly into Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC), Glacier Park International Airport (FCA), Spokane International Airport (GEG) or Calgary International Airport (YYC). Vancouver International Airport (YVR) is about a ten hour drive from the ranch.

If time is a restriction, we suggest that you fly directly into Cranbrook airport and they will pick you up and transfer you free of charge to the Ranch which is only 15 minutes from the Cranbrook airport, so there is no need for you to have a car rental while you are staying at the ranch.

Based out of Calgary, Alberta Airport. The drive directly from the Calgary airport to the Ranch is 4.5 to 5 hours. There are daily flights from Calgary to the Cranbrook Airport.

Shuttles are only available from Cranbrook after 1.30 pm on day of arrival and before 11 am on day of departure. NO early arrivals or departures.

Airport: Cranbrook (Rockie Mountains) Regional Airport

Alternative Airport: Calgary International Airport

 

Programme


Ranch Based Programme



While the ranch offers a wide variety of guest activities, its world class riding programme puts the ranch in a class of its own. The Ranch is home to over 110 head of horses that live on the ranch year round. The family own all their horses and does not lease outside horses to ensure the protection of the herd and of the riders. The herd consists of approximately 80 guest horses as well as 20 performance horses, brood mares and new foals each spring. The ranch's horse to guest ratio is over 2 to 1 allowing the ranch to select the right horse for each rider's individual ability and experience level. The  riding programme was developed and is managed directly by the Beckley family. The riding is always available but not mandatory and some guests like to ride every day whilst others may prefer just to ride two or three times a week.

The rides are offered every morning and every afternoon. Options include family rides, adult rides, kids' rides, walking rides and also fast rides for the more experienced in the saddle. No other location in the world offers such a superb combination of great horses, beautiful riding terrain and the seasoned experience of world class horsemen. Children of all ages will feel at home at this ranch where they can enjoy wide open spaces and run around in a safe environment making a lovely atmosphere for both children and adults. The kids programme is designed to keep kids and teens busy all day long and well into the night. Children must be six years of age or older to take part in the family oriented kids riding and activities programme. Programmes are devised so families can go on family rides, hike together and even river raft as a group. Alternatively though, kids are welcome to join the riding programme while adults choose another activitity or adults only ride. The ranch is small and highly staffed to allow tailor  made experiences for every member of the family.

The horses range from "bomb proof" kids' horses all the wayt hrough to young horses suitable for experienced riders. So, whether you're an old hand or someone who needs a helping hand, you can be sure to enjoy your time in the saddle. Your horse will be just that - YOUR horse for the week. He will be ready and waiting for you every morning of your stay, along with the saddle that suits you most. The first rides leave the corrals right after breakfast and return for lunch. Afternoon rides leave the corrals between 1.00 and 1.30 pm.  Fast rides are available to experienced riders after one full day of riding at the Ranch.  Once weekly, an all-day ride is offered. An early breakfast ride is also offered once a week, where you can enjoy your hot breakfast on the trail. The ranch is set in the crown of the continent with over 75,000 acres to roam there is virtually no end of possibilities for you to explore.

The ranch is nestled up against the mountains with the St. Mary's River running on the edge of the property, to the North.  Perry Creek and the Perry Creek Valley run to the West where the ranch cattle run on open range for the summer. Whether you prefer a high mountain lookout or a cool afternoon ride by the river, you are sure to lose yourself in this this remarkable landscape.

With a degree in agriculture and a rodeo background, Jeff has always been part of the cowboy lifestyle and he trains reining horses for Beckley Reining, where you will find him most mornings. Guests are welcome to watch as he and his horses prepare for the international show circuit. Jeff and Jesse give an evening reining demonstration once a week. You will be amazed what the horses are capable of.

Jeff's newest interest is training gun dogs and with this new interest comes a new opportunity for our guests. Jeff has expanded the fall ranch activities to include pheasant hunting with him and his dogs.



Minimum group size: 1
Maximum group size: 12
Ability description: All levels
Type of ride: Daily rides from ranch.
Total riding time: To suit
Departure dates: 2017: Open 21 May - 7 October with Sunday arrivals and Saturday departures (6 night stays).
 
Pricing: 2017:

Summer Adventure Package (25 June-26 August):

Adult £1822
13-18 Years £1700
6-12 years £1566
Non rider £1335
Under 6 years £500
Single supplement £344

Spring/Autumn Adventure Package (21 May-24 June, 27 August-7 October):

Adult £1335
13-18years £1256
6-12 years £1213
Non rider £969
Under 6 years £390
Single supplement £121

Prices are for a 6 night package and include 6.2% taxes.