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Overview

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 ope…

Highlights

  • Ride in the glorious Canadian Rocky Mountains
  • Build a relationship with the same horse throughout
  • Wide variety of trails and horses for all abilities
  • Kids programme to keep children and teens entertained
  • Relax in the pool, hot tub or bar after your ride

Essential Facts

  • 1 itinerary available
  • Max 12 riders per group
  • Average of 4 - 6 hours riding per day
  • Weight limit: 113 kg / 250lbs / 17st 12lbs.
    more info Those in the upper weight limit should be experienced riders and physically fit.

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.

Horses & Riding

Tack

The horses are all ridden in western tack, which includes good quality leather saddles with wide seats for rider comfort and leather headstalls/bridles with shaffles or western shank bits.

Horses

The Ranch is home to over 120 head of horses, mostly American Quarter Horses, that live on the ranch year-round. The herd consists of approximately 80 guest horses as well as 20 performance horses, as well as broodmares 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. Each rider and guest will be matched with a horse that will be "theirs" for the duration of their stay.

Riding

There is 1 itinerary:

  • Ranch Based Programme is a based ride

Ages

All ages welcome. Children's riding programmes are available for those aged 6+ years.

Health

No special requirements.

Weight

113 kg / 250lbs / 17st 12lbs. Those in the upper weight limit should be experienced riders and physically fit.

Food & Accommodation

Food

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.

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.

Itineraries

Ranch Based Programme Standard accommodation.

Other 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, tennis, trap shooting, archery, wildlife viewing and golf. Please note that some of these activities are seasonal and not available all year round - some are also off-site and will incur additional costs.

Travel

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.

Shuttles are only available from Cranbrook from 1.30 pm - 10pm on day of arrival and from 7am - 11:30 am on day of departure. NO early arrivals or late departures.

Alternatively, if you arrive into Calgary airport then the drive directly from Calgary airport to the Ranch is 4.5 to 5 hours (we would recommend hiring a car) or there are daily flights from Calgary to the Cranbrook Airport.

Testimonials

Tina, Oct. 2, 2019

Excellent riding & line dancing!!! - great team of wranglers and organisation good by Tyler & Jenna. Horses all well behaved and looked after well


Annalise L., Aug. 5, 2019

Truly amazing experience. The wranglers were superb. Favourite memory? Everything!


Katie A., Oct. 19, 2018

Fantastic experience. Very well trained and honest horses. Great variety of trails to explore.


Itinerary & Pricing

Day 1 - Sunday

Riding: No riding.

Arrive in the afternoon/evening and settle into your accommodation before dinner.

Days 2 to 6

Riding: 4 - 6 hours

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 (weather permitting), 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 often give an evening reining demonstration once a week, but this is not guaranteed. You will be amazed what the horses are capable of.

Day 7 - Saturday

Riding: No riding.

Depart after breakfast

Experience Beginner / Intermediate / Experienced

All levels and riding abilities can be accommodated.

Minimum group size 1
Maximum group size 12
Departure windows

At any time during: May 16, 2021 - Sept. 25, 2021  (Sunday arrivals and Saturday departures)

Pricing

2021
Spring/Autumn Adventure Package (16 May-26 June, 29 August-25 September): Teen (13-18 years); Sharing
£1735 $2410 €2035
2021
Spring/Autumn Adventure Package (16 May-26 June, 29 August-25 September): Child (6-12 years); Sharing
£1665 $2320 €1955
2021
Spring/Autumn Adventure Package (16 May-26 June, 29 August-25 September): Non-Rider; Sharing
£1195 $1665 €1405
2021
Spring/Autumn Adventure Package (16 May-26 June, 29 August-25 September): Child (under 6 years, non-riding); Sharing
£385 $540 €455
2021
Summer Adventure Package (27 June-28 August): Adult; Sharing
£2200 $3065 €2580
2021
Summer Adventure Package (27 June-28 August): Teen (13-18 years); Sharing
£2070 $2880 €2425
2021
Summer Adventure Package (27 June-28 August): Child (6-12 years); Sharing
£1935 $2690 €2270
2021
Summer Adventure Package (27 June-28 August): Non-Rider; Sharing
£1665 $2320 €1955
2021
Summer Adventure Package (27 June-28 August): Child (under 6 years, non-riding); Sharing
£525 $735 €620
2021
Spring/Autumn Adventure Package (16 May-26 June, 29 August-25 September): Adult; Sharing
£1800 $2505 €2110
Included 6 nights accommodation in log cabins (shared rooms), all meals, access to all ranch facilities, guided horseback riding, guided hikes, raft trips (summer only), set-time transfers from/to Cranbrook airport, as well as local taxes and gratuities.
Not included Flights, transfers outside set-times, drinks, insurance and other personal expenses.

Extras

2021 - Single Supplement; Spring/Autumn Adventure Package (16 May-26 June, 29 August-25 September) £200 $280 €235
Paid to Far and Ride
2021 - Single Supplement; Summer Adventure Package (27 June-28 August) £400 $555 €470
Paid to Far and Ride
Note: All programmes and itineraries are weather dependent; in the face of adverse, or unexpected, weather conditions reasonable attempts will be made to provide equivalent riding. All programmes are accurate at the time of writing. However, the team may adapt or modify details, whilst aiming to provide a similar experience.