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7-Night Horseback-Riding Ranch Vacation in British Columbia, West Canada

Big Creek Lodge, Big Creek, Chilcotin District, British Columbia, Canada

Feel the Freedom in Canada's Wild West!

Howdy! Surrounded by crystal-clear rivers, scenic lakes, open pastures and pristine forests, Big Creek Lodge is located on the Chilcotin Plateau, in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada. No matter where or by what means of transport you are traveling, the small town of Williams Lake is the ideal starting point. The easiest way to get there is by taking a one-hour (onward) flight from Vancouver (Pacific Coastal Airlines or Central Mountain Air from the South Terminal). Then, only 2 more hours by rental car or offered transfer service separate you from the riding experience that you have always dreamed of!

The 4-star lodge, including the ranch with about 20-25 horses, is beautifully situated over the Big Creek. All lodge rooms and the suite are cozy and comfortably furnished. Shower / WC, laundry, hair dryer and underfloor heating are standard. King size, queen size or twin beds. Most rooms have balcony / terrace, some have large panoramic windows. Free Wi-Fi is available. Cable TV is in the living area of the lodge. Full board (3 meals daily & certain non-alcoholic drinks) included. Cabins with bath and terrac are bookable on request.

The area is best explored on the back of a horse (even for novice riders), while on the horizon you can see the snow-capped peaks of the Coast Mountains! A wide range of alternative activities, such as fishing, mountain biking, etc. as well as a cozy fireplace and an outside whirlpool complete the offer.

The managers of the lodge speak German and English.

Feel the Freedom!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 113 kilograms / 249 pounds
  • Horse height range: 14 to 16.2 hands
  • Tack type: Western tack
  • Horse breed: Quarter Horse or Paint, or Draught cross

Meet the instructors

Cindy

Highlights

  • 5 days of horse riding
  • 7 nights accommodation
  • 1 day trip to a close-by natural attraction
  • Daily riding time depends on the guest's preferences and skills
  • Learn to groom and saddle the horse
  • Explore the trail around the lodge
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Airport transfer on request

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


6 days with activities in English
The organizer also speaks: German
Airport transfer available:
Williams Lake Airport (US$60 per person)
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge

Big Creek Lodge was built out of huge white cedar, which is Canadian tradition. Together with the surrounding wilderness, the lodge is something really special for people of every age. The lodge offers six very comfortable twin room (two single beds) or queen room (one queen bed), all with their own private en-suite. There are a roomy lounge and a dining area warmed by a massive stone fireplace. There are also two private cabins separate from the main building, they are good for couples and groups up to 6 people. This cabins can be offered upon request

Program

On day one we will match you to your horse. No matter if beginner or skilled rider, we have the right horse for you! The morning is spent on a short orientation, to make sure you understand each other and are ready to hit the trails together. That afternoon we head out on a shorter trail ride, solidifying your relationship with your new 4-legged friend, and getting used to the Western style of riding if this is new to you.

Day two onwards we hit the trails, showcasing the amazing scenery of the area. You can expect anything from creek crossings, forestry trails, beautiful lakes, open meadows and incredible views. Our terrain can be pretty rough, but very varied, and our guides have a penchant for explorations so be ready to experience something new, our trails can accommodate the relaxing pace for the less experienced beginner or add some fun challenges for our more experienced guests, we can accommodate all.

Some days the neighbours call and invite us to head out to help them with some cow work. It is a great honour that they think highly enough of us to include ourselves and our guests. A day with the cowboys is always a treat (Please request before booking!).

Depending on the time of year this could involve sorting, branding, trailing pairs to summer pasture, checking, relocating and fall gathering and weaning. We will give you the basics of cowboy etiquette so you feel confident and informed if you get the opportunity to do this.

If conditions are right a ride in Big Creek Park is a possibility. Here you will get to experience untouched Canadian Wilderness, as logging is prohibited. Wildlife is often spotted, the mountains views are spectacular and trails wind in and out of meadows and native forests.

Whatever your trip may bring, we aim to give you an unforgettable horseback experience, with a beautiful Log Home to relax in!

3 hearty Western Canadian meals are served each day – don’t worry you’ll get a special lunch packed while on day long rides.

If you have any questions regarding our Horse-Riding Package just get in touch!

Come visit and become a part of the Big Creek Lodge Family!

Included excursions

1 daytrip to a close-by natural attraction - e.g. Nemaiah Valley

Location

Big Creek Lodge is situated almost at the end of the road in the heart of the Chilcotin, Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada, with nothing but miles of wilderness and ranching country all around you.

Food

Buffet-style. Special dietary requests can be met upon prior notice.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Soda

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

Birdwatching

Cross-country skiing

Hiking

Photography

Fishing

Special relaxation package for the non-riders:

Recharge your batteries as you sit back and enjoy the tranquility and the clean Pacific airflow with the Big Creek babbling by below. Curl up out on the deck or in the hot tub with one of our many book. Try your hand at the horseshoe ring or throwing the lariat to catch our wild wooden cow. If you want to get a touch of the gold rush in the 1850’s, try your luck gold panning in the creek. You never know what the spring waters have washed our way from the untouched mountains up stream.

The avid photographers will have lots to point their cameras at whether just the scenery, our animals around the ranch or the occasional wildlife, from the inquisitive squirrel to the mighty moose or Grizzly bear. If you have the desire to go a bit further, explore our surroundings on one of our mountain bikes. As with all other 7-night packages, also a day-trip to experience our regional highlights and take some pictures there is included.

What's included

  • 7 nights' accommodation
  • 5 days of horse riding
  • 1 daytrip
  • Use of hot tub
  • Tax
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Any snacks, tea, coffee, and soft drinks

What's not included

  • Alcohol
  • Airport transfer (exact rates upon request)

How to get there

Recommended Airports

From Williams Lake head out west on Highway 20 - don’t turn left at Riske Creek, but stay on Highway 20 for another 43km – now it’s time to turn left at Lee’s Corner, a historical gas station and inn which unfortunately fell victim to the flames of the 2017 forest fires (the photo above was taken before, but the big sign is still there). After you have turned, you still see a blue sign to Big Creek to your right – now you drive on gravel. Please set your trip meter to zero. After 3km you cross the Chilcotin River and then turn left at 5.5km to Big Creek– after that just stay on the main road following the signs Big Creek – after 25km (at kilometer post 30) pass by Fletcher Lake – go ahead until you get to the T-junction with Farwell Canyon Road – in front of you there is a post with many direction signs – turn right to enter the last section which is identical to option 1 – so follow Farwell Canyon Road for about 5km, then turn left into Witte Road – still be patient, don’t take the first option to the left. Stay on the main road and follow the signs Big Creek Lodge 15km along Witte Road – bear right at 47km at the sign and left again at 50km – after a one morekilometer, you made it.

You will notice each road you take has numbered yellow km markers every km so you can see how far along you have travelled on that road.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Please call us before you head out from Williams Lake and tell us which road you want to go. Since there is no cell phone coverage all along the way to us, we will go and look for you, if you aren’t arriving as expected. Please drive carefully, watch out for wild animals and the logging trucks.

Airport: Williams Lake Airport Airport transfer available: Williams Lake Airport (US$60 per person) Additional charges may apply. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on departure.
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