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3 Days Unguided Trail Riding and Ranch Vacation in British Columbia, Canada

Flying U Ranch, 5947 North Green Lake Road, 70 Mile House, Cariboo, South Cariboo, British Columbia, V0K 2K0, Canada

Unforgettable Ranch Vacation in Canada

There is no place in the world like the Flying U Ranch! People have been coming here for over a century to enjoy unguided horseback rides on 60,000 acres of aspen-lined trails, to sleep in private log cabins, and for lodge dining with fresh home-cooked meals. This is a place where horses run free in a gated ranch setting on the banks of a crystal clear lake and you are invited to enjoy long, unsupervised trail riding among meadows, hills, and lakes. There is simply nothing like it!

Key information

  • Rider weight limit: 100 kilograms / 220 pounds
  • Tack type: Western tack

Highlights

  • Daily rides with the largest riding herd
  • Approximate daily riding time: 6 to 7 hours
  • Hayrides, daily firewood cut, and evening campfire
  • Various daily activities such as yoga, kayaking, archery, etc.
  • Riding equipment (cowboy boots and saddlebags)
  • Daily movie night at the Black Horse Theatre
  • 3 daily homecooked meals and snacks
  • 2 nights’ accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with activities in English
The organizer also speaks: Chinese (mandarin), French
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Accommodation

Facilities

  • Golf course
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

You will be accommodated in one of the 28 historic cabins At Flying U Ranch. You will stay in your own private log cabin equipped with a wood-burning stove, electricity, and covered porch. Cabins range in size to accommodate from two to seven people and feature hand-crafted wood furniture. There is also a central bathhouse with modern showers and a 15-person sauna for weary riders to relax in at the end of a long day on the trails. Dogs are welcome at the ranch but are the responsibility of their owners. For those looking for a more pampered experience, Flying U Ranch also offers two large executive homes that feature indoor plumbing and four-piece bathrooms.

Program

Flying U Ranch has approximately 100 horses for you to get to know. Guests are assigned a horse and tack suited to their riding ability. You will explore trails, meandering through meadows, forests, and groves of aspen. All new riders will receive an orientation to Western riding and aspecific herd. Once you have matched your abilities with the perfect mount, you’re free to explore the untamed wild expanse that is British Columbia’s Cariboo.

Unaccompanied riding is a very liberating experience and one that is unique to the Flying U Ranch. Many guests have their first horseback experience here. A background with horses isn't required and the horse assigned will be chosen to meet the appropriate needs of the rider. Flying U Ranch has certified instructors onsite, who are happy to give lessons to those riders wanting a more technical introduction.

A day at the ranch

Upon arrival, each guest is assigned their own cabin. This is a highlight of the ranch experience - the guests stay in the original log cabins that were built 100 years ago. Please take a few moments to breathe in the unique cabin experience, complete with woodburning stoves, hand-hewn log furniture, covered sitting porches with rocking chairs, and a view of the most beautiful lake in central British Columbia.

After the guest checks in and gets settled, it is time to meet the horse wrangler and get introduced to the horses. Until 2017, Flying U Ranch has 100 horses and four experienced horse wranglers. Each guest is assigned a horse according to his or her ability, and that horse will be the guest's mount for the duration of the stay. Guests are given a trail map and are free to ride on their own or with other guests on thousands of acres. Riders may saddle up between 09:00 to 16:00 each day, except on Sunday when riding begins at 10:00. You can order a packed lunch or come in for lunch, served from 12:00 to 13:00.

After the day's ride, guests have a number of activities to choose from. There are swimming and canoeing on Green Lake, or enjoy a game of badminton, horseshoes, or Flying U Ranch's own unique game of "attack croquet." Or you can choose to head up to the health spa for a game of pool or a hot tub. Flying U Ranch will also be providing water skiing lessons, which are popular with the teenagers. There is a mini-golf course in the back forty, or you can take a walk down to the pond and go for a leisurely row in one of the wooden rowboats.

Mealtime at the lodge/dining room is announced with the clanging of the bell, following a tradition that goes back 100 years. Family and friends eat together ranch-style on benches with long tables. Breakfast is served promptly at 08:00 (09:00 on Sundays), lunch is at noon and dinner at 18:00. Complimentary coffee and tea are available in the kitchen throughout the day. There are a weekly outdoor lunch and dinner barbecue.

The Flying U has an authentic western saloon separate from the main lodge. The Longhorn Saloon is open from 14:00 to 18:00 daily for happy hour and again after dinner. Cocktails are served to the sounds of the circa 1880 Nickelodeon. Beer, wine, cider, and coolers can also be purchased in the dining room. Between meals, you can order finger food at the pub or the hungry kids can come to the kitchen anytime for a sandwich.

There is a horsedrawn hayride every Thursday and Sunday starting at 19:00 at the front of the lodge. Entertainment is topped off with an old western whoop-de-doo most Wednesday and Saturday nights. Square dances are held on Wednesdays throughout July and August, starting at 20:00. At the general store, open from 08:00 to 18:00, you can buy soft drinks and candy bars, snack food, horse treats, gifts, and souvenirs. At check out, guests are always reminded to confirm their dates for the following year in order to ensure cabin and date availability.

Location

This ranch vacation will take place at Flying U Ranch located in the Cariboo region of British Columbia, Canada. The ranch is adjacent to Green Lake, the gem of the Cariboo with its emerald colors in the day and golden shine during sunset. This is definitely the place to be in the summertime!

Features

Activities

  • Boating
  • Golf course
  • Hiking
  • Horse riding
  • Kayaking
  • Massage
  • Sauna
  • Spa
  • Swimming

General

  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Fireplace
  • Kitchen
  • Lake
  • Multilingual staff
  • Special menu request
  • Pet friendly

Services

  • Convenience / grocery store
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Library
  • Tour assistance
  • Wedding

Food

During your stay, you will be served three home-cooked meals a day in the spacious and bright dining room. The kitchen and dining room are located in the main lodge. All meals are homemade cooked from natural products in Flying U Ranch kitchen. The ranch always has hot coffee 24 hours a day and between meals, fresh fruit in the afternoon, and home cooked baking in the evenings. Flying U Ranch accommodates special diet requirements upon request.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

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

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Other dietary requirements on request
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)

  • Guided two and four-hour rides
  • Gymkhana
  • Health spa
  • Motorboat ride
  • Overnight line camp rides combined with cookouts
  • Swimming on horseback

What's included

  • Unguided riding with the largest riding herd in western Canada
  • Daily firewood cut
  • Hayrides
  • Evening campfire
  • Square dancing and live entertainment
  • Daily movie night at the Black Horse Theatre
  • Use of Lost Lake and special guided hikes
  • Archery and yoga
  • Activities for rainy days
  • Waterfront activities (kayaking and canoeing)
  • Daily power boat, waterskiing, and tubing
  • Wood-fired sauna
  • Games room with billiards
  • Cowboy boots and saddlebags
  • Use of the main lodge, library, museum, general store, Black Horse Theatre, and Longhorn Saloon
  • 2 nights' accommodation
  • 3 home-cooked meals prepared daily
  • 24-hour coffee and refreshment station with fruit and cookies

What's not included

  • Additional excursions
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Boat rentals
  • Health spa

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

From the airport, you can hire a private float plane (Cessna 180: 1,700 CAD plus tax per plane - one way for two passengers and 30-pound luggage each). The direct flight from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) river terminal to Flying U Ranch takes about 1 hour and a half.

Alternatively, you can fly with a private wheel plane charter (Piper Navajo: 2,740 CAD plus tax per plane - one way for two to six passengers and 30-pound luggage each), which is a 50-minute direct flight from Vancouver International Airport (YVR) to Flying U Private Airport (no transfer required).

Arrival by bus

Intercity bus, Greyhound, leaves Vancouver and 100 Mile House twice a day. There will be a complimentary pick-up and delivery from the station (seven and a half hours).

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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Children information

Please note that children under five years old stay for free, but will not be assigned a horse.

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