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Winter Ranching Adventure at Chilcotin

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Winter Ranching Adventure at Chilcotin

For a winter holiday with a difference, consider this option in Western Canada.  Link this with a few days in Vancouver, or even some skiing in Whistler, or other Western Canada resorts.

Day 1: Vancouver to Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch
Day 2 to 6: Ranch Program Options
Day 7: Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch to Vancouver


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Winter Ranching Adventure at Chilcotin

Most people can’t imagine how vast their wilderness experience options can be on a ranch holiday at Chilcotin Holidays Wilderness Guest Ranch. “City folk” are encouraged to step out of their comfort zone and explore all the activities this environment has to offer. Your winter adventure can range from 4 to 7 days or longer all inclusive of accommodation, food and activities

Day 1: Vancouver to Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch
The first day of your Guest Ranch Adventure sees you leaving the cosmopolitan city of Vancouver in the early morning. Travel the historic highways with opportunities to spot wildlife as the road winds itself along famous rivers and pristine lakes. Enjoy the spectacular scenery of mountains and canyons as you leave the driving up to us.

After the spectacular 5-hour drive, arrive at our Guest Ranch at noon in time to hear the dinner bell ring. Sit down for a homemade lunch of fresh vegetables and salads, hearty homemade soup, freshly prepared sandwiches and oven baked biscuits.

When you have taken your fill, your guides will take you through a thorough Horse Orientation. We begin by matching you to your horse and getting a good fit with your saddle. Our horses are Mountain Cayuse horses that live and work in the mountains. These unique horses come from the wild herds of the Cariboo-Chilcotin, a mixture of breeds developed over generations. They have a stamina, toughness, energy, intelligence and spirit required to take riders safely into the mountains. Whatever your age or experience, we have just the horse for you.

The Orientation will give you a complete introduction to Western Mountain riding. You can get involved in bridling, saddling and learning how to tie the bowline knot. You will learn how to control your horse by practicing horse sports in the gymkhana, and once all the “kinks” have been worked out, we take you along the forested trails.
After getting your first taste of Western mountain riding, return back to the Ranch in time for dinner, and enjoy the friendly conversations over the dinner table. In the evening, relax in our sunroom or a indulge in a quiet moment on the Ranch deck which faces the rugged Coast mountains, before resting comfortably at the Ranch, ready for the nextday’s adventure.

Day 2 to 6: Ranch Program Options
Western wilderness themed adventure multi-sport is unique to Chilcotin Holidays. Here is the only place where a person can participate in unique cultural and historical western wilderness activities. Choose one or more of the following options:

  • Horse related activities

Learn the art of mountain riding
Trimming horses hooves
Learn to shoe a horse
Floating a horse’s teeth
Ride in the snow

  • Horse sleigh rides for one hour take you back in time
  • Shooting a Rifle on our target practice range
  • Snowshoeing the way the pioneers did it, tramping through the old growth forest trail
  • Cross country skiing around the ranch trails
  • Snowmobiling in the Canadian wilderness along forested trails gets you right out there in to the wilderness.
  • Viewing golden eagles or bald eagles as they scavenge for food during the winter is a great way to view these majestic birds up close.
  • Predator viewing safari, stalk one of the most elusive predators in North America.

Mountain Lion – Search the fresh-fallen snow for tracks that can lead to rocky viewpoints. Here stealth matters when searching out the lairs of the most elusive of our wildlife
Timber Wolf – Sit on the edge of a frozen lake in the early morning and call to a wolf pack. When they respond it will send chills down your spine with the excitement of connecting

  • Enjoy a Canadian First Nation cultural experience at our wilderness guest ranch while sleeping under the stars in a traditional winter house called a kikwilly. Here (similar to the summer tipi), the sleeping areas are around the perimeter walls with a fire in the center serving as a place for cooking and socializing. Come along as we stalk wildlife, just like the native Indians did for thousands of years. We will show you how to identify animal tracks and how to cook over a campfire. Imagine sitting around the campfire at night sharing stories of the wilderness – the mountain lion, the timber wolf, and the traditions of the native people. Play a game of Lathal, a native Indian game for division of assets practiced to this day at native celebrations.

Come stay in a wilderness cabin in the mountains so you can experience what it’s like to live in harmony with nature. Leave civilization behind — all the noise, interruptions, stress, and pollution. In BC’s untouched wilderness you can cut your own fire wood, or watch while your guide takescare of this, cook over a woodstove, gather water from a glacier-fed stream, and — when the chores are all done — go snowshoe or ski in the surrounding alpine meadows.

Day 7: Chilcotin Holidays Guest Ranch to Vancouver
On your last day, just when everyone thinks they have done it all we introduce some new adventure! We then take off the saddle for some bareback lessons. And, for something a bit different, test your aim with some biathlon target shooting.
After practicing your marksmanship, enjoy a farewell lunch before departing at 1pm. Reflect on your adventure on the 5-hour drive back to Vancouver. You arrive in Vancouver in the early evening.

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