Ranches, Resorts & Lodges
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be a cowboy? Or perhaps you'd just like to have a relaxing spa session in the prairie fields of Canada. With our choice of ranch holidays in Canada, these are just two of the many things that you can do. Ranches aren't just a cowboy's paradise, though.
There are plenty of spa ranches and ranching holidays in Canada that are geared towards those who do not fancy re-enacting Rawhide and will allow you to soak out all the stress and worry with a range of different treatments. Western Canada is a great place to start if you want to let your Wild West spirit out.
Alberta is the home of the Calgary Stampede – one of the largest festivals in Canada, and one of the largest rodeos in the world. The ten-day event is a great way to get a hands-off experience of ranching at its most extreme. Thankfully, most of the ranching you will do if you go on ranch holidays in Canada, where you will be more relaxed and less dangerous.
If you're a beginner around horses and cattle, then don't think you'll be left out of all the fun – many ranches offer beginner programmes to break you into it. You can get the chance to learn all of the basic techniques a rancher will need, such as roping cattle, horse-riding and taking part in herding.
More experienced ranchers will be able to hone their skills and can take part in scheduled cattle drives. For a break from the saddle, why not try hiking in the hills, as this will give you an excellent opportunity to enjoy the scenery, see local wildlife and provides you with plenty of photo opportunities. End your day with a friendly game of horseshoes and have a family-style dinner, cooked with ranch raised beef.
There are several ranches in the Canadian outback that offer a mixture of riding and relaxation. The Echo Valley Ranch & Spa (not related to the wine) is one such ranch. Situated in the real outdoors of Canada, north of Whistler, the Echo Valley Ranch combines the excitement of a working ranch with the tranquillity of a modern spa. Take a ride along the Caribou Valley with an all-day guided tour. Pack lunches and snacks and discover the trails and valleys of British Columbia. If you're lucky, you might even see a real cowboy herding cattle over a distant hill or into a valley.
If you are a first-time rider, don't worry about getting a horse you don't like, as the Echo Valley Ranch pairs you up with a horse whose temperament matches your ability and comfort level. You'll even spend some time getting to know your horse, and if you're really keen, you can learn how to saddle, groom and care for your horse during your stay.
Once you've done all the horse-riding on one of your ranching holidays in Canada, you can take a break in the ranch's spa. Featuring both Western and Thai therapies to help reinvigorate and rejuvenate, you'll feel like a new person after a day in the spa. Have a massage, a mud bath, or any other treatment you fancy, and top it all off with one of the ranch's excellent meals. Owners Norm and Nan will join guests at the dinner table, adding to the family feel of the ranch. If you feel like learning while you eat, Echo Valley's master chef is always more than happy to offer lessons, tips and techniques to make ranch holidays in Canada that bit more special.
Ranch holidays in Canada are an experience that you should never pass up. You might find you have a Wild West cowboy in you, or you might just find you enjoy getting a Swedish massage. The choice is yours, and that's why, at Canada Travel Specialists, we find out what you want, and we make sure you get it.