Activities

On the Ranch

Hiking

The Ranch is 700+ acres in size and is traversed by trails. It backs onto extensive Crown land.

We recommend wearing supportive shoes and perhaps bringing a camera!

Trail Riding

For those guests who ride, feel free to bring your horses and explore the Ranch in the saddle. Local guides are available for hire for those who’d like to learn more about the area.

Bird Watching

The trees and lakes of this area are the permanent and temporary homes to diverse types of birds, geese, ducks, swans, eagles, hawks and owls. Remember to bring your binoculars! 

Star Gazing

The clear skies over the Ranch are ideal for picking out the planets, marking the constellations and watching meteor showers. If you visit in the winter, you may even see some Northern Lights.

Animal Spotting

The ecosystem in the area supports diverse wildlife. Wild horses, beaver, moose, bears, coyotes, red foxes, badgers, bats, deer and cows are just a few of what you could spot during your adventures. You might even catch sight of the elusive wolf.

Ice Skating

With two ponds to choose from, bring your skates and gear and enjoy a skate across the pond or gear up for some ice hockey!

Snow Shoeing (Seasonal)

Get out and enjoy quiet winter days snowshoeing the trails of the Ranch. Hot chocolate highly recommended.

Cross-country Skiing (Seasonal)

For those looking for a rugged, unmaintained trails.

Snow Mobiling (Seasonal)

For those into snowmobiling, feel free to bring them along on your winter visits.

While on the Ranch, we ask that you stay on our established trails to help us in our efforts in rehabilitating our grasslands.

The Ranch backs onto a maze of fantastic snow mobile friendly trails, one going all the way to Clinton.

Tractor Sleigh Rides (Seasonal)

Explore the Ranch in winter by sleigh, bundled up with cozy blankets and warm beverages. Call to arrange with

Tobogganing

We have few nice easy slopes for sledding on the Ranch – bring your toboggan and get ready for some winter coasting!

Off the Ranch

Shopping / Antiquing

If you are looking for the perfect souvenir of the Cariboo, you may find it at one of the fantastic local antique shops in the nearby town of Clinton. May we suggest a wagon wheel for your garden or a horseshoe for your door?

Restaurants / Dine-out

If you’re tired of home cooking and want to mix it up, here are some local restaurant options.

Historical / Geological Site Seeing

British Columbia, and the Cariboo in particular, has a rich and diverse history. The geographical evolution of the area, with vast grasslands, ideal for grazing mammals, and its deposits of gold and other precious minerals later became the driving forces for the Gold Rush and the establishment of ranches.

Gravel Biking

Get ready for the best riding of your life. Range far, then come home to rest up for another day of exploration.

Suggested destination: Jesmond Fire Lookout.

Fishing

There’s a lake a day for the length of your stay. Make sure to bring your scale and camera!

Ice Fishing (Seasonal)

If winter fishing suits your style, then come spend a few nights with us. Read more about the lakes in the Fishing Directory.

Swimming

Meadow Lake is swim-able and is located 5 minutes down the road from the Ranch.

For further lake recommendations, check out the Lake Directory.

Boating / Canoeing / Kayaking

Whatever your water conveyance of choice is, you will be glad you brought it. Explore and play in the many nearby lakes. Read more in the Lake Directory.

Rockhounding

Check out great local rock hounding sites just a short drive away from the ranch. Any of our accommodations would make a perfect home base for your adventure.

Please do not dig on Ranch property as there are very sensitive ecosystems in rehabilitation.

Duck Hunting

Within a five minute drive from the Ranch, there are marshes and wetlands for duck hunting.

Cross Country Skiing (Seasonal)

There are over 30 km of groomed cross country ski trails in Clinton, maintained by the Clinton Ski Jockey Club. There are an additional 30 km of backcountry trails leading from these, for further exploration.

Snowmobiling (Seasonal)

Interested in Gold Rush history and love to snow mobile? It is possible to combine the two! The new Gold Rush snowmobiling trail leads from Clinton all the way north to historic Barkerville.

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