If you’re looking to a true escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, a ranching vacation makes for the perfect getaway. British Columbia’s interior is home to many beautiful ranches with on-site accommodations to suit a wide range of desires. Here are some suggestions for guest ranches to stay at near the interior community of Merritt, courtesy of the staff at the British Columbia Visitor Centre @ Merritt:
Douglas Lake Ranch
Located less than an hour’s drive northeast of Merritt, the Douglas Lake Ranch is Canada’s largest working cattle ranch with a history dating back to the 1880’s. From camping to lakeside lodges, yurts, cabins and a classic ranch house, this ranch has accommodations to suit everyone’s preferences. It provides an incredible opportunity to get in touch with nature, while enjoying incredible views, fishing and fine dining.
A-P Guest Ranch
The A-P Guest Ranch is a western guest ranch located 54 km (38 mi) from Merritt. The ranch has a main lodge with eleven rooms, each detailing old west characters, and one cabin which comfortably sleeps four. Surrounded by rolling hills and picturesque lakes, this ranch offers activities for all ages. Guests can take advantage of trail riding, youth horsemanship camps, hiking and biking trails, angling and more. With country-western dances and barbecues happening throughout the summer, you’ll be caught up in the country lifestyle in no time.
Sundance Guest Ranch
The Sundance Guest Ranch is located 98 km (61 mi) from Merritt in Ashcroft. This single-level ranch house offers 22 rooms, all with air conditioning and private bathrooms. There are over 100 happy horses enjoying thousands of hectares on the gorgeous grounds, making it a perfect destination for a horseback holiday. The ranch’s dining room overlooking the pastures allows for peaceful admiration of the grazing horses as guests enjoy delicious foods from around the world. When it’s time to relax after a day’s ride, there are many outdoor decks, a heated pool and spa services on-site. The games room is a great place to visit with the kids, as are the property’s walking and hiking trails. Sundance offers special deals throughout the spring and summer, including cowgirl getaways and gourmet weekends.