Canada Luxury Lodge & Guest Ranch | Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort

Siwash is a small, luxury wilderness resort & intimate family owned guest ranch where horses, adventure & ecology entwine amid Nature. This unique luxury lodge & safari camp is off-the-beaten-path amid the rugged heartland of British Columbia, where a rare, iconic landscape is certain to stir your soul.

Following wildfire, Siwash Lake is a real-life oasis & sanctuary where Nature's resiliency takes center stage in a dynamic, regenerating ecosystem. Offering one of North America's best 5-star adventure vacations, recognized globally for over two decades, Siwash specializes in ultra-private, bespoke wilderness holidays. Vibrant multi-generation gatherings, active family getaways & romantic escapes for couples — meticulously orchestrated within a natural, peaceful paradise.

 
A private hideaway for bespoke, multi-gen escapes!
enjoy luxury tenting at our exclusive star camp™
 world-class wilderness experiences 
& open-air, fine dining
now accepting 'Resort buyout' reservations for our 2022 season & Beyond
1-16 guests



The lodge at Siwash Lake is off-the-grid and located remotely in the rugged heartland of BC.


Off-Grid & Remote

Fly direct from Vancouver in 90 minutes by 6-passenger bush plane. Or, for a spectacular road trip, travel to Siwash Lake along BC's historic Gold Rush Trail. Halfway on the Vancouver-Banff-Jasper loop, or the Great Bear Rain Forest circle route — two of the most scenic drives in the world — you'll head off-the-grid, navigating 45 minutes of 4WD gravel roads to reach our remote hideaway in the interior of BC.

Siwash Lake is one of very few upscale places to stay along the road trip to Banff and Jasper that offers boutique, high-end travel accommodations and world-class adventures, midpoint between Canada's magnificent Rocky Mountains and the West Coast of British Columbia.



 
Regenerative travel


By Nature, this boutique eco resort is small, private & sophisticated; beckoning to those seeking authenticity, a commitment to sustainability & impactful, life-enriching experiences.

We offer charming, lovingly-tended facilities & an honest, home-spun collection of adventures that are educational in Nature, crafted with exquisite attention to detail. We are fortunate to operate within the beautiful Secwepemcùl'ecw (lands of the Shuswap Nation) & the unceded wilderness territories of our neighbouring Indigenous communities.

We have survived a massive wildfire. Our real-life story tells a terrifying tale of climate change. Yet, we also share how to thrive amid an uncertain future within a dynamic, ever-changing landscape — cultivating environmental & cultural connection in others.

It's all delivered very personally, from the heart, by our ranch family & our world-class staff. A trip to Siwash Lake is a journey beyond the ordinary. Regenerative Travel at its finest!



Alpine hiking while staying at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort   Magenta Fireweed flowers at Siwash Lake   Horseback riding at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort



A Rare & Enchanting Eco-System

In 2017, our beloved Siwash Lake was hit by a most aggressive forest fire. An epic fight ensued. With the help of a small, yet brave and loyal team, we fought hard and saved the core of the operation. The heart and soul of Siwash prevails. Now the place is nestled within a very rare and enchanting post-wildfire ecosystem.

As such, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort offers an incredibly unique wilderness vacation where you will discover Nature as Art. This upscale, immersive, National Geographic honoured travel experience is seldom experienced elsewhere on Earth.

Our sacred places on the range survived the wildfire — secluded backcountry rivers, lush waterfalls, and rolling meadows for canters on horseback — now they are glorious havens of green amid a striking, ebony-hued forest. The Ranch itself has become a powerful oasis where resident wildlife seek sanction.

In the spirit of renewal that follows a wildfire, we forge ahead to share our incredible story with guests from around the globe, while elevating our personal service and eco adventure experiences to a newfound high.
 

Siwash Lake Eco-Retreat - The Main Lodge   The master bedroom of the Siwash Suite in the main Ranch House at Siwash Lake

The best glamping in BC is at the Siwash Star Camp!   Glamping in style at Siwash Lake Star Camp

An authentic barn loft, the Cariboo Suite   King bed in the Cariboo Barn Loft Suite at Siwash Lake

 


Unique Wilderness Accommodations


At this small luxury wilderness lodge, we host a maximum of 12-16 guests at a time. Choose a suite in the warm and cozy main Ranch House, a luxury tent at Siwash Star Camp™, or the loft of an authentic Cariboo log barn.

These three highly unique and private accommodations embody the best of wilderness living, with features such as your very own wood-fired, cedar-soaker hot tub at Star Camp™, an old-fashioned claw-foot bath tub in the main Ranch House Suite, and views of our beautiful horses from the Cariboo Barn Loft balcony. 


Our fixed-roof accommodations have capacity for 4 individuals (5 with small children), while the canvas-canopied Star Camp™, with its four luxurious tents, has capacity for 8-12. In this tranquil outpost at Siwash Lake, regardless of where you rest your head at night, you will sleep amid the softest linens while enjoying a sustainable, sun-powered sojourn in the wilds.
 

 

Riding in the Black Snag Forest


Award-Winning Horse Program


Siwash is a powerful oasis in the wild, surrounded by wide open skies, rolling grasslands bejeweled with lakes, and fire-licked forests laced with pink wildflowers...


In this mystical setting, come riding on a beautiful horse to explore British Columbia's rugged cowboy country with a private guide. 

SiwashSynergy with horses, our dedicated riding program, is regarded as one of the country's best — a showcase adventure activity for Destination Canada's 'Signature Experiences Collection'.

Seldom matched at other luxury guest ranches around the globe, horseback riding vacations at this resort are highly personalized. 

Siwash holidays feature riding to your heart’s desire — for first-time beginners through to expert riders.

The emphasis is on learning, supportive and informative mentoring at all times, hands-on horsemanship, and a fun-filled focus on the magical bond between horses and humans.

Those with proven ability have the freedom to ride on their own when staying a minimum 7 nights or more at Siwash.


                                     
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Learning to lead your horse   Saddling up at the barn   Out for a Ride


Adventures in the Wild

 
Beyond our legendary horseback riding experiences, we offer a myriad of privately guided wilderness adventures...  fly fishing, marksmanship, 3D cross-terrain archery, wilderness survival... plus you can take a private, guided hike to play in nearby waterfalls and learn about fire ecology.

You can even try some classic whitewater river rafting during your stay at Siwash! At our River Outpost, do an inner tube float. Adrenalin junkies can water ski and knee board during the Lake Escape Safari. Then top off your holiday with a world-class helicopter safari to the mighty Fraser Canyon for gold panning and First Nations lore.

Those guests who seek gentle wilderness pursuits on their own can practice outdoor yoga, go birding, or indulge in a relaxation massage. As well, the waters of shimmering Siwash Lake beckon for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, and stand-up paddle boarding.

And while at Siwash, discover a new passion for sky watching. At our private dark sky reserve, experience our new Siwash Star Camp™  for exclusive, luxury tenting and magnificent star gazing.
 
 
 

Try classic whitewater river rafting during your stay at Siwash!   Kayaking on shimmering Siwash Lake   Fly fishing in wilderness solitude on our private lake

Ranch House deck dining with the horse herd grazing nearby   Fresh organic greens & edible flowers grown on the ranch   Casually elegant alfresco dining at Siwash Lake Luxury Wilderness Resort

 


Open Air Fine Dining


Following a day of wilderness adventures at this luxury lodge, you will appreciate fresh, wholesome food served alfresco. The star-filled sky is the only ceiling atop the Ranch House sundeck, where our open air fine dining and lounging areas overlook the home meadow and lake beyond.

Five-star dining highlights ingredients grown on the ranch and foraged from the wilds nearby. Casually elegant meals are prepared from scratch in our country kitchen.

We have a passion for bringing Nature into the eating environment and for setting a distinctive dining scene. Private dinners can be arranged at Star Camp™, where nothing stands between you and the world's clearest skies.
 

 


Siwash is our cherished wilderness hideaway. Akin to country estates of the Old West, it's your 'home away from home'. Within honey-hued log walls or white canvas beneath the stars, we invite you to experience a soul-pleasing blend of the rustic and the refined. Come, play in the wilds with us!
 

Highways map for Siwash Lake - located halfway between Banff and Jasper in the Rocky Mountains and Vancouver on the pacific coast of British Columbia