An Authentic Western Canadian Wilderness Lodge & Ranch ExperienceOur ultra-private hideaway at Siwash Lake, BC, is a National Geographic honored luxury guest ranch and wilderness resort offering 5-star horseback riding and eco adventures in the wilds of western Canada.
In this enchanting oasis, we'll help you and your loved ones reconnect amid 10,000 acres of raw wilderness. Our honest, home-spun collection of activities is educational in Nature, with private guides and tailormade itineraries to satisfy anyone's wildest desire.
The Saga of Siwash Lake
The desire to create Siwash Lake Ranch was borne of great reverence for the land, a zest for adventure, and a deep connection with Nature.
Lovingly hewn from rugged wilderness during the mid-1990's, the original ranch was established in 1998.
Back then, the founder was a young woman with her two little children in tow. Although raised in the city, she was an avid equestrian, entrepreneur and outdoor enthusiast; a creative cowgirl filled with passion and purpose!
The evolution of Siwash is a long and fascinating story of heroic achievement, with many colourful characters contributing throughout.
A massive wildfire transformed the landscape in 2017, and the battle by a few hardy souls to save the place was epic.
Now, more than ever, the place is brimming with intrigue. Come, learn the captivating details first hand, during a sojourn at Siwash Lake.
Iconic Burnt Wood Fences & Flaming Pink Fireweed Adorn our Post-Wildfire Landscape
In late summer 2017, mother Nature cast an event upon us that was immensely transformative for Siwash...
A massive forest fire, the 200,000 hectare Elephant Hill wildfire, swept through the interior of British Columbia.
The fire consumed most of the surrounding green forest, plus our original luxury tents and beautiful new dining Pavilion.
It knocked Siwash out of business for most of the 2017 peak season and 2018.
Fortunately, our family and staff are hardy, passionate folk, accustomed to dealing with adversity.
With heroic effort by a brave and loyal team, the entire heart of the operation was saved. The main lodge, barn and corrals, staff camp, home meadows, and lakefront endured. As well, Siwash’s sacred places on the range survived, including secluded backcountry rivers, lush waterfalls, and rolling meadows for canters on horseback. The ebony-hued forest linking them all together is truly striking.
Siwash is now, by contrast, a lush green oasis that the fire did not affect — a powerful sanctuary in the wild. We are still able to offer our full array of activities and deliver an incredible, world-class experience. As the scenery and landscape have transformed quite dramatically, fire ecology is interwoven throughout our programs to showcase the daunting power and endless beauty of Mother Nature. In the spirit of renewal that follows forest fire, our Siwash family forges forth...
Since the early days, Siwash has been a small, authentic guest ranch and wilderness lodge, most famous for its dedicated horse program. Guests of all riding abilities have had the opportunity to explore BC’s rugged heartland on horseback as part of the SiwashSynergy™ horse riding program. Regarded as one Canada’s finest equine experiences, it involves supportive and informative mentoring by personal guides, hands-on horsemanship, and a fun-filled focus on the magical bond between horses and humans.
Adventures at Siwash Lake Wildernesss Resort
To complement the horseback riding, we added a selection of privately guided wilderness adventures to Siwash's programming in 2007. Since then, and beyond riding, guests have enjoyed fly-fishing for fat, playful trout in Siwash Lake. They can also hone their skills in wilderness survival, try their hand at 3D All-Terrain archery, steady it with target shooting, and learn about fire ecology while hiking to nearby waterfalls.
Guests who seek self-guided pursuits can play on Siwash Lake — swimming, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding. They can do yoga in the great outdoors, watch a myriad of birds and wildlife in natural habitat, and capture Siwash's breathtaking sunsets, sunrises, and starry night skies on camera.
You can even try some classic whitewater river rafting during your stay at Siwash! Then top off your holiday with a world-class helicopter adventure to the mighty Fraser Canyon for gold panning and First Nations lore.
A signature experience at Siwash is a full day safari to our River Outpost, traveling by guest's choice — on horseback, by foot, bike or 4WD — where a private gourmet picnic is accompanied by classic river fly fishing, lazy inner tube floats, and swimming in the wild.
Unique Accommodations & Open-Air Dining — Intimate in Nature
Enhancing these robust adventure experiences are the food and accommodations at Siwash. We built several opulent canvas 'Glamping' structures in 2011-2015 to embellish guest dining and accommodation, with exquisite views that paired luxury amid Nature with the rustic ambience of the Cariboo. We had to re-invent them following the forest fire.
Currently, frontier-style Accommodations feature suites in the hand-hewn log Ranch House, a charming barn loft suite, and luxury tents at Siwash Star Camp™. As always, our 5-star, Open-Air Dining focuses on organic food that is grown on the ranch and foraged from the wilds nearby.
The main theme that we steered by over the years is one of authenticity, sustainability and service excellence.
In 2014, these unique offerings caught the eye of the people at the National Geographic Society. At the same time, we were connecting with kindred spirits in western Canada's high-end wilderness tourism scene.
As such, Siwash became a founding member of the Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada. And in 2015, as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Siwash became the 35th property in Nat Geo's coveted collection to earn this title.
During the next two years, Siwash continued to accrue accolades and receive worldwide recognition. As a female entrepreneur, our founder was featured in the women and business section of Forbes.
Several months later, Siwash was presented with the Conde Nast Award of Excellence for Best Small & Exclusive Property. And again, another Conde Nast award for 2019!
|“It is our mission to share the Siwash experience with sophisticated travelers from around the world by offering unique, all-inclusive ranch vacations that feature nature-based adventure, luxury accommodation, fine cuisine, and first-class service… a soul-pleasing blend of the rustic and the refined, all delivered in style with a smile.
In the process, we shall continue developing a resort that’s in complete harmony with the surrounding wilderness and we shall promote stewardship of the land, freedom of spirit, personal growth, and an appreciation for family and the finer things in life.”
|The original Siwash Mission Statement, written in 2001, has withstood the test of time|