Transformational travel | Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort & Ranch 

Chosen by National Geographic for its Unique Lodges of the World collection, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort and Ranch is a global leader in sustainable tourism and meaningful, transformational travel. Siwash is family-owned and operated, established in 1993 and built from the ground up with great reverence for Nature, local history and Indigenous culture.

At Siwash Lake we are aware that tourism can boost economic growth, but if not managed carefully, it could adversely impact the environment. We need to ensure that we will be able to enjoy this beautiful paradise for many generations to come.

We invite you to take a journey beyond your ordinary and find fresh perspectives for yourself, others, and the world. Venture to this place that is dramatically different from the quintessential guest ranch or all-inclusive resort. Engage in our unique environment with an open heart and mind, and it will stir your soul.

The Transformational Travel Council defines it as "any travel experience that empowers people to make meaningful, lasting changes in their life." It's a trip that alters or nudges you forth in a progressive manner; it's travel that is motivated and marked by a re-alignment of perception, by inner-awareness and growth, and a profound unity with Nature and culture.

Transformational travel can magnify your view of the world. It can have powerful bearing upon those you care about and those you have influence upon, which can ultimately benefit the Earth and mankind.

Explore Within
Explore Without™

Siwash Lake Ranch - SiwashSynergy with Horses   Tree planting at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort   Fly fishing in wilderness solitude

For the past decade or so, travel has been all about the experience, whether it’s mountain biking in the Sierra, learning to make desserts alongside a New York City chef or riding public transit with the locals in Eastern Europe. Think of experiential travel as Instagram tourism -- the sort of activity that leads to selfies posted on social media in a bid to win status and esteem. 

Transformative travel, on the other hand, is quiet. The effects of transformative travel are felt deep within, and they are manifested in a new way of seeing the world.
Abbi Whitaker, Forbes Council

A sea of pink Fireweed wildflowers at Siwash Lake's Wildland Private Nature Reserve

Private Nature Reserve

Wildfires have burned from California to Colorado, Portugal to Greece, and even on to the Siwash home base in 2017. In light of this horrifying, global-spread of fire, the Siwash team has established the Wildland Private Nature Reserve and spearheaded development of a non-profit organization — the BC Wildland Ecology Centre Society — which has a symbiotic relationship with the resort and ranch. 

BCWEC aims to provide educational initiatives on wildfire prevention, and regeneration of the area through conservation, education, reforestation and research activities. This ecology centre is protecting the remaining refugia (lush areas of green that survived the forest fire), and pioneer species, and is also over-seeing the 80,000 acres of rejuvenation and reforestation, creating a haven for future organisms.


Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort and BC Wildland Ecology Centre have united to introduce fun, family-focused, eco adventures located at the Wildland Private Nature Reserve, to help instill awareness and insight for those who set foot in this magical post-wildfire outpost.

With both organizations working in concert, we aim to build authentic connections with guests — connections that transform the lives of those in our community, just as much as they change the lives of our visitors. We will be implementing these eco adventures, tailored to ecosystem regeneration, with our flagship wildfire ecology program — the Waterfall Fire Ecology Hike™.

We’ve partnered with National Geographic to promote sustainability through tourism; to inspire our clients around the world to follow in our green footsteps. Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort has been practicing ecotourism for more than two decades. Siwash’s foundation drew inspiration from the surrounding nature and ancestral culture of the area — as such, the resort has grown with the land, not into it.

At Siwash, we align with our guests' desire for transformative travel by sharing eye-opening experiences in our unique wilderness setting while protecting the land from the footprint of heavy traffic.

We offer captivating and educating wilderness experiences in Nature. With a plethora of outdoor-guided adventures, guests are encouraged to embrace everything the land has to offer. With horses as their trusty tour guides, our guests leave minimal carbon footprint as they explore BC’s backcountry — other daily modes of transportation at Siwash Lake include bike, foot, and canoe.

Other ways to let your carbon-conscience relax in our wilderness oasis include indulging on the savoury, organic, home grown food prepared by the Siwash culinary team.

Ranch grown meals are enriched with fruit, vegetables, and flora foraged straight from the Siwash garden and ethically harvested from the wilds nearby. Food waste is unheard of, for the Siwash chickens enjoy the scraps on a daily basis, and they in turn provide farm-fresh eggs for our country kitchen.

At a Glance

  • We offer one-of-a-kind experiences. Tailor-made, private, all-inclusive experiences amid a remote, rare and sensitive post-wildfire ecosystem.
  • We are deeply connected to the land and are dedicated to restoring and protecting the surrounding habitats and cultures — to safeguard them for future generations.
  • Family matters most. We strive to re-connect guests with their loved ones.
  • We create impact by crafting inspirational experiences for those who, in turn, will help transform the world.
  • We are committed to authenticity, and excellence in service.


Awards & Affiliations

National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World

Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodge of Canada

Signature Experience for Destination Canada
SiwashSynergy™ with Horses

Certified Gold with Green Tourism Canada

Conde Nast Johannsens Award Winner, 2019
Best for Romance in the Americas

Conde Nast Johannsens Award Winner, 2018
Best Small & Exclusive Property

Featured in Forbes, 2017
How to Build a World Class Luxury Resort

      Rated among the 10 greatest ranches in North America
by USA Today