BC Wilderness Resort & Luxury Dude Ranch | The Siwash lake StoryOur 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 help you and your loved ones reconnect amid 10,000 acres of raw wilderness. Our honest, home-spun collection of activities are privately guided and educational in Nature, with custom itineraries to satisfy anyone's wildest desire. Those with proven ability may enjoy the freedom to horseback ride without a guide when staying a minimum of 7 nights. At Siwash Lake, we invite you to travel with meaning.
Explore Within. Explore Without. ™
Lovingly hewn from rugged wilderness during the mid-1990's and established in 2001, the Ranch at Siwash Lake was borne out of great passion and reverence for the land. It's an inspiring saga of how the ranch came to be, which guests can hear first-hand from the Siwash family during their vacation. Add to that the story of how wildfire transformed the landscape in 2017, and now the place is brimming with intrigue.
Since the early days, Siwash has been a small, authentic guest ranch 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.
To complement the horseback riding, we added a selection of privately guided wilderness adventures to Siwash's programming in 2007. 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 hike or bike to nearby waterfalls.
Those seeking 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.
Enhancing these robust adventure experiences are the food and accommodations at Siwash. Original, frontier-style accommodations feature two 2-room suites in the main ranch house and a charming barn loft suite.
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. Our 5-star dining has always focused 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 Johansens Award of Excellence for Best Small & Exclusive Property. And again, another Conde Nast award for 2019!
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 the luxury tents and beautiful new Pavilion, pictured above, and much of the surrounding forest.
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.
|“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|