The Ridge at Siwash Lake
|Across the lake from the Ranch, a ridge of land climbs steeply out of the water with a 500 ft. elevation gain, flattening out on top to create the perfect platform for panoramic views of far horizons. One looks east over Siwash Lake from this high ground, and to the west lay the Marble Mountains. We've dubbed this area of the resort, 'The Ridge at Siwash Lake'.
For many years, the Ridge was kept wild, run over by dense underbrush and thick forest of Douglas fir.
In 2012, after some select logging and careful tending of the land, a private enclave of Canvas Cabins was erected.
These became Siwash signature accommodations.
Sleeping beneath the stars in one of our safari-inspired tents was an adventure in itself. Complete with en-suite bathrooms and expansive sundecks, they offered sweeping views of the lake, ranch house and meadows.
In 2016, the canvas-curtained Ridge Pavilion made its debut. It was just a few minutes walk up the Ridge trail to the Pavilion, which became the hub of the resort for dining and lounging. It was all open air, with multi-level decks and a sunken campfire pit in the centre. The Pavilion experience was the ultimate for fine dining amid Nature.
With these new structures, Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort redefined the hottest new trend in high-end travel—the "Glamping" (glamorous camping) experience.
With our spacious pioneer wall tents and rustically elegant Pavilion, we offered a rare luxury adventure in the wilds that many will cherish forever.
Sadly, in 2017, the massive 200,000 hectare Elephant Hill wildfire went on a rampage,
flattening all of these structures and charring much of the surrounding forest.
We were devastated.
We had been so very proud of our custom creations. Developing the Ridge structures and experiences was truly a labour of love.
Even the lumber was home-made... hand logged in nearby forest and then milled onsite.
We had spared not a single detail, only to have it all go up in smoke, literally!
For now, the Ridge rests.
We must give time for the land to heal.
Such is the cycle of Nature.