Spotlight on British Columbia

aprils-horses-in-the-water-108With snow still on the ground in some parts of the U.S., it may seem early to start planning a summer getaway to a Canadian ranch. But early birds can get the best choices and some great deals.

Let’s start with British Columbia; B.C. has a wide variety of guest ranches, from traditional to high end, and Canada travel can be a great value now. Take the Three Bars Ranch (shown at left), owned by the Beckley Family and nestled up against mountains and near the St. Mary’s River.

Built in 1989 of massive logs, the main lodge and 21 cabins blend modern amenities with classic European styling. Riding is big here. Three Bars Guest Ranch has more than 110 head of horses and their horse-to-guest ratio is over 2-to-1, so they can surely find a horse to suit any rider’s ability and experience level. Besides a world-class horse training facility, you can enjoy tennis and sport courts and a heated pool and hot tub, or try hiking, mountain biking and rafting (among many activities).

But mostly, its just drop-dead gorgeous. “Three Bars Ranch is set in the crown of the continent and is truly one of the most beautiful places on earth,” says April Beckley. “With over 75,000 acres to roam there is literally no end to the possibilities for you to explore.” They often run internet deals—check their website soon.

More B.C. ranches: Don’t forget to check out Sundance Guest Ranch, south of Ashcroft, for great riding and hospitality. And for a fabulous setting and the opportunity for great adventures, try the Tsylos Park Lodge, 200 miles north of Vancouver.


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