Beckley's Guest Ranch

British Columbia Canada: (GRBC03)
URL: http://www.hiddentrails.com/tour/bc_cranbrook_ranch.aspx

Introduction
British Columbia Canada
Located in a truly beautiful part of the world with an abundance of nature, clean fast moving water, green fields and breathtaking mountain vistas you find a spectacular 35,000 acres guest ranch which offers the invigorating lifestyle of a working cattle ranch and reining horse training facilities - with exceptional lodgings and cuisine of a world-class resort. The ranch offers a whole world of fun things to see and do, including a complete range of horseback riding programs, hiking, mountain bikes, fly fishing, tennis, heated pool, hot tub, fitness facility or book a massage, its your vacation experience with true western hospitality. 

Here you can horseback ride to your heart's content, explore trails through the woods, crisscross the plateau or wander along a riverbank. How you spend your day is up to you. But no matter what you choose, you'll have the time of your life.

The ranch offers a variety of riding lessons for all riding abilities. While the Wranglers strive to make you a better rider on every ride, you also have the option of taking a lesson in one of the ranches many riding arenas. The controlled environment in an arena provides a great opportunity for riders to hone their skills under the supervision of an instructor.

In the evening there is something for everyone. Whether that is a relaxing glass of wine on the porch, a beer at the Saloon with the rest of the crew, or getting involved in the ranches one of a kind evening program. Whether you’re a spectator or a participant you are guaranteed to be entertained.

Singles, families and couples are all welcome!

Accomodation


Accommodations

This is a stationary ride, so all nights are spent in the same location.

The Lodge
The ranch is an upscale guest facility with 21 attractive guest cabins overlooking the central lawn area and the ranch’s world-class guest lodge. Built in 1989, this ranch offers the perfect blend of western culture and modern convenience. Endless options on site: enjoy the saloon for a drink, recreation lounge to relax, fitness center, public library, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, tennis court, volleyball court, and more! This special part of the world offers an abundance of nature, clean, rushing water, green fields, and breathtaking mountain views. So feel free to relax or adventure every day- it'll up to you!


Cabins

The spacious log cabins emphasize comfort, relaxation, and the best in amenities. Newly renovated in 2013, all of the guest cabins feature a comfortable seating area, hand-built log furniture, spa linens, fully renovated private bathrooms, 36” flat screen televisions with satellite reception and 100+ channels, free WiFi, a refrigerator, coffee pot, hair dryer, and a covered front porch with chairs for relaxing. Guests can choose from a variety of cabin arrangements including king suites, queen suites, cabins with two queen beds, family cabins, and a 3-bedroom ranch house with living room and kitchen. Daily housekeeping service is provided in all guest cabins and public laundry facility available for a small fee.

Room Occupancy
Single supplement applies if you are traveling by yourself.



Meals

All meals are included and the ranch’s staff specializes in dining with an upscale flair. Dining ranges from traditional homemade favorites to BBQ steak cookouts and Mexican cuisine. The in-house chef specializes in fresh breads and homemade desserts. Most meals are served buffet style, although family seating and private dining are options as well. Drinks are available for an additional cost at the bar.

Breakfast
The day begins with your choice of a light breakfast or a meal to fill you up for the day. We provide fresh fruit, cereal, yogurt, and oatmeal for those that prefer something simple. Our hot breakfast menu varies from pancakes & waffles to bacon, sausages, and eggs. Weekly breakfast rides are generally a favorite. Enjoy fresh blueberry pancakes cooked on an open grill out on the trail. There is just something about the morning fresh air to entice an appetite.

Lunch
Return from your morning ride for a delicious midday meal. We offer hot or cold entrees, fresh salads, BBQ cookouts, and some of the best cookies and dessert squares you have ever tasted! Remember to pack a few extra treats for your afternoon ride.

Dinner
The most social time at the Ranch, this is a time to sit back, relax and enjoy another exquisite meal. Freshly baked breads and salads with a selection of vegetables and meats will impress even the most discerning connoisseurs. Our fantastic homemade desserts will end your perfect day on a sweet note.

Dietary Restrictions
We can cater to most dietary restrictions if given prior notice.

This trip includes and can accommodate special dietary requests.

Riding


Rides

Rides are available every morning and every afternoon. All of our rides are small, 4-6 guests max, giving us the ability to tailor every ride to your specific interest.  While it is always an option, riding is never mandatory. Some guests never miss a ride while others only ride once or twice. Horseback rides are organized by the head wrangler during mealtimes. Ride options include family rides, adult rides, kids rides, walking rides, and fast rides. The first rides leave the corrals right after breakfast and return for lunch. Afternoon rides leave the corrals between 1:00pm and 1:30pm. Fast rides are available to experienced riders after one full day of riding. Once weekly, an all-day ride is offered. We also take an early breakfast ride once a week, where you can enjoy your hot breakfast out on the trail.

Riding Requirements
Horseback riding is a very physical activity, one which requires balance, stamina and strength. Anyone who is physically fit can learn to ride. Kids must be at least 6 years old to ride at the ranch. It is mandatory that every rider wear riding boots, for safety. If you do not have riding boots, the ranch has cowboy boots for rent in the ranch store. These are perfect for children with growing feet. We also provide helmets for anyone that would like one. Helmets are required for anyone 12 years of age and younger.

If this is your first riding vacation, you will feel right at home. We offer horseback riding lessons to our guests and can accommodate all levels of experience from old hands to greenhorns. Our certified wranglers will work to make you comfortable and safe. Our #1 priority is always our guests safety. The Ranch offers a variety of riding lessons for all riding abilities. While the wranglers strive to make you a better rider during every ride, you also have the option of taking a lesson in one of the ranch’s many riding arenas. The controlled environment of an arena and the supervision of an instructor, provide a great opportunity for riders to hone their skills. Group lessons of 4+ are included, but private and semi-private lessons can be booked for an additional fee.

Trails
With over 75,000 acres to roam, there is virtually no end of possibilities for you to explore. Whether you prefer a high mountain lookout or a cool afternoon ride by the river, you are sure to lose yourself in this remarkable landscape.

Horses
The Ranch is home to over 120 head of horses. Our horse-to-guest ratio is over 2-to-1, allowing us to suit horses to each rider’s individual ability and experience level. Our horses range from the most experienced kids’ horses all the way through to horses suitable for experienced riders. So, whether you’re an old hand or someone who needs a helping hand, you can be sure to enjoy your time in the saddle. Your horse will be just that – YOUR horse for the week. He will be ready and waiting for you every morning of your stay, along with the saddle that suits you best.

Itinerary


Guests can enjoy horseback riding at all levels, hiking, river rafting, mountain biking, fly fishing, tennis, trap shooting, swimming, kids programs, archery, wildlife viewing, golf, pool, a wide variety of tours - or simply do nothing at all. The ranch also features a heated indoor pool, a hot tub, and a complete fitness facility. In addition to daytime activities, evening events include ranch casino nights, campfire nights, volleyball games, reining horse demos, fire engine games and other experiences. Guests can also head over to the ranch’s Saloon for a cold beer, wines from British Columbia or around the world, or their favorite drink. The Three Bars Ranch Store carries a full line of western gear and logo wear. Cowboy boot rentals are also available through the store.

Sample Itinerary- subject to changes
No activities on arrival or departure days.


Day 1: Sunday
Check-in at 3pm. After you check in and get settled into your cabin you will have a little time to explore. The bar will open at 6:00pm for a meet and greet with your hosts. This is also a great opportunity to meet the other guests for the week. Dinner is served at 6:30pm. After dinner Tyler will give a ranch orientation and answer questions about the upcoming week. The Ranch store will then be open, and boot rentals are available.

Day 2: Monday
After breakfast everyone will meet at the corrals for the horse orientation. This is where you will meet your wranglers and your horse. Your tack will be sized and adjusted before heading out for your morning ride. While riding is never mandatory, it is always an option and rides go out every morning and every afternoon. The morning rides will return back to the ranch in time for lunch.
After lunch you will have the option of the afternoon ride, or the guided hike to the Perry Creek waterfalls. Both will have you back to the ranch late in the afternoon. Every evening the bar is open for happy hour, before dinner is served at 6:30pm. Wranglers vs. guest Volleyball game to follow.

Day 3: Tuesday
Morning rides will leave after breakfast. Rides will start to be broken into more advanced groups, and fast rides will be available for guests that qualify.
Afternoon ride or rafting trip. The St. Mary rafting trip will leave just after lunch and return to the ranch late afternoon. After dinner, fire engine games.

Day 4: Wednesday
Breakfast Ride: rides leave the corral around 8:30am and ride a short distance to a hot breakfast. For those who prefer, there is a hike and/or a van that also go to the breakfast area. After breakfast riders will head out for their morning ride.
Afternoon ride, or trap and skeet shooting. The trap range is located on the ranch and guests have the opportunity to shoot trap under the supervision of an instructor. After dinner, Reining horse demo. Your hosts will perform a reining horse demonstration. You'll be amazed at what these horses are capable of.

Day 5: Thursday
Morning rides will leave after breakfast. Afternoon Ride or rafting trip. The St. Mary rafting trip will leave just after lunch and return to the ranch late afternoon. After dinner, archery and campfire.

Day 6: Friday
Morning Ride or the all day ride. Riders will have the option to take the all day ride or just a morning ride. Anyone not on the all day ride will have the option to take the van down and meet the all day riders for lunch on the river. In the evening, steak BBQ followed by Casino Night.

Day 7: Saturday
Breakfast and checkout by 10:30am.

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Rides are Twice a Day
- The first rides leave the corral right after breakfast around 9:00am- 9:45am and return to the ranch for lunch. 
- Afternoon rides leave our corrals between 1:00pm- 1:45pm.
- Fast rides are offered to experienced riders after one full day of riding at the ranch.
- Riding lessons are included in ranch packages
- Private and semi-private riding lessons are available at an additional charge.



Other Activities Included in the Package

- Group riding lessons
- Fly & spin fishing equipment*
- River rafting*
- Mountain biking
- Shooting sports (clay pigeon and rim fire)
- Swimming in indoor pool
- Outdoor hot tub
- Archery
- Gold panning
- Hiking
- Tennis
- Foosball, ping pong, pool table
- Fitness centre
- Evening entertainment – archery, volleyball games, zorb soccer, fire engine games and campfires

*Only available during the summer

For Kids
- Petting zoo
- Kid's fort
- Horseshoe pit



Other Activities Available at Additional Cost
- Private & semi-private riding lessons
- Guided fly & spin fishing (best from mid-July to October)
- 4x4 ATV tours
- Massages
- Local golf
- Private & semi-private riding lessons


Rates and Dates for Beckley's Guest Ranch

Rates include:


SUMMER PACKAGES:

Log cabin accomodations, dinner Sunday, 3 meals a day for stay and breakfast on check-out day. Guided horseback riding every morning and afternoon, kids' horse program, shooting sports (clay pigeon and rim fire), guided river float trip, guided hike, mountain biking, tennis, gold panning, indoor heated pool, hot tub, mapped hiking trails, fly/spin fishing, evening entertainment such as volleyball games, archery, wrangler deal fun casino, fitness centre, fire engine games and campfires.
SPRING & FALL PACKAGES:
Log cabins, dinner Sunday, 3 meals per day, breakfast last day. Horseback riding, kids welcome, shooting sports (clay pigeon and rim fire), guided hikes, mountain biking, tennis, indoor pool, hot tub, archery, evening entertainment, gold panning; fly fishing equipment opens June 15th

Packages and Options



  • SeasonYearDescriptionCan$ ~US$
    A
    20197 day ranch stay, AP 5 days of activities (Summer)Can$3190$2710
    • Single supplementCan$600$510
      Teen (13-18 years)Can$2990$2540
      Child (6-12 years)Can$2770$2355
      Child (under 6)Can$820$700
      Non-riderCan$2390$2030
  • B
    20197 day ranch stay, AP 5 days of activities (Spring/ Fall)Can$2290$1945
    • Single supplementCan$210$180
      Teen (13-18 years)Can$2190$1860
      Child (6-12 years)Can$2090$1775
      Child (under 6)Can$790$670
      Non-riderCan$1690$1435
  • C
    20194 day ranch stay, AP 2 days of activities (Spring/ Fall)Can$1190$1010
    • Single supplementCan$105$90
      Teen (13-18 years)Can$1090$925
      Child (6-12 years)Can$990$840
      Child (under 6)Can$320$270
      Non-riderCan$690$585
The US Dollar Rate is Based on Exchange Rate of 0.85
Gratuity:
A mandatory gratuity of 5% is automatically added to the invoice. Thank you.
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Tax 1: 1.2 % GST (VAT): 6% (12% for Canadian Resident) * prices are per person based on double/twin occupancy
Gratuity: 10 %
Tax: 1.2 %       GST (VAT) 6% (12% for Canadian Resident)

Transfer and Other Charges:



 Description
2019 Transfer from Cranbrook is included 1:30pm- 10:00pm. Transfer leaves ranch ~10:30am.

Season Tour Dates  Min / MaxReserve
B 2019 09/15 - 09/21 7d / 6n 7 day ranch stay, AP 5 days ... 2 /8 Expired
C 2019 09/15 - 09/18 4d / 3n 4 day ranch stay, AP 2 days ... 2 /8 Expired
C 2019 09/22 - 09/25 4d / 3n 4 day ranch stay, AP 2 days ... 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 09/22 - 09/28 7d / 6n 7 day ranch stay, AP 5 days ... 2 /8 Expired
B 2019 09/29 - 10/05 7d / 6n 7 day ranch stay, AP 5 days ... 2 /8 Expired
C 2019 09/29 - 10/02 4d / 3n 4 day ranch stay, AP 2 days ... 2 /8 Expired

Dates Note: Arrival Sundays only

Rates do not include:

Extra activities, 4x4 ATV tours, local golf, full service bar, massage, Guided Fly Fishing on the St Mary's River.
No activities on day of arrival or departure.

Other Info
Meeting: Cranbrook
Airport: Cranbrook Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC)
Transfer: Cranbrook Canadian Rockies International Airport (YXC)

Climate:
                                            Cranbrook area


Month

Jan

Feb

Mar

Apr

May

Jun

Jul

Aug

Sep

Oct

Nov

Dec

Average High Temperature (°F)

29

35

46

56

65

71

79

78

68

54

37

27

Average Low Temperature (°F)

15

18

26

33

40

47

51

49

41

32

24

15

Average High Temperature (°C)

-2

2

8

13

18

22

26

26

20

12

3

-3

Average Low Temperature (°C)

-9

-8

-3

1

5

8

10

10

5

0

-4

-10

Average Precipitation (days of rain)

5

4

4

4

7

7

4

4

4

4

6

6

Source: NOAA


Seasons
The ranch is open for the warmest part of the year, from May to September.
Environment Canada reports Cranbrook as having the most sunshine hours of any city in British Columbia at approximately 2228.6 hours annually. The area in the southeast portion of British Columbia, where Cranbrook is located, is known for its contrasts in climate. While the winters can be very cold, the summers are warm and semi-arid.

What To Bring:  
A long-sleeved shirt and jeans are good for riding in, and some people like to wear tights underneath to decrease the chance of chafing.
Jeans are good for riding in and some people like to wear tights underneath their jeans to decrease the chance of chafing. “Wrangler” brand jeans are best.
For hiking, lightweight, waterproof hiking shoes or boots and walking shorts are suggests.
Bike or riding helmets are strongly recommended for children who will be riding.
- riding boot rentals are available on request for extra charge- inquire to Hidden Trails if needed.
- if you will be fly fishing - bring your fishing gear.
 
This list is only a guideline for you

 

Travel documents and Voucher
Flight tickets
Passport

 

RIDING GEAR
Riding pants or Jodhpurs (used if possible!)
Riding boots with a heel. We do have several pairs of boots in varying sizes available for you to borrow if you do not own any yourself. Please check in advance for the size.
Riding helmet  (recommended for all trips)
Riding gloves
Cowboy hat or ball cap
Bring raincoat or slicker

 

PERSONAL CLOTHING
Warm Jacket or sweater for cool evenings
Long sleeved shirt
Comfortable Jeans
pair of shorts and a summer shirt.
Underwear and socks
Pyjama
Bag for dirty clothes
Light summer jacket
Warm jacket
Trekking boots/ comfortable shoes
Bathing suit (June, July, August and early September).
Bandana
 
ADDITIONAL THINGS TO BRING
Personal Toiletries
Insect protection
Personal medications
Sore cream (for the emergency)
Sewing kit
Handkerchiefs
Camera and enough extra films
Belt pack
Address book and pen (for pictures postcards!)
Sun glasses with strap
Sun tan lotion and lip balm