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Media Testimonials

We are very happy about an ongoing interest of many writers, bloggers and editors. Publications such as Spa Magazine, Flare, Chatelaine, and Conde Naste Traveller have all featured the ranch over the years. We are delighted that what Echo Valley represents since the beginning is gaining more and more interest for readerships all over the world - a healthy lifestyle, digital detox, organic and local cuisine, authentic experiences and real life travel.

Be welcome to browse around in our "In the news" section and see what writers have to say about us.

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Vitamin Daily

by AuthorKate LeGresley
Title R and R at Echo Valley Ranch and Spa
 The person who coined the expression “Nature: cheaper than therapy,” must have spent a week at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa in Jesmond, B.C., a five-and-a-half-hour drive north and slightly east of Vancouver. After our post-Christmas stay at this all-inclusive hotel and spa, we’ve come to the same conclusion—and think you should test the theory out for yourself, too.

Ottawa Citizen

by AuthorMichael McCarthy
Title Places to cross off your bucket list
 Pride of place still has to go to Norm and Nan Dove and their staff at Echo Valley Ranch and Spa right here in beautiful B.C. I've never seen any ranch, lodge or hotel in the world score as high in guest reviews as this gorgeous property.

Mercedes Benz Magazine

by AuthorAndrew Findlay
Title Rethink the Ranch
 I am midway through an epic massage in Baan Thai, a suite atop a two-storey structure ornamented with teak furnishings and bejewelled elephant figurines. Designed by Pinyo Suwankiri – one of Thailand’s most famous architects, whose stamp marks temples and royal sites throughout his country – the space invites luxuriant relaxation. My eyes close, the scent of massage oil hanging sweet in the air. When I reopen them 90 minutes later (I am now massaged to a supple pulp by the capable hands of Wanna Nuphan), it’s to the reality that I’m not actually in Thailand but at a nouveau dude ranch, deep in the heart of British Columbia’s cowboy country....

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Dream on...

by AuthorMarjorie Yue
Title UK Sunday Mirror
 Leaving Clinton, the highway eventually turned into a dirt track surrounded by forest which we bumped along barely seeing another soul – we were deep in cowboy country. We arrived at Echo Valley Ranch (evranch.com) just in time for a superb Thai dinner and some entertaining traditional Thai dancing. We were warmly welcomed by the owners of the “East meets West” five-star ranch, Norm (from England) and his wife Nan (from Thailand)....

Huffington Post Travel

by AuthorKathleen Squires
Title Top 10 Luxury Ranches around the World
 Echo Valley Ranch & Spa was recognized as one of the Top 10 Luxury Ranch destinations around the World.

Flare Magazine

by AuthorKat Tancock
Title How a Digital Detox Spa Helped Me Unplug
 I choose Echo Valley Ranch and Spa, two-and-a-half hours outside of Kamloops, B.C., which offers signal-free detox weekends that include communal meals for reconnecting with real humans, and rooms without TVs. The first evening, I’m joined for dinner by a few European couples. We chat, make eye contact and eat without taking a single photo of our food.

10 Venues for Corporate Retreats

by AuthorAmy Gordon
Title Echo Valley Ranch and Spa
 The secluded 21-room Echo Valley Ranch & Spa sits on 160 acres in British Columbia, surrounded by untouched wilderness. Groups can reserve part or all of the resort, which features 3,000 square feet of meeting space, two spas, and a private, paved landing strip. Farm-to-fork cuisine is served family-style, which helps create a community-oriented atmosphere.

Far East meets Wild West

by AuthorTreve Ring
Title Echo Valley Ranch and Spa
 It’s not what you’d expect as you come to the end of the dusty, 33-kilometre gravel road from Clinton, B.C. There, through the large wooden gates, past the stable of horses, organic vegetable gardens, and a pack of curious trilling turkeys appears a large, intricate wooden Thai building, designed by the same architect who designed for the Thai royal family. Your typical outback horse ranch, this is not.


by AuthorMarie Barbieri
Title Home on the Range
 All couples need a secret hideaway. I’ve found one. In the Cariboo region of the Coast Range, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is cradled within fragrant pine forests overlooking the Marble Range. Our room, tucked within the Lookout Lodge, is dressed in Thai silk cushions, reclaimed maple and features a cathedral ceiling. In this family-run sanctuary, more a home than a hotel, luxury and serenity meld.

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Canada's Big Country

by AuthorJo Cooke
Title Stay on a Ranch Retreat
 North-west along Highway 97C, passes through undulating hills and verdant plains where livestock graze. Above them, on a remote, grassy plateau, is Echo Valley Ranch, commanding perfect views of distant mountains. The ranch itself is a curious combination of home-on-the-range meets Thai temple retreat. Its wooden lodge accommodation is grouped around a sizeable yoga pavilion complete with turreted roofs with oriental mouldings. Days at Echo Valley start with a yoga session, then a guided horseback ride through woodland wilderness to clearings with more jaw-dropping mountain views.

The Province

by AuthorCraig Oliver
Title Luxury stable-and-spa experience awaits
 This five-star ranch retreat near Clinton, B.C., northwest of Kamloops pampers guests with spa treatments, gourmet dining and the opportunity to enjoy British Columbia’s natural beauty on horseback. Guests are guided by experienced wranglers on hour-long or daylong rides into the thousands of acres of trails surrounding the resort. The ranch also has ponies and gentle donkeys for children to ride.

Choice Magazine

by AuthorNorman Wright
Title Canadian Contrasts
 It could have been a scene from a Hemingway short story as a small group of riders picked their way carefully past the ranch buildings on to the trail down towards the Fraser River. The mountains in the middle distance were dusted with the first snows of autumn and their peaks were reflected in the mirror water of the ponds where two anglers were trying to tempt the rainbow trout. Taking in the clear, pure air of this remote valley in British Columbia - one-time hideout of fugitives pursued by the Mounties - was the latest of the very diverse aspects of the Canadian province we were able to discover all within a couple of days' drive.

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Unplug and unwind across Canada

by AuthorJessica Padykula
Title Top hotels in Canada for a digital detox
 Digital detoxes are hot right now. People are glued to screens all day, every day, so they're starting to crave some serious downtime.

Dining at a Dude Ranch

by AuthorElsa Säätelä
Title The Daily Meal

Digital Detoxes In Canada: Best Resorts, Spas And Restaurants To Unplug

by AuthorThe Huffington Post Canada | Brian Vinh Tien Trinh
Title Digital Detoxes In Canada
 Give yourself a pat on the back and remember to tip your server. It's time to move on to to phase two: a weekend retreat. Echo Valley Ranch, located in B.C.'s Cariboo Region, offers just that.

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