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Ranch Activities

Echo Valley is home to 160 acres of rich BC landscape, with hundreds of thousands of pristine acres surrounding us. Part heaven and all earth, you can easily turn this magical place into your own personal playground - right in the midst of breathtaking scenery. You can experience a variety of authentic ranch activities such as horseback riding, fly fishing, hiking and exploring the vast Fraser Canyon during your stay.

It's the unique balance between exhilaration and relaxation that makes a stay at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa so magical. Each of our activities can be explored and added individually during your stay and of course we would be happy to help you choose! This is what we have to offer: Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

Located in the heart of BC's cowboy country, the horseback riding landscape surrounding Echo Valley is second to none. The warmth of Western hospitality combined with wrangler expertise and a horse for every skill is our recipe for one of the most enriching Canadian horseback riding vacations available.

Whether you are beginner or expert - we have the right horse and the right horseback riding experience for you. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has more than 30 horses; several are Tennessee Walkers, famous for their smooth gait and gentle nature. They are excellent horses for riders of all ages and skill levels. Of course our experienced wranglers will assist you in finding the perfect horse.

The choice is yours - start with a riding lesson or head out on a guided ride. Our guided trail rides range from two to six hours and you will be riding through forests of desert pine; stands of whispering aspens, across pasturelands and meadows, along mountains and to the edge of the Fraser Canyon.

For kids we offer gentle pony walks or short rides on our donkey Don. Albeit being smaller than the horses, he's part of the herd and practises to neigh like his taller friends every day!

Guided Horseback Ride - 2 hours $ 85 per person
Explore the many different trails around the ranch every morning and afternoon. Our guided trail rides lead you across varied terrain, including open country and beneath forested canopies. Guided All-Day Horseback Ride

Guided All-Day Horseback Ride - 5 hours $ 190 per person (minimum 4 persons)
Twice a week, this ride-the-range excursion is the next best thing to being a cowboy, with a picnic lunch in your saddle bag and vistas ranging from forested trails to open country overlooking a spectacular canyon.

Horseback Riding Lesson - 1 hour $ 50 per person
Learn how to ride Western Style under the supervision of our experienced wranglers in our 200ft x 100ft outdoor riding arena. Safety oriented lessons for beginners and intermediates.

Hiking

Hiking Hiking in BC, especially in and around Echo Valley's unique geographic landscapes, is Nirvana for hikers. Mountains and boreal forest, canyon deserts, grasslands and marshes - this abundantly varied topography has created a diverse number of wonderful hikes for the casual walker as well as challenging ones for the adventurous explorer.

Self-guided hikes include a one-hour circle route on the ranch property that passes through the horse and cattle fields. You also have the choice between six nature trails, one of them leading to the historic Rhinehart barn. Trail maps are provided! You will probably be joined by one or more of our friendly Border Collies (you can meet them in the "Get to know the team" section) - their companionship along the way makes your hiking experience especially enjoyable.

For longer and more challenging hikes, have a look at our guided hiking program:

Marshlands Hike Marshlands Hike - 2 hours $55 per person
Cross through lake country with all its creeks and waterways that are often filled with spawning fish (spring), Marsh Wrens, Yellow Headed Blackbirds, Sandhill Cranes and various ducks.

Reinhardt Hike - 3 hours $55 per person
Hike through wooded trails, overseeing beautiful vistas and venture past the remains of the Reinhardt Shipping Company.

Mount Bowman Hike - 5 to 6 hours including lunch $ 95 per person
Ascending Mount Bowman is a climb of approximately 7,460 feet. This beautiful mountain, part of the Marble Range, dominates Echo Valley's vistas. This hike offers wooded valley bottoms with wildflowers, rolling alpine, folded limestone ridges and castellated peaks.

Grassland Hike (September only) - 4 to 5 hours including lunch $95 per person
Make your way through beautiful stands of Aspen and fir, through rolling cattle pastures and up to Gang Ranch, one of British Columbia's first cattle ranches dating back to the 1860's. This area includes some of British Columbia's rarest ecosystems. Fly Fishing

Fly Fishing

Fly-fishing for rainbow trout is available in our own well-stocked ponds. Equipment is provided free of charge and you can fish as much as your heart desires. We also offer fly-fishing lessons, where you can learn fly casting techniques from a pro.

Fly-fishing lesson - 1 hour $18
Lessons start on dry land, where beginners and those who want to brush up on their skills practise casting techniques and line control. Then, it's down to the ponds for some real fishing.

Biking

Biking

Walking our marked nature trails is wonderful, but riding them by mountain bike is exhilarating! Trail maps, bikes and helmets are provided free of charge. Biking is fun anywhere on our 160 acres - and beyond - and a great way to explore nature while getting some exercise. Enjoy!

Excursions

For your stay at Echo Valley we recommend you take advantage of our incredible location and explore this part of beautiful British Columbia. We offer various excursions to give you deeper insight in our area's history and culture.

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Fraser Canyon Photo Safari - 3 hours $110 per person (minimum 3 persons)
The vast beauty of the Fraser Canyon is one of the most breathtaking landscapes you can imagine. We drive along the Fraser River Canyon to the High Bar Aboriginal Homeland Cougar Point Lookout. This is an amazing opportunity to view the spectacular ecosystem along with cultural features such as Chinese mining history, aboriginal settlement and ranching. You will take phenomenal pictures!

Gold Panning Gold Panning Excursion - 5 hours $160 per person (minimum 3 persons)
Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is located directly on the old Gold Rush Trail - one of the most spectacular sights showcasing BC's history. We are proud to offer a very unique Gold Panning experience: Explore a part of the Fraser Canyon where we have exclusive rights for gold panning and dive into the spirit of the Gold Rush!

Thousands of prospectors travelled here on their way to the Cariboo gold fields back in 1857. It's an area rich with the courage and tenacity of these hardy pioneers, evidence of whom is scattered throughout the canyon - old flues falling down the hillsides, swathes of rinsed boulders, prospector huts, and precarious cliff-edged pathways high above the raging Fraser River. The river still contains gold, so try your luck! Gold panning lessons and a riverside picnic lunch provided. This trip includes the Fraser Canyon Photo Safari.

Off-site Activities

In order to provide a large variety of activities and make your stay even more memorable we work together with long-time partners and offer various off-site adventures. We recommend you book these activities before your arrival, to ensure availability. Of course we are happy to help you choose! Further information and prices are available upon request.

Off-site White Water Rafting
Thompson River rafting trips feature big waves, warm water and a desert-like climate. Known as some of the best white water rafting trips in Canada, we are proud to offer them to our guests.

Off-site Golf Excursions
Let us set up a day excursion to a nearby golf course, such as the world-class Tobiano, rated as the highest ranking public course in British Columbia, the 6th highest ranking public course in Canada and ranked 16th in Canada with SCOREGolf's Top 100.

NOTES:

  • Horseback Riding operates daily. All other activities operate on a weekly schedule. Please check with us for a schedule of activities. To guarantee optional activities it is recommended that you book in advance of your arrival at the Ranch.
  • The maximum weight for riding is 220 lbs. (100 kg), or at the wrangler's discretion.
  • For fishing excursions off the ranch, a freshwater fishing license is required. You may purchase a fishing license online at www.fishing.gov.bc.ca.
  • Activities are subject to weather
  • Durations are approximate and are subject to change
  • All guests will be required to sign a liability and release waiver
  • All prices are per person in Canadian Dollars unless noted
  • All prices are subject to 10% service charge
  • All prices are subject to 6.2% tax
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Located in the interior mountains of beautiful British Columbia, just a few hours northeast of Vancouver
10635 Jesmond Road, Jesmond, BC, Canada V0K 1K0, 1-800 253-8831
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