Our ultra-private hideaway at Siwash Lake, BC, is a National Geographic honored luxury guest ranch and wilderness resort offering 5-star horseback riding and eco adventures in the wilds of western Canada.
An Authentic Western Canadian Wilderness Lodge & Ranch Experience
In this enchanting oasis, we'll help you and your loved ones reconnect amid 10,000 acres of raw wilderness. Our honest, home-spun collection of activities is educational in Nature, with private guides and tailormade itineraries to satisfy anyone's wildest desire.
With heroic effort by a brave and loyal team, the entire heart of the operation was saved. The main lodge, barn and corrals, staff camp, home meadows, and lakefront endured. As well, Siwash’s sacred places on the range survived, including secluded backcountry rivers, lush waterfalls, and rolling meadows for canters on horseback. The ebony-hued forest linking them all together is truly striking.
Siwash is now, by contrast, a lush green oasis that the fire did not affect — a powerful sanctuary in the wild. We are still able to offer our full array of activities and deliver an incredible, world-class experience. As the scenery and landscape have transformed quite dramatically, fire ecology is interwoven throughout our programs to showcase the daunting power and endless beauty of Mother Nature. In the spirit of renewal that follows forest fire, our Siwash family forges forth...
Since the early days, Siwash has been a small, authentic guest ranch and wilderness lodge, most famous for its dedicated horse program. Guests of all riding abilities have had the opportunity to explore BC’s rugged heartland on horseback as part of the SiwashSynergy™ horse riding program. Regarded as one Canada’s finest equine experiences, it involves supportive and informative mentoring by personal guides, hands-on horsemanship, and a fun-filled focus on the magical bond between horses and humans.
To complement the horseback riding, we added a selection of privately guided wilderness adventures to Siwash's programming in 2007. Since then, and beyond riding, guests have enjoyed fly-fishing for fat, playful trout in Siwash Lake. They can also hone their skills in wilderness survival, try their hand at 3D All-Terrain archery, steady it with target shooting, and learn about fire ecology while hiking to nearby waterfalls.
You can even try some classic whitewater river rafting during your stay at Siwash! Then top off your holiday with a world-class helicopter adventure to the mighty Fraser Canyon for gold panning and First Nations lore.
A signature experience at Siwash is a full day safari to our River Outpost, traveling by guest's choice — on horseback, by foot, bike or 4WD — where a private gourmet picnic is accompanied by classic river fly fishing, lazy inner tube floats, and swimming in the wild.
Unique Accommodations & Open-Air Fine Dining
Enhancing these robust adventure experiences are the food and accommodations at Siwash, intimate in Nature. We built several opulent canvas 'Glamping' structures in 2011-2015 to embellish guest dining and accommodation, with exquisite views that paired luxury amid Nature with the rustic ambience of the Cariboo. We had to re-invent them following the forest fire.
Currently, frontier-style Accommodations feature suites in the hand-hewn log Ranch House, a charming barn loft suite, and luxury tents at Siwash Star Camp™. As always, our 5-star, Open-Air Dining focuses on organic food that is grown on the ranch and foraged from the wilds nearby. The ever present theme that we've steered by over the years is one of authenticity, sustainability and service excellence.
In 2014, these unique offerings caught the eye of the people at the National Geographic Society. At the same time, we were connecting with kindred spirits in western Canada's high-end wilderness tourism scene. As such, Siwash became a founding member of the Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada. And in 2015, as a National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World, Siwash became the 35th property in Nat Geo's coveted collection to earn this title.
During the next two years, Siwash continued to accrue accolades and receive worldwide recognition. As a female entrepreneur, our founder was featured in the women and business section of Forbes. Several months later, Siwash was presented with the Conde Nast Award of Excellence for Best Small & Exclusive Property. And again, another Conde Nast award for 2021!
|“It is our mission to share the Siwash experience with sophisticated travelers from around the world by offering unique, all-inclusive ranch vacations that feature nature-based adventure, luxury accommodation, fine cuisine, and first-class service… a soul-pleasing blend of the rustic and the refined, all delivered in style with a smile.
In the process, we shall continue developing a resort that’s in complete harmony with the surrounding wilderness and we shall promote stewardship of the land, freedom of spirit, personal growth, and an appreciation for family and the finer things in life.”
|The original Siwash Mission Statement, written in 2001, has withstood the test of time|