Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort from the lake
The pristine Siwash Lake
Watch the sunset over the Ranch from the dock.
Among many activities, canoeing the nearby waterways is a great way to see the area.
Take a canoe out onto the lake
Marvel at the stunning views that Siwash Lake Ranch has to offer
Become a master angler at Siwash!
Curl up on the couch with a good book in the Ranch's common room
The Cariboo wilderness is British Columbia’s cowboy country, a rugged plateau of rolling prairies and coniferous forests bound by the peaks of the Rockies and the Pacific Coast Ranges. Resting within one of the Cariboo’s countless lake-dotted meadows is Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort, a lodge that embodies the adventurous spirit of the Gold Rush settlers who came to the region more than 150 years ago. Along with the palpable pioneering spirit here, a deep communion with nature infuses every aspect of the experience. The log-built ranch house seems hewn from the surrounding forest; in the canvas cabins, morning sunlight filters through the walls and the sounds of the forest lull you to sleep. Ingredients for your meals are harvested from the working farm and gardens. The horse is the preferred mode of transportation.
Venturing out into the 80,000 acres of surrounding countryside can instantly feel like an expedition into a bygone era. The landscapes are at times so remote, it’s easy to imagine that you’re the first person to have ever set foot—or hoof—within a secluded grove or hidden river canyon. Spend your days channeling your inner frontiersman, roaming the many miles of trail on horseback or foot. Or stay close to the ranch, soaking in the serenity of Lake Siwash and immersing yourself in the unspoiled scenery of Canada’s Wild West.
The wilderness resort encourages a harmonious relationship between people and nature, and they’ve applied this principle to nearly every element of the lodge’s operation. Experiences—ranging from wildlife walks and outdoor yoga to catch-and-release fly-fishing—are geared toward full immersion in the pristine beauty of the land, as well as participation in its thoughtful preservation. At Siwash, guests find themselves completely off the grid, free from the distractions of modern technologies, and in tune with the rhythms of nature.
Environmental awareness and sustainability are also the ultimate goals behind Siwash’s signature horseback-riding program. Highly tailored riding instruction fosters the unique bond between rider and horse, eventually giving guests the agency to explore their surroundings on horseback, leaving a minimal carbon footprint. All guests—from brand new beginners to expert equestrians—can have the quintessential cowboy experience in the British Columbia wilderness after spending just a few hours in the riding arena with Siwash experts.
Guests who reserve their space through National Geographic Unique Lodges of the World are invited to choose one of the following private excursions: Forage for ingredients in the nearby wilderness with Executive Chef Derek Bendig, and then join him in the house kitchen to make a wild salad with them. Practice fly casting with an angling expert and prepare your fresh catch with the help of Chef Bendig. Or ride horseback on a full-day trail excursion with a private guide, pausing to enjoy a lunch cooked over an open fire high atop a scenic mountain bluff.
The original concept behind the construction of Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort was to craft an eco-lodge that existed in complete harmony with the surrounding environment, and this philosophy continues to drive the lodge’s practices today. The lodge has 14 land-stewardship initiatives in place to maintain and protect its wilderness areas, including the monitoring of invasive species and other ecological threats, and ensuring the retention of high water levels in surrounding wetlands.
The lodge’s green practices also reflect a strong commitment to conservation: solar panels provide renewable energy; recycling is routine; biodegradable products are used whenever possible; organic produce and meats are sourced from the onsite farm and gardens; and food waste is composted or fed to ranch animals.
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