Activities

Let the Wilderness Take you

From sitting on the lake, to discovering new places, our adventures are sure to channel the inner Cowboy/Cowgirl in You!

Trail Rides

Trail riding at Big Bar Ranch offers an immersive journey into the heart of nature, where the rhythm of hoofbeats blends harmoniously with the whispering breeze through towering pines. As riders mount their trusted steeds, they embark on an adventure that transcends the ordinary, weaving through pristine landscapes that stretch as far as the eye can see.
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Hiking

Hiking at Big Bar Ranch offers a sublime exploration of the untamed beauty that defines the rugged terrain. Nestled amidst towering peaks and sprawling valleys, the ranch boasts a network of trails that cater to adventurers of all levels, beckoning them to discover the secrets hidden within its pristine wilderness.
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Water Activities

At Big Bar Ranch, water activities offer a refreshing escape into the pristine lakes and rivers that cradle the rugged landscape. From serene fishing expeditions to exhilarating canoeing and paddleboarding adventures, guests are invited to immerse themselves in the natural splendor that defines this idyllic retreat.
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Wildlife

There is no shortage of natural wildlife surrounding Big Bar Guest Ranch. This is one of the reasons our remote location is so appealing. Out here you will not hear the rumble of highway trucks or see any light pollution from a nearby community.
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Trail Rides

At Big Bar Ranch, the trails cater to riders of all skill levels, ensuring that both seasoned equestrians and novices alike can revel in the experience. Whether trotting along gentle paths or tackling more rugged terrain, each trail unveils breathtaking vistas and hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

As the horses traverse winding trails, riders are enveloped in a sense of tranquility, disconnected from the hustle and bustle of modern life. The rhythmic sway of the saddle becomes a meditative cadence, allowing guests to immerse themselves fully in the present moment.

From lush meadows adorned with vibrant wildflowers to dense forests teeming with wildlife, every turn offers a new spectacle to behold. Riders may encounter deer grazing in sun-dappled clearings or catch glimpses of elusive wildlife darting through the underbrush, adding an element of excitement to the journey.

Guided by knowledgeable wranglers who share a passion for both horses and the great outdoors, guests at Big Bar Ranch are treated to a seamless experience marked by warmth and hospitality. Whether embarking on a brief jaunt or a full-day excursion, each trail ride leaves an indelible mark on the soul, fostering a deep connection to the natural world and a yearning to return time and time again.

Hiking

From leisurely strolls along meandering paths to challenging ascents that test the limits of endurance, hikers at Big Bar Ranch are spoiled for choice. Each trail promises a unique adventure, unveiling panoramic vistas, cascading waterfalls, and enchanting groves of ancient trees along the way.

As hikers lace up their boots and set out to conquer the trails, they are enveloped in a sense of serenity that can only be found in the heart of nature. The crisp mountain air fills their lungs, invigorating their spirits as they trek through dense forests alive with the symphony of chirping birds and rustling leaves.

Guided by experienced trailblazers who possess an intimate knowledge of the land, guests at Big Bar Ranch can embark on guided hikes that offer insight into the region's rich history, geology, and wildlife. From tales of the pioneers who once roamed these rugged landscapes to encounters with elusive wildlife such as black bears and mountain goats, each step unveils a deeper connection to the natural world.

Whether embarking on a short, leisurely hike or a full-day expedition, hikers at Big Bar Ranch are rewarded with moments of awe-inspiring beauty and unparalleled tranquility. With every ascent and descent, they forge memories that will last a lifetime, leaving them with a profound appreciation for the majestic wilderness that surrounds them.

Water Activities

Fishing enthusiasts will find themselves drawn to the tranquil waters teeming with an abundance of fish species. Whether casting lines from the shore or venturing out on a boat, anglers are greeted with the promise of a bountiful catch against the backdrop of majestic mountains and lush forests.

For those seeking a more leisurely experience on the water, canoeing offers a serene journey along meandering rivers and secluded coves. As paddlers glide effortlessly across the glassy surface, they are treated to breathtaking vistas and glimpses of wildlife, from soaring eagles to elusive otters, making each stroke an unforgettable moment of tranquility.

Meanwhile, paddleboarding enthusiasts can test their balance and agility as they navigate the shimmering waters, soaking in the sun-drenched panoramas that stretch as far as the eye can see. Whether exploring hidden alcoves or venturing out into open waters, paddleboarders are rewarded with a sense of freedom and connection to the natural world that is truly unparalleled.

Guided by experienced instructors who provide instruction and safety tips, guests at Big Bar Ranch can embark on water activities with confidence, knowing that every moment on the water is filled with adventure and discovery. Whether seeking solace in the serenity of fishing, the tranquility of canoeing, or the excitement of paddleboarding, water enthusiasts of all ages are sure to find their bliss amidst the pristine waters of Big Bar Ranch.

Wildlife Viewing

There is no shortage of natural wildlife surrounding Big Bar Guest Ranch. This is one of the reasons our remote location is so appealing. Out here you will not hear the rumble of highway trucks or see any light pollution from a nearby community. Out here you will discover star blazed nights, the yip yip of coyotes not far beyond your walls, the green and purple glow of the northern lights and views that inspire you to think beyond horizons to a time and place when simple honesty and integrity shaped our relationship to the wild lands.

The natural beauty of the Big Bar valley must be seen to be believed. The combination of tall grasses and diverse forests, with little undergrowth, favour certain kinds of animals. In particular, deer and moose are drawn to the natural pasture lands, while coyotes, hawks and eagles are sighted enjoying the splendour of their native grounds.

A playful family of resident black bears are always a joy to see and most certainly one of our favorite members of the wildlife community. A short hike from the ranch gates will bring you to their den where mama bear and her cubs have been spotted napping from time to time. Always keep a safe distance mind you, as this has been their home long before it was ours.

Lynx and cougar are some of the other larger animals in the area, though we often only see their tracks.

The Big Bar area is also home to a handful of wolf packs, though a sighting is a very rare occurrence with these elusive characters. From time to time we hear their call echo through the valley as they relay messages from one group to another. Their distant howl will send a chill to the root of your bones and spread a smile of excitement across your face when you recognize their call.

Each spring the fields erupt with blooming wildflowers transforming the countryside into a sea of colors. A spectacular show to witness as your traverse this wild terrain. Some of the meadow flower varieties you will find here are lupine, columbine, lilies, orange hawkweed, wild roses and paintbrush.

Big Bar Guest Ranch is home to an abundance of different bird species. Some birds are truly unique to the Cariboo – Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned birder this is a unique and rare experience – a very special way of getting out and enjoying the spectacular beauty of this rugged landscape.

Watch bald eagles sore high above the lake or sit perched on a post keeping a watchful eye on the trout below. Let the charming hum of the humming bird brighten your experience while you sip your favorite beverage on the ranch deck.

Resident Sandhill Cranes sore over the ranch property in pairs, their call unique and haunting. Nesting nearby, these intriguing creatures resonant a prehistoric quality. Their grace not hindered by their immense size.

Our very own majestic “cowboy” Raven calls “Yee Haa” while he circles the barn hoping for grain forgotten by the ranch animals.

Whether you come for the horses or the tranquil calm, whether you are seeking adventure or a relaxing retreat, you will leave amazed by the richness and brilliance of all the birds.

Come Visit Us

We look forward to having you stay at Big Bar Ranch. To get directions to visit us, click the link below. We can't wait to meet you!
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PO Box 921
5960 Big Bar Road
Clinton British Columbia
Canada V0K 1K0
PH: 1-877-655-2333
PH: (250) 459-2333
EM: contact@bigbarranch.com