Echo Valley Ranch and Spa
British Columbia Ranches, British Columbia, Canada
Located in a spectacular setting of unique wilderness in British Columbia's Cariboo Country, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa is a part of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels Of The World. Boasting spectacular views across the Fraser River Valley, it is surrounded by forests, canyons and mountain ranges. Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is the perfect choice for those looking for a wilderness adventure where you can incorporate horseback riding and a range of other outdoor activities whilst not compromising on comfort and luxury facilities.
It is one of Canada's most luxurious guest ranches offering 20 rooms and suites housed in two separate lodges and private log cabins. Each of the accommodations feature wooden floors en-suite bathrooms and most have private balconies or decks. Dining is a big part of any holiday to Echo Valley, breakfast and lunches are a casual and socialable affair, with most guests enjoying being seated together around large wooden tables, however individual tables are also available. Dinner is often a set menu with a selection of choices from fish, to meat and salads. The owners of Echo Valley Ranch and Spa are from the UK and Thailand, so on Thursday nights a traditional Thai menu is served and in the summer you will enjoy BBQ Dinners under the stars.
Please note Echo Valley is more suited to adults but does accept children under 13 years.
When is the ranch open and what day does riding begin?
Echo Valley is open year round for holiday stays. The riding package which includes guided half day horseback rides, unlimited fishing and full board. Otherwise, a full board package is available and you can then add on up to two horse rides at an additional cost.
What are the types of rides on offer and how often will I ride?
Novice riders can learn the basics in the ranches outdoor riding arena before taking the horse out on a riding trail. Guided horseback rides last from one to six hours and you will pass desert pines, aspens, mountains, meadows and to the point of Fraser Canyon. For those choosing horse rides a la carte, there are two guided rides, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, available daily.
About the horses
Echo Valley has more than 30 horses including Tennessee Walkers which are gentle in nature and suitable for novice riders making them the perfect choice for those taking their first horseback riding holiday.
What else can I do at the ranch?
Gold panning and four wheel drive adventures take you through the back country and through canyons and areas few visitors ever see. For a more tranquil experience try fly fishing in one of the numerous lakes in the Echo Valley area. The spectacular scenery and varied terrain is perfect for self guided and guided hiking trails including Mount Bowman and Fraser Canyon as well as more gentle walks through horse and cattle fields and crossing through lake country. The two spas at Echo Valley Ranch and Spa offer both Western and Thai influenced spa treatments including traditional Thai Massages, Asian Foot Massages, Mud Wraps and Hydrotherapy Treatments plus half day spa packages. The ranch also features an indoor heated swimming pool and fully equipped fitness centre for those that like to keep up their fitness regime while on holiday.
What other attractions are there in the area?
You might wish to combine a stay at Echo Valley Ranch with a one way journey on the Rocky Mountaineer, travelling from Vancouver to Kamloops.
Packages that are also available for you to choose from include a Winter Getaway, an Experience Package featuring riding, hiking and fishing, a Family Ranch Vacation Package , a Spa Retreat Package, the Cariboo Honeymoon Package and the Perfect Pilot Getaway - the height of luxury!
Echo Valley Ranch and Spa Room Details
Lodge Room guest ranch accommodations are centrally located in the main Dove Lodge which is where the Dining room, lounge and games rooms are located. The Lodge Rooms include one queen or twin beds, most with decks or private balconies. The en suite bathrooms feature made in BC vanities with reclaimed Maple and "live edge" back-splashes bringing the outside in with tile floors and a shower. These rooms offer spectacular views of Mt. Bowman or the Cariboo Valley.
Premium Rooms are located in the Lookout Lodge and have either one king or twin beds and feature Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets and Thai silk accents. The large en suite bathrooms feature made in BC vanities with reclaimed Maple and "live edge" backsplashes bringing the outside in with tiled floors shower and soaker tubs. Enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Bowman or the Cariboo Valley from the private decks or balconies.. Some premium rooms feature cathedral ceilings with sleeping lofts for additional accommodation.
Deluxe Cabin Studio
Stay in this secluded hideaway cabin and enjoy the charming intimacy of one room on your guest ranch vacation. This studio cabin features a queen size bed with a cozy sitting area, private en suite marble bathroom with shower, and a private outdoor deck with stunning views of the Cariboo Valley.
Deluxe Cabin One Bedroom
Enjoy the comforts of your own deluxe cabin feature bedrooms with king beds and a separate cozy sitting area with fireplace. The beds feature Egyptian cottons and Thai silk cushions and throws .The marble bathrooms feature Jacuzzi soaker tubs perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. The private outdoor deck allows you to enjoy sweeping views of Mt. Bowman as well as the Cariboo Valley.
Deluxe Cabin Two Bedrooms
This two bedroom cabin offers spacious accommodations for up to six guests. Each bedroom features a queen bed and en suite marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi soaker tub and a second bathroom with shower. The beds have Egyptian cotton sheets and Thai silk cushions and throws. For those on a family guest ranch vacation, this cabin also has a small sleeping loft, ideal for the kids. The private outdoor deck allows you to enjoy views of the guest ranch, Mt. Bowman and the Marble range.
Baan Thai Suite
Overlooking the Echo Valley guest ranch and its spectacular vistas, The Baan Thai is Echo Valley's signature building and a showcase of traditional Thai architecture. It's a charming feature not found at any other guest ranch. Constructed with honey-coloured western red cedar - a tribute to its western surroundings - the Thai-styled curly-cues of the exterior roofline epitomize Echo Valley's unique East-West cultural blend. The sumptuous Baan Thai Suite offers guests a haven of comfort and space. Filled with the gracious elegance of Thai decorative fixtures, ornamental woodwork and soft, plush furnishings, handmade Thai king sized bed, a state-of-the-art en suite with steam shower and a spacious sitting area overlooking the ranchlands. This suite has its own private terrace and outdoor sitting pavilion. Staying here is to be transported to Thailand.
No. of Rooms: 20
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What can I do when I get there?
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