While we were planning our Western Canada trip, our idea was to spend a couple of days horse-riding in a guest ranch. Well, the idea was nice, but the final result was so higher than expectations thanks to the Sundance Guest Ranch in Ashcroft, BC.
If you are a horse rider, a nature lover, or even only a relax seeker, take a while to read this post.
On our way from Jasper National Park to Vancouver, passing through Kamloops, we stopped in Ashcroft BC, in order to reach our Guest Ranch, the Sundance.
When you arrive you immediately feel a Cowboy, or a Cowgirl.
The staff, with their sincere smiles, welcomes you giving all tips and figures of the place, and then they bring you to the boots room, where you can chose your boots and caps for the entire stay. Then you move to the room and… No keys, no TV… Never seen this in our entire life!
You’ll say: I’ll never leave my stuff in a room unlocked. We usually do the same, sometimes we even get crazy if we don’t have a safe in a locked room! But, we have to say that the atmosphere at Sundance is so quiet, calm, and incredibly friendly that after the first sight, you won’t notice it anymore, and you’ll feel like in the safest place in the world.
And probably it is… We left our luggage in our room and then we moved into the main building, what an atmosphere… So country, so intimate, so nice and friendly.
At breakfast, lunch and dinner, all the guests of the ranch meet and eat together in the big dining room that overlooks the pastures where the horses spend the night grazing.
The food is really tasty, healthy and fresh, but most of all well cooked and presented, another thig to enjoy at this magical place.
So that you can sit and meet people from different part of the globe, talking, laughing and enjoying the silent and peaceful atmosphere of the ranch.
Every evening at 7pm you must go out for the afternoon jingle, which in summer is perfectly timed with the sunset. And here you’ll see more than 100 horses running to the pastures for their evening break.
Can seems strange to most of the people, but if you like these beautiful animals, sitting in the grass, in complete silence, and suddenly hearing a faraway clattering that gets closer and closer, louder and louder, when eventually the first horses appear in front of view, lighted up by the last sunshine of the day, it is really something so hard to explain and to forget.
We have to say that this experience was so deep and joyful that we consider it one of our best ever.
What about horse riding? Well, amazing.
Endless tracks with thousands of acres of spectacular and varied terrain to explore, with panoramic views of the wide open Thompson River Valley that are so beautiful.
In 2 days, we had 4 rides, 3 hours each morning and 3 hours each afternoon, and in 12 hours we never took the same path twice.
All Cherokees were so great and friendly, giving up tips about the life in the ranch, teaching us riding, and giving us the chance to learn more about these great animals.
You’ll pass amazing landscapes, crossing valleys, pine forests, bushes and herds, without getting bored even for a second.
At the end we definitely would like to spend more than 2 nights at Sundance Guest Ranch, and we still thank them for one of our greatest experiences ever.