An Authentic Western Canadian Wilderness Lodge & Ranch Experience

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.

In this enchanting oasis, we'll help you and your loved ones reconnect amid 10,000 acres of rugged wilderness. Our honest, home-spun collection of activities is educational in Nature, with private guides and tailormade itineraries to satisfy anyone's wildest desire.  


The Lodge Circa 1998  

The Saga of Siwash Lake


Siwash Lake Ranch was borne of great reverence for the land, zest for adventure, and deep connection with Nature.

These ancestral lands of the Secwepemc First Nation were homesteaded by a Scottish settler in 1912 — under western law founded during the Gold Rush years on the Pacific Northwest frontier. Sadly, the settler died fighting in the first World War, and the land later passed to a pair of brothers from Japan. Upon their release from a World War ll internment camp located near 70 Mile House, they purchased large tracts of land in the area and set up logging operations. Long after they finished harvesting at Siwash Lake — while thankfully leaving most of the old growth trees standing — they sold to a local rancher. Wide open meadows rolled down to lakeshore from the forest, and these vast grasslands were ideal for cattle grazing. 

The sequel to these beginnings at Siwash Lake spans another 40 years under its current guardianship — the grandchildren of that rancher now run the place. It's a long and fascinating tale of heroic achievement, with many colourful characters contributing throughout.

Eco-tourism became prevalent in the late 1980's and early 90's, when the ranch was lovingly hewn in complete harmony with the rugged wilderness. Guest operations began in 2001.

A massive wildfire transformed the landscape in 2017, and the battle by a few hardy souls to save the place was epic. Now, more than ever, the place is brimming with intrigue and a rich history. Come, learn the captivating details first hand, during a regenerative sojourn at Siwash Lake.

Iconic burnt wood fences & flaming pink fireweed adorn the post-wildfire landscape at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort.


2017 Wildfire


In late summer 2017, Mother Nature cast an event upon us that was immensely transformative... A massive forest fire, the 200,000 hectare Elephant Hill wildfire, swept through the interior of British Columbia. The fire consumed most of the surrounding green forest, plus our original luxury tents and beautiful new dining Pavilion. It knocked Siwash Lake out of business for most of the 2017 peak season and 2018.  Fortunately, our family and staff are hardy, passionate folk, accustomed to dealing with adversity.
 

The Siwash Setting pre-wildfire.   2017 Wildfire   The Siwash Setting after wildfire -  a verdant oasis amid striking black forest.

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 Lake'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 Lake 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 Lake family forges forth...

 

 


Wilderness Adventures


Since the early days, Siwash Lake 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 our 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.
 

Guests who seek self-guided pursuits can play on Siwash Lake — swimming, kayaking, canoeing and stand-up paddle boarding. They can do yoga in the great outdoors, watch a myriad of birds and wildlife in natural habitat, and capture Siwash Lake's breathtaking sunsets, sunrises, and starry night skies on camera.

You can even try some classic whitewater river rafting during your stay at Siwash Lake! Then top off your holiday with a world-class helicopter adventure to the mighty Fraser Canyon to learn about the gold rush and Indigenous culture.

A signature experience at Siwash Lake 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.
  Fishing for Rainbow Trout at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort.


Siwash became famous for its 'Glamping'.  

Unique Accommodations & Open-Air Fine Dining


Enhancing these robust adventure experiences are the food and accommodations at Siwash Lake, 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 Lake 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 Lake became the 35th property in Nat Geo's coveted collection to earn this title.

During the next two years, Siwash Lake continued to accrue accolades and receive worldwide recognition. Our CEO was featured in the women and business section of Forbes. Several months later, Siwash Lake was presented with the Conde Nast Award of Excellence for Best Small & Exclusive Property. And again, another Conde Nast award for 2021!


Mother and daughter cowgirls going for a gallop in the meadow at Siwash Lake

 
 
 


Awards & Affiliations



  Platinum certified by Green Step Sustainable Tourism

National Geographic Unique Lodge of the World

Magnificent 7 Luxury Wilderness Lodges of Canada

  Destination Canada Signature Experience
SiwashSynergy™ with Horses

Conde Nast Johannsens Award Winner, 2021
Best for Sustainability in the Americas

Conde Nast Johannsens Award Winner, 2018
Best Small & Exclusive Property

Featured in Forbes, 2017
How to Build a World Class Luxury Resort

Rated among the 10 greatest ranches in North America
by USA Today








Connecting with loved ones by the campfire in front of the main lodge at Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort
 

Siwash Forges Ahead, Focusing  on What We Do Best....


For almost two decades now, we've welcomed a select number of visitors during the most beautiful months of each year to share in the delights of our wilderness paradise.

And all along, we've been striving for complete harmony with the environment.

Now, more than ever before, Siwash specializes in vibrant, yet intimate, multi-generation family gatherings. Maximum capacity of the resort is 12-18.

Our ideal guests are like-minded, adventurous people from all over the world, who seek and appreciate the finer things in life.

They enjoy richness of experience rather than materialistic luxury — a soul-pleasing blend of the rustic and the refined.


 
   


“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