We are a family-owned guest and working cattle ranch just four hours north of Vancouver. 120 Horses, Large Heated Pool, about 30 staff. We generally have anywhere from 3 - 8 workawayers at a time, depending on the season. You will be part of a fun-loving team in a friendly and supportive environment. Accommodation is co-ed, dormitory-style. Some smaller rooms available for couples.
Please note that WORKING HOLIDAY VISA or other work visa is required if you are not a Canadian citizen. Go to cic.gc.ca and enter, "IEC" in the search window. (for "International Experience Canada")
NOTICE: Due to fire hazard considerations in our dry climate, cigarette smoking is not allowed on the property. Thank you in advance for your understanding.
DIY and building projects
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Be part of our extended family on this historic, family-owned guest ranch. You will meet lots of Canadians, both staff and guests, but with our program you will also quickly make friends with other young adults from all over the world - great for traveling! Learn new skills in the hospitality industry, and either learn to ride or improve your riding dramatically or just have a blast riding the open country! Rides are about two hours long and go out with a wrangler, no more than 5 or 6 people per ride, and you get the same wonderful riding that the guests do! Since both meals and accommodation are free of charge to Workaway staff, there is a half-price charge for horseback riding that is deducted from your pay and is 40% refundable at the end of your contract period. The reason we do the charge and refund is this: one of the best things about the experience we offer is the opportunity to make new friends quickly, from all over the world, as we have so many young staff. Many of them like to go traveling together at the end of their time here, which we surely encourage, but it can be a hardship for our staffing if one person is leaving and several people decide to leave early in order to accompany them. So we provide a bonus/incentive to staff who stay until their scheduled departure date.
This host offers accommodation and payment.
We offer paid work as part of a team, working in various areas, whether helping in kitchen, dining room or housekeeping or outdoor maintenance. We do not offer work with the horses, as we have those positions filled, however horseback riding is available to staff on their time off.
A/C accommodation, shared bathrooms, 1 or 2 roommates.
We offer paid work plus gratuities for persons 19 years of age and over, running for the months of March through October. Minimum two month stay usually required, but shorter stays may be possible on short notice, please inquire.
Free laundry and wireless internet. Large heated pool.
Accommodation is shared with one or two room-mates in air-conditioned rooms with shared bathrooms. We provide bedding and towels.
Help would be mostly indoors, helping in the dining room or kitchen or helping clean rooms but also could be painting, gardening, town trips (running errands) . There would be someone to train you for these jobs of course.
Then of course - riding! Sometimes you will go out on the rides with guests, and other times you will go out on staff rides with a trained wrangler to take you out and make sure you have a safe and fun experience. You will enjoy the same wonderful riding that our guests enjoy, over thousands of acres, exploring riverside trails, galloping across open meadows, climbing mountain tracks to see stunningly beautiful views.
Riding helmets and cowboy boots or other riding boots are mandatory and are provided by the ranch free of charge.
EVERYONE WHO RIDES IS REQUIRED TO SIGN A LEGAL WAIVER OF LIABILITY. Working Holiday Visa or other work visa is required. You will be required to provide proof of travel insurance.
We offer free pick-up from the Kamloops airport (about 1 1/2 hours away), or you can take the Ebus from Vancouver to Kamloops where we will still pick you up. :)
You will make wonderful close friends and connections with both guests and staff. You will understand when you are here, why our slogan is: “ The first time, it’s a vacation - after that, it’s coming home.”
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Up to 40 hours per week, paid.
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