Spring is coming and the calves are being born. Soon we'll be starting to ride the horses again. The best part about this is that we ride the horses to check the cows out in the pasture so if you enjoy spending time on the back of a horse, you'll get lots of opportunity to ride. Unfortunately, our horses aren't quiet enough for us to teach people how to ride so you'll need some basic horse skills and riding experience.
If you're in Canada and would like to ride horses and experience ranch life, let us know. Unfortunately to all our potential new friends outside of Canada, it's hard to say what entry restrictions will be in place for the foreseeable future (Canada is a little further behind in its COVID battle than many other countries) so it's unlikely we can offer you a place until the borders fully reopen but there's no harm in planning ahead.
About the farm: We have a ranch with 50 beef cows and their calves, several horses, two miniature donkeys, four goats, two sheep, and a llama. We also have numerous cats and dogs who will come out and help you with chores or come cuddle with you on the couch.
There is always plenty to do around the farm throughout the year rain, snow or sun.
Winter: All our animals are in the home yard and you can help us to feed and check on them.
Spring: This is our calving season and we check on the cows regularly. Chances are good that you'll see the calves being born. Also yard clean up after the snow melts and getting the garden ready to be planted.
Summer: You can help us with hauling the round hay bales from the field to the home yard (using tractors and bale wagons), vaccinate calves and do other veterinary work. Also opportunities to go on trail rides, some of which could be several days long.
Fall: Lots of cattle drives happening at this time as well as getting everything ready for the winter.
Other year round tasks include making, checking and mending fences, splitting wood. We also would like you to help with general household duties as part of our family. If you are mechanically inclined we have a heated well equipped farm shop and we always have machinery which needs maintenance and repairs.
There are lots of opportunities to be with the horses. Generally we ride the horses everyday from mid-spring through to fall and if you're interested, you can learn how they get trained and get involved with that if you stay for long enough. It's possible to ride in the winter too but be aware that some days can be too cold for this and the ground too slippery.
When we're not doing stuff on the farm, there's opportunity to experience hockey games, rodeos, chuckwagons, bonfires, meet the neighbours, visit the provincial park, and many other activities depending on the time of year.
Since the greyhound stopped operating, it's not as obvious how to travel through Canada but there are a number of small bus companies that operate through Alberta and Saskatchewan (KCTI, Rider Express, Red Arrow) which will get you to either Lloydminster, North Battleford , or Cold Lake where we can pick you up. However since it takes us 2-3 hours to get to these towns, we ask for a commitment of at least 4-6 weeks depending on the time of year.
We do answer everybody but sometimes a message slips through the cracks so if you don't hear from us, chase us up :)
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
Help with Computers/ Internet
You will get a chance to experience the cowboy lifestyle, learning about horses and cattle and even how to drive the tractor. The wide open skies of the prairies are also something worth experiencing - no day is ever the same.
Feed barn animals like calves, sheep, goats
Ride & train young and/or experienced horses
Drive tractor - make hay, move bales
Help in house with cooking and cleaning
We have two bunkhouses for accommodation or there’s a bedroom in the house.
2-4 bed in our bunkhouses
There are lots of events and activities going on throughout the year in Meadow Lake and the surrounding areas including rodeos, chuckwagons, parades, hockey matches, sled dog races, berry picking, fishing and watching wildlife - beavers, deer, coyotes, foxes, moose, elk.
An International driver’s license would be an asset.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
This host can provide space for campervans.
This host has said they are willing to accept those travelling with a pet.
More than two
5 hours a day, 5 days a week
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