Live and Learn at Natural Horsemanship Guest Ranch near Kamloops, Canada



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    A little introduction about us: We, Martin & Bernadette immigrated to Kamloops from Holland with our twin sons approximately 21 years ago. Before coming to Canada, Bernadette owned her own Health & Fitness Centre and also worked in the Music Industry. Martin’s passion and background has always been in the Restaurant Industry.
    In Canada, Martin has specialized in Vegetarian / Vegan Cuisine and Authentic Ranch style meals , utilizing local products etc. Bernadette has always had a love for horses and with living in Kamloops her passion for these animals grew and she is now specialized in Natural Horsemanship, Nutrition, Holistic Care for horses and Barefoot trimming.
    We built our dream guest ranch on our beautiful 160 acre property which overlooks Campbell Lake just outside of Kamloops.

  • Types of help and learning opportunities

    Types of help and learning opportunities

    DIY and building projects
    General Maintenance
    Creating/ Cooking family meals
    Farmstay help
    Help around the house
    Animal Care
    Language practice
    Help with Computers/ Internet

  • Projects involving children

    Projects involving children

    This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.

  • Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    Cultural exchange and learning opportunities

    • Can be used to meet University requirements
    • Natural Horsemanship builds your leadership abilities and develops self-confidence
    • Live and learn in and from a Natural Herd environment that facilitates constant opportunities for real-world training and personal development
    • Barefoot hoof care and Nutrition for Horses.
    • Healthy cooking, Languages, Other Cultures, Team work emphasis and Camaraderie!

  • Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    Host offers payment in line with the minimum wage

    This host offers accommodation and payment.

    Host has indicated that they will pay at least the minimum hourly wage of their country for each hour worked and that accommodation will also be provided. They are asking for help with a business or business activity. Contact the host directly via the site messenger for more information and details about the wage provided. Any arrangements should be agreed in advance with your host.

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    From May till October (Operating Season), we offer small all inclusive packages for our guests, up to 18 max. with horseback riding, hiking, ATV-ing, kayaking and mountain-biking.
    We have 3 paid positions during the operating season May - October and max 3 Intern/Volunteer positions available for the off season when there is no help required with our business, who are energetic, have a positive attitude and who like to learn everything about the natural horsemanship philosophy, barefoot hoof care and nutrition for horses and healthy cooking!

    For a paid position during operating season: Extensive Horsemanship, Wilderness First Aid, GPS knowledge and previous wrangler experience.
    For the winter time (November - April)Interns/Volunteers position: We look for non smoking flexible volunteers with a working holiday visa for a min. stay of 2 months in winter. Preferably all candidates have a basic knowledge of handling / riding horses and natural horsemanship.

    We have 25 horses and 2 dogs, so animal care is a big part of the job.
    You need to be physical capable of lifting hay-bales, feed bags, heavy saddles, etc!
    We practice natural horsemanship, which is very important to us, applicants need to have an open mind with this kind way of working/learning with animals. I love to pass on my knowledge to those who love to live and learn ! We all eat together with the guests in the Saloon or on the front porch in the summer!

    After the operating season we focus our tasks in and outside of the ranch like NHS training & riding horses in the ranch indoor arena and outside in the snow when weather and terrain allows, snow shoveling, healthy Vegan & Vegetarian cooking, etc.

    Be prepared for the weather: In the summer months it is hot and dry. In the winter
    months it can be quite cold and snowy.

    If you think you have what it takes, contact us to secure your spot (limited availability).
    Warm regards, Bernadette & Martin

  • Languages spoken

    German: Fluent
    English: Fluent
    French: Fluent
    Dutch: Fluent

  • Accommodation


    You share the staff residence in the main house. 3 bedrooms plus living and full bathroom plus a separate bunk house. All Vegan / Vegetarian and Ranch Style meals, snacks and non alcoholic beverages are included!

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    Our ranch is only 40 minutes from downtown Kamloops, which is a nice city around 90.000 people. University, Theaters, restaurants, mountain bike park, Live music in the park in the summer, biggest annual Pow wow on the reserve in Kamloops!

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    • Internet access

    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

    • Can host families

  • Space for parking camper vans

    Space for parking camper vans

    This host can provide space for campervans.

  • Can possibly accept pets

    Can possibly accept pets

    Horse and or dog, depending on character etc.

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    Maximum 5 hours, 5days a week

Winter Wonderland at the ranch
Neighbour visit with little lam, and volunteers want to keep it!
Our volunteers and wranglers practice Western Line dancing
the horses love the indoor arena, when it is too hot in the summer!
Finding the good scratch spot for Ace!
Buck visits a guest at her cabin's porch
Ace enjoys the view at Campbell lake
Riding with guests amongst the many lakes!
Spectacular clouds over Campbell Lake
View of the Thompson Valley
Volunteers riding on our property, through Fall colors.
The ranch with Campbell Lake in background
Winter wonderland magical sunset at the ranch
bernadette with volunteers Sarah and Lara
trail ride along the lake with guests
our games room is for all to use, guests and volunteers. we have a pool table, air hockey, foosball and more. its always a great way to unwind after a big day.
molly and daisy our beloved ranch dogs
bernadett and storm look very relaxed after a short ride on the property to unwind.
Martin our chef, not only cooks healthy, gourmet amazing food, he also joins us on the trails when he can!
story telling at the campfire
Martin & Bernadette surrounded by their animals

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