Volunteer on a lakeside ranch in British Columbia, Canada



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    Our 164-acre ranch is located halfway between the Pacific Coast and the Rocky Mountains, right on a beautiful wilderness lake in the Nicola Valley. We lie in the heart of British Columbia’s big Ranching country and are surrounded by vast forests, rolling hills and boundless prairies where beavers, bears, moose and pumas still roam.

    The Ranch is a former 5*️️️️️️️️️️️️️️ hotel which has been privatized and is now home to a small selection of private Residencies. Our international Ranch Residents and their guests enjoy the use of the facilities of the Ranch and the services provided, such as horseback riding, boating, fishing, restaurant/bar, accommodations, maintenance, etc.

  • Type of help

    Type of help

    General Maintenance
    Cooking / shopping
    Help in the house
    Animal care
    Help with Computers / internet

  • Help


    Summer or winter, there’s always loads to do with a herd of 11 horses, 1 donkey and 3 miniature goats like mucking out stalls and paddocks, maintaining round pen, arena and fields.

    However, you do not need to have experience with horses to volunteer at the Ranch. We always need help with general Ranch maintenance like fencing, fixing gates, clearing riding and hiking trails, road maintenance, firewood, clean up of dead trees, landscaping, cutting lawns, gardening, watering, weed control, painting and various projects. Also, a helping hand cleaning and maintaining the Main House, facilities and lodges and assistance with Ranch BBQs and special events would be great.

    Year round we are looking for helpers who have experience in carpentry, electrical, plumbing or automotive / machinery. Also, somebody with a background in the hospitality industry would be most helpful (housekeeping / kitchen).

    We’re also hoping to get a few building projects done this year, like the renovation of an old log cabin, tearing down and building of a bridge possibly with the use of on site timber,
    building of a new and improved wood shelter / wood splitting site, new log / rail gates, roof repair, …

    For the summer / fall of 2019 we are looking for experienced Western riders who are willing to stay for a longer period to help us with all horse related tasks in addition to the day-to-day chores at the Ranch. In spring we are busy getting the horses ready for summer and when our Ranch Residents are here in the summer and fall you would also accompany trail rides into the wilderness. It is of utmost importance that you carry insurance that specifically covers you for horseback riding and horse related activities.

    We can accommodate both couples and singles.

  • Languages spoken

    Languages spoken

    English, German

  • Accommodation


    Accommodation is provided in single rooms or in a double room for a couple at the Main Lodge and in summer also in a small, freestanding cabin with a double bed for a couple with the use of a shower house.

  • What else ...

    What else ...

    We ask for 25 hours of volunteer work per week in exchange for food and housing. There is a fully equipped Cookhouse where you prepare your own meals.

    If you are interested in a unique experience in the Canadian wilderness, enjoy nature and animals, appreciate the aspects of a remote lifestyle, are flexible and versatile, don't mind getting your hands dirty and bring along self-motivation and enthusiasm for work and life out here, please contact us.

    After arrangements are made, you can take the bus to Merritt and we will pick you up there. We have a minimum stay of 3 weeks but do prefer longer stays and might even have the opportunity for a full summer / winter volunteer position if things work out.

    No drugs, please!

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    • Limited internet access

      Limited internet access

    • We have pets

    • We are smokers

  • How many Workawayers can stay?

    How many Workawayers can stay?

    More than two

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    Hours expected

    We ask for 25 hours of volunteer work per week in exchange for food and housing.

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