We are a large working cattle ranch in the beautiful Chilcotin region of BC where we raise cattle and horses, as well as a small flock of sheep. We run 1200 mother cows, 150-200 replacement heifers, 80 bulls, a herd of 20 horses, and we currently have 3000+ acres in forage production.
We do all of our cattle work on horseback the old fashioned way. We are a progressive young couple that own the ranch (38 & 46) and we also have other excellent full time employees year round from cowboys to farming/haying crew, contractors etc. We are not an organic operation but we do not use pesticides or implant our animals with hormones. However, we do have a full herd health program that includes vaccinating our animals from disease and we use antibiotics when necessary. We do all of our own farming and forage production and own good quality John Deere equipment.
Our ranch is located close to the mountains with a river flowing through the whole property and many lakes nearby. The wildlife in this part of BC is incredible with common sightings of bears, moose, deer, wolves and coyotes.
There is always an assortment of work to be done at the ranch from cattle work, gardening, fencing, cowboying, feeding cattle and horses, and in the summer a lot of haying, tractor driving, and many other jobs; you would be working with us doing whatever we are doing at the time of year that you are visiting. If you are looking for a farmstay and are interested in beef cattle, farming/forage, horses and the western way of life, please contact us for more details. You must have a good sense of humor, be open mined, have a good work ethic, be able to work alone or as part of a team, and be able to take direction easily. Although it is not necessary to have previous farming or ranching experience, it is definitely an asset. We support and partake in the lifestyle and industry in which we live so if you are against rodeo, cattle ranching, or any other aspects of this way of life, we aren't the hosts for you.
While helpers have the opportunity to ride horses, we do not usually have any helper positions that are strictly riding, so you will not be riding every day. If you are only interested in horse work, and want to ride every day, this is not the place for you.
We are a 2 1/2 hour drive west of Williams Lake which is our nearest larger centre, in a rural community. There are small country towns close by (15 mins drive away) with a community hall, post office, motel, restaurant, nursing station, and general store/gas station. We have all of the modern amentities such as phone, wifi, fax, power etc, however we do not have cell phone service. We pick all of our helpers who do not have a vehicle up in Williams Lake. Most helpers arrive via Pacific Coastal Air or Central Mountain Air from Vancouver. As of fall 2018 there is no longer a Greyhound bus servicing BC so we are not sure if there will be another company offering similar services in the future or not. Plan for a flight into Williams Lake.
If you enjoy the outdoors there are a lot of things to do after work and the area offers many amazing opportunities such as: rodeos near by, world class fresh water fishing, camping, beautiful lakes to swim in, hiking, waterfalls and our surrounding communities put on community events such as dances, rodeos, etc. However, we shouldn't forget that Williams Lake boasts some of the most awesome mountain biking trails in the province.
We usually have our fun when we are not working at home on the ranch; we have a younger crew so there are always good times to be had. There are quite a few farmstays and Woofer's in the area as well and with the different employees and the close knit community, there are always people coming and going which provides for great socializing and new friendships.
DIY and building projects
Babysitting and creative play
Creating/ Cooking family meals
Help around the house
This project could involve children. For more information see our guidelines and tips here.
You will learn all aspects of a large Canadian cattle operation, as well as experience the western way of life.
Normally our helpers do whatever we are doing at the time on the ranch so that they can get a full experience. We might be moving cattle, fencing, gardening, halter training foals, calving, farming, driving tractors, haying, gardening, and we also need help in the house with cleaning and cooking at times but usually everyone just pitches in with that.
We supply all meals and a room, available in the ranch houses. Also, most times we have a small car for our helpers to use to explore the local area and surroundings in their downtime and we provide gas for the car within reason.
We live in a beautiful area surrounded by nature. There are many opportunities to explore our area of mountains, lakes, rivers etc. There are rodeos in the summer and social gatherings in our small communities through out the year.
Williams Lake is the closest larger town where we pick our helpers up from. You can take a flight into Williams Lake from Vancouver on Pacific Coastal Air or Central Mountain Air. The flight from Vancouver to Williams Lake is 1 hour.
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
More than two
Maximum 5 hrs/day unless agreed upon (max 25 hours a week)