Go Cowboy Up For Canada’s 150th Birthday

View sensational vistas from the saddle at BC's Big Creek Working Guest Ranch (Ranch Rider)
cattle drive at BC's Big Creek Working Guest Ranch (Ranch Rider)

Canada took the top slot on Lonely Planet’s list of Best Countries To Visit in 2017. There’s even more reason to plan a trip to the Great White North next year as the nation will mark 150 years since confederation.

Tony Daly Managing Director of Ranch Rider, “Even with Brexit in play the weak Canadian dollar still offers good value for British travellers, so this long haul destination should definitely be on your bucket list.

"There will be events happening across the country to celebrate the 150th birthday, but book a week at British Columbia’s Big Creek Working Guest Ranch and they will include a visit to the world famous Williams Lake Stampede on 01 July. What better way to round off your authentic cowboy holiday than with a chance to join in with the sesquicentennial celebrations on Canada Day. The biggest rodeo in BC, cowboys from across North America will compete in everything from barrel racing to bull riding, and we’re sure everyone will have a ‘hog- killin’ time with live entertainment on the concert Stage.”

Ranch Rider suggest booking now, as the greenhorn friendly ranch only has room for ten guests per week. The list of pursuits includes cattle work, nature hikes, mountain biking, gold panning and fishing.

Seven nights from £1,079pp (two sharing) and from £810pp (seven to 10 years) including accommodation (five ‘rustic chic’ cabins), meals, most ranch activities including riding, transport to and from the Williams Lake Stampede on 01 July, and tax. Excludes gratuities as left to discretion, car hire and return flight from £795pp and from £692pp (under 12 years).

In 2017, there will be free admission to national parks, national historic sites, and national marine conservation areas operated by Parks Canada for all international travellers. The final launch date of the Trans Canada Trail is also set to be confirmed for summer 2017. Every Canadian province and territory is home to its own stretch of the trail, which promotes the enjoyment of six preferred activities: walking/hiking, cycling, paddling, horseback riding, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Seven night self-drive in Canada from £669pp (two sharing) including accommodation and car hire.

Ranch Rider (01509 618811; ranchrider.com) ATOL PROTECTED No 4660 ABTA 96395/V9150.