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Starting at $600 per person per night
Area E (Bonaparte Plateau), Thompson-Nicola Regional District, British Columbia, Canada
Starting at $2,000 per person per night
Siwash is a small, luxury wilderness resort and intimate family owned guest ranch where horses, adventure and ecology entwine amid Nature. This unique National Geographic luxury lodge is off-the-beaten-path amid the rugged heartland of British Columbia, where a rare, iconic landscape is certain to stir your soul. Offering one of North America’s best 5-star adventure vacations, recognized globally for two decades, Siwash specializes in ultra-private, tailor-made wilderness holidays for families and couples.
Unique Features: Siwash, pronounced ‘Sigh wash,’ is a word derived from the Chinook Jargon, a bridge language created on the Pacific Northwest frontier during the Gold Rush years in the late 1800s, early 1900s, for trading between Indigenous and European people. The verb siwash best defines today’s spirit of exploration at Siwash Lake. It means to go into the wild forest, camping without a tent where one takes only the most basic of survival gear along and uses natural shelter.
Accommodations: At this small luxury wilderness lodge, they can host a maximum of 12 guests at a time. Choose a suite in the warm and cozy main Ranch House, a luxury tent at Star Camp, or the loft of an authentic Cariboo log barn. These three highly unique and private accommodations embody the best of wilderness living, with features such as your very own wood-fired, cedar-soaker hot tub at Siwash Star Camp, or an old-fashioned claw-foot bath tub in the main Ranch House Suite.
As Suite As It Gets: When money is no object, go for the Siwash Star Camp. There is no better way for getting close to Nature and marveling at the sky, while still enjoying your comforts, than to try glamping within one of these luxury tents. Raw wilderness is literally all around. Enjoy sleeping in fresh air under canvas, your own private campfire and cedar soak hot tub in the evenings, and on clear nights, world-class star gazing!
Dining: At Siwash Lake Wilderness Resort and luxury guest ranch, the food and wine experience while dining off-grid in the wilds of British Columbia will satisfy the most discerning foodie. Eating food grown on site or foraged from nearby meadows and the post-wildfire Snag forest is at the heart of every Siwash meal. In the aftermath of a wildfire, the remaining black Snag forest will produce all sorts of delicacies, such as wild Morel mushrooms.
Activities: Explore BC’s remote and rugged heartland on horseback. Enjoy authentic, backcountry adventures in the unique wilderness setting with a private guide. Try flyfishing in wilderness solitude on Siwash Lake or go on a whitewater river rafting safari, which is one of the guests favorites. You can even soar in a JetRanger helicopter, high above sage-strewn canyons.
Spa & Fitness: There is no spa or fitness center.
Location: Located between Canada’s magnificent Rocky Mountains and the Pacific Coast of British Columbia, halfway along the Vancouver-Banff-Jasper loop, one of the most spectacular drives in the world, Siwash Lake luxury guest ranch is one of very few upscale places to stay on route that offers boutique, high-end travel accommodations and eco friendly wilderness adventures in an ultra-private resort setting.
Closest Airport: Fly direct from Vancouver in 90 minutes by 6-passenger bush plane. Or, for a spectacular road trip, travel to Siwash Lake along BC’s historic Gold Rush Trail. Halfway on the Vancouver-Banff-Jasper loop, or the Great Bear Rain Forest circle route, two of the most scenic drives in the world, you’ll head off-the-grid, navigating 45 minutes of 4WD gravel roads to reach this remote hideaway.
Children’s Programs: No. Although they welcome your children, they do not have any supervised children’s programs.
Pet Friendly: No, unfortunately pets are not allowed.
Weddings: No, they don’t normally host weddings, although they may by special request.
Meetings: No, unfortunately, they don’t have the facilities to handle large business meetings or conferences.
Extra Info: With a Canadian frontier heritage, the family-size Cariboo Suite accommodation is unique and richly appointed. The private suite is located in the renovated loft of a hand-hewn log barn. This one-of-a-kind accommodation, which can host up to five guests during the summer season, is thoughtfully woven into the ranch landscape. The barn is set amid a traditional enclave of ranch outbuildings, some of which are home to the chickens that lay your breakfast eggs each morning.