WELLS GRAY GUEST RANCH

Wells Gray Park, British Columbia

 

EXPERIENCE THE OLD WEST

SURROUNDED BY THE MAGNIFICENT WILDERNESS
OF WELLS GRAY PARK, BRITISH COLUMBIA
 

Despite the rapid growth of its urban centers, much of Western Canada is still untamed frontier. One of those areas is the Wells Gray Park, British Columbia's outdoor adventure paradise with a protected mountain wilderness exceeding 600,000 hectares in area. Bordered on the north and west by the Cariboo Mountains, and on the east by the Shuswap Mountain Plateau, Wells Gray Park BC encompasses a broad spectrum of majestic mountain scenery and clear deep blue lakes. The area is abundant in flora and fauna. Caribou, moose, black bear, beaver and wolf freely roam the park, and local streams are well stocked with trout.
 

The Wells Gray Guest Ranch is located inside Wells Gray Park boundaries approximately 25 km from Clearwater, BC along side the park road. It offers comfortable Log Cabin Accommodation, Ranch House Lodging and Rustic Camping Accommodation. Adventure Activities like horseback riding, hiking, canoeing, fishing, mountain biking, river rafting and especially wildlife viewing are all part of the ranch's daily summer routine. In the winter the most popular activities are dog-sledding, snowmobiling, snowshoeing and wildlife viewing. Your skilled guide will lead you to adventures on remote mountains, valleys and lakes in a setting as spectacular as it is challenging.

The friendliness and hospitality, vital for survival in this remote area of British Columbia during pioneer days is maintained until today. You will find the Old West alive in our Black Horse Saloon and enjoy the Western Style atmosphere in our outdoor Chuckwagon patio.
Its link with the romantic past, however, is still the most appealing quality of Wells Gray Park. It retains to this day a sense of challenges and pleasures of pioneering. Relax in the quiet times at Wells Gray Guest Ranch. Meet your friends at the campfire and swap exciting stories or listen to the call of a coyote echoing over the valley.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR YOU TO MAKE AN INFORMED DECISION TO STAY WITH US:

OUR ACCOMMODATION CHOICES:

The Log Cabin Rooms

The Ranch has two duplex and two triplex log cabins available for your comfort. The rooms are arranged side by side with separate entrances and a common front porch facing the horse pasture and forest covered hills.

Deluxe Rooms: Rooms 1 to 4 are very nicely furnished sleeping up to 6 guests in two queen or double beds and a pull out double futon. They feature  a kitchenette & nook (small refrigerator, 2-burner stove top, microwave, kitchen-sink and cabinets, basic kitchen utensils supplied), private shower & WC, a propane fireplace and widescreen TV screen with Blue Ray/DVD player (bring your own movies or rent from the desk!!).

Standard Rooms: Rooms 5 to 10 sleeping 2 - 3 in queen and single beds. They are all equipped with en-suite shower & WC. Two standard rooms are also equipped with kitchenettes (small refrigerator, 2-burner stove top, microwave, kitchen-sink and cabinets, basic kitchen utensils supplied) sleeping only two in either a queen or two single beds, the other four rooms sleep three in either a queen and a single or three single beds with cooking cabinets featuring microwave, toaster and mini fridge.

All rooms have a complimentary coffee/tea bar.

Fort Wells Gray Rustic Cabin Hostel

Our newly built Fort Wells Gray offers a unique camping experience with a big campfire area and BBQ shelter. Our rustic cabins are equipped with four to five bunk beds each with comfortable mattresses, tables and chairs, water containers and wash basins and double propane ceiling lights (Sleeping bags and pillows are available for rent). This upscale camping accommodation is ideal for hostel type small group tours & individual parties alike.

Front Desk, Check in and Check out

Please accept that we are a small family operation and cannot be compared to a regular Hotel or Motel with all the 24 hour services. Our office hours are daily from 08.00 - 11.00 a.m. and 04.00 - 08.00 p.m. Check in time is from 04.00 - 07.00 p.m., check out time from 08.00 - 11.00 a.m. at which time the rooms have to be vacated for cleaning. Should you require check in outside those hours please call us ahead of time to make arrangements.

House Keeping

We have adopted the movement to preserve water and energy and try to reduce the impact on nature by reducing water and detergent use. Contrary to most Hotel or Motel establishments we do not offer daily maid service for short stays. For longer stays of more than three nights we clean the rooms and change bedding & towels half way through your stay. If you do need extra towels or coffee & tea we please ask you to contact the desk during business hours. If you do prefer daily maid service it is available for a surcharge of $ 15.00 per night. Please inform the front desk at arrival.

The Shower House

Our shower house services Fort Wells Gray and group facilities. It features two WC, four showers and  two sinks with running hot and cold water each for Cowgirls and Cowboys. We also feature a dishwashing station and a fresh water station outside the shower house.

GROUP FACILITIES ONLY:

The Bunkhouses

Our bunkhouses are only open to groups of a minimum of 8 guests and are set back in a remote area of the Ranch with two primitive outhouses nearby. The closest facility with WC and showers is on our campground approximately 3 minutes walk from this location. The bunkhouses are small and like the old ranch-hand accommodations very basic with no electricity or running water. They feature one window and a lockable door, a small table and chair, propane lighting, and four to twelve wooden bunks with vinyl covered mattresses. You have to bring your own pillow, sleeping bag and a good flashlight is recommended for finding your way to and from the area in the dark. Please contact us for reservations and our very reasonable group rates.

The Campground

We are well organized for tent camping groups. We feature two nice lawn areas for camping with roomy BBQ-shelters. We provide a picnic tables, fire pits, firewood and the use of our shower house. Reservations are required.

The Black Horse Saloon & Restaurant
 

Our very authentic Western Saloon is open daily from 08.00 - 09.30 for breakfast. Dinner is served at 07.00 p.m. There is a salad buffet for starters including crusty rolls & butter or margarine. This is followed by a main course featuring side dishes and condiments. To top it all off dessert is offered after the main course. Coffee, tea and  water are complimentary. On the rare occasion that we do not reach our minimum of ten guests for our in house dinner buffet we will arrange and reserve dinner for you at another reputable restaurant. in the area.

European Continental Breakfast:  We serve breakfast buffet style on 7 days a week in our Saloon. The cold buffet includes a choice of Muffins, White & Multigrain Toast, Waffles, cold hard boiled Eggs, processed Cheese, Cream Cheese, Butter or Margarine, a selection of Jams, Syrup, a variety of Cereals, Dried Fruit & Nuts, Milk and Yoghurt, Fruit Salad, Orange Juice,  Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate.

Packed Lunches to enjoy during your day will be either packed by your guide on the daytrip or handed to you to take out after breakfast.
 

Communication and in Room Entertainment

Our standard rooms are still the old western style tranquility without telephone, television, DVD player, radio or CD player. In deluxe rooms we feature a widescreen TV screen & DVD/BLUE RAY player. You are welcome to bring your own movies but there are movies for rent at the desk. There is a radio alarm clock in every room but we do not get any regular radio reception in our area only most of the time the neighbors own country music channel. Please also note that there is no cell phone reception at all locations in the park. We did install a phone for our guests outside the office which you can use with phone cards. There is however free wireless satellite internet available for in room  guests and Skype or other communication programs should work for you as long as the satellite service is working normally (you have to supply your own device). For camping guests there is a charge of $ 5.00 per day for the use of the wireless internet.

Activities

We guide wilderness activities in Wells Gray Park since 1984 and offer daily horseback riding in the park and on our ranch land & guided canoe/sightseeing tours along the gravel road of Clearwater River Corridor and on Clearwater Lake in Wells Gray Park. Group hiking tours up to Trophy Mountain Flower Meadows are also organized on request. White Water Rafting, Jet Boat Tours, Fishing, River Kayaking and Mountain Biking are also offered in the park by other outfitters. We gladly help you with the reservation of such trips with these organizations. All optional activities have to be arranged with the desk during business hours the day before.

Please note that our trips have to be suitable for the amateur adventurer and therefore we do not trot or gallop horses and our canoe trips are either for the total novice (The Appetizer, daily departures) or the a little more conditioned paddlers (Canoe Wells Gray, on arrangement). Our hiking (Nature Wells Gray, on arrangement) trips are also rated easy and require only medium physical condition.
 

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