Holidays on Horseback: The Flying U Ranch
Canada’s Oldest Guest Ranch
The Flying U has been the western heartbeat of the Cariboo since 1849. Canada’s oldest running guest ranch was first popularized as a tourist destination by rodeo personality, Jack Boyde, nearly a century ago. The original log cabins from Boyde’s rodeo days still provide the quintessential cowboy experience today. While the complete ranching experience remains steeped in tradition, there are some exciting changes abreast at this iconic ranch.
Extended summer packages, and new winter packages provide endless riding through infinite history. The Flying U is one of the few ranches that still allows guests to take horses out unsupervised: experiencing the region by galloping through open meadows or meandering along historic trails once frequented by minors and pioneers.
Photo courtesy of Kristi Fremlin
The Flying U now offers guests an array of riding options. The new owners are approaching the business with renewed enthusiasm and passion. Equine Assisted Wellness initiatives have been launched, pack trips are being planned, and breeding
and rescue options are being considered. The Flying U herd, one of the largest in the province, is home to a staggering number of equines, ensuring even beginner riders can find a comfortable mount. Expert wranglers know the horses inside and out, ensuring a near seamless partnership between horse and rider.
The Flying U has always been a prominent figure at the forefront of Canadian western culture, and as this image evolves, so too does The U. Pristine waterfront, relaxing spa services, and live entertainment make this ranch the ideal vacation destination.
For more information, please visit: www.flyingu.com.
Main photo courtesy of Marlene Bourque and Martin Malus