Echo Valley Ranch and Spa combines an authentic Thai spa (with a wood palace that needs to be seen to be believed), once-in-a-lifetime flightseeing, stunning countryside, healthy horses, and a romantic, homely atmosphere. Surrounded by mountains, this award-winning gem is a highlight of the BC’s Cariboo-Chilcotin region, the place to relax, rejuvenate, feast, and enjoy heartfelt hospitality.
Length of Trip : A weekend to a week
Cost : For the latest nightly rates, click here.
Best time to go : Spring through Fall
Wheelchair friendly : Call ahead to make arrangements
Family friendly : There are designated family weeks in July and August, as well as holiday weekend. Otherwise, the ranch is adult oriented, at 13+ years.
Where to eat : All meals are served in the Dove Lodge with bar service available. Meals typically use fresh ingredients grown on the ranch, and are hearty and delicious!
Official Site : Echo Valley Ranch and Spa Officia Site: www.evranch.com
Where to Stay : Click here for a description of the rooms, cabins and suites available on the property.
Getting There : It’s a scenic, five-hour drive from Vancouver, or can be reached via Calgary, Jasper, or Kamloops Airport. Point your GPS towards Clinton. From there, turn off Highway 97 at the Round-Up Motel onto Kelly Lake Road (sign posted as Clinton-Pavilion Road). Proceed along Kelly Lake Road for about 17 km. Turn right at Jesmond Road (there’s an Echo Valley sign) and continue for 33 km to the ranch entrance on the left (there will be another sign). Turn left at the sign, follow the gravel road to the ranch. Travel time from Clinton is less than one hour.
Note from Robin : Although there’s free wifi, there is no cell service, and that’s a good thing. This is the kind of place where you want to take a digital detox. There’s activities for all fitness levels, and the spa is fantastic. Whatever you do, don’t pass up on the opportunity to go flightseeing with Norm. His enthusiasm for the area is infectious and the views are as good as the Rockies!
The Honeymoon Suite
A different kind of playground for Kids
Echo Valley Ranch
Flightseeing over a Cariboo glacier
Chilko Lake from the air
The Dove Lodge
Norm and Nan Dove. Totally Bucket List.
Morning yoga: Courtesy Echo Valley Lodge
Inside the Lodge: Courtesy Echo Valley Ranch