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For Your Next Vacation Why Not Consider Visiting a Dude Ranch in Canada?

6/1/2011 10:13:12 AM

Dude ranch vacations are a great option for people looking for something different, challenging and exciting; a new experience that will not only invigorate you physically, but will nurture your spirit of adventure and open up new horizons.  There are many places throughout the world that offer the dude ranch vacation experience especially in the US and Canada.A Canadian dude ranch is an ideal location for a vacation. I think Haliburton described Canada best in the early 1900’s when he said:

“Canada is a country so vast that it is difficult to convey an adequate idea of its size ; so fertile that nothing short of official returns will exonerate a description of it from a charge of exaggeration ; so prosperous as to not only rival, but to surpass all other countries on the face of the earth ; so healthy in climate, so beautiful in scenery, so abundantly supplied with magnificent lakes and rivers, so full of commercial resources, and so rich in minerals, that I am overpowered with the magnitude of the task I have imposed upon myself in attempting to convey even a faint idea of it”

For your next dude ranch vacation why not consider a guest ranch in British Columbia, Alberta or Quebec?

Dude ranches in B.C. take advantage of the “beautiful B.C” landscape and rich local Native history to attract visitors. Imagine going for an early morning fly fishing trip, spending the afternoon panning for gold or exploring early settler or local Native heritage sites, or hiking in the lush mountain forests or admiring the awesome views from atop a horse while on a late afternoon ride. Evenings could be spent relaxing with fellow guests around a campfire enjoying fresh, local rustic or gourmet meals exchanging stories of the day’s activities. All of this and more is possible when you choose a dude ranch vacation in B.C. Your ranch may also organize horseback trips, cattle drives, pack trips, canoeing, and a wide range of outdoor activities for you during your stay, so be sure to ask.

Ranches in Alberta attract visitors with their national park system, dinosaur digs and because the province boasts 5 of 13 UNESCO World heritage Sites. Kids and adults alike love Alberta. Picture yourself visiting dinosaur digs in the Alberta Badlands in the morning and then working on the ranch with the resident cowboys in the afternoon, and relaxing in the evening in a hot tub. You can do all of this and more on an Albertan ranch. Warner Guiding and Outfitting has been guiding through Banff National Park for over 49 years. From hourly Trail Rides to 6 day Pack Trips to Western Cookouts they have the adventure for you!

Finally last but not least dude ranch vacations in Quebec are a great gateway to all that Quebec has to offer. Ranches in Quebec attract visitors, to their predominately francophone population, for the exciting winter festivals, maple products and much more. You could spend the morning learning how to feed and care for the ranch animals then head into town for a local festival or rodeo in the afternoon. At Ranch 4 Saison you will be able to choose from four beautiful seasons. Spring for sugar bush,  summer for the beauty of 54 lakes in the region, fall for all the breathtaking colors and winter a very wonderful season for horseback riding, ski-doo,  snow shoeing, cross country skiing and  sleigh rides. Just imagine relaxing at this dude ranch, in the evening after a long day’s ride, in a steamy hot tub watching the snow fall around you.

So what are you waiting for? Make  your next vacation at a dude ranch in Canada

Picking the Right Dude Ranch for You!

5/25/2011 10:22:11 AM

There are many types of dude ranches that one should be familiar with before deciding on where to go for a ranch vacation. On RanchSeeker’s easy to use Dude Ranch Finder we allow people to search by ranch category to better find what they are looking for in a ranch vacation. There are so many different dude ranches to choose from that offer a variety of activities and services that sometimes it can be confusing if you don’t know which types of ranches specialize in what.

A Guest Ranch is ideal for people who are looking to go away on a dude ranch vacation for 2 or more days.Ranch packages include accommodation, food and horseback riding and may offer more services. Many of these ranches are also children friendly.

A Dude Ranch B & B is similar to a typical bed and breakfast.It offers bed and breakfast for overnight visitors but it also offers horseback riding to its guests. They are generally smaller and offer cozy accommodations A Dude Ranch Resort is a guest ranch that offers activities at the Ranch in addition to horseback riding such as swimming pools, mountain bikes, tennis, golf, skeet shooting etc. This option is great for people looking to experience lots of varied activities.

A Dude Ranch Spa is a Ranch that offers a "Health and Well Being" program together with a full service spa.This is ideal for people who want to be pampered after a long day's ride. The Hill's Health and Guest Ranch is a great example of a ranch spa. They offer guests a refuge of renewal and rejuvenation while being surrounded by peaceful countryside reflecting the true Canadian west

 Finally last but not least a Working Ranch is a dude ranch that has its own cattle operation with the herd managed by cowboys .Guests can often participate by helping the resident cowboys with their day to day work.This is a great option for those who want to try their hand at being a “real cowboy”. Other features offered by guest ranches could also be available. McGarry Ranches is the perfect ranch to earn your spurs.They are a working cattle outfit that work the herd as the need arises, not a specific activity at a specific time.

Most of the week is spent tracking and gathering strays, trailing cattle to new units for range management, doctoring sick or injured stock, putting out salt, riding fence, sorting in the open, riding herd in some of the most scenic country in the world. You won't find nose to tail riding here.

 So what are you waiting for? Check out the many dude ranches listed on RanchSeeker and book your next dude ranch vacation today. Happy Trails   

Dude Ranch Vacation Specials for May and June

5/18/2011 10:59:00 AM

How about a dude ranch vacation in the Spring? It has never been so affordable than now with several dude ranches on RanchSeeker offering great Spring discounts on dude ranch vacation packages.

The Hideout Guest Ranch & Resort, Shell,Wyoming, USA.

Weekend Special: Want to get-away for a quick cowboy vacation? June 12-15, 2011 is your chance to live the cowboy life for a long weekend. All-inclusive 3 night dude ranch adventure package .

Pricing: $1480 per person/double occupancy plus tax and gratuity.

Offer valid: November 1, 2010 through June 6, 2011

 White Stallion Ranch,Tuscon, Arizona,USA

Special Offer: Summer Bonanza

This special is as golden as the desert in bloom. Bask in the warm early summer sun and enjoy the multitudes of desert blossoms. Escape to a stress free, safe haven at this dude ranch for a few days. No worry about what to do, where to eat or what to wear. Four nights in a double is $1188.00 and seven nights is $1974.00 plus tax and 14% service charge. Special single and third person in a room packages also available. Rates are for best room available at the time of booking.

Offer valid: May 22, 2011 through June 12, 2011  

Spotted Horse Ranch, Jackson, Wyoming,USA

Special Offer: Off Season Discount

15% off all dude ranch stays from May 15th-June 12th or October 1st-15th! Enjoy the same service and hospitality with the discounted rate!

Offer valid: May 15, 2011 through June 12, 2011  

Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish,Montana,USA

Special Offer: 10% discount on select summer weeks!

The Bar W Guest Ranch is located in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in one of the most scenic areas in the northwest. You will be able to experience the best of both worlds, a lifetime dream at a Guest Ranch and the opportunity to explore the wide open wilderness. 10% discount is valid for the following weeks: : June 19-25, July 10-16, , Aug. 21-17 and Aug.28-Sept. 3.

Offer valid: April 9, 2011 through June 1,2011

Special Offer: 15% off Spring Cattle Drive

At the Bar W, we have created a cattle drive adventure that rounds out all of the experiences of a cattle round-up. Having participated in traditional cattle drives, we wanted our guests to experience the “best of” what a cattle drive offers. This 7 night  dude ranch vacation package is all inclusive and is the most authentic western experience! Give us a call for availability.

Offer valid: April 9, 2011 through May 20, 2011

Warner Guiding Outfitting,Banff,Alberta, Canada

Special Offer: Select Trips on Sale

Please visit our website www.horseback.com to view select backcountry rides on sale now. Savings of 20%! It's not too late to plan your dream dude ranch vacation.

Offer valid: April 22, 2011 through August 27, 2011

Stagecoach Trails,Yucca,Arizona,USA

Special Offer: 10th Anniversary special for stays in May and July

Single occupancy $119 per night Double occupancy $89 per person/per night Children ages 4-11 $69 per person/per night. No minimum night requirement. Offer valid on dude ranch vacation bookings made after April 18,2011.

Offer valid: May 1, 2011 to May 31st and  July 15th -31st, 2011  

Tod Mountain Ranch,Heffley Creek,B.C.,Canada

Special Offer: May Long Weekend - $745 per person

Arrive Friday after 4pm for Dinner. Enjoy full days of riding on Saturday and Sunday and take one last morning ride on Monday. Relax and enjoy the facilities and activities at the dude ranch throughout your stay. Depart Monday after lunch.

Offer valid: May 20, 2011 through May 23, 2011  

Elk Mountain Ranch,Buena Vista, Colorado, USA

Special Offer: Youngest Child 1/2 Price with Two Paying Adults

It's not too late to book that unforgettable summer dude ranch vacation that you have always wanted to give your family.

Offer available for select weeks in 2011.  Must book by May 30th.  Valid on new bookings only.  Cannot be combined with any offers or promotions available for select weeks in 2011.  Must book by May 30th.  Valid on new bookings only.  Cannot be combined with any offers or promotions.

Welcome to RanchSeeker's Blog!

5/11/2011 1:21:00 PM

Welcome to RanchSeeker's blog! My name is Ashlie Dove and I spent much of my youth growing up on my father's dude ranch in B.C. I have many splendid memories of horseback riding, outdoor BBQ's ,hiking wooded trails, relaxing spa treatments and spending time with family so I decided to get involved with RanchSeeker as a way to better promote dude ranches to the public. On the RanchSeeker blog you will find articles about dude ranches, special offers from RanchSeeker dude ranches, and other useful information to help you plan your ultimate dude ranch vacation so check back often or better yet subscribe. I look forward to sharing with you and reading your feedback.In the meantime,if you are planning an upcoming dude ranch vacation be sure to use our Dude Ranch Finder and start your search today. It is as easy as 1-2-3- and there is no need to wade through pages and pages of information as our Dude Ranch Finder does all of the work for you and matches your ideal dude ranch vacation to you.Happy Trails!

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