A Day at the Ranch
The Ranch Experience
Welcome to the Flying U Ranch Family
Welcome to The Flying U Ranch! Here, the spirit of the old west lives on and things remain pretty much as they were 100 years ago.
Here is a brief summary of the ranch and the itinerary of your one-of-a-kind experience.
Upon arrival, each guest is assigned their own cabin. This is a highlight of the ranch experience - our guests stay in the original log cabins that were built 100 years ago. Please take a few moments to breathe in the unique cabin experience, complete with woodburning stoves, hand-hewn log furniture, covered sitting porches with rocking chairs, and a view of the most beautiful lake in central BC.
“I don’t ever remember being so relaxed on a holiday . . . both my husband and I loved watching our kids while they enjoyed the simple things in life. It was a dream vacation away from the commercial world.”
- Wendy Walker,
West Coast Families
The cabins have no indoor plumbing, but they do have electricity. There is a central shower house with showers and toilets. There is also a large 15-person sauna with a woodburning stove. For those looking for a more pampered experience, we also offer two large executive homes that feature indoor plumbing and four-piece bathrooms.
After the guest checks in and gets settled, it is time to meet the horse wrangler and get introduced to the horses. The Flying U has 100 horses and four experienced horse wranglers. Each guest is assigned a horse according to his or her ability, and that horse will be the guest's mount for the duration of the stay. Guests are given a trail map and are free to ride on their own or with other guests on thousands of acres. Riders may saddle up between 9am to 4pm each day, except on Sunday when riding begins at 10am. You can order a packed lunch or come in for lunch, served from 12pm to 1pm.
After the day's ride, guests have a number of activities to choose from. There is swimming and canoeing on Green Lake, or enjoy a game of badminton, horseshoes, or our own unique game of "Attack Croquet." Or you can chose to head up to the games room for a game of pool or ping pong. We will also be providing water skiing lessons, which are popular for the teenagers. There is mini golf course in the back forty, or you can take a walk down to the pond and go for a leisurely row in one of our wooden row boats.
Mealtime at the lodge/dining room is announced with the clanging of the bell, following a tradition that goes back 100 years. Family and friends eat together ranch-style on benches with long tables. Breakfast is served promptly at 8 am (9 am on Sundays), lunch is at noon and dinner at 6 pm. Complimentary coffee and tea is available in the kitchen throughout the day. The Flying U has an authentic western saloon separate from the main lodge. The Longhorn Saloon is open from 5pm to 6pm daily for happy hour and again after dinner. Cocktails are served to the sounds of the circa 1880 nickelodeon. Beer, wine, cider and coolers can also be purchased in the dining room.
There is a horsedrawn hayride every Tuesday and Saturday starting at 7pm at the front of the lodge. Entertainment is topped off with an old western whoop-de-doo most Wednesday and Saturday nights. Square dances are held on Wednesdays throughout July and August, starting at 8pm.
At the general store, open 9am to 6pm, you can buy soft drinks and candy bars, snack food, horse treats, gifts and souvenirs.
At check out, guests are always reminded to confirm their dates for the following year in order to ensure cabin and date availability.