We are pleased to announce the Flying U Ranch will open Friday June 5,2020. We have worked hard to make the ranch a Safe Oasis for all guests and staff.
The ranch by nature a safe place to be. With 60,000 acres of land, 240 kilometres of trails
and 100 horses to take you there, that’s a lot of space to social distance. As one of our wranglers remarked “We have been social distancing for 100 years”. But we have also taken steps to ensure the indoor protocols are safe too:
To that end we have worked to develop a stringent policy based on the latest protocol as prescribed by the Federal Govt, the Province and WorkSafeBC regarding hospitality, kitchen procedures, food handling, and Restaurant and Pub procedures during this Covid-19 operation period. We will also be taking special precautions at the barn in saddling operations and you will see new check in procedures to limit your time in the General Store.
We have gone the extra mile in cleaning and sanitizing all the cabins and houses. We have also decided that this is the year to start off the season with all new mattresses. Also, the seating in the Saloon, Lodge, Front of Lodge has been reconfigured to allow space between guests. Lastly, we now offer 5 stand-alone residences with their own private bathroom and eating facilities for people who would prefer their own space.
Lodge and meals
We have decreased the main lodge seating by 50% and have added dining seating in the front lodge. We will also be eating outside whenever the weather allows. We will not be doing buffets in 2020 and breakfast and dinners will be plated. It’s the same great food that you know and love with hearty ribs and steaks, homemade soups and desserts. Also, this year we will be serving a boxed lunch to all guests whether you ride or not. If you prefer to eat at your cabin meals can be picked up for take-out style. A third option is guests can choose any one the four residences each with their own private eating and washroom facilities. This is perfect for families of 6 to 10 people.
To ensure your health and safety we have employed full time staff members who will be disinfecting common areas kitchen and bathrooms.
There are also things we request from you too:
Please ensure that you drive directly to the ranch. We are completely self-contained, so you do not need to stop off anywhere to pick up supplies and overload the small local stores. All the food comes in direct from our suppliers in transport with no middleman. Just come up directly to the safety of the ranch village and think of it as a safe haven. We have thought of everything and we even have installed two fast charging stations, so you don’t need to recharge off the ranch. Those of us who still use fossil fuels should fill up before you leave home.
Please do not arrive at the ranch if you have been exposed to the virus or have any symptoms or have a fever. If you have travelled internationally then the 2-week isolation period applies before you come up to the ranch.
Maintain 6 feet distance at all times while at the ranch.
Keep in your family or social bubble at all times.
Please sanitize your hands before you come into the lodge or general store. There will be sanitizing stations at every entrance door.
A lot of changes have been made regarding the use of masks lately. First, you will not need to wear masks when riding! But you will need to wear a mask while you are saddling up. You do not need to wear a mask when you are seated in the lodge or Saloon. But you will need to wear a mask when you are standing or moving around in public areas. Also, you will need to wear a mask when that 6 ft separation is required but not possible to maintain.
All activities fires, waterfront, and meals will be limited to 50 people or less with social distancing rules in effect.
The Ranch Experience is the same
Ok, there are changes here at the ranch to keep guests and staff safe. Sanitizing stations, plexiglass dividers, social distancing, masks, and new protocols. But that doesn’t mean that the ranch experience won’t be as much fun as ever. We have brought in 18 new horses to build up the herd this year. We have added some neat outside eating areas. The front of lodge now offers some intimate private dining. Our waterfront tubing is still offered at 4PM as always. And Yoga on the dock in fresh country air is as safe as ever.
The Province of BC is by the numbers the safest state or Province in North America. The Interior Health Region is one of the safest places in BC. And the Flying U Ranch is one of the safest places in the Interior. So, let’s all work hard to keep it that way and make your stay here relaxing and healthy.