The Flying U Ranch opened June 19, 2020 and ran successfully until closing on Sept 20 2021 We worked hard to make our ranch a Safe Oasis for all guests and staff.
In 2020 season, we are pleased to report that over 1000 guests stayed at the ranch safely under operating procedures laid out in our COVID 19 Action Plan. We expect that COVID 19 will be with us again in the 2021 season and our protocol will remain in place and unchanged.
For a century the ranch has been, by nature, a very safe place to be.
With its’ clear mountain air, 240 kilometres of trails on 60,000 acres and 100 horses to take you out on the range. But there’s more: this is one of the last unguided riding ranches in North America. That means it’s just you and the horse with your own family or social group. In addition, we also have a mile of private waterfront with canoes and kayaks to enjoy the freedom of crystal-clear Green Lake, the crown Jewel of the Cariboo. The home ranch area is a gated community of walkways and fields and parks to enjoy with your friends, family, and even the family dog. There is even a private lake for guests to enjoy. The Flying U Ranch is the very definition of space.
“Ranch Covid-19 Action Plan"
For the 2020 season we undertook steps to ensure the indoor protocols were safe as well. To that end, we developed a set of protocols based on the latest information and guidelines as prescribed by the Federal Govt, the Province of British Columbia and WorkSafeBC. The result was our comprehensive “Ranch COVID-19 Safety Plan” covering all aspects of the ranch including hospitality, kitchen procedures, food handling operations, barn and riding protocols, and Restaurant and Pub procedures.
The seating in the Saloon, Lodge, Front of Lodge was reconfigured to allow space between guests. We also offered 5 stand-alone residences with their own private bathrooms and eating facilities for people who want to enjoy a home away from home in their own space. For 2021, we are offering a 6th residence.
Lodge and Meals
We have decreased the main lodge seating by 50% and have laid out both the dining room and saloon to provide social distancing. We have also opened up “under the cover" patio seating so guests can spread out even in inclement weather. We will not be doing self-service buffets in 2021. Breakfast and dinners will be plated. It’s the same great food that you know and love with hearty ribs and steaks and homemade soups and desserts. Also, this year we will be offering 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 residences each with their own private eating and washroom facilities. This is perfect for families of 6 to 10 people. Also, we have opened up a new licensed eating area in the front of lodge renamed the Century Room. This is ideal for couples or singles who want to dine privately in a rustic log dining room with fireplace. It’s all part of our Ranch Covid-19 Safety Plan.
Getting Here Safely
Please do not arrive at the ranch if you have been exposed to the virus, have any symptoms or have a fever. All of our ranch food comes direct from our suppliers by direct transport and food handling is done in accordance with our Ranch Action Plan. Just come up directly to the safety of the ranch village and think of it as a safe haven. We have tried to think of everything. So, if you drive an EV, we have installed 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).
Use Of Masks
Guests are not required to wear masks riding! You will need to wear a mask while you are saddling up. Guests are not required to wear a mask when seated in the lodge or Saloon. You will need to wear a mask when you are standing or moving around in these areas. Also, you will need to wear a mask when that 6 ft separation is difficult to maintain as in around the fire pit or entering any buildings.
The Ranch Experience Is The Same
OK, there are changes here at the ranch to keep guests and staff safe for 2021. Sanitizing stations, plexiglass dividers, social distancing, masks, and Safety Protocol signage and our own comprehensive Ranch Covid-19 Action Plan. But that doesn’t mean that the ranch experience isn’t as much fun as ever. Horseback riding is what our guests come for. We are adding over 20 horses to our herd this fall to ensure a broader choice of horses for the 2021 season. At 3:00 every afternoon we take the motor launch for an afternoon swim at the island. Our waterfront tubing is offered at 4:00 PM as always. There is still Yoga, archery, and hay rides. We want the ranch experience to be the same as its always been with added measures to keep our guests and staff safe in the COVID-19 era.
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 so Dr Bonnie Henry is proud of us all!
Updated on September 21, 2020.