The Flying U Ranch will open June 19, 2020. We have worked hard to make our ranch a Safe Oasis for all guests and staff.
“We have been social distancing for 100 years”
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"
We have also taken steps to ensure the indoor protocols are safe as well. To that end we have worked to develop 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 is our comprehensive “Ranch Covid-19 Safety Plan” covering all aspects of the ranch including hospitality, kitchen procedures, food handling operation, barn and riding protocol and Restaurant and Pub procedures. It’s designed to make the ranch a safe place to visit and work.
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, there are 6 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.
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 2020. 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. 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. 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 just 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. 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 won’t be as much fun as ever. Horseback riding is what our guest come for. We have brought in 18 new horses to build up the herd this year and have worked hard on the trails. 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 4:00 PM as always. And Yoga on the dock in fresh country air is as safe as ever. 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 June 3, 2020.