Flying U Ranch FAQ
Below is a list of our most frequently-asked questions, but if you still need clarification on some finer details please contact us at 1.877.456.7717, email , or fill out the form on our Contact page.
What should I bring to the ranch?
We recommend you prepare a wardrobe for unexpected weather: a hat, jacket, and some raingear should be considered. Some guests bring extra pillows, beach towels and their own toiletries, and flashlights are often handy for late night trips outside of the cabin. For horseback riding, guests should wear a heeled boot and all riders under the age of 19 must wear a helmet. We have cowboy boots and helmets to borrow at no additional charge if a guest is ill-equipped (bike helmets are adequate). If you need snacks, drinks, toiletries, cowboy paraphernalia and Western wear our General Store is open at convenient times. If you bring an ice-chest, we can supply the ice for your cooler.
Can I bring my dog to the ranch?
Dogs are welcome at the ranch but are the responsibility of their owners. Please bring bedding for them if necessary as we do not want them on the beds. Dogs that are attentive and comfortable around horses enjoy hiking the trails with the riders, but beware of wildlife.
I haven't ridden before. Do I need previous experience to ride on my own?
Unaccompanied riding is a very liberating experience, and one that is unique to the Flying U Ranch. Many guests have their first horseback experience at the Flying U. A background with horses isn't required, and the horse assigned will be chosen to meet the appropriate needs of the rider. We have certified instructors onsite, who are happy to give lessons to those riders wanting a more technical introduction.
My child is a good rider. Can they ride on their own?
A guest can ride alone if they are 19, but if they are underage they cannot ride on their own. Every youth must be accompanied by an adult (19+).
When is my "Check-Out Time"?
Your check-out time is determined by your check-in time. Your vacation is based off 24 hour days, so your check-out time is the time you arrived on your first day. For example, if you arrive at 3 p.m. on Tuesday and are staying for two days, your second day ends at 3 p.m. on Thursday. You can ride and use the facilities until your check-out time, we only ask that you remove your belongings from the cabins before 9:30 a.m. on your final day so the staff can clean them for the next guests.
Can I bring my own liquor into the Saloon?
Since the Saloon and Lodge are licensed, outside liquor is not permitted. This also means minors are not allowed in the Saloon. At dinner, guests can bring their own wine but are subject to a corkage fee.
Can I bring my own horse to the ranch?
Due to quarantine reasons and for the safety of the health of our herd, we do not allow guests to bring their own horses to the ranch. With 106 horses in our herd we are sure that we can find you the perfect match to enjoy your ranch vacation with!
I am staying in the area, can I book a trail ride?
Since our horses work hard during the season, we do not offer riding to outside guests. This ensures that the horses in our herd are able to get the time off they deserve throughout our season.
Was there any damage to the ranch during the wildfires?
In the summer of 2017 two wildfires burned in the South Cariboo. With the return of wet fall weather both fires were extinguished. We are pleased to say the fires never reached the Ranch and in 2018 it’s business as usual.
Who are the hosts of the Flying U Ranch?
The Flying U ranch management team is headed up by Mr. John Lovelace. John has been involved in outdoor Canada for 40 years and is well known for his television show Wings Over Canada. He is a specialist in ranch & farm management and has assembled a team that will continue the tradition set forth by Jack Boyd almost a century ago.