Find your family adventure vacation at a Canadian Rockies dude ranch
If you want to do something different on your family vacation, check out a Canadian Rockies dude Ranch. They offer all the activities you would want out of family vacation, organized and available in one cozy location, keeping your family together and happy on your dude ranch vacation.
A great dude ranch for families looking to vacation in the Canadian Rockies is the Three Bars Guest & Cattle Ranch in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Let your kids be kids in the wide open space of the ranch, where they can go horseback riding, catch critters and enjoy a classic s’more roasted on a campfire.
But Three Bars doesn’t just cater to the kids, but to the whole family.
“What’s unique about our program is that we allow people to do everything as a family,” says Tyler Beckly whose family has run the Three Bars Ranch for three generations. “You can go on family rides, hike together and river raft together. Or the kids are welcome to join a riding program while the adults choose another activity, or an adult-only ride. We are small so that we can allow for custom vacations.”
In place of specific kids programs, kids on Three Bars usually tend to build their own program, as Tyler explains.
“Usually on Monday the families ride together, and the kids stick with their parents,” he says. “By Tuesday the kids have ditched their parents and are off doing things together.”
Because there are typically several families staying at Three Bars at any given time, Beckly says there’s usually several kids around the same age, and because guests staying in the Three Bars cabins can take advantage of their activities programs, the families, and the kids, tend to mingle and become friends.
And Three Bars offers a wide range of activities, ensuring that everyone will be able to vacation together, and do some of the activities that they enjoy as individuals. That includes parents, of course.
“There’s not many places where you can ride together as a family in the morning, all have lunch together, dad plays a round of golf in the afternoon, mom goes riding, and the kids go on a raft trip, and everybody’s back together for dinner, and then maybe they get together for an evening activity,” says Beckly.
Kids must be at least 6 to participate in riding and activities programs, but they’re are welcome at the ranch. There’s an outside play area and petting zoo for them to enjoy feeding sheep and goats and gathering eggs. Three Bars wranglers can lead them around the arena on horseback, with a parent beside to make them comfortable.