Douglas Lake Ranch is a four hour drive from Vancouver, accessible by highway and is located in the interior of the province of British Columbia close to Merritt. For those with a pilot’s license, a private paved airstrip is available, which is 4,500 feet in length.
Established in 1884, Douglas Lake Ranch is the largest, privately owned ranch in Canada with 350,000 acres and 20,000 head of cattle. The ranch has a staff of 16-18 cowboys responsible for the movement and care of the cattle. As all cattle work is done with horses, each cowboy has a string of 10 horses that are rotated during the year.
To maintain their impressive herd of cattle, Douglas Lake Ranch utilizes careful management of the natural grasses, including the indigenous Bluebunch Wheatgrass, which are resilient to the cold winters and dry summers.
The Ranch provides tours, movie film locations, and offer fly fishing on 12 private lakes, promoting catch and release. There are three fishing seasons: spring, summer and fall.
For accommodation, they have several cabin locations throughout the property for up to approximately 65 people, plus 24 serviced RV sites and over 50 campsites.
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