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“Can't wait to go back!”
Review of Flying U Ranch

Flying U Ranch
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Can't wait to go back!”
Reviewed 16 July 2013

A group of 9 of us headed up to the Flying U Ranch, my friend and I had never been there before and didn't have a ton of experience. We were lucky to be going with a few people that had been going for years.

You really can't beat the value. For $180 a night that includes 3 meals, full day of horse back riding, entertainment in the evenings (Square dancing, bonfires, movie nights, drinks at the saloon...) incredible!

The other guests you meet staying there will often tell you they've been coming here since the mid 80's, 90's - i think that's the true testament of how great this place is.

Guest cabins are rustic. Bed, wood stove, bed side table, light, window, door. Basic but everything you could need. Meals are served in the main lodge, there is a great room where you can play cards/games.

Things to bring: Jeans (not so old that they rip when getting on your horse... how embarrassing!) Leather boots, Carrots (treats for the horse), bug spray, camera, Pillow/extra blanket - I like my fluffy pillow from home and found i was a bit cold at night (too tired to light a fire) so i was pleased to have brought a wool blanket. Other than that they have everything else you could need!

I hope more people visit this beautiful part of the province, this was my first time to the Caribou and certainly not the last. The family running the ranch does a great job, I hope it continues to thrive for many years!

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Breath Taking Experiance!”
Reviewed 29 June 2013

The Flying U Ranch has been one of my favourite vacations iv EVER been to! It is the most fun i have ever had and i wish i could live in the cute, rustic cabins that make you feel like you are a true cowboy/cowgirl! Once you enter the front gates, you will be greeted by Robert, the head-cowboy and told whitch of the awesome cabins you wil be spending your time in. When i usualy get ther, it is about lunch time. Once you hear the bell ring, you know its time to eat your meal. All the meals are served in the dinning hall, a large, warm lodge in the center of the cabin area (so its not a long walk from you little front porch outside your cabin). When you enter the lodge, you get this feeling of warmth and welcoming. After you find your place to sit o long picnic-y style tables with lots of other guests, you are served the most mouth watering, tasty meal you have had in a long time!
after your yummy meal and interesting conversations, you have the choice of going on a ride till 4pm or exploring your new surroundings or even go to the lake for swimming, kayaking or canoeing! if your not riding, you could be at the lake (as i already mentiond) petting or feeding the horses, petting the funny pigs, talking to your fellow guests, playing volleyball, playing a game of horseshoes, or any other fun activities provided here at the rance. If you decide to take an unsuprivises ride, you can go chat with robert and he will match the perfect horse with your riding level and personalty that you will be riding at ther ranch for your whole stay (unless you dont like the horse, then you may ask to switch). Robert will provide you with a helpful map and if you wish, you can ask for a saddle bag to put you water bottle, bug spray, snack or any other items you wish to bring with you.
after the friendly staff get your horses saddled up, your off through the big land of the flying U ranch! You can venture off anywhere you wish, canter anytime you wish, get off your horse anytime you wish and basicly whatever you want to do (thats safe!). there are many locations you can ride to including the festival grounds, a large teepee you can crawl through and lots of abandon, barns, towers and so much more!
there are some gates you will have to open while riding. some horses can open the with out you even getting off but some you may have to dismount your horse and do it by hand. after you get back from you ride (4 or earlyer). At 5ish, another bell will ring anouncing it is dinner time and you should report to the lodge. after another to-die-for meal, you can do whatever you want exept ride. i recomend going for a dip in Green lake. you can even bring shampoo down to the lake instead of taking a shower! if you go at the right time of year (around august) the lake water will be nice and warm. theres nothing like a jump off a diving board into a warm, refreshing lake!
the next day, i recomend going on a full day ride. you will give a choice of two types of lunches they will pack with you and after the savory breakfast, youre off on another adventure at the Flying U Ranch!

Visited August 2012
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Shoreline, Washington, United States
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Springtime at the U”
Reviewed 27 June 2013

Love this place. Have been going to Flying U for the past 12 years. We go every year and have a great time. Square dancing, hay rides, and horseback riding in the Caribou what more can a person ask for. We just went in June and are going back again in August, I am counting down the days to go back.

Visited June 2013
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Port Coquitlam
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“A rare opportunity to experience authentic ranching history”
Reviewed 14 June 2013

The Flying U is one of very few ranches worldwide that offer riders the opportunity to explore thousands of forested acres and sunny meadows without a guide. The scenery is spectacular, a lake breeze swirls gently around the century old log cabins, and horses roam the sunny pastures. The experienced staff prepare a variety of excellent meals, and organize various entertainment and activities. If you are looking for a real western experience, I'd highly recommend this ranch.

Visited June 2013
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“My favourite place in the whole world”
Reviewed 16 May 2013

Even before I started coming up to the ranch, my mom and aunt had been going for a good 10 years. Then they brought me and my cousins up every year after that. Now it is my mom and I plus 3 other people that come with us. The flying u is an amazing place for someone who loves the outdoors and horses of coarse. The unguided riding is amazing, you don't have to worry about when or where to go, you just enjoy yourself in the beautiful caribou scenery. The horses are great, you are matched with a horse based on your riding experience and they always seem to pick the perfect matches! The food is absolutely amazing, I always look forward to the food and a nice hot shower after a long ride. The staff and Fremlin family are super amazing and welcoming people who we have grown to think of like family over the 25 years of coming to the ranch. You won't ever want to leave once you come. Definitely worth the drive from Vancouver every year! I always look forward to may long weekend because I know this is where we are headed! <3

Visited May 2013
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