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“Dude Ranch with a Flair”
Review of Flying U Ranch

Flying U Ranch
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Reviewed 21 May 2014

We were seeking a vacation package for our family in celebration of a promotion and transfer to Kamloops,B.C. and the Flying U performed far about the expectations with delicious food, and plenty of it, horse-back riding with experienced wranglers and freedom for the kids to run and play. We highly recommend the ranch for anyone seeking the western experience that won't require a second mortgage. The cabins are about as quaint, clean and functional as you can get. What our family enjoyed was the accommodations were not "Gussied up" but presented as you would expect to find on a working ranch.

2  Thank Jonathan M
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Reviewed 14 October 2013

The Flying U Ranch is an amazing place to visit and enjoy the surrounding beauty by horseback riding, or hiking or canoeing on Green Lake. It's one of the few places left where you ride unescorted, and no guides. There are many trails on site to choose from of varying lengths. They own about 100 horses and match you to the horse, not the horse to you. That's how well they revere and take care of their horses. The family and staff who are in charge are amazing and knowledgeable and try to meet all your realistic needs. The food was really good as well, and that's saying a lot from me because I'm picky and usually eat organic and local and fresh. The cabins are quaint and rustic, but very authentic! Electricity in the cabins, but no running water - have to go the the communal facilities. There is a porcelain picture and bowl in each cabin that are handy for hand and face washing. I have been there at least 5 times with family and by myself and loved it every time and can't wait to return.

3  Thank summer3025
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Reviewed 28 September 2013

We live in the busy suburbs of Vancouver, BC, and escape to the historic Flying U Ranch twice a year, generally a week in June and two weeks in September. Our grown sons often join us if their work schedules allow. Adult horse lovers and riders of various skill levels visit the ranch year after year, reuniting with other annual guests. The Flying U offers one of the most authentic western vacations available in Canada, and allows riders to explore the ranch and surrounding area without a guide. The log cabins are cozy, the scenery magnificent, the wildlife is plentiful, and the horses are carefully selected to suit their riders. You might want to check it out!

2  Thank vlfield
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Reviewed 5 August 2013

We visited the ranch with two friends. None of us had been there before but it was highly recommended. We only stayed for 2 nights because we were in the midst of a long journey but it was well worth it and I would like to go back for a longer spell. First of all, they have lots of land - about 4,000 acres. And they have close to 100 horses, mostly quarterhorses, but others including mixed breeds. All beautiful, well-cared for and of various dispositions and for different levels of ridership. We did not ride, given our short stay and that one of us was in a cast! There are many trails and you ride on your own for as long as you want. You can hike as well.

We did spend time on their waterfront at Green Lake, which borders the property. They have a big dock, canoes and kayaks. The lake is quite large and pretty. It was quiet when we were there. The water was cool but comfortable, clean too.

The main lodge is for dining and relaxing. It is a large log building and almost brand new. There is a big fireplace and lots of trophy heads. The have various activities here. Folksy stuff like square dancing one night. The food is basic but good and plentiful. And don't miss the cookie jar. Sleeping is in little log cabins that sleep 2 or more people. Some are very old. Do not expect luxurious sleeping conditions! They are better than a tent or a lean to and have wood stoves if needed (we did not), but our small cabin was very old and "charming". We slept well. There are 2 bathouses for both men and women as the cabins do not have ther own facilities. These were OK, not great. The main lodge has really nice bathrooms but these do not have showers.

They also have a saloon, a theatre that has old movies (think Westerns) and other buildings. The key is that you really get to explore the preimises and talk to the cow hands , that farriers, etc. Get up early and watch them drive the herd down from the hills into the corrals!! There is also a store to buy snacks, clothing and souvenirs. KIDS ABSOLUTELY LOVE THE FLYING U! Everybody was quite friendly. I wish I knew about thsi place when we had young children. Many families have been coming there for years and years.

3  Thank 284michaelg284
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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!

4  Thank Kristen M
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