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Anahim Lake
All Year: Yes
Area (ha): lots and lots
Persons: 1
Category: Other
Host ID: 2339
Region: BC, Northern

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Last Updated: February 5, 2020

*UPDATE At this time we are hoping to have one person join our team for the very busy upcoming calving season. The priority for this position would be to help keep us fed, but there is plenty of things to see and experiences to have around the calving barns too!

We are a family ranch in a remote area of British Columbia. Combined with my parents, we run a 700 head commercial cow/calf operation and have about 50 head of horses (give or take a few). We operate a trail riding outfit in the nearby mountains during July and August.
We start calving at the end of February, do a pile of range riding in May and June, head to the mountains in July and start haying by the beginning of August. We start rounding up our cattle in the fall and sell our calves at the end of October.

Our horses are gently started and then learn as they go on the ranch and in the mountains. The majority of them have never seen an arena. They are almost all out during the winter as we really don't start riding until the end of April or so. We have always had luck with those with previous agriculture experience, but it isn't really necessary. A conscientious attitude and a great work ethic gets anyone by.

Most importantly, you must be easy going and adaptable, as every day can bring a new challenge. If you need 'routine' in your life, our ranch may not be the place for you. :) What you will be helping with will change with the days and the seasons. There are no set rules or hours, you'll just hang out and work with us, side by each, for all aspects of ranch life. That will include both outside and inside work.....from helping prepare dinner and sweeping a floor to chicken chores, fencing and moving cows.....all depends on the season, your abilities and what is happening at that time. Trust me, ranching is not as romantic as the movies make it look. Unfortunately, it's not all 'riding into the sunset'.....someone still has to cook dinner, wash the dishes and shovel barn pens in real life! :P

We very rarely take people for less than 2 months, or often a 'season', such as calving season or haying season. It is a long way here from anywhere, and our ranch life does not provide an easy routine to just step in and out of, especially during our busy times. :)

So if you are looking for a new challenge, drop us a line! I'm happy to answer any questions you may have.
Cheers all and best of luck!

reviews (2)
Helper: Jessica Thornton Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Australia Date: March 20, 2012
I managed to get the opportunity to stay with Terra, Eli, Roger and Wanda whe... view complete review

Helper: Loes van Zijll Langhout Profile: hidden - premier members only
From: Netherlands Date: May 11, 2010
Awesome ranch, awesome view, awesome cows, awesome horses, awesome dogs, awes... view complete review

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