Think about all those movies you saw as a kid: a horse gallops across an open plain; the wind stirs its main and the long grass around it.There’s a thrilling rush brought by the colorful landscape brimming with picturesque shades that seemed like a dream. Or a movie.

You can live out your childhood dreams at a dude ranch 45 minutes outside of Merritt, British Columbia. Tug on the reins, and take a deep breath of fresh, crisp, country air. You and your horse are surrounded by mountains, covered in fir trees and green hemlock, topped a snow cap hanging to the peak. The guides at  Big Bar Guest Ranch will show you the wild like you’ve never seen before.

After a long day of riding and exploring, you go back to the ranch, light up the fire in a private cabin’s wood stove, and warm yourselves with hot chocolate drinks. Later in the day, indulge in a ranch-style dinner at the main house then cuddle on the porch and watch the stars and moon in the sky and reflect off the nearby lake.

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If you are looking for a respite from the busy city jam for a couple of days, why not head into the British Columbia’s cowboy country to loosen yourself up at a guest ranch, or most commonly known as a dude ranch?  Find your new refuge in the country, breathe in the crisp air, and realize how beautiful stars are in the raw nature and when they are not competing with the bright city lights. Savor a quiet place surrounded by nature – pastures, trees, meadow flowers, and the vast wildlife.

Don’t miss out the highlight of visiting a dude ranch – the chance to ride a horse. While it is a notable experience, ranches also offer other exciting activities such as canoeing, rowing, fishing, mountain biking, hiking, campfires, hot tub soaking, or just simply appreciating nature.

If you are looking to travel with a family or a group of people, do check if the ranch you;ve researched offers the activity you want to experience. If you intend is to ride a horse, you can avoid disappointment by reaching out to the ranch about their regulations regarding minimum age and maximum weight for horse riding as this may vary from ranch to ranch.

The majority of guest ranches are available all year round, even in winter, where they cater to guests who enjoy cross country skiing, sleigh rides, snowmobiling, ice fishing, and other activities fit for winter.