Lone Butte, Canada (PressExposure) April 29, 2009 -- Quality Canadian guest ranches like those represented by the prestigious BC Guest Ranchers' Association (BCGRA) are increasingly providing a more convenient choice for European travelers, who are now required to obtain approval through the new Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) prior to traveling to the United States.
And now, with two new guest ranches joining the BCGRA -- The Lodge at Chilko Lake and Tod Mountain Ranch -- vacationers from around the world have even more ways to experience British Columbiaâs unspoiled wilderness on horseback.
In the heart of British Columbia just a one-hour flight north of Vancouver and Whistler, The Lodge at Chilko Lake is situated at the north end of Ts'yl-os Provincial Park, overlooking the magnificent Chilko Lake and the headwaters of the Chilko River. The Lodge is an upscale, luxurious, and private wilderness escape, offering guests horseback riding, along with opportunities for whitewater rafting, mountain biking, world-class fishing, and kayaking.
Guests who visit Tod Mountain Ranch, located 45 minutes north of Kamloops at an elevation of 2,500ft, have access to 30,000 hectares of mountain trails, forest and alpine that is home to a variety of wildlife including bear, deer, moose, cougar and coyote. This adult-oriented guest ranch promises rustic luxury, and is restricted to only16 guests at once to guarantee an unforgettable, intimate experience .
The addition of The Lodge at Chilko Lake and Tod Mountain Ranch brings the total number of BCGRA members to 14. Like all BCGRA members, The Lodge at Chilko Lake and Tod Mountain Ranch exemplify the western ranch ideals of personal, homelike hospitality and atmosphere. All member ranches are also approved Tourism BC accommodation.
By choosing a BCGRA member, guests can be assured that ranch experience is the focus, not just an afterthought, and that horses will be matched to suit each ridersâ level of experience. Information about all BCGRA members, along with a comprehensive Ranch Vacation Planning Kit, is available through the BCGRA website at http://www.bcguestranches.com, or toll free at 1-877-2-STAY-BC (1-877-278-2922) from North America or 1-250-593-0258 internationally.