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British Columbia is one of the world’s great outdoor playgrounds. Right at its heart lies the wild and beautiful Cariboo region where the Echo Valley Ranch & Spa provides a comfortable base from which to explore the backcountry. Activities – many tailored for children – range from horse riding and 4WD safaris to fishing and gold-panning.

Recommended tour operator: Audley Travel

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Audley Travel says

The Cariboo region, in the heart of British Columbia, is our pick of the outdoor playgrounds for a family holiday in Canada. The lush ranching grounds are criss-crossed by the mighty Fraser and Thompson rivers, and home to breathtaking ravines and canyons.

  • luxury ranch
  • outdoor activities
  • wildlife

Echo Valley Ranch and Spa is in the heart of Cariboo country and offers a luxury family holiday with a difference.

To say this place is tranquil is an understatement – you reach it via a 37km gravel drive! However, it is far from dull and there are heaps of activities on hand to keep all ages happily occupied.

You can hike or horse-ride, take 4WD safaris through forested trails and desert canyons or across open plains or even enjoy scenic flights over majestic glaciers.

Other activities include fishing for trout in crystal lakes, trying your hand at gold panning and even falcon training. In the summer holidays, the ranch runs an excellent value Family Ranch package which includes all sorts of child-centric activities such as lassoing, horse-shoe throwing, guided nature walks and movie nights.

Echo Valley may be all about the rugged outdoors – and you are entirely surrounded by spectacular landscapes – but you will also feel pampered with healthy gourmet cuisine, a Thai spa and supremely comfortable accommodation in spacious yet cosy en suite rooms in the traditional pine lodges.

The ranch holds regular cowboy cook-outs and there is even a weekly Thai night with delicious and authentic Thai food.

Find out more about this family adventure holiday and other tailor-made family holidays in Canada.

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