Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Jesmond, Canada

A totally unique wilderness getaway in British Columbia’s Cariboo Country

Important information: Please note that there is a minimum stay requirement of 2 nights at this property. This resort has two seasons: March 28 - October 31 and December 14 - January 6.

At a glance

18 rooms

An extraordinary guest ranch with outstanding views across the Fraser River Valley, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa sits in the midst of one of the most beautiful and distinct destinations on earth. Surrounded by forests of scented jack pine, awe-inspiring canyons and mountain ranges, the ranch provides luxurious accommodation, wilderness adventures and a more than a touch of Thai with gracious hospitality and a Thai-inspired spa.

Location

Jesmond, near Clinton in British Columbia, a five-hour drive from Vancouver International Airport and 175 kms from Kamloops Airport.

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Things to enjoy

Horseback riding, guided hiking, scenic views, gourmet dining, two spas, indoor pool, outdoor hot tub, yoga classes, Thai night, campfires, nature trails, hiking, ranch animals, horse riding lessons, fly-fishing casting lessons, cooking lessons.

Number of floors: 2

In detail

Owners of Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, Norm and Nan Dove, are English and Thai respectively which accounts for the unusual blend of ‘cowboy meets Eastern exoticism’ that is prevalent throughout the ranch. The stunning Baan Thai Spa was built by a Thai architect - an intriguing sight in the midst of the Cariboo region, and comes complete with authentic Thai therapists.

In between trail rides on horseback throughout Echo Valley Ranch’s 160 acres, relieve your aches and pains with a special relaxation treatment in either the Thai-style or Western Spa. Then go bird-watching, with up to 170 species in and around the ranch. In the evening, dine in the informal surrounds of the Dove Lodge dining room where the cuisine is as diverse as the ranch’s buildings.

Rooms

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa guest ranch accommodations feature twenty elegant rooms and suites in two lodges, the Dove Lodge and the Lookout Lodge, and private cabins. Whether you choose a newly renovated room in one of the Lodges, one of the private cabins or the Baan Thai suite, you will enjoy supremely comfortable accommodations, spectacular views of mountains, grasslands with grazing horses as well as ranch life at our guest ranch. All room rates vary according to the size of the room, amenities and the time of the year of your visit.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Lodge Room

Lodge Room guest ranch accommodations are centrally located in the main Dove Lodge which is where the Dining room, lounge and games rooms are located. The Lodge Rooms include one queen or twin beds, most with decks or private balconies. The en suite bathrooms feature made in BC vanities with reclaimed Maple and “live edge” backsplashes bringing the outside in with tile floors and a shower. These rooms offer spectacular views of Mt. Bowman or the Cariboo Valley. All meals included with stay. Room sizes: 220 – 250 square feet

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Premium Room

Premium Rooms are located in the Lookout Lodge and have either one king or twin beds and feature Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets and Thai silk accents. The large en suite bathrooms feature made in BC vanities with reclaimed Maple and “live edge” backsplashes bringing the outside in with tiled floors shower and soaker tubs. Enjoy beautiful views of Mt. Bowman or the Cariboo Valley from the private decks or balconies. Some Premium Rooms feature cathedral ceilings with sleeping lofts for additional accommodation. All meals included with stay. Room sizes: 300 – 350 square feet.

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Deluxe Cabin - Log Studio

Stay in this secluded hideaway cabin and enjoy the charming intimacy of one room on your guest ranch vacation. This studio cabin features a queen size bed with a cozy sitting area, private en suite marble bathroom with shower, and a private outdoor deck with stunning views of the Cariboo Valley. All meals included with stay. Cabin size: 420 square feet

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Deluxe Cabin - One Bedroom

Enjoy the comforts of your own deluxe cabin feature bedrooms with king beds and a separate cozy sitting area with fireplace. The beds feature Egyptian cottons and Thai silk cushions and throws .The marble bathrooms feature Jacuzzi soaker tubs perfect for relaxing at the end of the day. The private outdoor deck allows you to enjoy sweeping views of Mt. Bowman as well as the Cariboo Valley. All meals included with stay. Room size: 705 Square feet.

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Deluxe Cabin - Ranch Suite

The Ranch Suite features a living room with a queen bed with en suite marble bathroom with a Jacuzzi soaker tub. A connecting bedroom, separated by a door and separate entrance, has a queen bed with a second bathroom with shower. The beds have Egyptian cotton sheets and Thai silk cushions and throws. For those on a family guest ranch vacation, this cabin also has a small sleeping loft, ideal for the kids. The private outdoor deck allows you to enjoy views of the guest ranch, Mt. Bowman and the Marble range. This cabin offers accommodations for up to six guests. All meals included with stay. Room size: 920 Square feet

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Baan Thai Suite

Overlooking the Echo Valley guest ranch and its spectacular vistas, The Baan Thai is Echo Valley's signature building and a showcase of traditional Thai architecture. It's a charming feature not found at any other guest ranch. Constructed with honey-coloured western red cedar - a tribute to its western surroundings - the Thai-styled curly-cues of the exterior roofline epitomize Echo Valley's unique East-Western cultural blend. The sumptuous Baan Thai Suite offers guests a haven of comfort and space. Filled with the gracious elegance of Thai decorative fixtures, ornamental woodwork and soft, plush furnishings, handmade Thai king sized bed, a state-of-the-art en suite with steam shower and a spacious sitting area overlooking the ranchlands. This suite has its own private terrace and outdoor sitting pavilion. All meals included with stay. Room size: 650 square feet plus 2000 square foot terrace and pavilion

Services

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa entices those seeking a restoration sojourn, as well as those looking for a higher-octane activity. Whether your idea of heaven is a trail ride through rolling hills, a wildlife safari or a day at the spa, where both western massage and Thai treatments sooth muscles and mind; while dinning options encompass dishes from east and west, fuelled by produce from the ranch livestock and kitchen garden. Echo Valley Ranch & Spa can accomodate up to 52 guests in its two guests lodges, cabins and the Baan Thai Suite.


Directory of services

  • Car Parking ( complimentary )
  • CD / DVD library
  • Daily maid service
  • Dogs accepted
  • DVD /CD Library
  • Exclusive Use
  • Fax machine rental
  • Hairdresser
  • High speed Internet in public areas
  • Internet / E-mail terminal
  • Limousine service
  • Luggage services
  • Multilingual staff
  • Nanny service
  • Pets Allowed at a charge
  • Porters
  • Shuttle service
  • Themed Events
  • Turn-down service
  • Licenced Wedding Ceremonies
  • WI-FI in public areas
  • WI-FI in guest rooms

On-site facilities

  • Beauty Salon
  • Boutique/Gift shop
  • Business Centre
  • Fitness Facility
  • Gym/studio (unsupervised)
  • Helipad
  • Indoor swimming pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • Jogging trail
  • Library
  • Luggage storeroom
  • Pets accepted
  • Pitch and putt
  • Sauna
  • Spa (supervised)
  • Spa (unsupervised)

Family facilities

  • Baby sitting
  • Children's activities
  • Children's club
  • Cots
  • Family rooms
  • Interconnecting rooms
  • Children's Meals
  • Pool
  • Sofa beds

Languages spoken

  • English
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Finnish
  • French
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Swedish
  • Thai

Dining

All gourmet meals are included during a stay at Echo Valley. Echo Valley's Chef prepares meals in an open kitchen using fresh produce picked from the ranch's vegetable and herb garden, as well local meats and poultry. Garden fresh foods complement bubbling mountain spring water and ranch style meals that highlight the ranch’s ‘farm to fork’ approach to fine dining. Dinning al fresco is a weekly event when the Chef takes up residence at the gourmet outdoor kitchen and produces gourmet fare that goes way beyond a cowboy cookout. The ranches wine list features the best of BC wines.

Spa

Echo Valley offers a full range of Western-style and traditional Thai treatments. The Thai spa, housed in the traditional Baan Thai spa pavilion, indulges guests with ancient Thai treatments such as Thai massage, Thai Foot Massage and hot compress treatment, as well as body masques, body polishes and body scrubs. The Cariboo Spa offers classic European treatments - Swedish massage, and stress relief massage, hydrotherapy and spa body therapies that use mineral salts, seaweed and mud wrap, as well as facials, manicures and hair care.


Cariboo Spa & The Baan Thai's Sabai Sabai Suite

Spa Treatments
  • Aromatherapy
  • Body scrub
  • Deep tissue massage
  • Herbal wrap
  • Hydrotherapy
  • Jet shower
  • Meditation
  • Reflexology
  • Sauna
  • Swedish massage
  • Thai Massage

Leisure

Horseback, and hiking trails wind through green meadows and deep forests past trout-filled fly-fishing ponds. The mighty Fraser Canyon lures gold panners and photographers among its towering cliffs. The ranch offers guests a wide variety of outdoor experiences with horseback riding, equestrian lessons, guided and self-guided hiking, fly-fishing on the ranch’s own stocked ponds, gold panning, 4 x 4 excursions to the spectacular Fraser Canyon, yoga, birding, golf, rafting, and cooking lessons.


Activities

  • Bike Riding - On Site
  • Clay Pigeon Shooting - Nearby
  • Golf Driving Range - On Request
  • Freshwater Fishing - Nearby
  • Hairdresser - On Site
  • Horse Riding - On Site
  • Indoor Swimming Pool - On Site
  • Jacuzzi - On Site
  • Safari - Nearby
  • Skiing - On Site
  • Snooker - On Site
  • Croquet - On Site
  • Big Game Fishing - Nearby

Meetings and Business

The ranch resort provides over 3,000 sq. feet of meeting & event space, exceptional service, facilities and activities along with the peaceful tranquility of the surrounding countryside. Thinking outside of the box has never been so inspired.


Business Services

  • Air-conditioning
  • Audio-visual equipment
  • Digital Projector
  • Blackboard/Whiteboard
  • Dance floor/Platform/Stage
  • Dolby digital system
  • DVD
  • Flip charts
  • Internet / E-mail access
  • Karaoke
  • Microphone
  • Mineral water/Tea/Coffee
  • Podium with microphone
  • Projector
  • Scanner
  • Screen
  • Television
  • Video equipment / VCR
  • White board
  • Wireless internet access

Caring Luxury

Since its inception in 1998, Echo Valley Ranch & Spa has embraced the values of a Triple Bottom Line philosophy Caring as much for its people as it does for the environment, the ranch has enjoyed success as an eco-aware destination long before 'living green' became a mainstream movement.

Getting there

Hotel Address

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa
10635 Jesmond Rd.
PO Box 916
Jesmond
Clinton
British Columbia V0K 1KO. Canada JesmondV0K 1KOCanada

Airports

Nearest international airport: Vancouver International Airport (More than 50 Km.)
Nearest local airport: Kamloops Airport (More than 50 Km.)

Trains & Buses

Nearest train station: Kamloops (More than 50 Km.)
Nearest bus or coach station: Clinton (41 - 50 Km.)

Driving

Nearest motorway junction: At Highway 97 & Kelly Lake Road (41 - 50 Km.)

Car Rental

Nearest car rental office: Kamloops (More than 50 Km.)

Directions

From Vancouver, Echo Valley is a scenic five hour drive via the historic Fraser Canyon or four hours from Whistler Resort; or just a hour's flight from Vancouver with a private charter to the ranches private airstrip. The route from Calgary, Banff or Jasper, to Echo Valley, will take you through the Canadian Rockies.

By air

From Vancouver via the Fraser Canyon: Take Highway 1 (East) through the Fraser Valley to Hope. Highway 1 continues north, alongside the Fraser Canyon, via Lytton to Cache Creek. Pass through Cache Creek and follow Highway 97 to Clinton. Travel time less than 4 1/2 hours to Clinton.At Clinton, turn East off Highway 97 at the Round-up Motel. and proceed on Kelly Lake Road for approximately 17 kilometers (10 mi.). Turn north at Jesmond Road. From the turnoff (sign-posted) continue for 33 lm (20 mi.) to the ranch entrance on the left (sign-posted). The private drive in is about 1.5 km (1 mi.). Travel time from Clinton: less than 1 hour on well maintained gravel road. Note: We recommend that you fill your fuel at Clinton or Cache Creek.

By air

From Vancouver via Whistler Resort: Take the Sea to Sky Highway 99 via Whistler to Pemberton and Mt Currie then take the Duffey Lake Road (Highway 99) to Lillooet. In the summer months, and/or when the road is open, continue on to Pavillion and take a scenic short cut through the Pavillion Indian reserve, though the Diamond S Ranch, up and over Pavillion Mountain to Kelly Lake. A the far end of Kelly Lake take the Jesmond Road to Echo Valley. An alternate would be to pass Pavillion and continue onto Highway 97. At Highway 97 turn to Clinton. At Clinton, turn East off Highway 97 at the Round-up Motel. and proceed on Kelly Lake Road for approximately 17 kilometers (10 mi.). Turn north at Jesmond Road. From the turnoff (sign-posted) continue for 33 lm (20 mi.) to the ranch entrance on the left (sign-posted). The private drive in is about 1.5 km (1 mi.). Travel time from Clinton: less than 1 hour on well maintained gravel road. Note: We recommend that you fill your fuel at Clinton or Cache Creek.

By train

Three are two trains, with weekly schedules, that pass through Kamloops between Vancouver and the Canadian Rockies. VIA Rail Canada offers travels between Vancouver and Jasper, with overnight sleeper accommodation. The Rocky Mountaineer offers a all-daylight train between Vancouver and Banff, Calgary or Jasper with select stop-overs at Kamloops.

By car

At Clinton, turn East off Highway 97 at the Round-up Motel. and proceed on Kelly Lake Road for approximately 17 kilometers (10 mi.). Turn north at Jesmond Road. From the turnoff (sign-posted) continue for 33 lm (20 mi.) to the ranch entrance on the left (sign-posted). The private drive in is about 1.5 km (1 mi.). Travel time from Clinton: less than 1 hour on well maintained gravel road. Note: We recommend that you fill your fuel at Clinton or Cache Creek.

Near Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

4X4 safari, gold panning, bird watching, white-water rafting, golf, fishing excursions, Marble Range Provincial Park.


Landmarks

  • Xat'sull Heritage Village at Soda Creek

    This has been a First Nation village on the banks of the Fraser River for thousands of years. Here you can talk with elders, listen to storytelling, watch ceremonial dancing or help prepare a traditional feast.

  • Chasm Provincial Park

    Millions of years ago, volcanic activity in this area created lava bedrock with stunning colors and textures.The Painted Chasm is a brilliant display of bright orange and pink rock and a must see for sight seers.

  • Barkerville Historic Town

    In Barkerville the clock is wined back to the time of the Gold Rush when miners and prospectors thronged this historic town. Tour the town with a colourful character, pan for gold and visit the preserved Chinatown. It is the largest historic site in North America.

  • Hat Creek Ranch

    Historic Hat Creek Ranch offers a rare opportunity to explore the original buildings of a key location in the transportation history of the Cariboo. The site also present the story of early use of the valley by people of the Shuswap Nation and their more recent contribution to the growth of the ranching industry. Here in the dry rainshadow climate, east of the Coast Range mountains, a unique blend of cultures has evolved in a landscape of sage, bunchgrass and Ponderosa pines.

  • Marble Range Provincial Park

    Marble Range Park is so named because of its unusual karst (limestone) topography. These mountains feature caves, sinkholes and disappearing streams, as well as cliffs, chasms, and crenellated ridges. The park protects populations of California bighorn sheep and mule deer along with habitat for cougar and black bears. At 2,245 metre Mt. Bowman is the highest peak in the Marble Range and dominates Echo Valleys Eastern horizon.

  • Fort Berens Estate Winery

    The award winning winery is new to the region and the wine shop is located above the vineyard, , just off the highway, housed in a rustic red farm building overlooking the vineyard and Lillooet’s spectacular mountains and rivers.

  • Big Bar Lake Provincial Park

    Big Bar Lake Provincial Park comprises approximately 330 hectares of rolling landscape situated on the shore of a large lake, and scattered with small lakes and ponds. Big Bar Lake Park is easily accessible, and provides a range of recreational opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the major recreational opportunities available in the park include day-use picnicking, lakeside camping, boating, canoeing and kayaking, swimming, wildlife viewing, hiking, and fishing. Abundant rainbow trout typically reward the angler; fishing is active nearly all season, but is typically the best between mid May and late July.

  • Big Bar Ferry

    Big Bar Ferry is a small cable ferry across the Fraser River, "the Grand Canyon of the North" in British Columbia, Canada. The ferry is located at one of the few places possible for a river crossing accessible by road from both sides in this area. Technically, the ferry is a reaction ferry, which is propelled by the current of the water. The ferry operates under contract to the British Columbia Ministry of Transportation, is free of tolls. It carries a maximum of 2 cars and 12 passengers at a time. The crossing is about 150 metres (490 ft) in length, and takes 10 minutes.

  • Pavilion Lake and Kelley Lake

    The Pavilion Lake Research Project (PLRP) is an international, multi-disciplinary, science and exploration effort to explain the origin of freshwater microbialites in Pavilion Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Fossil microbialites represent some of the earliest remnants of life on ancient Earth, and were common from ~2.5 billion to 540 million years ago. Today, microbialites are found in environments where conditions are often too harsh for most organisms. However, the microbialites in both Pavilion and Kelly lakes have provided a new environment for the scientific community to study. These lakes demonstrate that large and uniquely shaped structures can also occur in non-extreme environments that also support fish, plants and other species. The microbialites of these modern lakes are relevant to our understanding of ancient microbiaites that were once common and diverse on early Earth, as such, Pavilion Lake has become an exciting field site for Earth scientists and astrobiologists who are interested in the application of the PLRP research to the search for life in our solar system and beyond.

  • White Water Rafting on the Thompson River

    Lytton is located in British Columbia, Canada, at the convergence of the mighty Fraser River and its largest tributary, the Thompson River. Known as "The Rafting Capital of Canada", as well as "Canada's Hot Spot" Some of the best white-water rafting in the world can be found here.

  • Tobiano Golf

    Award-winning Canadian golf architect Thomas McBroom used his entire palette in designing a course like no other. The site of the historic Six Mile Ranch has been transformed from rugged bench lands into a golf course that is as visually captivating as it is thrilling to play. With five par 5s — including the spectacular 8th, the No. 1 handicap hole — eight par fours highlighted by the elegant necklace of holes 4, 5 and 6, and five par 3s that will inspire the shot maker in each player, from the dramatic first tee to the undulating 18th green, Tobiano is unforgettable. SCOREGolf's Top 100 - Tobiano ranks 16 in Canada

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