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Ranch Vacation in Canada

Let 9 Finger Ranch spoil you in this ranch vacation! Get the full ranch experience by learning how to take care of the horse and riding on the ranch to check up on the cows. In this beautiful ranch on the south side of Riding Mountain National Park, enjoy the quietness of the country in the evening followed by a restful night, pampering home-cooked meals, an unlimited supply of coffee and various teas, and of course the horseback riding sessions.

Key Information

  • Rider Weigh Limit: There is no limit per say but reserve the right to limit ride lengths for the horse health if needed
  • Horse Breed: Tennessee Walkers
  • Horse Heigh: 14 to 16 hands
  • Tack Type: Western

Meet the instructors

Val, Ray, & Thomas
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Highlights

  • Horseback riding sessions
  • A quick lesson on how to ride
  • Up to 4 rides of various lengths
  • Learning how to take care of the horse
  • Entrance fee to the national park
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Homemade meals

Skill level

  • Beginner

4 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: French, German, English
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
17:00
Check-out Time:
12:00

Facilities

  • Hot tub / Jacuzzi
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Multilingual staff
  • Picnic area
  • Terrace
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Wireless internet

The 9 Finger Ranch is a member of Hostelling International - Canada. All 9 Finger Ranch's accommodations meet the quality standards established by Hostelling International - Canada for the comfort and safety of their guests.

The ranch is close to Riding Mountain National Park and is run as natural as possible - perfect for small or large groups. Their two cabins on the property can each sleep 10 people comfortably. Their cabins are located on the ranch close to the main house.

9 Finger Ranch offers two dorm rooms with four bunk beds in each. Each gender specific room has eight beds available. Also available in the cabin are a shower room, a bathroom, a fully equipped kitchen, and a common room. Bedding is supplied.

Program

Let 9 Finger Ranch spoil you! After checking in and settling in your own private room within the Ranch house, join 9 Finger Ranch for a nice home-made meal to take that travel weight off your shoulders. Enjoy the quietness of the country in the evening followed by a restful night. Join 9 Finger Ranch family as much or as little as you like during your stay. Included in the pampering are home-cooked meals, an unlimited supply of coffee and various teas, and of course the horses.

The next day, you will get to meet your horse for the length of your stay. 9 Finger Ranch will show you how to take care of it and give you a quick 'how to ride lesson' before taking you out on your very first ride: a one hour ride at the ranch.

On day two, there will be a 2-hour ride on the ranch to check up on the cows. On day three and four, you will have longer rides in the national park.

Instructors

Val Labbe
Val, Ray’s wife, comes from Quebec and spent the summer of 2013 with 9 Finger Ranch to learn English and further her knowledge of horses. Fast forward four years and she’s not only fallen in love with Manitoba but also with Ray. She has her Western Riding Level 4 and will help you learn all you need to know about horseback riding. Val is an animal lover and keeps some goats on their property. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Licensed Guide and taking courses to eventually help Ilse with the admin side of the business.
Ray Ketelsen
Ray loves his Tennessee walking horses and riding in the park. He has combined that love and is now sharing it with you as a certified licensed guide for the Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba. From rides on the ranch to camping in the park, he will be with you all the way and share his wealth of knowledge of the park with you.
Thomas Ketelsen
Thomas loves his Tennessee walking horses and riding in the park. He has combined that love and is now sharing it with you as a certified licensed guide for the Riding Mountain National Park, Manitoba. From rides on the ranch to camping in the park, he will be with you all the way and share his wealth of knowledge of the park with you.

Location

A member of Hostelling International, the 9 Finger Ranch is situated amidst rolling hills and lakes, offering a stunning view up to the Riding Mountain National Park, Canada. The most western entrance is only a 15 minutes’ drive away.

The hostel is situated halfway between Winnipeg and Regina. It is 320 kilometers northwest of Winnipeg, 300 kilometers east of Regina, and 150 kilometers north of Brandon. 9 Finger Ranch is 12 kilometers northeast of Rossburn. 9 Finger Ranch is close to fly-fishing lakes, the Trans Canada Trail, lots of historic sites, and a renowned nine-hole golf course, just to name a few.

Distances

  • Brandon, 150 kilometers
  • Regina, 300 kilometers
  • Riding Mountain National Park's western entrance - 15 minutes' drive
  • Rossburn, 12 kilometers
  • Winnepeg, 320 kilometers

Features

Activities

  • Horse riding

General

  • Barbeque facilities
  • Kitchen
  • Patio

Services

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot

Food

Food is grown in the garden or the pasture as nature intended it and procure additional items locally. Wholesome home-cooked meals are a promise to you. After a hearty breakfast (of course, you can also have a light version), lunch is kept simple, so that it can be to go as well, when going on trail rides. The main meal in the evening does end with a homemade dessert.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
  • Whole food
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

When not riding, you get to decide what you would like to do: stay on the ranch or not. Let 9 Finger Ranch know beforehand what your interests are and they will try to accommodate you. When special events are announced, they will share them with you.

If you do not have your own vehicle and 9 Finger Ranch arranged your pick up, one day of touring in their area is included in the transportation fee. The entrance fee to the Riding Mountain National Park is included when riding with 9 Finger Ranch. You are more than welcome to go back to the park on your own but please note that you will need to pay separate entrance fees.

Things to do (Optional)

  • Golfing at a nearby resort
  • Renting aquatic equipment and spend a day at the nearby Rossman Lake
  • Visit Ukrainian Heritage sites and/or the National Historic site of the Inglis Elevators

Note: Additional cost will apply and pre-booking is needed for some items, for more information please send an inquiry.

What's included

  • Up to 4 rides of various lengths
  • Entrance fee to the national park when riding with 9 Finger Ranch
  • Annual Hostelling International membership
  • Taxes
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Homemade meals

What's not included

  • Additional fee for an overnight tenting experience in Riding Mountain National Park
  • Cost of transportation from the airport, bus, or train station (ask 9 Finger Ranch for your best option)
  • Off-ranch activities with additional entry, rental, or other fees

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Driving direction from the East via Highway 16

  • From Winnipeg turn onto Highway 1 West. After Portage La Prairie turn onto Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway). *turn onto Highway 2.
  • Turn onto Highway 45 in Russell, follow it until town entrance to Rossburn.
  • Turn left (north) onto Highway 264N and stay on it for 3.2 kilometers (2 miles).
  • Turn right (east) onto pr 577 and stay on it for 6.4 kilometers (4 miles).
  • Turn left (north) onto Road 141 W for 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles).
  • 9 Finger Ranch is on the right-hand side.

Driving direction from the east via Highway 16

  • Turn onto Highway 21 north in Shoal Lake which brings you to Oakburn.
  • Turn west onto Highway 45 bringing you to Rossburn.
  • Turn right (north) onto 264N and stay on it for 3.2 kilometers (2 miles).
  • Turn right (east) onto pr 577 and stay on it for 6.4 kilometers (4 miles).
  • Turn left (north) onto Road 141 W for 2.4 kilometers (1.5 miles).
  • 9 Finger Ranch is on the right-hand side.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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This vacation is available all year round, with arrival on Friday.

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