The cowboy is still alive out here
The Big Creek Lodge is located south of the small community of Big Creek, British Columbia, about 25 km (16 miles) north of the Coast Mountains. The Chilcotin’s vast and beautiful landscape is only dotted by a few gravel roads making access limited and keeping the land almost untouched by man. These roads are used by the local ranches that make up the community of Big Creek.
We are lucky to have some great neighbors here at Big Creek Lodge who are willing to allow us to bring along a small number of guests to experience the west the way it has been for over 100 years, Ranchers in this area still move their cows to summer range on horseback as the cowboys and cowgirls have done for many many years. Some drives are only a day between ranges and some can take over a week with overnight stops. We may get the chance to help push 30 to 900 cows and calves.
A full day with an early start trailering out to help the neighbors with their cows the way it has been done for generations. 5 to 10 hours in all kinds of weather, helping get the cows to their new pasture/range. This has the potential to be a long day and is not for the faint at heart. Where drives are longer than one day we trailer back to the ranch each evening for a hearty meal and comforts of the lodge.
There is also the opportunity to take in some spring brandings in early May where the new calves are caught, vaccinated and branded before they head out to summer ranges with their mums. This allows the ranchers to relocate any stray animals back to where they belong and also prevents any going farther astray. An unbranded Calf may be claimed by anyone!