Jollymore Ranch

We left the charmingly quaint town of Smithers BC and ventured off the main road onto a bumpy scenic route that led us to our rental house for the week. Just as I was wondering if we perhaps missed a turned and ventured off track, distracted by the natural beauty of the mountains surrounding us, I looked up from my map of directions to see a gigantic handcrafted wooden sign that read, Jollymore Ranch. We found our destination!

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Jollymore Ranch is new to the area which allows one to witness many great viewing experiences of wildlife such as black bears, wolves, moose, deer, and beautiful birds that find comfort in the territory they still call home.

The property has five new log cabins that have every amenity needed for a relaxing yet luxurious stay what feels like a world away from the hustle and bustle of life. The homes are all surrounded by magnificent mountain ranges. The fresh air makes my lungs expand, and the views make my heart flutter. I wish we would have booked two weeks instead of one at the magical property. The property is nestled on 1,310 acres of rolling meadows surrounded by trees, rivers, and mountains- every aspect of nature one could desire in a peaceful setting. I felt one with nature instantly as I carried my bags to the entry of our rental.

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View from the terrace of Pink Sky Lodge

We were a large group of couples traveling with toddlers, so we opted for the largest of the log cabins and chose The Pink Sky Lodge. This lodge is simply a masterpiece of craftsmanship.  Not only did the impeccable luxurious log cabin take my breath away, but the scenery surrounding the whole property from the majestic mountains to the iridescent sunsets is postcard worthy.

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We enjoyed a carefree and comfortable stay. No detail was overlooked in guests’ comfort. The inviting sofas and the beautiful teak wood furniture enticed us to relax into the setting and unwind. The interior design was tastefully thought out with interesting and unique pieces of natural elements, art, and even a giant sculpture of a moose the kids enjoyed.

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Even though we were a large group of people traveling together, we didn’t have to fight over who was getting what bedroom because they were all equally comfortable, large, and had spectacular views. The beds are so comfortable. After a long day of hiking and exploring the local area, my body just melted into the plush mattress which is comparable to the Westin Heavingly beds … if not even more comfortable. Every bedroom has an incredible view of the mountain range. Each en-suite bathroom was unique. They were large and had excellent water pressure and hot water. An interesting aspect of the home is the automatic lights that come on in the hall or bathrooms when you enter; you don’t have to worry about searching for the button or remembering to turn it off which is fantastic in a large home you are not used to.

We fully enjoyed the large safe terrace. From dawn until dusk the views are every changing and incredible. By the end of the day, the sun dips into the mountain range leaving a remarkable pink sunset. Relaxing on the balcony while grilling was the perfect way to end an active day. There is plenty of seating outside as well as an excellent sound system, grill, and easy access to the dining area which is key for entertaining!

 

Exciting wildlife such as the wandering lynx in search of breakfast, black bears munching on wild berries, and even the hedge hog who showed up nightly at dinner time kept us entertained throughout our stay.

I felt renewed waking up to the extraordinary view while practicing yoga on the glass balcony. If it’s a bit chilly, we took our workouts to the fully equipped gym downstairs, complete with mountain views, his and her changing rooms, hot tub, and sauna. The kitchen was large enough for a few top chefs and had all the high end appliances and platters needed to serve large groups. The dining room has direct mountain views and terrace access with enough seating for large groups.

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Another fantastic aspect of this rental home is the space. There is a room for every need. If you want a full workout, it has a brand new fully equipped gym along with mountain views. If you want to play pool or have a card game, the downstairs entertaining area is perfect. The huge space has a mini bar set up and great mountain views with outdoor access to the yard. If serenity is what you are in search for, there are plenty of quiet spots in the home you can curl up with a book and tea and relax without even hearing the other guests.

We enjoyed Smithers so much! From the outdoor activities, to the kind locals, we look forward to returning again in the winter for some skiing and snow fun!

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Jollymore Ranch was the perfect property to connect with loved ones in such an enchanting setting. Our beautiful week ended with a full rainbow over the home; it was truly a magical  and unforgettable experience!

 

I recommend this property to families, adventure and outdoor enthusiasts, and writers looking for inspiration and tranquility.

You can check out more photos and information on all the homes they have for rent at http://www.jollymoreranch.com

Here are some direct Airbnb links to there rentals as well!

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/21607653?location=Jollymore%20Ranch

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/22446786?location=Jollymore%20Ranch

https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/21618234?location=Jollymore%20Ranch

 

Smithers BC, an unexpected oasis of nature, tranquility, and adventure.

Pre-baby I had the freedom to pick up and go at a moments notice. I didn’t worry about the situations surrounding travel. Present day I actually spend more time Googling and researching destinations than the time spend enjoying them. I look up tourist precautions, Zika, and child friendly zones.

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I’ve been lucky enough to witness and experience some amazing cultural experiences abroad. I’ve had the chance to ride on yaks in Tibet. I’ve surfed in some renowned off the beaten path destinations, and I even held baby sloths- they are the cutest little creatures I’ve ever seen.

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My favorite part of traveling is finding like minded wanderlusters, exchanging stories and laughs, and sometimes creating life long bonds; hence, I met my Canadian adventure seeking husband abroad.

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Since having a baby we’ve toned it down a few notches, and we started exploring the beauty of out backyard- Canada.

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For those of you who are in a similar mind set as I once was before actually relocating to the great North, let me tell you something. Canada is much more than Mounties on horses conversing about their favorite grade of maple syrup, hockey fanatics, igloos, and overly friendly locals.

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Yes…the locals apologize…a lot. Canadians say thank you and sorry religiously, but who wants to travel to a land full of angry jerks anyways?

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Canada is nature at its best. The air is pure. The spring water is refreshing, and the wildlife is abundant. After exploring the historical east coast of Canada, it was time to venture out west into the wild abyss of raw untouched nature.

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Smithers, BC is a picturesque town of 5,000 nestled in the Rocky mountains. With the majestic backdrop of the Hudson Bay Mountain and Babine Mountain Range, it is no wonder why films such as Eight Below, The Grey, and currently Wings over Everest have filmed here.

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This versatile destination suits many interest of travelers. Whether you are in search of tranquility, nature, and solitude, or you are ready for outdoor adventures, Smithers, BC will not disappoint.  If you are looking to align yourself with nature, stay away from overly populated touristy crowds, and enjoy the perks of Canada’s nature beauty  then Smither’s BC is right for you. It is known to be a great fishing destination, and seasoned anglers travel across the globe to test there skills and luck on the rivers that flow with Steelhead and Trout.

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http://www.tourismsmithers.com/explore/fish

Big game hunters become one with nature as they hunt for bears, moose, mountain goats, and caribou. The goat population in Northern BC is 60% of the worlds goat population.

http://www.tourismsmithers.com/explore/hunt

If you are an animal lover such as myself and prefer to watch the beauty of the animals in their element Smithers BC is abundant with Black bears, Grizzly bears, Mountain lions, Lynx, Moose, Deer, Timber wolves, snow owls, loons, and the mighty bald eagle.

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Mountain biking is a great way to explore the rugged terrain of the mountains bordering the town. There is a bike rental shop in the center of town.

http://smithersmountainbike.ca/trails

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Yogis can enjoy yoga one of the three studios in town.

Full Circle Yoga   http://full-circle-yoga.ca/

The Yoga Loft    http://theyogaloft.ca/

Luna’s fitness  http://www.lunasfitness.com/

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I’m a huge horse lover, I pulled some friends who are beginners on a trail ride with https://www.mvtrailriding.com/ It was a relaxing scenic ride at sunset and the horses were calm and stable throughout the ride.

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If you are looking for a volunteer program the wildlife shelter accepts volunteers. They help rehabilitate wild animals such as bears, fawns, foxes, and more!  http://www.wildlifeshelter.com/p/about-us.html

Winter outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy a variety of activities including: Snow shoe trails, snow mobile treks, ice fishing, and skiing down the groomed fluffy slopes of Hudson Bay Mountain.

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The last time we traveled to Smithers BC was at the end of July. We had a week of perfect mountain weather. The mornings were revitalizing and dewy, and the days were warm without being overly too hot to hike. Nightly, the sun dipped into the mountain range transitioning the iridescent imperial pink sunset in exchange for a magical blanket of stars. We had the perfect weather to hang out on the terrace of our rented log cabin and enjoy wine while grilling.

The town itself is quaint, but it has all the shops needed for a lovely stay. There is a local butcher, the main grocery store next to a liquor store, banks, Canadian tire, health food store, bakery, and some great local restaurants for when you want to take a break from cooking.

We enjoyed Trackside Catina for lunch. It is a smaller restaurant that fills quickly. We actually had to wait a bit longer than anticipated for the food, but the service was great and the meal was worth the wait. It has great Mexican food with healthy, vegetarian, and gluten free options.

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Our group was traveling with a four year old, a 15 month old, and an 11 month old baby so long hikes and spontaneous adventures into the wild were limited, yet we still got to enjoy the beauty of nature and found easy hikes with the little ones.

Twin Falls has ample parking at the top, but if you can’t find parking there are spots available at the bottom of the hill. It is about a twenty five minute walk to the top with a slight incline. Once you reach the falls there are look out points and places to hang out and enjoy a picnic. We pushed our stroller up the hill and through a small trail. Once we got closer to the waterfall it was a bit tight to go further with the stroller, so we left it on the side of the trail and continued walking a few more minutes to the river.

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There are plenty of clean lakes to swim in with clean beaches. Our little goons had fun splashing in the water while the adults relaxed enjoying the mountain views.

 

Our favorite part of our stay in Smithers BC was enjoying quality time with family and friends in a beautiful setting. Check out my next blog post on Jollymore Ranch! It was the perfect setting and relaxing stay with panoramic mountain views.

Jollymore Ranch Pink Sky Lodge
A luxurious new log cabin in a beautiful setting.