Girlfriend getaways at Echo Valley Ranch & Spa

Echo Valley Ranch & Spa, in British Columbia’s magnificent Cariboo region, draws hundreds of women from around the world each year with their friends, daughters and mothers. The tranquility of the ranch has an immediate calming effect. Friends come to share the joy of being together again, but quickly sign up for Thai spa treatments, horseback riding and hiking.

Daughter and mother Katie and Debra Pritchard, San Mateo, California, said they’d “found paradise.” Mother and daughter Denise and Naomi Sobel of New York City said, “Horses, spa, great food and people … as we say in New York, ‘What’s not to like?’”

The atmosphere of the ranch sets the mood for rekindling close friendships … the pampering spa, splendid horses, delicious food, breathtaking landscape and forested hiking trails create a perfect environment where girlfriends can renew friendships and restore their passion for life. The ranch boasts of its large, open day-lit room with top-of-the-line fitness apparatus and a peaceful solarium with a heated indoor lap pool.

Echo Valley ranch owners, Norm and Nan Dove, followed their dream of creating a ranch that offers endless activities as well as the opportunity to relax, reflect and enjoy the simplicities of life.

Jackie Hill of Raleigh, North Carolina, raves about “the healing hands of the massage therapists.” Friends Diana Wood and Linda Blake of Ontario, who thought the spa treatments “were beyond words,” were part of a group of 12 friends from across Canada who have gathered at Echo Valley for the last three years.

Master Chef Kim Madsen delights guests with his culinary skills while chatting with them in his open kitchen. Guests relax around the campfire long past the golden sunsets.