Siwash Lake Ranch
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Siwash Lake Ranch is a Canadian institution, but it remains eager to innovate and offers a regularly updated roster of programs. The survival skills course will be of particular interest to anyone eager to get out into the wilderness and work with their hands. The program isn't particularly difficult, but it does require travel deep into the Cariboo Mountains, which are best know as a heli-skiing destination but deserve a second look in spring and summer. Other programs include horse skills workshops, archery classes, and kayaking classes on the mirror-still lake. And hanging out in the canvas cabins isn't so bad either: broad porches offer broader views and thick blankets keep out the British Columbian chill. [Five night stays being at $795]