Ranch the Western Way
Imagine yourself in a cozy cabin on 500 acres near beautiful Pinantan Lake with the forest at your doorstep. This is Jandana Ranch, complete with 45 horses that roam the hills along with coyotes, deer, moose, black bears, grouse and other wildlife. At Jandana Ranch they practice Natural Horsemanship – your horse will teach you how to effectively communicate with them and become their partner. Once you’ve mastered that, it’s off to explore the North Thompson Valley backcountry on horseback. You can hike, fish and swim the day away or pitch in and help out with the daily operations. At night, gather ‘round the fire, kick back and breathe in the fresh North Thomson Valley air.
You’ll love this family owned horse ranch nestled in the mountains about 35 minutes northeast of Kamloops at beautiful Pinantan Lake. Jandana Ranch offers its guests an affordable, peaceful holiday with a twist. Before riding, you will learn how horses think and how to effectively communicate with them. All ages can enjoy this hands on experience in a safe and fun way.
At Jandana Ranch you can unplug, unwind and simply enjoy your surroundings. Spend the day fishing and swimming in Pinantan Lake, or head out on a nature hike. Whatever you choose, reconnecting with friends, family, and nature at Jandana Ranch is a wonderful thing.
A Different Ranch Experience
Come and enjoy a different type of ranch experience. At Jandana you’ll find down home hospitality, friendly people and horses. Lessons in Natural Horsemanship are taught in a safe and fun manner before heading out on your horse. Jandana Ranch believes in educating people about the psychology of horses. There are no typical trail rides here, instead you go out as horse and rider communicating to one another as you explore the surrounding area. These horses live in their natural state on 500 acres and have learned to enjoy interacting with humans, and of course, exploring the ranchlands with them. While you’re out there, take a few nice deep breaths. Appreciate this moment and revel in the stillness only found in nature.
There are numerous activities at Jandana Ranch. There’s a play area for the younger guests as well as a volleyball court and a horseshoe pitch. At night you can sit and relax around the fire and tell stories about your day. Hike the surrounding wilderness, fish or swim at Pinantan Lake, go birding, help out on the ranch, take an art class or just relax. After all that’s what you’re here for.
There are several ways to enjoy your stay at Jandana Ranch. There are RV sites and campsites available, as well as four fully self contained cottages. In the summer you can barbeque outside and in the winter there are wood burning stoves and electric heat. Well manned pets are also welcome. If you don’t have one to bring with you, their cat, Buffy, will be happy to come and visit.
Each cottage has a private porch where you can enjoy your morning coffee, gaze out at the lake and valley and be glad you’re on vacation! Simply open your door and step into the wild — your adventure awaits.
Dave and Janice Jarvis: Your Hosts
After the birth of their daughter, Daena, Dave and Janice Jarvis decided it was time to make a change. In 1992 they quit their good jobs, gave up their benefits, pension plans and RSPs and decided to build their dream ranch. They found their dream location in the beautiful mountain country of Pinantan Lake. Today, they share their dream come true with visitors, guests, adventure seekers, horsemen, and artists of all ages.
They understand that not all people love horses and that many are afraid of them. In part, their all ages lessons teaches people how to get over their negative experiences with horses, and understand the horse for what it is, an animal with a flight instinct. Once you’ve completed the training your horse will not only want to be with you, it will look to you for leadership. You’ll leave the North Thompson Valley feeling like a true horse whisperer.