Friday, January 22, 2016


Staff story - Maddie

I came to the Chilcotin Holidays ranch to get a begginers understanding of sales and marketing, and also to become a horseback guide. I completed both of these objectives, and many more I hadn't even planned for, like cooking a dinner for guests, getting my PAL, and also maturing (a bit!). This place is perfect for someone that is up for a challenge, and when I say that I don't mean it as an offhand cliche. The work will probably be more challenging than you expect, but it is worth it for sure! You will realise that you're capable of more than you think, and one of the best parts about the ranch is that there's a real team atmosphere among the interns, which makes the hard bits a lot smoother!

I learned a lot about myself, which I am grateful for. Since leaving the ranch I think that I've started putting what I learned into practice. I take more responsibility, and now instead of seeing a problem and getting stressed about it, I know now to actually tackle it, rather than letting it grow and become worse. I'm more confident, and learning the basics of office work has given me some experience in what I want to do. I'm also a lot more patient from realising that sometimes things take time, eapecially shoeing the horses!

I got to do so many incredible activities, like riding the snowmobiles and going out on the horses in the most beautiful places I've ever seen. I drove a skidder, a car for the first time, called wolves and heard them call back. I nearly forget that I rode in a helicopter! It tells you something that you forget things like flying in a helicopter; there are a load of opportunities for you here.

Most importantly are the people you meet when you're here. They come from all over the world, and they all bring something different to the table. It was great for me to meet people who have more life experience than me, and learn from them. I have so many great memories from being there, hearing stories from others and getting inspired by them to do things, whether it's travel more, or being tidier! There was always someone to lend a hand, such as showing me around the kitchen and giving me cooking advice, or motivating you to reach your goals.

If I can recommend anything to someone that wants to come here, it's that you need to have your goals and achieve them. If you leave before you did what you want to do you will regret it. And have fun! I wish I could do it all over again.

Thanks for having me guys :) my room (for the first time in my life) is actually tidy! Sorry that it is too late for you guys to experience the tidiness, but thank you for motivating me to stop being so messy.

Best wishes,


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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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