Over the past decade, the Douglas Lake Cattle Company has added several other significant and historical BC ranch operations to it's portfolio. Read more about the ranches that now are a part of the Douglas Lake Ranch family.
The Historic Quilchena Ranch
The place where the willows grow, as named by local First Nations’ is a small country village located just north of Merritt, British Columbia. The Guichon brothers left the grazing region of the Savoie in France and arrived in California in 1857. They immediately trekked north to Canada in pursuit of the Cariboo gold rush in British Columbia. When the rewards of prospecting became marginal, they pursued other interests which eventually led them to the ranching region of the Nicola Valley. Joseph, the youngest of the brothers, acquired ranch property at Quilchena and it was here that he decided to build the Quilchena Hotel.
Alkali Lake Ranch - BC's Oldest Cattle Ranch
In a pretty valley that lies 50 kilometers southwest of Williams Lake, BC on the Dog Creek Road, is the home of BC’s oldest cattle ranch. Alkali Lake Ranch can trace its origin back to the mid-1800s. It is now, and always has been, privately owned and operated. One such man who stayed was Herman Otto Bowe. He established a stopping house and word soon spread about the quality of his establishment. It was so often described ‘as the place near the lake with the patch of alkali visible on the hillside’ that it is no wonder that it came to be called the Alkali Lake Ranch.
Circle S Ranch
More about Circle S Ranch soon to come.
Riske Creek Ranch
Riske Creek Ranching which consists of the Deer Park and Cotton home sites was acquired in 2015 from the Hoffman and Harvey families. This ranch is located across the Fraser River from our Alkali Lake Division sustaining 950 cows on 30,000 deed acres and 157,000 crown grazing acres. Our irrigated land base at this location is approximately 700 acres. Day to day management of this division is overseen by our Alkali Lake manager with employees and equipment moving between these divisions as needed. Cattle are also marketed as one from both these divisions.
Deer Park Ranch
More about Deer Park Ranch soon to come.
More about Cotton Ranch soon to come.