January 03, 2008 | Tips from Us >
100 Mile House, Farms & Markets
There is something about buffalo that is absolutely mesmerizing. Their massive heads, shaggy coats or maybe the way the earth shakes when they run en masse across a meadow. Whatever it is, they are fascinating creatures and the tour at XH Buffalo Ranch lets you get as up close and personal with the buffalo as you would ever want to get!
Located at Green Lake, 20km east of 70 Mile House, XH Buffalo Ranch is a labour of love for the Karlen family who operate the ranch, tours and retail operation.
Hans Karlen takes visitors to the centre of buffalo action on a large open wagon pulled by a tractor, driving close to the herds and stopping in the middle of grazing buffalo. From this vantage point, Hans provides a wealth of information about the buffalo, most of which he can call by name!
It's hard to understand the sheer size of these animals unless you can get this close! And there is no sensation quite like the thunderous rumble and shaking sensation when a group of adults take off for a far corner of the meadow!
The tour lasts about an hour and is suitable for all ages. Call ahead for reservations as the tours book up quickly.
And stop by their retail outlet for some of their amazing farm gate buffalo. The buffalo jerky is to die for as are the sausages and ground buffalo. Heck, if you want, you can order a whole side of buffalo!