Ride off the beaten path IN the riding mountain national park!
The 9 Finger Ranch is situated amidst rolling hills and lakes, offering a stunning view up to the Riding Mountain National Park. The most western entrance is only a 15 minutes' drive away. The hostel is situated halfway between Winnipeg and Regina. (320 km North West of Winnipeg, 300 km East of Regina and 150 km North of Brandon).
This is a working cattle ranch where Tennessee Walking Horses are raised and trained. The owners, Thomas and Ilse Ketelsen, were both born and raised on farms in Germany. They moved their family to Quebec, Canada in 1987, and to Rossburn, MB in 2002. 9 Finger Ranch owns 1,100 acres and located north of Rossburn. Their animals consists of 60 Black Angus cows (and their calves in summer), over 30 Tennessee Walking horses, and 4 dogs. Son Ray joins the business part-time, working still as cowboy aside. Both Thomas and Ray are licensed guides for the Riding Mountain National Park. The ranch is run as natural as possible; owners and staff care about the cowboy way of doing things.
Adventures to Remember!
- The hostel offer horseback riding for a reduced fee to HI members, everything from an hour at home to overnight stays in the National Park.
- Riding lessons can be arranged.
- During your stay you can learn about ranch life, relax on the deck or use the outdoor hottub.
- Use the cabins as starting point for outdoor adventures and/or a glimpse into the Ukrainian settlement history by visiting the many historic sites in the area..
- Availability of fresh garden produce during the season.
- Rossman Lake is a 5 min drive away featuring Golf Course and Restaurant plus fishing and swimming.
- The Trans Canada Trail is passing through the community.
- Cross Country Ski trails at the ranch and at three other destinations close by
- Snowmobile trails run close to hostel
- Snowboarding and down-hill skiing are available 45 min from the ranch
- Join the locals at curling or public skating
- Arrange for the opportunity to go ice-fishing
Be a COWBOY for a Day
The hostel is partnering with Rossburn Tourism - offering selected for-fee packages, and allowing you to participate at wagon ride/visit of a grain farm or be a cowboy for a day. Learn about the Ojibway culture and practice your skills on a native art project. Go fly-fishing or ice-fishing with a guide and further options will become available. (min of four people and reservation well ahead needed outside scheduled events to make this an individual experience)
Personalized Riding Experience
9 Finger Ranch strives to offer a very personalized experience to all riders; which is why groups of up to 8 people are accommodated at a time. For larger groups, please contact the hostel to make arrangements.
Please note that times are approximate. If choosing a ride in Riding Mountain National Park, please add 2 hours to estimated riding time (trailering, saddling, etc).
Your guides, Thomas and Ray, love to go riding in Riding Mountain National Park. Thomas won a contest put forward by the Canadian Registry of Tennessee Walking Horse in 2009 by riding 1000 km during that summer! When not busy haying or working on the ranch, you can find Thomas riding his horse in the Park or in the field while checking on his herd. Ray has worked in Banff as a horseback guide for a summer where he got the taste of sharing his love of riding with others.
Group Activities and Accommodation
Other activities than horseback riding for your group, we can help to put you in contact with:
- Historical Sites
- Visiting other Farms
- Other events in the vicinity
- Concerts and Entertainment
- Scrapbooking lessons
- Flower arrangement
Please note the above activities depends on seasons and availability.
You enjoy researching and making your own schedule? Here are a few suggestions to consider:
Check out local community's official website at www.rossburn.ca to find out about local events and activities happening while you are staying at 9 Finger Ranch. Visit Parkland Tourism, Travel Manitoba and Riding Mountain National Park website for activities in the region.
The 3rd weekend in August Dukefest will be happening again in Rossburn. Check out www.rossburndukefest.com and book your accommodation early!
When choosing outdoor activities, please note that hostel staff is not responsible for cancellations due to bad weather. Some activities are not available year-round. Some activities may require additional costs such as entry fees or licences.