About Marilyn Livingston
It was 12 years ago in April that we packed up our extremely comfortable middle class life in one of the most sought after locations in BC, the Okanagan. We had fallen in love with the wild, remote and beautiful Chilcotin, specifically Eagle Lake Ranch. Eagle Lake Ranch is at the very end of a long and rugged dirt trail and depending on the season it is 7 kilometers of pot holes and dust, or water and mud, and the arm-strong steering 4 X 4 battle of snow. There was no power or no telephone and the closest neighbor is about 35 kilometers. We were not the first to be caught with the Eagle Lake Ranch dream; it was originally homesteaded in the 1960’s by the original owners, Lou and Doris Haines. They lived the first 4 years through winters of minus 50 below in a 12 foot holiday tailor! Lou and Doris built the first house log house; it is a work of art. Every detail in this house is done by the hands of two people, with no electricity, no power tools, only hard work. The house was designed similar to a teepee, 6 sides with a hand built fireplace in the centre for central heating. This is now our beautiful guest house, a true authentic Chilcotin home.
Marilyn Livingston purchased this Cabin in 2004
Why Marilyn Livingston chose Cariboo Regional District
So what is it that keeps us here working longer and harder than we ever had, freezing winter after winter, struggling through the extreme elements to keep our cow herd growing? When you drive down the driveway and the trees are covered with snow, the sunshine hits each and every snow flake and it is like a crystal tunnel. You know you are not alone, as you can see the well used trails in the snow of the moose, deer, cougar, rabbit and wolf. The moon shines so bright the trees have shadows and the sky is a mass of stars. The swans fly over in the spring and fall on their migration route. We can spend the afternoon out on the crystal clear lake and not see another person. Each and every day brings the unexpected and there is always a small element of danger, be it wild animals or weather. Nothing is comfortable or normal, it is always a test and we have been challenged in every way. Our three children have thrived, and frankly we could not have made it without their help. They were homeschooled until grade 10, but far more than just academics. They have learned to live without power and then build a complete alternative energy system, cook on a wood cook stove, fix and drive machinery and pull a calf when necessary. When our children leave the ranch, life will be cakewalk. Our 12 years of work and dedication have paid off and we have carved out a beautiful piece of paradise. To see our ranch you can visit our website Better yet come for the full experience, stay in our lovely guesthouse and share
What makes this Cabin unique
Authentic working cattle ranch. Off Grid & Eco friendly
100% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date. 50% refund if canceled at least 7 days before arrival date.
Home away from home!
We enjoy the place especially the lake. Water is very clear on lake and lot's of privacy. Kids enjoy the fishing, catching fish most of the time. They enjoy playing with the dogs and chasing the chicken. Clay was very accomodating and Hannah prepare a delicious rhubarb cake. We haven't left yet and my daughter is already asking about going back there again. Highly recommended.....
THANKYOU for staying at Eagle Lake Ranch! You ARE such a lovely family, And cooked a great meal for us. So much fun to see the kids running around having fun.. see you again one day..
Beautiful, self-sufficient working farm on an amazing lake:)
Kids loved all the animals, but the lake was the highlight: swimming + boating was fabulous. The cabin was spotless and had everything we needed. Clay was an awesome host, and the kids say we definitely need to go back.