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Miniature goats at Juniper Trails BB

Juniper Trails BB in Williams Lake

It’s been a long time since I’ve stayed in a bed and breakfast that has over-delivered in all categories – comfort, cleanliness, hospitality, location and the room itself. But the Juniper Trails BB just outside of Williams Lake managed to do just that.

John and I enjoyed an outstanding one night stay on route to the West Chilcotin region of BC. Even though I’d checked out the website, the B&B still wasn’t what I expected. It was one of those rare B&B’s where the photos don’t actually do the place justice.

Steve and Emily, the owners of Juniper Trails BB, obviously have an eye for design and comfort. The fact that Steve is an artist and Emily a horticulturalist may have something to do with that. They both worked round the clock for months before opening with Steve doing much of the building himself and Emily helping out and taking responsibility for the garden design and plantings.

Juniper Trails BB in Williams Lake, BC
Juniper Trails BB in Williams Lake, BC

The first indication that Juniper Hills was going to be more interesting than your typical B&B was the signage. Call me crazy but there’s a certain font and logo design that suggests sophistication.

And then once we started up the road to the property I knew we were in for a treat. The B&B sits on 27 acres, part way up a hill with lovely field and distant mountain views. There’s a real sense of privacy as well as peace and quiet.

To get to the house, you first pass the barn and if you look around you might see horses or miniature donkeys about. Or as in our case – Steve out picking salmon berries.

Two of the miniature donkeys at Juniper Trails
Two of the miniature donkeys at Juniper Trails
The view from the eating area at the B&B
The view from the eating area at Juniper Trails B&B

The home has been completely renovated so there’s a freshness to the place the minute you walk through the door. In fact, they just celebrated their one year anniversary on August 10th.

On the lower floor there’s an open airy main room with comfortable seating, a big TV and tables set up for breakfast.

Juniper Trails B&B – layout of the place

Upstairs there are three bedrooms, named after their dogs. There’s also one long term bedroom in the lower level. We stayed in “The Dukes”. It’s a great big room with a super comfortable queen size bed. They say the sheets are 1200 thread count. That may be the case.

All I can say is that it was one of the most comfortable beds I’ve ever slept on. Pillows were good too – not too hard, not too soft and enough of them so you could read in bed. Ditto the lighting. Both sides of the bed had great lighting plus there was another chair and a desk, each with their own light.

The bathrooms were particularly roomy and each one came with a heated floor. Hair dryers and toiletries are provided.

There’s a work center with a computer and printer as well as free WiFi if you bring your own computer.

Our bedroom at Juniper Trails B&B
Our bedroom at Juniper Trails B&B

Wonderful miniature donkeys….and dogs and horses

Then outside there are the dogs (they’re inside some of the time), the horses and the lovable miniature donkeys – Leap Year, Katie and Hannah. The donkeys actually follow you around like a dog. It was great fun to interact with them but if you don’t happen to like animals then just don’t go near the barn.

Miniature donkey cuteness at Juniper Trails BB
Miniature donkey cuteness at Juniper Trails BB
I loved Leap Year
I loved Leap Year

As for the breakfast – how do freshly baked homemade muffins sound with a bowl of fresh fruit and yogurt? Add in multiple cups of coffee and a view to savor and you can see why it’s hard to leave.

What a view from the breakfast table at Juniper Trails BB!
What a view from the breakfast table at Juniper Trails BB!

A great base for exploring the Williams Lake area

You should also know that Juniper Trails B&B is about a 10 minute drive outside of Williams Lake – so it’s close enough to go back and forth to town for dinner.

It’s also the perfect base to explore the Williams Lake area over a few days. The drive to nearby Junction Sheep Ranch Provincial Park is very worthwhile. There’s also horseback riding, mountain biking and rafting. 

Steve and Emily are two hosts that are there when you need them. They come off as energetic, enthusiastic and helpful. They were kind enough to provide me with a complimentary room but even so, this is one B&B that I have no problem recommending.

For more information about the Juniper Trails B&B visit their website.

Further reading about things to do in the Chilcotins

 

 

 

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 7 Comments

  1. Well I’m ready to head north! I kept thinking how much my husband would love this as I was reading this post. It sounds idyllic. I will keep it in mind in case we ever make it up in that area.

  2. I agree with Debbie — Juniper Trails B&B sounds idyllic. Love heated floors, such attention to detail. That view is quite relaxing too, it’d be hard to leave.
    BTW, I’d never heard of miniature donkeys before. They look so adorable!

  3. B&Bs are one of my favourite accommodations, second only to vacation rentals, and definitely first when it comes to short stays. It looks like an amazing place. Love the view from the breakfast room.

  4. Wish we had stayed here instead of the non-descript motel in Williams Lake a few years back en route to Elkin Creek Ranch (dude ranch) in the Nemaiah Valley to the west of Williams Lake. As we recall we weren’t very impressed with our overnight stop but had this place been on our radar we might never have gotten to Elkin Creek!

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