Part 2, the second installment of Mikayla’s Cross-Canada Road Trip & Yurt Customer Journey.
As we drove up, we were immediately greeted at the entrance by the owner of Rainbow Ridge Ranch B&B, Daniel, in his ATV.
That was the first indicator of the great customer service you can expect at his establishment.
Daniel happily guided us to our yurt and offered a fun ATV tour around the large property, located in Grunthal, MB. As we zipped around, he told us about his fascinating life, the history of the grounds and his grand visions for the immediate future.
Our Yurt B&B Host: A True Renaissance Man
It should be known that among other things, Daniel is an ice road trucker, pig & bison farmer, log furniture carpenter, pilot, hunter, pastor, entrepreneur, missionary, and now, campground owner.
It’s safe to say that there’s nothing Dan can’t do and therefore he is the perfect person to run this type of place.
Daniel currently uses the grounds to host Christian youth camps, in both the summer and winter, and offers the space to anyone in need of escaping city life.
Guests have the option of staying in the B&B building, one of the finished log cabins, a yurt, or on any of the cleared camping spots.
With so much flat farmland throughout Manitoba, it is pretty incredible that Daniel offers the only campground in the region amongst lush greenery, rolling hills, and riverside views.
Over Two Decades at This Location
Daniel has been living and developing his property for 20+ years.
Each year, he plans a trip in the fall to Mongolia and the Congo; inevitably, the trips this year had to be cancelled due to COVID.
Nonetheless, his love of yurts and Mongolian culture prompted him to purchase an authentic Mongolian Groovy Yurt, and the sitting vacation time allowed him to put more resources into setting up the property as a functioning campground.
With some help from family, Daniel has already cleared and hooked up 10 fully serviced camp sites, begun building 2 additional log cabins and a glamping cabana, and plans to convert an older building into a multi-functional area for guests.
The building will include accessible bathrooms, a wash area, and a small store with camping necessities.
To top it all off, he has received some funding from the municipality to restore the land designated as a gravel pit, back into a thriving pond ecosystem. He has already done a wonderful job with this project, and it has resulted in a beautiful afternoon view from his hilltop gazebo!
A Great Yurt Stay
The yurt stay itself was very cozy and relaxing.
It’s located in a private clearing amongst the trees with a small fire pit to the right of the yurt (at a close, but safe distance), and an outhouse to the left.
The inside was completely outfitted with authentic Mongolian furniture that included a bed, vanity, and dresser.
All necessities were covered with a jug of filtered water, lanterns, a small Coleman grill, utensils, cups and plates.
We went to bed feeling taken care of and slept soundly through the night.
A Yurt Experience We’ll Never Forget
The highlight of our stay was definitely sitting around the fire amongst fall leaves and enjoying the peaceful nature sounds, all with a glowing, fire lit Mongolian yurt as our backdrop.
Thank you, Daniel, for the experience, we hope to be back soon.