Seidler Ranch, Williams Lake, B.C.

AUGUST 2002 – View across the lake of the Seidler Ranch, a traditional working ranch in Williams Lake, British Columbia, Canada. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We drove along Highway 20 from Bella Coola in B.C. towards the Canadian Rocky Mountains, and we had planned for three stops along the way: In Kleena Kleene, in Williams Lake, and in Clearwater.

Kleena Kleene is right in the middle of nowhere, about halfway between Bella Coola and Williams Lake. After a really quiet night there and the long and somewhat boring drive towards Williams Lake, we were overwhelmed by the buzz of the economic center of the region when we arrived. Traffic! Traffic lights! Stores! Restaurants! Cafés! Parks! What a change.

The city is situated right in the middle of Cariboo Country – where the cattle may occupy the highway! Our B&B for that night, the Seidler Ranch, was a medium-sized working ranch, run by Maria and Ingobert Seidler, who immigrated from Germany in 1986. We stayed at their awesome log cabin and enjoyed a fantastic evening on the patio. In the morning, Mrs. Seidler prepared a delicious breakfast for us and we talked about their experiences in Canada.

While researching for this post I saw the news that Maria passed away in August 2015 losing her long fight against cancer. While we just stayed for a night, we will remember her – and her husband – forever. Her hospitality and positive spirit had been simply awesome.

The high resolution image

Capture Date & Time17-AUG-2002
LocationWilliams Lake, B.C., Canada
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceEPSON Perfection 4870 Photo
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions6487 x 4214 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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