From crowded city to open country and Guest Ranch
Martin & Bernie’s Journey to Canada!
When you ask someone why they decided to leave their homeland and immigrate to another country, their answer is undoubtedly varied. But with Martin and Bernie CreutzLechleitner, the answer is quite simple; they came to Canada for the space. After years of enjoying the sprawling Canadian countryside and fresh mountain air, they decided to create a way to share it. In 2014, Bernie and Martin opened the Campbell Hills Guest Ranch, welcoming everyone into the space they had carved out for themselves over two decades.
Martin and Bernie are originally from Holland, and after spending a number of years dissatisfied with their jobs they knew it was time to make a change. In Holland, their lives felt slightly claustrophobic. The country is packed with more than 17 million people in a space the same size as Vancouver Island.
Soon after their move, a friend asked Bernie what she thought she might be doing in 10 years time. Bernie had answered simply, but with a big smile on her face, “Open a guest ranch.”
Although Bernie admits she thought it was just wishful thinking at the time, she now takes every opportunity she has to look around at the dream her and Martin have made a reality. And while there’s always work to be done on the ranch, Bernie says that they don’t have plans to open another business.
“The ranch is actually three businesses in one,” Bernie explained. “It’s a restaurant, a hotel, and a horseback riding and training facility!”
If one thing is certain, it’s that the Campbell Hills Guest Ranch will keep both Bernie and Martin busy well into the future. And this hardworking couple is more than okay with that.