Affiliated with Hosteling International – Canada, 9 Finger Ranch is a beautiful ranch on the south side of Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP). Owned and operated by Ilse and Thomas Ketelsen, 9 Finger Ranch is a working ranch. We have over 60 heads of cattle ranch on 1,120 acres (448 ha). We were joined by our son Ray and his wife Val and all together, we have over 40 years experience in anything horse, farm and business related things.
Tom and Ray love their Tennessee Walking Horses and riding in the Park. They have combined that love and are now sharing it with you as Certified Licensed Guide for the Riding Mountain National Park, MB. From rides on the Ranch to camping in the Park, they will be with you all the way and share their wealth of knowledge of the Park with you, just need to ask them!
Val, Ray’s wife, comes from Quebec and spent the summer of 2013 with us to learn English and further her knowledge of horses. Fast forward to today and she’s not only fallen in love with Manitoba but also with Ray. She has her Western Riding Level 4 and will help you learn all you need to know about horseback riding. Val is an animal lover and keeps some goats on their property. She is currently working on becoming a Certified Licensed Guide and taking courses to eventually help Ilse with the admin side of the business.
Ilse, Tom’s wife, is the mastermind behind HI-Rossburn and handles all the bookings, stays, books and anything else that is not horse related. She has a solid business background and is not scared to think outside the box.
If not busy in the house or cabins, you may find her in the garden during the summer months or on the ski trails in the winter months. She knows a lot about our area and what it all has to offer, so ask away if you need suggestions on what to do while staying with us.
“If you’re not sure what you want to do, pick a place to go, and everything else will fall in place. Whether you’re visiting for day, making us your destination or even being a tourist in your own province, Manitoba can deliver the experiences you can expect from the heart of Canada.”¹ excerpt taken from Travel Manitoba’s website
“Welcome to 3000 km2 of possibilities, where the boreal forest, the aspen parkland, and the fescue prairie greet visitors of all ages and abilities. Our welcoming community and pristine wilderness will help you to reconnect with the best of Manitoba and Canada, and offer you a vast array of opportunities for relaxation, laughter, discovery and fun.”² excerpt taken from Parks Canada website