Meet Don & Leslie Richardson
Don and Leslie Richardson are the fifth generation of Richardsons to operate the Richardson Ranch, a property and business that has been in the family since 1919. Don’s mother also still works the farm, as do Don and Leslie’s children, who are the sixth generation of Richardson Ranch farmers, and Don and Leslie expect that their grandchildren will also one day join the family business. The farm originally produced beef, but Don, a veterinarian, decided to shift the focus to genetics and cattle production when he took over the family farm. He also started Haida Gwaii’s first and only veterinary clinic where he is regularly called upon to treat a wide variety animals, including wild ones that have been injured.
The Richardson Ranch still sells beef from time to time, but the ranch is much more well-known for its bulls, semen and embryos. These cattle genetics are shipped around the world, a fact that the Richardson’s are proud of. The family business also includes a veterinary clinic, a boarding kennel, a feed and pet supplies store and two guest rentals. One guest home, “Grampa’s Guest House,” is located on the Richardson’s property. It is so-named because it once belonged to Don’s grandfather. Nowadays the Richardsons use it to entertain visitors from around the world who come to enjoy the pastoral surroundings, complete with a close-up view of the Richardson Ranch herd. The second guest house, “River View Guest House,” is located off the ranch land on the Tlell River bank in Naikoon Park, just a few metres from the beach. Leslie manages the rentals as well as the feed store, works at the clinic when things get busy, answers the phones and takes care of anything else that needs to be done around the ranch.
Don and Leslie’s son recently graduated from veterinary school and will be taking over his father’s veterinary practice. Don and Leslie hope to retire from the animal hospital so that they will be able to spend more time travelling and working on the farm with the extended family.
High-Caliber. Quality. Professional.
The Richardson Ranch was established in 1919 and today is known worldwide for its Tlell Polled Hereford herd. Under the guidance of practicing veterinarian Dr. Don Richardson, the ranch focuses on genetics and the production of cattle, semen and embryos for the worldwide market. The ranch also produces bulls for the BC market which are sold at the annual Vanderhoof Bull Sale and Williams Lake Bull Sale. Dr. Richardson operates a veterinary clinic, located on the farm. Richardson Ranch is also home to the islands’ only farm feed and pet store, an animal boarding facility and two guest homes which are managed by Don’s wife Leslie Richardson. The Richardson Ranch is situated on the Tlell River where the ranch’s herd grazes freely along its pristine banks. The Richardson Ranch was founded and has been owned and operated by the Richardson family exclusively. It is currently being worked by three generations of Richardsons.
Dr. Don Richardson is a member of the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia, the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners and the American Association of Bovine Practitioners.
Contact + Hours
- Grampa's Guest House & River View Guest House: Open year-round. Please contact for info or reservations.
- Ranch Feeds Hours:
- Tuesday to Saturday
- 9:30 am - 5:30 pm
- Sunday 1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
- Closed Monday
- Please contact for cattle sales and inqui
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