Unique remote wilderness ranch with a big log home, 640 acres (259 ha) of open fields and forest, with a strong trout-creek running through the whole property, surrounded by mountains and vast forest on crown land with hundreds of lakes, in the heart of the famous "Lakes District" in British Columbia.
The property is located between Francois Lake in the north (120 km long) and Ootsa Lake in the south, part of a 320 km long continuous chain of lakes that circle through Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, 200 km southeast from Smithers, 44 km southwest from Fraser Lake (Yellowhead Highway) and 210 km west from Prince George which is 786 km from Vancouver.
The ranch consists of 2 titles (north halves of parcels 982 and 983) which can be sold separately. Parcels A - D on the aerial photograph show an idea to further subdivide the existing 2 parcels.
Right after you drive through Fraser Lake on Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway Prince George to Prince Rupert) take a left (south) on Francois Lake Road (paved), after 5 - 6 km take another left on Nithi Road and after 1 - 2 km turn right on Dahlgreen Road (gravel) that leads you around the east part of Francois Lake across a bridge into Forest Road 500. At km 511 you go right on Holy Cross Binta Forest Service Road (forest road 200). After you drive past several other lakes you will see Trout Lake on your left and after 3 more kilometers - at approximately km 258 (after 12 km on this road) - to the east part of the Binta Lake Ranch. The forest road which leads you through the whole ranch is maintained all year round and plowed in the winter. There is also access from Burns Lake, if you use the free Francois Lake Ferry.
640 acres (259 ha), 2 titles of 320 acres each, ranging from gravel, clay, sand and dark soil to peat-soil, partly fenced overgrown meadows and hay fields, spruce and pine trees, some poplar and willows.
The land is unzoned and there are no defined usages or building restrictions.
The property, at an altitude of 900 m, is surrounded by midsize mountains that constitutes a little sunny valley on its own.
The ranch is an old homestead which cannot be purchased from the Crown (government) any more.
A strong trout creek runs in full length of 2 miles (3.2 km) from east to west through the fields and leads through a deep wild canyon into Binta Lake (4.5 km away). The creek originates in Trout Lake that is fed from a spring producing 5000 liters of best drinking water per hour.
Besides a drilled well near the big log house there are several natural springs on the property. In the midst of never ending mountains and forest, the fields and the creek attract wildlife like a green oasis. Close to the south west part of the ranch there is beautiful Singing Lake (500 m long) accessible from the fields.
The land was mainly fenced and used for raising cattle and horses. Years ago the original rancher and his big family lived off the land.
Parts of the fences and forest as well as some buildings burnt down in a wildfire in 2010. After the fire there was a great morel harvest and nature is recovering fast since then providing new attractive habitat for wildlife.
The whole surrounding area is Crown Land; (95% of B.C. is owned by the government), except one small farm property 12 km away towards Fraser Lake. There is also another private property approximately 8 km away on Binta Lake which has just been subdivided into several lakefront lots: www.canada-farm-ranch.com/
There is one big log home on the west half of the ranch: Approximately 250 square meters, big living room, kitchen, cold room, bathroom, 7 bedrooms, heating through a channel system from an underground stove (outside), drilled well in a shed, with artesian water flow.
ZONING: Rural, not in the ALR (Agricultural Land Reserve), any kind and number of buildings is allowed, only a septic system is required and needs approval.
The purchase price for the whole ranch is CAD 520,000.00. The price for the west half with the log home is CAD 370,000.00 and for the east half without buildings CAD 150,000.00.
Both parts can be generally subdivided enabling a more flexible use in the future and a potentially higher increase of property value.
Vendor financing for parts of the purchase price is available under certain conditions.
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