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2,500-Acre Ranch in the Wilds of Northern British Columbia – Buick, BC

Price : $1,495,000
  • Select Property type: Sold
  • DESCRIPTION: This contiguous ranch offers 2,538 acres of game fenced property. Situated against the wild back drop of Northern British Columbia the ranch is intersected by multiple creeks and is rich with wildlife. The ranch offers approx. 800 acres of open pasture, and possesses thick stands of aspen, willow, and spruce forest. Complete with a rustic cabin, this is an outdoorsmen’s dream property.
  • LISTING NUMBER : 23225
  • PRICE: $1,495,000
  • SIZE: 2,539 acres

Description

Experience true wilderness living on this expansive 2,538-acre ranch nestled in the pristine landscapes of Northern British Columbia. Surrounded by vast crown land on most sides, this property offers unparalleled privacy and a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and ranchers alike.

The ranch boasts 800 acres timothy, fescue & clover grass pasture. Some meadow brome in field south of cabin. Multiple creeks also meander through the property (including Aitken Creek), ensuring ample water supply for your animals. The entire acreage is thoughtfully fenced and cross-fenced for efficient ranch management. There is a flowing spring down west hill from cabin, with waterer. There are 3 dugouts. Some marketable timber in southwest area of property.

Currently sustaining a thriving herd of 100+ bison, the property is a harmonious blend of improved pasture, natural meadow, stands of willow, aspen, and spruce. The landscape creates a diverse and picturesque backdrop for a variety of activities, from ranching to outdoor exploration.

Escape to the charming off-grid cabin, approximately 950 sqft in size, equipped with a wood stove, propane fridge, and powered by a combination of generator and solar panels. The cabin features an upstairs bedroom with a balcony overlooking the sprawling ranch, providing a cozy retreat amidst the rugged beauty of the surroundings. A drilled well ensures a reliable water source for your needs.

Facilities include a stack yard for hay storage and well-designed corrals for sorting and managing animals. There are also two storage sheds 12×20 shed with double wooden doors and a 10×16 wood shed with enclosed area with door access.

Embrace the tranquility of this ranch, where every corner reveals the untamed beauty of the British Columbia wilderness, offering a unique opportunity for a self-sufficient and rewarding lifestyle.

LOCATION

The property is located approximately 1.5 hours north of Fort St John.

DIRECTIONS

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AREA DATA

The Peace River region of British Columbia lays claim as the most robust and diverse economic region of the province outside of the Lower Mainland.  The regional GDP has exceeded $6.6 billion over the last several years and employment opportunities abound.  The region also possesses 40% of the cumulative provincial ALR lands.  This statistic demonstrates the regional economic reliance on agriculture.

The region’s annual average temperature rests between -2.9 to 2 degrees Celsius and the region receives approximately 330-570 mm of annual precipitation.  The area possesses rich, fertile soil and produces more wheat, barley and grass seed than any other region of the province.  The continual flooding and retraction of the Peace River thousands of years ago created the flat topographical landscape that makes up the Peace River today.  The continual dispersion of sediment and nutrients by this major watershed created to the highly productive growing soils throughout the region.

The city of Fort St. John is the most populace municipality in British Columbia’s Peace River Region with a population of 20,155.  The oil and gas sector continues to be the primary economic driver of the municipality with over 15% of Fort St. John residents employed directly in the industry.  Most regionally active oil/gas exploration, production and servicing companies have offices located in Fort St. John, which serve to boost other businesses particularly those in the service sector.

Major economic announcements regarding the $42 billion LNG Liquefaction Facility in Kitimat, and associated $600 million pipeline, intended to tie the Peace River’s Gas fields to the Kitimat’s LNG facility, shall ensure prosperity and economic growth in the Peace River for years to come.

Wildlife

The forests, foothills and agricultural zones surrounding Fort St. John and the ranch are particularly rich in wildlife.  Black bears, grizzly bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk (or wapiti) and moose all reside within short proximity to the ranch.  Smaller mammals found around the ranch include martens, fishers, river otters, red foxes, beavers, hares, lynx, cougars, wolves and coyotes.

Waterfowl are very evident within the area as well including Canada geese, loons, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, various duck species, etc.  As are various song birds and other typical bird species of the Boreal woodland.  Such as crows, ravens, whiskey-jacks, blue jays, owls, hawks, sparrows, warblers, hummingbirds, etc.

RECREATION

The region surrounding the ranch is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities. The following activities are available:

Hunting
The property sits in Management Unit 7-33 offering unrivaled hunting opportunities for elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, bear and multiple game bird species.  Nowhere else in the province is the hunting opportunity as productive, as this region of the Peace River.

Snowmobiling

Within a short commute, the ample annual snowfall and high altitudes to the west of Fort St John create some of the best snowmobiling opportunities around.  There are infinite miles of seismic trails/logging networks to explore.

Cross-country Skiing

The same snow, which affords excellent snowmobiling opportunity, provides excellent cross-country skiing conditions.  This is a wonderful way to explore the peaceful country side without the constant hum of an engine.

Boating/Fishing

The many river networks and lakes that dot the landscape provide infinite fishing and boating opportunities.  For the more adventurous boater, jet boats offer an effective means to travel up the region’s mighty river systems to reach remote areas that few humans have had the chance to explore.

Hiking/Camping

With all the surrounding Crown land and nature, the options for hiking and camping are endless.

Gardening

The long summer days allow certain vegetables to grow large, but the growing season is short.  There is plenty of space around the residence to construct a garden.

Urban Recreation

Fort St. John, being so close, offers the opportunity to eat out for dinner, catch a flick or enjoy the community rec center.

HISTORY

Fort St. John is rich in history and discovery.  For instance, at Charlie Lake Cave, located 7 kilometers north of Fort St. John, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts from a Paleo-Indian settlement that was active there more than 10,500 years ago.

It is also interesting to note that Fort St. John is the oldest non-native settlement in British Columbia.  The town was first built in 1794 when it was called Rocky Mountain House.  It was a staging point from which further incursions into Northern BC could take place.  It was the Second World War which was responsible for expanding the infrastructure through the Fort St. John region with the construction of the Alaskan-Canada Highway.

In 1951 the region gained fame, as a major producer of oil and gas in British Columbia.  In that year the “Fort St. John No. 1” well hit gas at a depth of 1,524 metres.  A few months later, in January 1952, the first deep well hit gas at 4,418 metres.  Drilled on the Bouffioux Farm, that well is still producing today.  Transportation/infrastructure improved at a rapid rate after that.  In 1952, the Hart Highway finally connected the region to the rest of British Columbia, and in 1958 the Pacific Great Eastern Railway arrived in Fort St. John.  That ease of transportation has allowed the regions agricultural and forest industries to compete in distant markets.

INVESTMENT FEATURES

  • Some merchantable timber in creek ravines.
  • $18,179/annum in oil and gas revenues from CNRL

SERVICES

  • Off-grid
  • Solar panel and generator provided electricity
  • Drilled water well @ 180 ft. Solar water system w/ 4 solar panels.
  • Cabin has a small solar power system w/2 panels and invertor.
  • Porch area has the water works, pressure tank and batteries storage for solar water system.
  • Sewer tank is buried with pump out, although not hooked up in cabin atm.

IMPROVEMENTS

  • Log cabin 960 sq ft on screw pilings w/160 sq ft covered lean-to & 384 sq ft cover decks. Tin roof. Wood stove & Empire DV25 propane wall heater. 19 cu ft propane fridge & 5 burner propane oven/stove
  • Game fencing throughout property (fenced and x-fenced)
  • Stack yard
  • Several storage buildings
  • Existing corrals, crowding tub & squeeze would be included. 2 livestock waterers, rated capacity for 350 head winter months.
  • 800 acres timothy, fescue & clover grass pasture. Some meadow brome in field south of cabin.
  • 12×20 shed with double wooden doors
  • 10×16 woodshed with enclosed area with door access.

TAXES 

$380.50 (2023)

ZONING

A2

LEGAL

DISTRICT LOT 2678, PEACE RIVER LAND DISTRICT, PETROLEUM FACILITY LOCATED HEREON (WA 06100)

PID: 004-678-249

DISTRICT LOT 2677, PEACE RIVER LAND DISTRICT, PETROLEUM FACILITY LOCATED HEREON (WA 08036)

PID: 014-967-057

DISTRICT LOT 2734, PEACE RIVER LAND DISTRICT, PETROLEUM FACILITY LOCATED HEREON (WA 07392)

PID: 014-846-641

DISTRICT LOT 2676, PEACE RIVER LAND DISTRICT

PID: 014-967-014

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