Productive 160-Acre Parcel Offering Privacy, Serenity and Agricultural Output – Vanderhoof, BC
- Select Property type: Sold
- DESCRIPTION: This beautiful and unique 160-acre parcel is known as Willow Creek. It is nestled in the lovely Nechako Valley, in central British Columbia, and is home to a wide variety...
- PROVINCE: BC
- COUNTRY: Canada
- PROPERTY ID: 32900
This beautiful and unique 160-acre parcel is known as Willow Creek. It is nestled in the lovely Nechako Valley, in central British Columbia, and is home to a wide variety of wildlife, including elk, moose, mule deer, whitetail deer, bear, waterfowl, and more.
The property is a diverse mixture of productive forest (est 80 acres) and arable/pastoral land (est 80 acres). Of the cleared lands, approximately 38 acres are currently in seeded hay production. The hay field attracts wildlife and could help maintain farm status for property tax purposes.
The parcel has been used solely as a lifestyle property, allowing the previous owners the privacy to live in an off-grid yurt while building a cabin, keeping bees, and establishing a homestead. This opportunity is offered within a quiet area and located less than a 15 minutes’ drive from the modern conveniences of Vanderhoof, BC.
The parcel’s topography and biological diversity is impressive being one of the more interesting quarter sections in the Cottonwood Area. Tritt Creek dissects the NW section of the property and provides seasonal flow (year-round in wet summers). There is also a large pond on the property providing a reliable water source for both cattle and wildlife.
The property is fortunate to back onto over 600 acres of privately held lands, which have been planted with a mix of pine and spruce. These trees were planted for natural carbon sequestration and are to be held as such for the next 90 years. This means ample wildlife and quiet neighbors.
The cleared lands are divided into four separate fields. The eastern high field offers 40 acres of hay production. The northern field offers 7 acres of pasture and possesses the cabin foundation. The central field offers 12 acres of cleared land and is ready to be seeded. Presently, this field provides an abundance wildflowers for the owners’ honey bees. Lastly, the southern field, of 21 acres, has been cleared and stumped. This last field will still require final clearing, disking and seeding before it able to produce hay.
The 80 acres of timber on the property is in various stages of maturity, averaging 35+ years old. There is a mixture of poplar and spruce with much of the timber lining Tritt Creek and in some of the wetter areas of the property.
A new fence line has been professionally installed along the eastern boundary, slowly replacing old fence lines on all three sides of the land. The owners have built brick foundational columns for an off-grid cabin approximately 16ft x 30ft and lived in a yurt on the foundation.
The parcel has a large hill at its center, which provides panoramic views of the valley and offers several build locations for a permanent home. The property has its own 800m driveway setting it back from the road and ensuring extra privacy. This is an ideal lifestyle property ready to make your country dreams come true!
*In the Agricultural Land Reserve.
- 90km (1 hour) from Prince George, BC
- 627km (6.5 hours) from Kamloops, BC
- 784km (8.5 hours) from Kelowna, BC
- 885km (9.5 hours) from Vancouver, BC
- 844km (8.5 hours) from Edmonton, AB
- 890km (9.5 hours) from Calgary, AB
2792 Bave Road – Vanderhoof, BC
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Vanderhoof is a robust town within the region with deep roots in the logging, farming and trapping industries. The town has a population of 4,500 and has all the necessary amenities for area residents including schools, grocery stores, restaurants, hotels and more. The Nechako Lumber Company operates a large mill just outside the town providing long term sustainable employment to area residents. Vanderhoof recently received a new aquatic center with a 1,500 ft2 leisure pool, six lane lap pool and 30-person hot tub.
Prince George, with a population of 74,003, is the largest city in northern British Columbia and is the “Northern Capital” of BC. It is the most major municipality near the property. Situated at the confluence of the Fraser and Nechako Rivers, and the crossroads of Highway 16 and Highway 97, the city is the service and supply hub for one of the fastest-growing regions in Canada and plays an important role in the province’s economy and culture.
Prince George is the dominant economic center of the region. Public sector and education based jobs dominate the municipality’s economy. Presently the Northern Health Authority, stationed in Prince George, possess a $450 million budget and have invested $100 million into local infrastructure. UNBC, the College of New Caledonia and School District #57 adds a further $750 million into the local economy.
The city’s economy was once dominated by the lumber sector; however, the Fraser-Fort George Regional District has experienced extensive closures of the region’s lumber mills. This has been attributed to the movement towards “super mills,” a loss of supply caused by the prevalence of the Mountain Pine Beetle and US tariffs on lumber exports. It is predicted that mining exploration and development will soon supersede the lumber industry, as the dominant industry in Prince George and the surrounding areas. Additionally, Initiatives Prince George estimates that the Nechako Basin contains 5,000,000 barrels of oil, which could help diversify the region’s economy further through the commencement of petroleum harvesting operations.
Presently, the city of Prince George has a number of private enterprises and facilities operating in and contributing to its local economy. These facilities include:
Two chemical plants
An oil refinery
Aluminum boat construction
Value added forestry
Specialty equipment manufacturing
Prince George has a large regional airport offering daily flights to major destinations.
The property is a mixture of poplar, spruce, hay land, meadow and willow.
The recreation on the property and in the wider region is endless. Any recreational activity feasible on a large acreage may be undertaken on this property. The following list of recreational pursuits is not exhaustive:
The property resides in Management Unit 7-13 and offers general tags for mule deer, whitetail deer, elk, moose, bear, wolves and a variety of game bird species. The hunting in the region is truly exceptional and the season lengths are long and generous. You will find multiple species in the immediate vicinity of the ranch itself.
There is excellent fishing opportunity in the area surrounding the property. Whether you drive west to the coast or fish one of the region’s many salmon rivers, the fishing is sure to impress. There are many lakes in the region offering excellent trout, salmon and kokanee fishing as well.
With the numerous trails and wonderful scenery, there is endless opportunity to ride recreationally throughout the property and on nearby Crown land.
With the diversity/immensity of the property and its abundant beauty, an individual could spend their entire life exploring the ranch by foot and discover new joys each time.
Early settlers came in from the south, over the western end of the Telegraph Trail. They traveled up the west coast to Prince Rupert where they boarded river steamers to take them to Hazelton; then they trekked along the Trail to Fort Fraser. Those bound for Fort St. James branched off and followed the pack trail between the two Hudson’s Bay Forts; other continued along the focal point of the Nechako Valley. The telegraph line was erected in the early days with the object of forming an overland connection between America and Europe. The Telegraph Trail followed the line from one end of British Columbia to the other and since it was the only trail into the country, it was also the main artery of travel. Many of the men who had been employed on the telegraph line remained in the north, trading, trapping and prospecting for gold.
In 1906 the Village of Vanderhoof was only a survey line in the wilderness to mark the location of the planned railway. When the last spike was driven on April 7, 1914 it started a race for the land. The Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company offered cheap land and had one of their employees, Mr. Herbert Vanderhoof, lay out the town site. Vanderhoof is Dutch for “of the farm” which was very appropriate, since it was the first agricultural settlement in the province. The town grew and in 1926 the Village of Vanderhoof was born. With the arrival of World War II many young men left and Vanderhoof came to a standstill. With the rise of lumber prices and the arrival of new people in the late 1940s, it started to grow again. The next boost to the population and the economy came with the construction of Kenny Dam in the early 1950s. At the peak of its construction, it employed 1,500 men, and a number of them stayed in the area after the dam was built. The next expansion period came with a large influx of American immigrants in the 1960s, and since that time Vanderhoof has enjoyed steady growth.
- Approx 80 cleared acres w/ 40 acres in seeded hay production
- Property is dissected by Tritt Creek.
- Water available for livestock
- Existing cabin foundation (brick footings)
THE NORTHEAST 1/4 OF SECTION 10 TOWNSHIP 10 RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT – PID: 016-001-354