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155 Pristine Acres on the Squamish River
155 Pristine Acres on the Squamish River
Natural riverfront property in search of rugged adventurer. Off-grid, yet close to civilization (only 30 km off of the Sea-to-Sky Highway)! Not for the faint of heart. Lots of wildlife (elk, deer, wolves and grizzly bears). Must be outdoorsy, enjoy a variety of terrain & weather.
  • Size: 155 acres
  • Area: SWBC
  • Price: $225,000
  • Listing Agent: Rob Greene - rob@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-830-2020
Description :

Squamish’s motto is “Hardwired for Adventure!” and that’s what you will find in this off-grid property. Close to civilization (only 30 km off of the Sea-to-Sky Highway 99), you will wind your way through a scenic valley passing farms, equestrian facilities, camp grounds, homesteads, snow capped mountains, and even a monastery, with intermittent views of the river.

Must be outdoorsy, enjoy a variety of terrain and weather, and like privacy. This well-endowed property is mostly flat, forested with a mix of hard and softwood trees, a variety of sandy and gravelled areas, and is surrounded on three sides by the glacier fed Squamish River.

Wildlife paradise with elk, deer, wolves, coyotes, cougars, bobcats and bears! Fishing is abundant as this large glacier fed stream is home to late running winter steelhead and four species of Pacific salmon: Chinook, coho, chum and pinks. There are resident and sea running Dolly Varden, cutthroat trout and a few rainbow trout.

Want to get away from it all, but not drive all day to get there, then this property is for you! In the spring the freshet can run over portions of the property, so even though you may be able to walk across a small stream at various times in the year, it is boat access only!

Location : DL 1184 on the Squamish River Forest Service Road (FSR)
Access : Take Highway 99 to the Alice Lake Road exit just north of Squamish. Turn onto Squamish Valley Rd across the highway from the Alice Lake exit. Follow Squamish Valley Road to the end of the paved road and continue on the gravel road until you get to the 8 km marker. The exact distance is 30.5 km from the turn off on Highway 99. The property will be to your left across the Squamish River.
Improvements : None - bare land.
Services : None.
Recreation : Camping, fishing, hunting, boating, rock climbing, mountain biking and hiking.
Vegetation : Rugged slopes on either side of this valley with glaciers feeding into the Squamish River from Pemberton down to Squamish. The property has a variety of trees and brush and the ground is a mix of sand, gravel and sandy soil.
Area Data :

Located at the northern tip of a glacially etched fjord on the Pacific Ocean, surrounded by a spectacular mountain backdrop and nestled within a temperate rainforest, Squamish is recognized worldwide for its culture, recreation and incredible mountain lifestyle.

Squamish is ideally situated on the scenic Sea-to-Sky Highway between the two host venues of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games: Vancouver, British Columbia's largest city, and Whistler, a four-season mountain resort consistently ranked the number one ski resort in North America.

A strong, vibrant and healthy community, Squamish is envied for its wide range of recreational activities. World-class trails, rock climbing parks, consistent wind patterns, a relatively mild year-round climate, a healthy wildlife population, and proximity to ocean, mountains and rivers make Squamish a sought-after destination for mountain bikers, hikers, rock climbers, kite and wind surfers, kayakers, ski tourers, wildlife viewers and backcountry enthusiasts alike. Add to that a long list of organized sport associations such as soccer, ice hockey, figure skating, horseback riding, BMX, gymnastics, lacrosse and football, to name a few, and Squamish is second-to-none when it comes to both recreation and physical fitness.

But recreation isn't the only thing residents are passionate about. A diverse arts and culture scene is growing here as Squamish is home to many photographers, filmmakers and artisans of every genre, and local theatre groups, dance companies, musicians and singers entertain on a regular basis. A dedicated and passionate environmental movement is also at work in Squamish, striving to protect and enhance the fragile ecosystem that is at the heart of what characterizes our beautiful surroundings. A committed group of social organizations provides support through programming and services with the goal to ensure that every resident of Squamish has somewhere to turn in their time of need.

A range of education options are available to Squamish families including a strong public school system with six elementary schools, a French school, a French immersion program, a junior high school and a high school. Independent preschools and schools offer Montessori and Waldorf-inspired education, and Squamish is home to two universities - Quest University Canada and Capilano University, Squamish Campus.

A breathtaking location, combined with a population of 19,893 highly productive people, has resulted in a centre of activity that embraces continual evolution and development. As more people strive for a healthy, safe and affordable lifestyle, Squamish saw an almost 15% population increase between 2006 and 2011. Squamish hosts a variety of annual events such as Squamish Days Loggers Sports, Test of Metal, the Brackendale Fall Fair, the Farmer’s Market and the GranFondo cycling event, which runs through the community. The district also boasts the largest gathering of bald eagles in North America and hosts an annual eagle count each January that draws international attention.

History :

The Europeans Arrive
During the first half of the nineteenth century, relations between the first peoples and the earliest Europeans centred on trade. At this time, there were about 70,000 native people in what we now call British Columbia, but only several hundred European traders of the officer-gentleman class. The native people supplied furs and received manufactured goods in return. This brought iron pails, durable fishing nets, metal tools, copper pots and easily-acquired blankets into their culture, but it also brought a rapid loss in the skills of tool manufacture they had developed over thousands of years. This relative equilibrium was shattered by the Cariboo gold rush of 1858, and what was to become an invasion of tens of thousands of fortune-seekers. From this time forward, the new immigrants and their governments began to seek possession of the land itself from the native people, for timber extraction, mining, and agriculture. The relatively peaceful co-existence between the native people and the Europeans had come to an end. The first recorded date of a person of European origin settling in the Squamish Valley was in 1874. Over the course of the two decades that followed, the flow of people coming and going increased, and by 1892 it is said that about 35 families lived in what is now Brackendale. Others in the valley would have included the Chinese labourers who built the dykes, prospectors, itinerant loggers and trappers, of whom there must have been many scattered around the hills and the upper Valley. A small community of Sikhs lived downtown and worked in the waterfront sawmills. For everyone of them, survival was foremost in their minds.

The Farmers
Farming was the natural economic mainstay for the Europeans settlers, and as the new century began, agriculture became steadily more diverse and prosperous in the fertile soil of the flat valley bottom. The Squamish Valley Hop Company built a thriving business in the Brackendale area, and their hops were sent around the world to make fine beer. The hay farms in the Estuary continued to flourish, and a twenty acre potato farm was built near the site of what is now Garibaldi Estates. Other economic activities had a life of their own, like trapping, horse logging, steam-donkey logging, mining at Britannia, and the Woodfibre pulp mill, but in the early years they seem to have existed as a secondary force in economic and cultural life, behind the engine of farming and community organization.

The Railroad Loggers
Although it is recorded that horse logging existed in the Squamish area around the late 1890s, such efforts were limited by the slow grinding nature of the work and the massive trees. That gave way at the turn of the century to powerful but cumbersome steam-donkey engines extracting the fallen trees. Things changed again in 1926 when Merrill and Ring, an American company from Washington State, began full-scale operations using the latest railroad and high-lead logging techniques. High-lead techniques lifted the logs into the air, and the tough, narrow-gauge trains rolled them down to Howe Sound. Operations began in the Valleycliffe and Crumpit Woods area, and over the next 10-15 years worked their way north to Alice Lake.

The Pacific Great Eastern Railway
By 1910, railroad development strategies were a focal point of political life in British Columbia, and in June 1914, construction gangs began to lay steel north from Squamish up the Cheakamus Canyon, working at a breakneck pace for Prince George. Incredibly, the line reached Pemberton by that fall. The railway brought great change to the cultural life of the Squamish Valley; the southern ferry corridor to Vancouver was now joined with a northern corridor to Pemberton and beyond. It was to be another 42 years before the link into Vancouver was accomplished, in 1956.

The Truck Loggers
By the late 1940s, the woods in the Valley were beginning to echo to new sounds; chainsaws, rubber-tired logging trucks grinding up the valley side hills, and the dynamite blasts of roadbuilding. This dramatic new advance, spurred by more powerful internal combustion engines established logging as the major economic force in the Squamish valley for the next half-century. The railroad locomotive engineers and their dangerous lives on steep grades were now consigned to history, and when high-lead towers were added to tank-tracked log yarders, the engineers were joined by the legendary high riggers. By the end of the 1950s the faller was left alone as the undisputed king of the woods. His job had gone through its own great change when chainsaws emerged, ironically making the job even more hazardous. In the 1950s, the provincial government took steps to restructure the issuing of timber licences, creating a system of Tree Farm Licences which fell into the hands of the largest companies and ensured a lucrative near-monopoly. In the case of Squamish, in 1958 the province gave control of the entire Ashlu, Elaho and upper Squamish Valleys to Empire Mills (eventually to become Interfor) by granting them TFL 38. This caused an uproar of protest from the many traditional small independent sawmill and logging operators. One way or the other, history was rolling on, and now it was the turn of industrial forestry to become the dominant income generator for the Valley.

Squamish Comes Together
Squamish as we know it today, a community of people with a single government and common culture, some 15 kilometres long, has evolved from a couple of farms in Brackendale. The stages of that journey began in 1892 when a road was built to join Howe Sound to Brackendale. By the turn of the Twentieth Century almost everyone lived in the two small communities of "Squamish" at the water's edge, and "Brackendale" some 7 kilometres up valley, a situation which was not to change for almost fifty years. For that half-century, between Cleveland Avenue and Judd Road in Brackendale, there were only green fields and forest, linked by a quiet winding road which followed a route dictated by the river beds and sloughs of the time and the great trees which filled the valley floor. It became known as Government Road, following the familiar course of today. Downtown Squamish was incorporated as a Village in 1948, a popular action which was an important step forward in gaining local control of civic affairs, but the Valley as a whole remained essentially a collection of separate communities with no common government. The Middle valley (Garibaldi Estates of today), known simply as "Mamquam" was served by a Water Board and a Sewer Board, and the affairs of Brackendale were directed by the Farmers Institute. Each had their own priorities. For Brackendale, better river bank protection from the certain threat of repeated heavy floods and a domestic water system were pressing matters. In Squamish it was sewers, a secure base for future development, and dykes to protect the downtown area from becoming a canoe lake when really big storms arrived. In August 1958 one of the most dramatic events in Squamish history occurred, the completion of the "Seaview Highway" into Vancouver. It had taken a long time, so long in fact that the Russians had already launched Sputnik, the world's first satellite, into space. Within a few years it is estimated that a quarter of Squamish wage-earners were commuting into the big city to work. The economy of Squamish began to change rapidly. By 1964 the future of the valley was coming to a time of great decision and major change. The legendary Pat Brennan was Mayor of the Village of Squamish at the time, and was of the opinion that the long term interests of the Valley were best served by incorporating all the communities into a District Municipality. His view was shared by the other civic leaders of the day: Izzy Boscariol of the Farmers Institute; Pat Goode of the Mamquam Sewer Board; and Art Framboni of the Mamquam Water Board. There was much heated debate among the 3,000 residents as 1964 progressed. The matter went to a vote on November 21st 1964, resulting in a strong 78 per cent in favour of incorporation as a Municipality. The stage was now set for a major upgrading of the infrastructure of the Valley.

A Century of Climbing
As Squamish enjoyed its many decades of quiet isolation from the rest of British Columbia, few people came up Howe Sound for any purpose other than to settle or earn a living. The exception were climbers of the British Columbia Mountaineering Club, with their eyes on the unclimbed high peaks which surround the Squamish Valley. So began a century of connection between climbers and the greater Squamish area. More than 100 years ago early attempts began to reach the summit of Mount Garibaldi, and the centenary of that great achievement is in 2007. Over the following twenty years, most of the high peaks of the area, such as the Black Tusk, Serratus, Tantalus, and Sky Pilot were climbed in daring assaults by men and women who were among the elite of their day. Those high alpine climbers were also the force that helped establish Garibaldi Park in 1920. Just as it did for everyone in Squamish, the opening of the Seaview Highway from Vancouver in August 1958 marked major change and opportunity for climbers, eyes now firmly fixed on "the Chief." As far back as 1961, the Canadian national media discovered Squamish during the epic first ascent of the Grand Wall, and the ensuing 45 years of development on the superb granite has captured the attention of the entire climbing world.

An Era Ends, Another Begins
For the first peoples, change came hard when Europeans sought new horizons for wealth and opportunity. Then a second era, the pre-eminence by Squamish farming and the horse- and railroad loggers, lasted until World War Two when new technology brought their culture to an end. The domination of industrial forestry in Squamish's life was to last for the next half a century. We are now in the middle of a third great change, and in time it will also give way to something different. The Woodfibre pulp mill left in 2006 after 94 years of presence in Squamish life, and the great sawmill went after almost 50 years rooted in the heart of downtown. If it was the drive for exploration, wealth and opportunity that brought the first era to an end, and technology the second, it is the force of geopolitical change that drives the present one: distant countries undercutting industrial economy, the rise of international tourism, and a pace like never seen before of Canadians seeking a better home. For over a century, the Squamish landscape was valued and exploited for its farming, timber and mineral resources to benefit community life. Now, as Squamish attempts to scale back resource extraction to a long-term sustainable level, we are witnessing a different kind of demand for the land, from a worldwide interest in its natural state: the stunning mountains, the ocean proximity, the climbing, the trail network, the Chief, and Squamish as a centre and a home where a well-balanced lifestyle can be achieved. The strains of the changing order are a challenge, but as the heart of Sea-to-Sky Country, and one of the most vibrant centres of energy and growth in North America today, Squamish is remarkably well-placed to benefit from finding just the right balance of economic and cultural lifestyle. Why not show the world how well it can be done?

Zoning : Agriculture.
Legal : District Lot 1184 Group 1 New Westminster District
PID 002-704-391
Taxes : $444.16 (2018)
Map Reference : 49°57'48.32"N and 123°18'40.99"W
Listing # : 18238