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    Fertile Robson Valley Acreage on Crescent Lake Road

    Robson Valley & Fraser Fort George Listing No. 19249

    This is a great opportunity to live a rural lifestyle, yet still be close to amenities and services. Fertile farmland with a family home, heated Quonset and outbuildings. Fantastic mountain views, and the Fraser River and Crescent Lake are nearby.


    Price
    $585,000

    Size
    155 acres

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    Description

    Located in the Robson Valley, between the Rocky and Cariboo Mountains and lying close to the Fraser River, this property is in one of the most spectacularly scenic settings BC has to offer. The property comprises 155 acres with about 137 acres of fertile farmland, the rest of the property is the homestead (9 acres) and a treed area (9 acres).


    Buildings include a well-maintained 2,135 ft² home with a partially finished full basement, built in 1961 and recently updated. The house has a well and septic system with a sump pump and filtration system. Outbuildings include a heated Quonset style equipment building near the house which serves as shop and garage. A barn and livestock pen provide additional benefit.


    The valley is at an average altitude of approximately 2,300 ft with an average 120 frost free days/year and 21 inches per year precipitation. The fine soils vary from silt loams to heavy clay loams, with the silt loams typically along the river and the heavier soils on the upper bench.


    The Robson Valley is becoming an area known for its production of organic vegetables, potatoes, grains and livestock. While it is considered slightly remote, the beauty of the valley and the nature of the people farming and ranching in the area assure that the valley’s agricultural and pastoral heritage will be maintained. This is a place to seriously consider when thinking of where you want to raise a family and grow rich organic food.

    Location

    3205 Crescent Lake Road - McBride, BC. 130 miles south east of Prince George, BC.

    Access

    From McBride go 4.8 km east from the Fraser River bridge. Turn right on Alder Road then turn left and go south on Crescent Lake Road (also called Jervis Road). The house is 0.75 km from the highway.

    Area Data

    Located on the Yellowhead Highway 16 between the Canadian Rockies and the Cariboo Mountains, McBride lies in the Robson Valley through which the Fraser River flows. A small community, McBride, population 616 (2016 census), is 111 km from Mt Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, 166 km west of Jasper, Alberta and 210 km east of Prince George, BC.


    McBride also produces some of the world’s finest tone woods (wood used in the production of musical instruments) and is home to several luthiers. McBride is located on the edge of the interior cedar hemlock ecosystem, the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, created by moisture-laden winds dumping rain and snow from the Cariboo-Chilcotin Plateau against the Cariboo Mountains.


    While timber and primary sawmill industries continue to support the town, tourism is a growing source of employment for the valley. One of the primary tourist attractions is the world-famous snowmobiling. Other attractions include hunting and whitewater rafting.


    The inland rain forests north of McBride contain trees that are more than 1,000 years old. This moisture-rich ecosystem supports many species of lichen which in turn support the red listed species of woodland caribou indigenous to inland British Columbia.


    There are many provincial parks in the area, including stunning Mount Robson Provincial Park - comprising a portion of one of the world's largest blocks of protected areas, Jasper National Park, one of the most beautiful areas in the world, and the West Twin Provincial Park and Protected area - established to protect the rich wildlife values and the wide bio geoclimatic representation. Most notably, this park contains the only protected corridor across the Robson Valley trench. The Ancient Forest/Chun T’oh Whadujut Provincial Park and Protected Area is BC’s most recently named park. providing stunning hiking opportunities to view the most northerly inland temperate rainforests in the world. A boardwalk provides wheelchair access to this rare and beautiful forest.


    McBride has a significant Mennonite population, who are attracted by the good quality farmland and relative isolation ensuring their agrarian culture continues to thrive.


    Services include the McBride and District Hospital and Health service with a full spectrum from Emergency, Lab & Diagnostic Imaging, Physiotherapy, Acute and Long-term care, Mental Health and Addictions Counselling, and Public Health. Additional services are provided by the Robson Valley Support Society, Recreation Centre and Community Center and a full service Public Library. All these facilities are recently constructing using fresh modern concepts. Education is provided by K-7, 8-12 and two private schools.


    BC Bus North is a new long-haul passenger coach service offering connections between Prince Rupert, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, Fort Nelson, McBride and Valemount which started June 4, 2018. The McBride railway station is served by the Via Rail Jasper-Prince Rupert train service. McBride has a small airstrip with the closest major airport being in Prince George.

    Vegetation

    137 acres of the property is fertile farmland, 9 acres for the homestead and another 9 acres are treed.

    Recreation

    The area’s beautiful and varied terrain ensures incredible opportunities to get outside and enjoy the this truly impressive terrain, right at your doorstep.


    Summer
    Camping
    Whether you are pitching a tent, travelling with all the comforts of home, or looking to sleep under the stars, this is a camper’s nirvana. You will find a wide range of camping options including Forest Recreational Sites, Provincial Parks, free and commercial campgrounds.


    Horseback Riding
    The Robson Valley Chapter advocates for improvement of trail access and involved in improving trail heads and staging areas. GPS coordinates and mapping of existing trails are being compiled so they are officially recognized. They are also building new trails, maintaining and preserving existing trails for day rides and back country excursions. The Chapter puts on trail rides, clinics and workshops, work bees and trail care events, potluck get-togethers, as well as participating in parades and other events.


    Boating
    McBride has a new boat launch on the Fraser River at the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Park just east of town. Boaters ply the Fraser River both east and west of town to fish, sightsee or find that secret swimming hole or beach.


    Fishing
    Robson Valley offers fishing opportunities to recreational anglers of all types - fly fishing on side rivers that feed the Fraser, fishing from your belly boat, canoe or motor boat, or simply casting from shore. There are many clear, deep pools, as well as numerous log jams that act as ideal homes for rainbow trout, Rocky Mountain whitefish and Dolly Varden and salmon. Be sure to consult the fishing regulations and get your license. Water Sports Paddling in the McBride area ranges from an easy float on the Fraser River at low water to riding the Class III rapids of the lower mighty Fraser River near Valemount. It was custom designed for adventure! Also challenging are tributaries such at the Raush, Holmes and Morkill. LaSalle Lake offers an easy flatwater paddling experience just off Highway 16 near Crescent Spur.


    Off Road
    Logging around McBride has created a network of gravel roads radiating from into the mountains - ideal for exploring by ATV.


    Geocaching
    This activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website - is global and local treasure hunt. Geocaching brings you to places you’ve never been, pushes you to explore areas you thought you’d never go, and allows you to see your local surroundings


    Hiking
    Hikes in the McBride area range from an easy walk in town to Horseshoe Lake to observe migrating birds travelling through the Rocky Mountain Trench, to a moderate alpine hike overlooking McBride, to rigorous one or multi-day trips into the alpine and onto nearby glaciers. Local hiking club, Ozalenka Alpine Club, maintains backcountry trails in the area including several with overnight cabins an offer information on trail conditions, road access to trailheads and cabin bookings. Hiking extends out to the endless opportunities at Provincial Parks and Forestry Recreational Sites.


    Mountain Biking
    The Robson Valley Mountain Bike Association recently announced the completion of The Bluff Trail, a multi-use trail built for hiking, trail running, horseback riding, mountain biking, dog walking, snow shoeing and ungroomed cross-country skiing. Approximately five kilometres in length, the Bluff Trail is named for the stunning rock bluffs situated on it.


    Birdwatching
    Horseshoe Lake, an old oxbow of the Fraser River, offers an excellent vantage point for birdwatching. Depending upon the season, you might see wood ducks, green-winged and blue-winged teals, hooded mergansers, redheads, four grebe species and a variety of shorebirds like the spotted sandpiper. Raptors in the area include turkey vultures, osprey and bald eagles are among larger raptors, as well as peregrine falcons and Merlins.


    Winter
    Back Country Skiing
    This a growing sport in the McBride area. Experienced parties access terrain on Belle and Lucille Mountains as well as further afield up the Dore River and points west at Driscoll Ridge, and Sugarbowl-Grizzly Den Provincial Park and Goat River Provincial Park. Ski-in cabins are available through the Ozalenka Alpine Club.


    Heli & Snowcat Skiing
    There are two heli-ski outfits operating out of McBride. Snowcat skiing and tours operate out of Valemount which all add up to another means of exploring this vast wonderland.


    Cross-Country Skiing
    The Yellowhead Ski Club maintains 20 km of groomed and track set (classic) trails on Belle Mountain 8 km east of McBride. There are many groomed trails ranging from easy to moderate degrees of difficulty. The trails are rated according to difficulty which is indicated on each trail.


    Curling
    Located at the Robson Valley Recreation Centre, there are two curling sheets of ice with a 150-person lounge and viewing area. With many leagues and Seniors Curling clubs, they hold numerous curling bonspiels throughout the season. The rink is also used for other recreational programs, activities, events and is available for private rental.


    Ice Sports
    At the Robson Valley Recreation Centre there is a regulation sized ice rink providing seating for 500. There is Minor Hockey for Tykes, Atoms, Peewee, Bantams, Midgets; McBride Maniacs Ladies Hockey Team; Veneer Kings and the Old-timers Hockey Club. Local hockey teams meet for games most weekends during the winter season. There is also a local figure skating club offering all levels of coaching and participation at various levels of competitions. The rink is also shared for those wanting to enjoy public skating.


    Snowmobiling
    McBride is a mecca for the snowmobile enthusiast. The McBride Big Country Snowmobile Association maintains three sledding areas all in the local mountains - all with groomed access and warming cabins.


    Snowshoeing
    You can snowshoe almost anywhere around McBride in the winter ... up at Belle Mountain Cross-Country Ski trails, at the Phil and Jennie Gaglardi Park, along the sandbar at the Fraser River to name a few spots.

    History

    McBride was founded in 1913 as Mile 90 of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The village was named after the serving premier, Sir Richard McBride. McBride's early industries were rail, shipping, forest harvesting and the agricultural development of the valley. Until the late 1960s the Valley was only accessible by rail and remained largely isolated. In 1970 access to McBride changed with the opening of Highway 16 (Yellowhead), which enabled vehicles to travel through the valley.


    During the final decades of the twentieth century, the town saw the decline of the logging industry, and circa 2005 the town’s main lumber mill closed. Currently the town and surrounding Valley are transitioning from an industrial economy to a centre for tourism, culture, agriculture and outdoor recreation.


    Their rich heritage and pioneering spirit, however, continues to shape the future directions. Neighbours are still quick to lend a hand to friend, visitor and animal-alike. In 2008 the story of the “Horses of McBride” became national news as residents dug a kilometre-long trench through deep snow in frigid temperatures to rescue two horses trapped on Mount Renshaw.

    Map Reference

    53°16'35.02"N and 120° 5'4.19"W

    Investment Features

    Small farm opportunity.

    Services

    Power, telephone, well and septic.

    Improvements

    • 2,135 ft² four bedroom, one bathroom home with full basement finished floor area
    • 39’ x 32’ heated Quonset equipment building/shop
    • Barn and livestock pen

    Tax Details

    $1,646 (2019)

    Zoning

    RU5 - permits two single family dwellings and one secondary suite.

    Legal

    THE FRACTIONAL NORTH WEST 1/4 OF DISTRICT LOT 5305 CARIBOO DISTRICT, EXCEPT PLAN 13302 AND 21448
    PID 013-743-805

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