11,000 acre, largely contiguous cattle ranch in Northern BC. Rare investment opportunity & safe investment vehicle. 2 residences, 2 farm yards, shop, ranch headquarters building. $100,000/annum in oil and gas revenues. Previous lessee ran 700 head on the ranch.
Rarely does an investment opportunity of this magnitude come around. This largely contiguous ranch offers 11,000 acres of productive farm land with enormous room for productivity expansion.
The land is very flat and usable. There is ample water throughout the property to help sustain cattle throughout the hot summer months. The ranch has been fenced off in different segments to permit for a rotational grazing program. There are portions of the ranch in hay production to ensure self-sufficiency of the herd.
The current owners have invested $3 million into the construction and maintenance of new fencing and roads. Even the most remote portions of the ranch are accessible. The roads all converge into the main farm yard where you find a large shop and basic corrals.
The residence in the main farm yard was constructed in 2008 and offers 1,600 ft2 of comfortable living space. It is spacious and perfect for a new family. The second residence is a new manufactured home. It is located in its own separate farm yard.
As an added investment bonus, the ranch derives $100,000 per annum in oil/gas surface revenues. The oil/gas infrastructure is very unobtrusive.
The owners would consider selling the ranch titles in smaller fragments.
The property is located in the Milligan Creek region of British Columbia. Approximately 30 minutes north of Fort St John.
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, and other river systems throughout the area, created to the highly productive growing soils found 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 LNG facility, shall ensure prosperity and economic growth in the Peace River for years to come.
The agricultural region surrounding Buick, BC is known throughout the region for its productive soils, timbered ridges and deep river valleys. This is the heart of ranching country in the Peace River with both large and small cattle operations dotting the landscape. Many landholdings, particularly around the subject ranch, are in oat and hay production.
The forests, foothills and agricultural zones surrounding the ranch are particularly rich in wildlife. Black bears, grizzly bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, elk 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.
The region surrounding the ranch is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities. The following activities are available:
The property sits in Management Unit 7-45 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. This is big buck country and there is excellent opportunity to harvest trophy, mature mule deer and whitetail deer.
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.
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.
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.
With all the surrounding crownland and nature, the options for hiking and camping are endless.
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.
Fort St. John is rich in history and discovery. For instance, at Charlie Lake Cave, located 7 kilometres 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 region's agricultural and forest industries to compete in distant markets.
56°44'22.11"N and 120°39'19.09"W
$100,000/annum oil/gas revenues.
The ranch is available for lease as well as purchase. Please inquire with REALTOR® for details.
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