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    174-Acre Lakefront Ranch on Tatalaska Lake with Elegant 9,800 ft2 Country Home

    Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 22039

    This lakefront ranch is unrivalled in its beauty. The land, buildings, infrastructure & backdrop seamlessly blend together creating a breathtaking country retreat. 2 residences, barn, hay shed, hay fields, fencing, 3,200’ of lake frontage, cattle handling infrastructure & more.


    174.46 acres

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    An elegant lakefront home on 174 acres of pristine farmland situated on Tatalaska Lake. This breathtaking property offers 3,200' of frontage on Tatalaska Lake. The property is fenced and cross-fenced (rail and wire), which allows for a rotational grazing program. Additionally, there are 100 acres of hay production with the remainder of the land in pasture. There is cattle handling infrastructure for calving, sorting and loading, a 200' x 26' hay shed, 80' x 35' machine shed/calving barn, 40' x 30' barn with box stall and hay loft, and secondary rental home. There is a registered water licence from Tatalaska Lake used to water cattle from the 6 electric waterers located in the corrals.

    The main house is an immense 9,800 ft2 (including basement) offering 6 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms. The main living space has floor to ceiling windows and 2 iconic stone fireplaces. The windows provide panoramic views of the rolling farmland and Tatalaska Lake beyond. A wet bar and second level pool table room nicely complete this unique entertaining space. The room’s high ceiling accommodates the large fireplaces, and floor to ceiling windows. The main living area separates the two living quarters of the home, which sit at opposite ends of the house. This makes the home perfect for entertaining and hosting guests while still maintaining an owner’s privacy. There is full workout gym in the basement along with a spacious wood-working shop.

    The front of the home has a covered drive through entrance way where guests may park and enter the home protected from the elements. A circular driveway makes for easy access/egress for farm equipment and stock trailers. Off of the back of the home is an enormous deck with hot tub. The deck extends the length of the home and doubles the homes living space during the summer months. The back deck provides excellent views of the lake and rural landscape. This is the perfect location to entertain guests and host BBQs during long summer nights.

    This home and property are the perfect mixture of rustic charm, scenic beauty, recreational opportunity and farm utility. Rarely does an offering such as this come onto the market.


    40179 Keefe’s Landing Road - South Francois Lake, BC


    From the South Francois Lake Ferry terminal head south on Keefe’s Landing Road for approximately 18 km at which point the driveway into the ranch will be on the west (right-hand) side of the road. The driveway extends for half of a kilometre into the main yard.

    Area Data

    Francois Lake is approx. 110 km (68 miles) long, making it the second largest natural lake in British Columbia. It offers excellent rainbow trout and char fishing. Rainbow trout over 3 pounds and lake trout (char) over 20 pounds are not uncommon. With a lake of this size watersports of all sorts are popular with opportunities for boating, kayaking and canoeing. This area has many forest recreation sites, which offer many trails for hiking and mountain biking. In the winter, ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling is popular.

    Burns Lake

    Burns Lake is a rural village in the Northwestern-Central Interior of British Columbia, incorporated in 1923. The village has a population of 1,779 according to the 2016 Census. The Village is renowned for its rich First Nations heritage, and for its extensive network of mountain biking trails, which have received international acclaim by becoming Canada's first IMBA Ride Centre. In winter, cross-country skiing trails and snowmobile wilderness trails are created. Burns Lake is located in the midst of a large networks of lakes called the Lakes District, with fishing and hunting year-round, and water activities in the summer months. The town serves as a hub for the local logging, saw-milling, mining and tourist industries. It also serves as the main commercial centre for the surrounding area including François Lake, Colleymount, Grassy Plains, Rose Lake, Topley, and Granisle. There are three pubs, many cafes and restaurants a selection of stores, and services, numerous hotels and motels, a library and a hospital. The famous musician, Stuart McCallum, grew up in Burns Lake and attributes its influence in his music. It is also the location of the head offices of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

    Tweedsmuir Park

    Easily accessible from the property is the famous Tweedsmuir Park. Tweedsmuir Park protects the entirety of the Rainbow Range, a collection of volcanic peaks where heavy mineralization has given the soil an array of colours. The park also protects Hunlen Falls, a 260-metre-tall waterfall with one of highest unbroken drops in Canada. The park was also home to Lonesome Lake, famed for homesteader and conservationist Ralph Edwards, who worked to preserve migration habitat there for the trumpeter swan.

    The Alexander MacKenzie Heritage Trail is a heritage trail that follows the routing of a historic footpath used by local First Nations for trade and travel between the coast and the interior. This trail would later be used by British explorer Alexander Mackenzie to become the first European to transit the continent by land and see the Pacific Ocean.

    Fort Fraser

    Fort Fraser is an unincorporated community of about 500 people, situated near the base of Fraser Mountain close to the village municipality of Fraser Lake and the Nechako River. Originally established in 1806 as a North West Company fur trading post by the explorer Simon Fraser, it is one of present-day British Columbia's oldest permanent European-founded settlements. The area around the community is also recorded as the site of the first land in British Columbia cultivated by non-First Nations people.

    Fraser Lake

    Fraser Lake is a village in northern British Columbia. It is located on the southwest side of Fraser Lake between Burns Lake and Vanderhoof, alongside the Yellowhead Highway. The attractive lakeside community of Fraser Lake lies alongside the Yellowhead Highway, west of the city of Prince George. The pioneer roots of the area's history date back to the fur trade, with the establishment in 1806 of a fur-trading post by Simon Fraser, at Fort Fraser near the east end of Fraser Lake.

    Prince George

    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
    • Brewery
    • Dairy
    • Machine shops
    • Aluminum boat construction
    • Value added forestry
    • Specialty equipment manufacturing

    Prince George has a large regional airport offering daily flights to major destinations.


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


    The property sits in Management Unit 6-4 offering hunting opportunities for whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, bear and game bird species.


    The entire region surrounding the property is famous for its snowmobiling opportunities. There is ample annual snow fall to ensure plenty of snowmobiling opportunity.


    The same snow, which affords excellent snowmobiling opportunity, provides excellent slope conditions. Taber Mountain and Purden Ski Village, or Smithers are all within driving distance of the property. For more rugged skiing/snowboarding adventures, you may drive north to Powder King Mountain in the Pine Pass.


    The property is located between two very popular and large lakes, Francois Lake and Ootsa Lake. There are an infinite number of additional waterbodies in the wider region such as Uncha Lake and Takysie Lake. The fishing and water sport recreation are endless.


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


    The summer climate is ideal for a large and expansive garden providing the opportunity to become very self-reliant from produce perspective.

    Urban Recreation

    With Prince George 3 hours away, the opportunity to go out on the town is always available. The Prince George Cougars (WHL) always provide excellent entertainment. There are fitness centers, pools, restaurants, bars and everything else you could possibly need.


    Francois Lake got its current name by mistake. The Carrier First Nations named the lake Nitapoen Lip Lake because of its shape. The early settlers mistook ‘Nita’ for white man and the lake was named ‘Lac de Francois’ because most of the early settlers at the time were French Canadian voyageurs. During the early years, the residents pronounced it ‘Francis Lake”, however, it is now known as “Francois Lake.”

    Map Reference

    53°55'30.34"N and 125°53'32.27"W

    Investment Features

    • 100 acres hay production (remainder in pasture, but could be converted to hay land)
    • There is the opportunity to lease out farmland component of property to local rancher
    • Fencing and cross-fencing for rotational grazing program
    • Cattle handling infrastructure
    • Water licence from Tatalaska Lake
    • 6 stock waterers in corral system
    • Second residence on property, which can be used as a source of rental income
    • 3,200’ of lake frontage on Tatalaska Lake
    • Farm Status for property taxation purposes
    • This property is wonderfully set up for Airbnb rentals with plenty of extra bedrooms and a wide range of outdoor activities available to guests


    • Water - shallow well
    • Electricity
    • Septic - lagoon
    • Electric heating
    • Wood furnace - forced air
    • Two fireplaces for additional heat


    • 9,800 ft2 residence (with basement) built in 1983
    • Secondary residence
    • 30’ x 40’ barn/hayloft
    • 26’ x 200’ pole hay shed
    • Machine shed/calving barn

    Tax Details

    $4,586 (2022)




    Lot A Plan BCP41552 District Lot 313 Land District 13 & DL 783
    PID 027-966-224

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    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.