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    320 Acres - Kullagh Lake Ranch - Nicola Valley

    Thompson Nicola Listing No. 21146

    320 acre Kullagh Lake Ranch, 50-acre private lake in charming Nicola Valley. Architecturally designed home with high-quality finishings and sweeping views of the lake and rolling grasslands. 3 hours to Vancouver. Under hour to Kamloops & Merritt.


    320 acres

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    Kullagh Lake Ranch is a magnificent 320 acres in the heart of BC's cattle country. An impressive 3,250 square foot home, architecturally designed, overlooks rolling grassland, evergreens and private 50-acre Kullagh Lake.

    Kullagh Ranch was originally a part of the iconic Stump Lake Ranch, whose history traces back to the late 1800s. Many successful operations, including Canada’s largest ranch, Douglas Lake Ranch, thrive within this ideal microclimate. Currently, a neighbouring rancher leases the property, and subsequently, low agricultural taxes are applied.

    From the initial concept, design to the finishing details, this home exudes quality. Positioned to feature views of Kullagh Lake and grasslands, expansive windows bring this viewscape alive.

    The living area is open concept with an engineered vaulted roof resulting in a spacious ambiance. Polished concrete flooring has in-floor radiant heating throughout the home. A wood-burning fireplace with custom rockwork, precision-crafted kitchen with stainless steel appliances, master bedroom with walkout patio and ensuite complete this living space. Two bedrooms and full bathrooms, a study, a mechanical room, laundry room (water and dryer included), and double car garage are on the entry level. Additionally, a built-in security system and vacuum are installed.

    Architectural features include a spacious covered wrap-around deck with an outdoor fireplace and built-in Bell System speakers for family and friends to gather to socialize. The lake supplies valuable underground irrigation for the property.


    8765 Kullagh Lake Road - Knutsford, BC


    From Kamloops drive 36 kilometres south, or from Merrit 43 kilomters north, on Highway 5A. The property is 3.4 km west via Long Lake Road/Kullagh Lake Road. Please contact REALTOR® for additional information.

    Area Data

    Stump Lake, just a couple of kilometres south of Kullagh Ranch, is an unincorporated settlement in the Upper Nicola Valley. The ranch is under an hour's drive from Merritt to the south, and Kamloops to the north. Vancouver is a mere 3-hour drive via the Coquihalla Highway 5.

    The Nicola Valley's range of wildlife and vegetation varies dramatically with terrain and elevation, and the entire valley is filled with amazing natural attractions. Wind erosion has created unique formations in the walls of Windy Canyon near Merritt, and ancient Glacial Shore Lines of 10,000-year-old glacial lakes are visible in the grasslands, particularly along Highway 5A north of Merritt. Ancient volcanic Lava Cliffs are viewed along the hiking trail at Monck Provincial Park.

    Historic Quilchena, on the east shore of Nicola Lake, is 32 km from Stump Lake. The remote Quilchena Hotel captures the ambience of southwestern British Columbia’s cattle country. A stop at the grand hotel provides visitors with a glimpse of life as it once was in the Nicola Valley. This hotel once hosting polo matches, fishing derbies, dinners and dances. Today, among other activities, one can ride horses, golf on the adjacent course, or search the nearby fossil beds.

    Located in the rainshadow of the Canadian Cascades and the Lillooet Ranges of the Coast Mountains, the climate of the Nicola Country is dry and, in summers, quite hot. Due to a higher elevation than surrounding basins, it tends to be cooler than Kamloops, the Okanagan, the Shuswap or the lower Thompson areas. The sun heaps over 2,000 hours of annual sunshine upon Merritt and the Nicola Valley.

    Merritt is the service centre for the ranch country of the Nicola Valley and provides an excellent base for exploring the many outdoor recreational opportunities in the area. While Merritt retains its strong ties to the resource economy, this is balanced with growth in knowledge and lifestyle-based industries, small businesses, recreation, and tourism.

    Feature films such as 'The Wicker Man' and 'Battlestar Galactica' had key scenes shot in the lake area. Several car manufacturers, Toyota, Hummer, Ford and Harley Davidson, have taken advantage of the serene atmosphere, long winding roadway, and rolling hills within the picturesque setting to shoot commercials. The grasslands are a popular location given the ability to emulate prairie, frontier, and otherworldly environments. The TNRD Film Commissions promotes the area to filmmakers around the world.


    The diverse landscape is a network of interacting habitats, including rolling grasslands, evergreen and deciduous forests, lakes, rocky areas, and wetlands which are the homeland to moose, deer, eagles, black bears, and coyotes.


    With so many abundant lakes and mighty rivers, Nicola Valley is an angler’s paradise. Trout, salmon, steelhead, char, sturgeon, burbot, kokanee, perch and whitefish are just a few of the many varieties that populate the water sources. Kullagh Lake is perfect for dangling a line within this private setting. Stump Lake offers angling opportunities for kokanee that reach the 3-pound range and rainbow trout that at one time reached 15 pounds. Nicola Lake alone is said to provide a habitat for twenty-six species of fish.

    For rugged land-based sports, the valley’s terrain has much to offer. Funnelled winds blasting through the Stump and Nicola lakes make both attractive locations for windsurfing and sailing. Rock climbers can test their skills traversing the bluffs of Kamloops Lake at Six Mile Hill Protected Area or the incredible limestone at Marble Canyon Provincial Park. There are numerous trails throughout the valley to explore on foot, horseback, mountain bikes or ATV.


    Steeped in history, the charming Nicola Valley is full of stories involving mining, railways, western lifestyle, and First Nations culture.

    Nicola Lake Ranch was originally a portion of the historic Stump Lake Ranch, which originated in 1883.

    The name Nicola was given to the famous chieftain Hwistesmetxquen by the early fur traders for the apparent reason that they couldn’t pronounce his Native name. Phonetically, it sounded vaguely like Nicholas or Nicola, and their mispronunciation has remained.

    The valley was a favoured area for wintering the livestock of packers bringing supplies to the Caribou miners and pre-empted land at the foot of Nicola Lake. By 1882, the community of Nicola Lake became the government and commercial center.

    Map Reference

    50°23'36.13"N and 120°21'29.60"W


    • Septic
    • Telephone
    • Internet
    • Power
    • Municipal water delivered
    • Lake water intake
    • Security system


    • 3,250 square foot executive house
    • 2 bay garage
    • Underground sprinklers
    • Vacuum built-in
    • Fenced and cross fenced

    Tax Details

    $3,096 (2020)


    • AF-1
    • Agricultural/Forestry Zone


    PID 014-509-148

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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.