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    Affordable Ranch with Views near Francois Lake - Burns Lake, BC

    Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 20101

    640 acres in 5 titles. Fenced and cross fenced. Supports 100 cow/calf pairs and 100 goats. Grazing Licence for 40 cow/calf pairs.120 acres of hayfield yielding 130 tons of hay. 2,992 ft2 main house. Many outbuildings. Fully serviced. Picturesque views.

    Reduced $489,000

    640 acres

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    Located one hour south of Burns Lake via a year-round maintained road sits this picturesque ranch with views over Francois Lake and the mountains beyond. The ranch is located 1.7 km from Francois Lake on the north side of the lake so you do not need to contend with ferry traffic to get to the south side of Francois, which is a real bonus. The road to the ranch is maintained year-round by the highways department and is kept clear of snow right up to the property gate.

    Totally private with 640 acres in five separate titles, the ranch slopes gently from north to south providing excellent southern exposer for the fields. Completely fenced and cross fenced, the property has previously been used to support a 300 head herd of goats. There is also a grazing permit on the adjacent Crown land which covers approximately 3,000 acres and provides summers grazing for 40 cow/calf pairs. If cattle are your preferred type of livestock, the owners have indicated that the ranch would be able to support 100 cow/calf pairs in addition to about 100 head of goats. The ranch has excellent water with several good springs located within the pasture areas. There are 120 acres of hayfield yielding approximately 130 tons of hay each season without the need to fertilize. The ranch has some amazing history with pioneers clearing the ranch fields years ago with horses and plow and an significant dose of pioneering fortitude.

    This ranch backs onto kilometre upon kilometre of Crown land with the most northwestern corner of the ranch fronting on Wicks Lake. Hunting in the areas excellent with deer, moose, bear’s and upland game birds frequenting the property and the surrounding area. Francois Lake and some of the smaller surrounding lakes provide excellent boating and are well known for their fishing opportunities.

    Around the home site there are two large ponds and a year-round creek flowing nearby. The soil is excellent and the current owners have a large productive garden with greenhouse. The owner indicates that the water quality is excellent and they have never ran out of well water even with their large family of 14 people. Services to the home include a drilled well, septic system, power, high-speed Internet and telephone. The main house is 2,992 square feet in size with 6 bedrooms and has combination heating with a wood-burning fireplace and backup electric baseboard. The house has a well set up backup power system where you can switch the house to run on a generator with the switch of a button from indoors. It should be noted that the home is older and could definitely use some updating. Also, the seller has not lived at the property for over a year, so obviously it’s starting to look a bit neglected.

    Additional out buildings around the home site, including a shop (30’ x 40’), animal barn (48’ x 16’), kidding barn (30’ x 100’), animal barn (60’ x 20’) and barn with hay loft (36’ x 20’).

    Please call the listing REALTOR® today for more information or to book a time to go by for a look.

    Area Data

    The Lakes District of Northern BC embraces over 300 wilderness fishing lakes and 3,000 miles of pristine lake shoreline. This district extends from the Stikine Mountains in the west to the Omineca Mountain Range in the east. Bordered by Ootsa Lake in the south, the Lakes District extends north to Babine Lake. The Nechako Reservoir, sometimes called the Ootsa Lake Reservoir, was one of the largest reservoirs built in Canada. As Ootsa Lake is the largest of the original lakes.

    The small communities of Noralee, Grassy Plains, Takysie Lake and South Francois are closest to the property, each having very limited services. Burns Lake, approximately 60 kilometres northeast of the property, has a population of approx. 2,800. This town serves the surrounding 8,000 residents of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako and is a hub for the local logging, saw-milling, mining and tourist industries. It also serves as the main commercial centre for the surrounding areas. Burns Lake has extensive health support with a recently constructed hospital.

    The average winter snowfall is approximately 190 cm. In June 1982 Burns Lake recorded 376.5 hours of sunshine. This is most sunshine ever recorded in BC during the month of June. The warmest month is July with an average high of 21°C. The coldest month is January with an average low of -15.3°C.

    Major commercial airlines fly into Smithers Airport, 143 kilometres west of Burns Lake, and Prince George International Airport, 237 kilometres east of Burns Lake. VIA Rail Canada passes through Burns Lake and a free ferry operates frequently across Francois Lake.


    Pine, spruce and open meadows predominate this property. The Bulkley Basin Ecosection contains several lakes, rare grasslands, scrub-steppe and forest ecosystems. These areas provide habitat to high populations of small mammals, amphibians and fish. Deer, moose and black bear are among the large mammals in the area.

    The property has a mix of hay fields, pasture and timbered areas.


    The entire area known as the Lakes District is famous for its excellent fishing and game. There are several resorts throughout this area which offer boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, cross-country skiing and many other activities. This area is well known for its hunting and wildlife watching opportunities. Black, cinnamon and grizzly bears, deer, moose, wolves, coyotes and eagles can often be observed.

    Ootsa Lake is a man-made lake created by the flooding of the Ootsa Lake region in the 1950s. It is a beautiful large lake which offers some of the best boating in the province of BC. This huge reservoir links together many lakes including Tahtsa, Whitesail and Natalkuz, popular destinations for fishermen from all over the world. These waters can yield spectacular results for large rainbow and giant lake char. Rainbow trout up to 15 pounds have been reported caught in Ootsa Lake. These lakes attract wildlife of many species and provides excellent opportunities for hunting and wildlife photography.

    This property is located close to large tracts of open Crown land, with public access for horseback riding, quad and ATV use, as well as snowmobiling in the winter.

    Nearby 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 up to 5 and 6 pounds and lake trout (char) to 15 pounds are not uncommon. The entire area known as the Lakes District is famous for its excellent fishing and game. There are several resorts throughout this area which offer boating, fishing, hiking, horseback riding, camping, cross-country skiing and many other activities.

    Ootsa Lake forms the northern border of North Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, one of the most scenic provincial parks in the province, is also the largest provincial park in BC. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park appeals primarily to outdoor recreationists interested in boating, angling, camping, hiking or hunting in one of North America’s most magnificent wilderness areas. Outdoor recreation opportunities are almost unlimited. The park is only accessible by air, water, foot or horseback and provides conservation for vegetation, wildlife and wilderness. Parts of the park are open to hunting in the fall.

    Lund Recreation Park set beside a small fishing lake is a four-unit camping area. There is a pit toilet, picnic tables, fire rings and a gravel boat launch. It is a great place to have a picnic, or try canoeing, fishing or hunting. Ootsa Landing Rec site is 3-unit camping area alongside the large lake has a great beach where it is possible to hand launch small boats and canoes.

    Wistaria Provincial Park provides access to Ootsa Lake and has a waterfront day use area. Wistaria is not open to hunting.


    In 1906 Harry Morgan and his young partner journeyed from Bella Coola to Ootsa Lake, settling in what is now known as the Ootsa Lake Settlement. The next spring pack trains followed bringing other European settlers to join them. The community grew, building roads, stores and farms. By 1916, the first school was founded. The road to nearby Houston was completed in 1917, allowing more settlers and supplies to flow into the community.

    In March 1952 the Ootsa Lake Region, including the communities situated around Ootsa Lake, was flooded to generate electricity for the new Alcan plant in Kitimat. Many settlers moved away, leaving a core of old settlers to remain close to their old homes.

    Burns Lake is called the “Heart of the Lakes District” and “Gateway to Tweedsmuir Park.” The village takes its name from Michael Byrnes, an explorer in the area who passed by the lake in 1866. Settlers were initially drawn to the area by the promise of gold in the Babine Lake vicinity. The actual village was formed in 1914 to service the workers creating the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway through the area. The arrival of the railway opened the forest industry, drawing more settlers and creating a stable economy for the area. Cultural Heritage: Wistaria Park lies within the asserted traditional territories of the Sekanni-Carrier and Wet’suwet’en First Nations.


    Please see the mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    54° 0'15.69"N and 126°25'31.37"W

    Investment Features

    Grazing Permit for adjacent Crown land.


    • Power
    • Drilled well
    • Septic system
    • Telephone
    • High speed Internet


    • Main house - 2,992 ft2
    • Shop - 30’ x 40’
    • Animal barn - 48’ x 16’
    • Kidding barn - 30’ x 100’
    • Animal barn - 60’ x 20’
    • Barn with hay loft - 36’ x 20’

    Tax Details

    $867.14 (2019)


    Rural Resource - RR-1


    PID 015-257-151

    PID 015-266-508

    PID 015-133-133

    PID 015-133-184

    PID 015-133-281

    Range Permit RAN073347

    Maps & Plans


    Maps & Plans

    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.