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    Barnston Island Farmland Acreage

    Metro Vancouver & the Fraser Valley Listing No. 21259

    4.58 acres highly productive certified organic farmland, with 296 ft frontage on the Fraser River on the south side of Barnston Island. Leased to a dairy farm, getting 4 cuts of hay for sileage, considered to be the best agricultural land on the island.


    4.58 acres

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    4.58 acres of highly productive certified organic farmland, with 296 ft frontage on the Fraser River on the south side of Barnston Island. It has been owned by the same family since 1939 and they will continue to own the larger farm next door.

    Leased to a dairy farm, getting 4 cuts of hay for sileage, it is the best agricultural land on the island. The soil on Barnston Island offers a great opportunity for agriculture, with a major herb farm and cranberry and dairy farms nearby.

    Accessed by a 5 minute, free, on-demand ferry, Barnston Island is a hidden gem, where you can live a quiet rural lifestyle just minutes from the city with great access to Highways 1 and 17. A protective dike rings the island, which is completely in the ALR, and it has not been impacted the recent heavy rainfall.

    You will enjoy spectacular views of the Golden Ears Mountains and the Fraser River.

    There is GST payable on this sale and all offers will be subject to a Right of First Refusal.


    Access to Barnston Island is by a 5-minute free ferry from Surrey at the foot of 176 Street. Turn right on 104th Avenue to the ferry ramp. Turn right when you get off the ferry.

    Area Data

    Barnston Island

    Barnston Island is part of the GVRD and is an unincorporated island located in the Fraser River between Surrey and Pitt Meadows. The island is just over 1,500 acres (600 hectare) with about 150 residents. The Katzie First Nations has a small reserve of 150 acres. Surrey has the flavour of both the Fraser Estuary and the Fraser Valley rolled into one. A protective dike rings the diminutive island, which has a distinctly agricultural air with dairy farming the focus. A park was created at Robert Point on the northwestern tip of the island. A small ferry barge operates between the Surrey mainland and Barnston Island, which lies east of Surrey Bend, and just beyond sight of the Port Mann Bridge. There is no charge to use the ferry, which takes less than 5 minutes to cross Parsons Channel. To reach the ferry dock, take the 104th Avenue exit off Highway 1 and follow it east until it ends. Take 176th Street if you're approaching from the east. It meets 104th at the ferry dock. The free ferry runs on demand from 6:20 a.m. every day until midnight.

    Although much of Barnston Island is private property, there are access points to the river, particularly at Robert and Mann Points. From the north side of the island, the view is out over the Fraser River across log booms and open water to the far shore, where light planes buzz around the Pitt Meadows Airport. In the distance some familiar landmarks loom, such as the knolls in the Pitt River Valley and the Golden Ears to the northeast.

    The best view of the island is from the ferry landing as you arrive. Look east past the farmhouses across the fields. In the distance is Mann Point, the site of an old orchard where you can sit with your legs hanging over the high bank and watch families of Canada geese. In springtime, goslings are strung out in a row behind their parents on the water, always a delightful sight. Facing the island on the Surrey side is a typical Fraser River industrial scene; presently the island itself has no commercial development. In addition to the loop road around Barnston, a secondary road leads through the farm fields at mid-island.


    Barnston Island was named in 1827 for Hudson’s Bay Company clerk George Barnston. Barnston travelled with Chief Factor James McMillan to found Fort Langley in 1827. There are families living on the island whose ancestors started farming there about 100 years ago.


    Please see maps and plans attached. All boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    49°11'15.17"N and 122°42'56.74"W

    Investment Features

    Continue to lease to dairy farm or farm the property.


    Electricity, telephone, good road access, free barge ferry.


    Vacant farmland.

    Tax Details

    $21.67 (2021)


    BI-1 ALR Greater Vancouver Regional District


    PID 011-762-853

    Maps & Plans


    Maps & Plans

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