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    Camel's Hump Guest Ranch - Okanagan

    Okanagan Listing No. 20021

    Camel's Hump Guest Ranch, a profitable operation, has 25 years of success. Owners live on-site in a beautiful log home. A 4,400 ft2 guest lodge, newer ranch hand home, six cabins, and outbuildings complete this package in nature's finest setting.


    Price
    $2,390,000

    Size
    114 acres

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    Description

    Location, infrastructure, and opportunity have proven to make this guest ranch a consistent and successful operation.

    The property has dual zoning, and a portion zoned C5 being rarest and most valuable. The remainder has NU zoning within the ALR to accommodate the agricultural needs of the guest ranch. Numerous accessory buildings enhance the operation and guest experience, including a horse barn, tack room, storage, and covered hot tub. The property is fenced and cross fenced with an orchard and garden. The well produces good drinking water at a rate of 150 GPM.

    Currently, the owner / operators reside in a comfortable log home, with a ranch hand in a separate residence, located in a quiet corner of the property. Six cabins accommodate tourists spring to fall, and seasonal tenants fall to spring. The guest lodge accommodates tourists in season and is the main meeting area for guests to enjoy catered meals and to socialize. When weather permits, meals are served outside. Many fire pits are available for guest's evening enjoyment.

    The guest ranch caters to a specific clientele that reliably visits year after year. This business model has been developed over many years and with a significant amount of time and resources.

    Confidential business information is available to parties through an agreement.

    Location

    1129 Creighton Valley Road - Lumby, BC

    Access

    From Lumby travel 1.8 km to Creighton Valley Road and turn right (toward Echo Lake Provincial Park). In 11 km, the property is on the north (left) side of the road.

    Area Data

    Lumby

    (pop. 1,800)

    The Village of Lumby is a small community within the Regional District of North Okanagan. Predominant employment sectors are forestry, manufacturing, and agriculture. Just west of Lumby theTolko Lavington Planer Mill, operating since 1956, produces a variety of lumber products for world markets and has, in recent years, partnered with Pinnacle Renewable Energy to produce wood pellets from mill residuals. Vegpro International recently purchased 700 acres of land west of Lumby and now packages lettuce greens for distribution across Canada.

    The Lumby-Mabel Lake Road travels north from town—past farmlands and quaint holdings, rich with a laidback rural lifestyle. Shuswap Falls, various show jumping and riding arenas, the Silver Hill Guesthouse and Spa, and Mabel Lake Provincial Park are some feature sites along this route. Highway 6, from Lumby to Cherryville, passes local artisans at Landslide Studios, the Wildcraft Forest EcoMuseum & Herb Farm, and Cherryville Artisans' Shop. East of Cherryville, a right turn onto Creighton Valley Road leads past Echo Lake, Barbe Lakes, and Camel's Hump, completing the circle back to Lumby.

    The Shuswap River's value is significant—providing fish and wildlife habitat, recreational opportunity, and hydroelectricity to the North Okanagan. The river comprises three sections. An upper part originates at the northern end of the Monashee Mountain range, which drains into Sugar Lake. The river then travels south from Sugar Lake to Cherryville and turns northwest, before entering Mabel Lake. The last stretch of the river exits Mabel Lake and travels northwest, flowing past Enderby, through the Shuswap Lakes, to merge with the South Thompson River at Chase.

    Groceries, auto services, accommodation, restaurants, emergency services, along with a broad range of commercial enterprises, contribute to this mostly self-sufficient town. Nearby, cities Vernon and Kelowna provide an international airport, hospitals, and other essential services.

    Temperatures throughout the area are warm and sunny in summer, with the occasional thunderstorm rolling through the valley. Winter is moderate with relatively mild temperatures in low lying areas, and consistent snowfalls in upper elevations.

    Recreation

    The North Okanagan is home to some of the most diverse outdoor experiences from old-growth forests with moss-covered floors, to alpine meadows surrounded by rugged mountains and vast lakes with sandy beaches and cliffs.

    Camel's Hump Guest Ranch

    Camel's Hump Guest Ranch takes pride in providing guests with a wide range of outdoor adventure and relaxation. Trail riding by horseback is a highlight, particularly as horses and rider are matched—based on experience. Hiking and riding trails lead to dramatic mountain landscapes and depart directly from the ranch. Swimming in local lakes, bathing in hot springs, trout fishing, canoeing, wilderness camping, snowmobiling, heli and cat skiing, and gold panning are all within a short distance. Depending on the time of year, rodeos, salmon-filled rivers, and powwow ceremonies celebrate this diverse cultural and recreational region.

    Camel's Hump Mountain

    Camel's Hump Mountain is a prominent landmark formed by ancient glaciers and a dormant volcano called the “Sleeping Coyote." This moderate 6 km hike through dry open forest, ascends and descends two rocky humps. The summit, at the second hump, offers excellent views up the Coldstream Valley to Vernon, and the length of Creighton Valley. Mabel Lake is also visible to the northeast.

    Echo Lake Provincial Park

    Fed by underground springs, Echo Lake Provincial Park offers solitude to swimmers, sunbathers, paddlers (canoe, kayak or small boat), and hikers. The clear turquoise water provides excellent fishing for trout and Kokanee. Rainbow Trout and Gerrard rainbow are stocked in the lake every year. The tree-fringed shores are natural spawning grounds for Kokanee and lake trout.

    Denison-Bonneay Provincial Park

    Denison-Bonneay Provincial Park, a small backcountry park, provides a unique opportunity to experience pristine sub-alpine lakes and traces of remaining old-growth forests in the Okanagan Highlands. Both Denison and Bonneau Lakes are excellent for fishing. Day use hikers and self-sufficient backcountry campers can explore the park's unique forested environment, geological features, and viewscapes.

    Mabel Lake Provincial Park

    Well off the beaten path, nestled in a beautiful mountain setting, you'll find the sandy beaches and lush forest of Mabel Lake Provincial Park—easily accessed from Lumby. Eighty-four campsites, group camping, and extensive picnic grounds tuck into a natural forest canopy, with large open play areas and 2,100 metres of sandy beach. Special tent pads, a Sani-station, children's playground, flush toilets, and self-guided nature trails enhance the park. The boat launch provides easy access for fishing, water skiing, or just exploring the undisturbed shoreline on 35 km long Mabel Lake.

    Monashee Provincial Park

    Monashee Provincial Park, 85 km from Lumby, protects substantial stands of old-growth cedar, spruce, and hemlock. Lush green forests line the valley bottoms, and, in the spring, alpine meadows blossom with a colorful array of wildflowers. The park is also known for some of the oldest rock formations in western Canada. This park is an adventure for both experienced, backcountry hikers and beginners.

    History

    Lumby became an incorporated village on December 22, 1955, over ninety years after the first settler, Louis Christien, arrived in the area. Following the 1862 discovery of gold in Cherry Creek, many came west to make their fortune and chose to remain. In 1892, Louis Morand bought 40 acres of land, laid out the townsite and named it White Valley—some say because of the white fog often found settled in the valley. At one time, the area was called 'Bull Meadows' due to vast herds of moose in the area.

    The majority of the pioneers who settled Lumby came from Eastern Canada. One of the biggest draws was the opportunity to own land. Most pioneers settled quickly into their new life. The valley offered a moderate climate and fertile soil for farming. Food was plentiful as wildlife and game were abundant and readily available. Once a year, families would travel to Vernon to buy supplies—flour, tea, coffee, sugar, and salt—spending approximately $100 for the entire year's provisions.

    Many pioneers also became community leaders in business and industry. Numerous sawmills sprung up in the valley because of the abundance of timber. The first sawmill established was the Bessette Sawmill, which was powered by a large water wheel. With the coming of the railway to Lumby, new markets opened for Lumby's natural resources and businesses. The benefits for businesses and employment were significant.

    Map Reference

    50°13'3.10"N and 118°49'20.44"W

    Investment Features

    The Camels Hump Guest Ranch is a profitable operation, with a long-term history of 25 years. The property has dual zoning, with a portion zoned C5 being rarest and most valuable. The remainder is NU zoning within the ALR to accommodate the agricultural needs of the guest ranch.

    This operation conservatively supports an owner-operator, seasonal staff, and provides a return on investment.

    Services

    Power, telephone, Internet, septic, and well (estimated 150 GPM).

    Improvements

    • 2,188 ft2 owner’s log home, four bedrooms and three bathrooms
    • 4,400 ft2 guest lodge
    • 1,288 ft2 ranch hand home
    • Three new cabins
    • Three older cabins
    • Outbuildings, corrals, fences

    Tax Details

    $6,449 (2019)

    Zoning

    C5/NU

    Legal

    LOT 1 SECTION 13 TOWNSHIP 41 OSOYOOS DIVISION YALE DISTRICT PLAN 34629 EXCEPT PLAN 35461

    PID 001-600-397

    Maps & Plans

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    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.

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