Cecil Lake Ranch is a 2,390-acre contiguous farm with 1,084± acres in production land conveniently located 30 km from Fort St. John. Primarily in oat production with enormous opportunity to expand gross production land acreage. Priced right farmland.
Cecil Lake Ranch comprises 2,390 acres of contiguous farmland just east of Cecil Lake and only 30 km from Fort St. John. The land is flat, farmable and fully operative with approximately 1,084 acres currently under production (mostly in oats) with additional portions available for pasture or hay.
Most of the titles are accessible from maintained roads for vehicles and equipment. Timber has been cleared and road networks established to provide access to all of the titles without easements through neighbouring properties.
Deciduous timber, covering approximately 983 acres of the Cecil Lake Ranch, provides shelter for wintering stock, forested grazing, travel corridors for wildlife and wind/snow drift barriers. A new owner could clear and bring more land into production without harming the functionality and aesthetic appeal.
With few operations of this size and this close to a major urban centre available for sale, it is a great opportunity to acquire priced right farmland that is the perfect amalgamation of rural solitude and urban convenience.
As an added investment bonus, there are seven non-obtrusive oil/gas surface leases providing additional revenues to the landowner. Details regarding these leases provided upon request.
There are two excellent home sites, which currently possess older mobile homes. These are situated on the PIDs 014-670-372 and 014-670-381. These parcels offer excellent access to Siphon Creek Road.
This ranch is located on the east side of Cecil Lake, northeast of Fort St. John, in the heart of the agricultural zone of the Peace River. The titles commence one mile north of the Cecil Lake Road and occupy both the western and eastern portion of Siphon Creek Road.
Head north on the Rose Prairie Rd until the intersection with Cecil Lake Road. Turn right (east) on Cecil Lake Road and proceed through the Beaton River Valley. After ascending from the river valley, proceed a further 8.5 km until the intersection with Siphon Creek Road. Turn left (north) on Siphon Creek Road and proceed 2.41 km at which point the first ranch title will be on the east side of the road way.
The Peace River region of British Columbia lays claim as the most robust and diverse economic region of the province outside of the Lower Mainland. The regional GDP has exceeded $6.6 billion over the last several years and employment opportunities abound. The region also possesses 40% of the cumulative provincial ALR lands. This statistic demonstrates the regional economic reliance on agriculture.
The region’s annual average temperature rests between -2.9 to 2 degrees Celsius and the region receives approximately 330-570 mm of annual precipitation. The area possesses rich, fertile soil and produces more wheat, barley and grass seed than any other region of the province. The continual flooding and retraction of the Peace River thousands of years ago created the flat topographical landscape that makes up the Peace River today. The continual dispersion of sediment and nutrients by this major watershed created to the highly productive growing soils throughout the region.
The city of Fort St. John is the most populace municipality in British Columbia’s Peace River Region with a population of 20,155. The oil and gas sector continues to be the primary economic driver of the municipality with over 15% of Fort St. John residents employed directly in the industry. Most regionally active oil/gas exploration, production and servicing companies have offices located in Fort St. John, which serve to boost other businesses particularly those in the service sector.
Major economic announcements regarding the $42 billion LNG Liquefaction Facility in Kitimat, and associated $600 million pipeline, intended to tie the Peace River’s Gas fields to the Kitimat’s LNG facility, shall ensure prosperity and economic growth in the Peace River for years to come.
The forests, foothills and agricultural zones surrounding Fort St. John and the ranch are particularly rich in wildlife. Black bears, grizzly bears, mule deer, white-tailed deer, Rocky Mountain elk (or wapiti) and moose all reside within short proximity to the ranch. Smaller mammals found around the ranch include martens, fishers, river otters, red foxes, beavers, hares, lynx, cougars, wolves and coyotes.
Waterfowl are very evident within the area as well including Canada geese, loons, trumpeter swans, sandhill cranes, various duck species, etc. As are various song birds and other typical bird species of the Boreal woodland. Such as crows, ravens, whiskey-jacks, blue jays, owls, hawks, sparrows, warblers, hummingbirds, etc.
The soils and prevailing climatic conditions in the ranch’s immediate vicinity support robust growth of various types of hay crops, grasses, clover and grain. The conditions are also conducive to growing dense stands of aspen and poplar trees. Those properties in close proximity to the Peace River valley tend to possess a milder climate with less severe weather fluctuations.
The region surrounding the ranch is famous for its outdoor recreational opportunities. The following activities are available:
The property sits in Management Unit 7-33 offering unrivaled hunting opportunities for elk, whitetail deer, mule deer, moose, bear and multiple game bird species. Nowhere else in the province is the hunting opportunity as productive, as this region of the Peace River.
Within a short commute, the ample annual snowfall and high altitudes to the west of Fort St John create some of the best snowmobiling opportunities around. There are infinite miles of seismic trails/logging networks to explore.
The same snow, which affords excellent snowmobiling opportunity, provides excellent cross-country skiing conditions. This is a wonderful way to explore the peaceful country side without the constant hum of an engine.
The many river networks and lakes that dot the landscape provide infinite fishing and boating opportunities. For the more adventurous boater, jet boats offer an effective means to travel up the region’s mighty river systems to reach remote areas that few humans have had the chance to explore.
With all the surrounding Crown land and nature, the options for hiking and camping are endless.
The long summer days allow certain vegetables to grow large, but the growing season is short. There is plenty of space around the residence to construct a garden.
Fort St. John, being so close, offers the opportunity to eat out for dinner, catch a flick or enjoy the community rec center.
Fort St. John is rich in history and discovery. For instance, at Charlie Lake Cave, located 7 kilometers north of Fort St. John, archaeologists have uncovered artifacts from a Paleo-Indian settlement that was active there more than 10,500 years ago.
It is also interesting to note that Fort St. John is the oldest non-native settlement in British Columbia. The town was first built in 1794 when it was called Rocky Mountain House. It was a staging point from which further incursions into Northern BC could take place. It was the Second World War which was responsible for expanding the infrastructure through the Fort St. John region with the construction of the Alaskan-Canada Highway.
In 1951 the region gained fame, as a major producer of oil and gas in British Columbia. In that year the "Fort St. John No. 1" well hit gas at a depth of 1,524 metres. A few months later, in January 1952, the first deep well hit gas at 4,418 metres. Drilled on the Bouffioux Farm, that well is still producing today. Transportation/infrastructure improved at a rapid rate after that. In 1952, the Hart Highway finally connected the region to the rest of British Columbia, and in 1958 the Pacific Great Eastern Railway arrived in Fort St. John. That ease of transportation has allowed the regions agricultural and forest industries to compete in distant markets.
Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
56°20'14.76"N and 120°32'17.07"W
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