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    Custom Timber Cutting Business and Rural Lifestyle - Valemount, BC

    Robson Valley & Fraser Fort George Listing No. 20199

    Enjoy a handsome profit while living on this attractive acreage. The sawmill business has continuous custom orders and a permitted sand and gravel pit to provide additional income. A bonus is the updated home and guest cabin within a parklike setting.


    67.45 acres

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    Live the dream on your 67 acre property, surrounded by beautiful landscaping and magnificent mountain vistas. This updated home has consistent and cozy heating provided by a wood boiler. A comfortable guest cabin, well-built barn, equipment shed and workshop, along with plenty of level grassed areas also offer ‘play’ areas for children and adults.

    Walk out your door straight to the lumber yard, milling timbers for clients with pre-orders. This opportunity is an established timber products business with proven and viable income. There is also a permitted gravel pit, sand reserve, and mature timber to provide additional income. Flexible M2 zoning also permits a variety of home-based business uses. Two roads access the property from Highway 5 on the west side, one for the residence, the other for the lumber yard and gravel pit. This operation is a proven money maker with room to grow.


    16305 5 Highway North - Valemont, BC


    From Valemount, travel north on Highway 5. In 17 km, turn left through a solid log entrance with ‘Simpson’ etched on the top. If you miss this turn, continue another 800 m to the ‘Simpson and Son Contracting’ saw blade sign, and turn left directly onto the property.

    Area Data

    Valemount is the nearest community to Tête Jaune Cache. Nestled near Canoe Mountain's base, it is right on the divide between the Fraser and Columbia River watersheds. With a catchment area of 2,000 people, Valemount's economy is traditionally based on forestry; however, tourism is rapidly expanding. Modern accommodation options and excellent restaurants cater to the tastes of locals and tourists.

    The Valemount Community Health Centre provides full service, full-time doctors, a full contingent of nursing staff, lab technicians and support services. Nearby, McBride and District Hospital is equipped with an emergency room, acute care beds and long term care beds. Prince George International Airport and Kamloops Regional Airport are practically the same driving distance of 244± kilometres. Elementary, Secondary and College options provide a natural setting to learn and live.

    Tête Jaune Cache lies at 761 m above sea level. Generally, it is cold and temperate with significant rainfall during the year—even during March's driest month. The average annual temperature is 3.8°C, with annual precipitation of about 603 mm. Average temperatures are highest in July, around a comfortable 15.6°C, with January the lowest at -6.2°C.

    Mount Robson Provincial Park, the second oldest Park in BC’s park system, is one of the world’s crown jewels. Mt. Robson guards the western entrance to the park and, at 3,954 metres, is the Rockies' highest peak. Winter or summer, this park holds the finest views in the Rocky Mountains. As the early trappers, hunters, and explorers did, travellers today are still in awe at the mountain’s magnificence.

    Mount Robson Provincial Park comprises a portion of one of the world's largest blocks of protected areas. Designated as a part of the Canadian Rocky Mountains World Heritage Site in 1990, Mt. Robson provides everything from developed, vehicle-accessible camping to remote valleys that seldom see a human footprint. The Park also protects the headwaters of the Fraser River.

    The Fraser River Headwaters' birthplace is within Mt. Robson Provincial Park. This pristine river flows north on its way through Prince George, where it turns and heads south to the Pacific Ocean—a total distance of nearly 1,500 kilometres. During this voyage, the river gains in strength and size to match any of the world’s major rivers. Chinook salmon migrate to the Headwaters each year, thrashing their way upstream to spawn in tributary streams or gravels of the Fraser’s uppermost reaches. Other significant rivers also originate here: the North Thompson and Canoe River, a major fork of the Columbia, the Kakwa.


    Ecosystems span a wide range: from soil rich valley-bottom wetlands, ancient inland rainforests, high elevation subalpine forests and alpine tundra. With large areas of pristine wilderness remaining, this region provides habitat for a wide range of species. Grizzly bears, black bears, mountain goats, caribou, wolverine and cougars are among the area’s most prolific wildlife.


    Heli-skiing on surrounding mountains is an experience of a lifetime. Taking a snowcat up Mica Mountain, heading out with a dog sled team, snowboarding on Crystal Ridge, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing, skating or exploring the backcountry by snowmobile is enough to pique anyone’s interest in winter sport.

    Summer is also time to experience this magnificent ‘backyard.’ Renting a pontoon boat, fishing, getting in a round of golf, exploring by horseback, or ATV, is merely the tip of what nature provides. Bird watching, backcountry or trail hiking, biking, horseback trekking, paddling, or taking in a thrilling white-water river adventure all add to the opportunity of immersing deeply into the area's beauty and opportunity.

    Moose Lake is home to one of the few pure wild rainbow trout stocks in North America. This species is abundant in numbers rarely found today, thanks to a minimal human footprint. They feed voraciously from May to October, and can be fished with wet or dry flies, trolled, mooched, or spin casting.

    Wet flies are very effective all season long, particularly during the early season following the spring thaw. With a wet fly, often, the take is so gentle that the only indication is a subtle movement of your line on the glassy surface of the water. A variety of dry flies are productive throughout the season. Depending on the hatch and timing, frequent hatches are typical during mid and late summer. From the shallows near shore to the deeper mid-lake waters and the small islet in the far-east corner to casting directly off the dock, virtually all areas bring results.

    Kinbasket Lake is a beautiful turquoise body of water, stretching for miles. Created by the Mica Dam's construction, the lake begins just south of Valemount, continuing 260 km to Revelstoke. Kinbasket is full of fish, mainly rainbow bull trout, whitefish and Kokanee. Covering ground on this 260 km long lake is the name of the game in a lake such as Kinbasket, with plugs or bucktails being preferred methods for both rainbow trout and char. Trolling with a downrigger is highly recommended. However, the lake is versatile with plugs, spinners, and bucktail flies—all producing excellent results.


    Tête Jaune Cache, population 500±, is the site of an important abandoned historic town. The name originated from an Iroquois Métis nicknamed Tête Jaune (Yellowhead) because of his light-coloured hair. He kept a stash of furs at Grand Forks, the meeting of the Robson and Fraser Rivers. Soon the area became known to trappers as Tête Jaune’s cache.

    What is now a ghost town was once a thriving metropolitan city of around 3,000, much larger than present-day Valemount. Between 1911 and 1913, the town of Tête Jaune Cache was the largest settlement west of Winnipeg during railroad construction.

    When the end of steel of the Grand Trunk Pacific (GTP) reached Tête Jaune, the town boomed. The buildings were mostly temporary canvas tents and, subsequently, the town was considered a ‘tent town.’

    Tête Jaune was a pivotal center for transportation between Prince George and Edmonton. By 1913 there were three sternwheelers making runs down the Fraser River carrying supplies and passengers.

    The township recorded the highest water levels in 1913. This flood eventually washed away the peninsula that the center of Tête Jaune stood on. Within a kilometre, the engineers, superintendents and surveyors lived, which the workers called snob hill. A forest fire destroyed all the houses on snob hill in 1916, after which Tête Jaune became a deserted ghost town.

    Currently, the community of Tête Jaune Cache is home to a few small businesses specializing in custom timber milling (Simpson Sawmill), woodworking, guided flyfishing, white-water rafting, snowcat skiing, and bed and breakfast accommodation.

    Map Reference

    52°57'31.67"N and 119°25'1.79"W

    Investment Features

    Outstanding income from custom timber milling. On-site residence. Work 30 hours per week or more if you want to increase revenue. There is a permitted sand and gravel site and standing timber on-site suitable for commercial use.


    Power, telephone, septic and well connected.


    • 1,200 ft2 manufactured home
    • Guest cabin
    • 30’ x 30’ barn
    • Shop
    • Equipment shed
    • Tool shed
    • Commercial saw mill

    Tax Details

    $3,163 (2020)


    Industrial M2

    • Electronic components manufacture
    • Farm, logging and trucking equipment repair and servicing
    • Forestry complex
    • Industrial parts and equipment manufacture, repair and servicing
    • Key-lock/card-lock fuel sales
    • Residential-single family
    • Storage/warehouse facilities
    • Truck stop
    • Vehicle bodywork and mechanical repair
    • Works yard
    • General permitted uses, and buildings and structures accessory to the permitted uses


    PID 005-356-458

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