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    Development Property and Landmark Business - Osoyoos, BC

    Okanagan Listing No. 20028

    3.168 acres of gently sloping land right across from beach. Operates as a campground & waterslide business. Good seasonal revenue. 20 RV sites with 30 amps and sewer & 15 with 15 amp & 5 waterslides. Previously approved third reading for a 95-unit condo complex.


    Price
    $2,499,000

    Size
    3.17 acres

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    Description

    One of the best development sites in the South Okanagan. 3.168 acres of gently sloping land right across the street from a public beach on the east side of Osoyoos Lake. The property has the perfect southwest exposure to take in the sunshine and lake views. Presently the property operates as a campground and waterslide slide business, and is a beloved attraction for families while visiting sunny Ososyoos. There are 20 RV sites serviced with 30 amp power, potable water, and sewer; 17 tent sites 15 amp, water; waterpark with 5 slides. The business operates during the summer months only and enjoys high demand with solid income generated from the few months they open to the public.

    The highest and best use for the property is a multi-family site for either 40 to 45 townhouses between 1,700 and 2,000 ft2 in size to be stepped up the property, each enjoying an excellent panoramic view of the lake. Another option would be a higher density condo site offering one and two-bedroom units. In 2008, the property had been approved through a third reading for a 95-unit condo complex that was not constructed. The property is currently zoned C-4 (Tourist Commercial) and allows, hotel, motel, prox. 50 RV campground sites and more, but would need rezoning to allow townhouse or condo development.

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

    Location

    5003 Lakeshore Dr - Osoyoos, BC

    Access

    Call the listing REALTOR® for detailed directions

    Area Data

    Osoyoos is the southernmost town in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia between Penticton and Omak. The town is 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi) north of the United States border with Washington State and is adjacent to the Osoyoos Indian Reserve. The origin of the name Osoyoos was the word sẁiẁs (pronounced "soo-yoos") meaning "narrowing of the waters" in the local Okanagan language (Syilx'tsn). The "O-" prefix is not indigenous in origin and was attached by settler-promoters wanting to harmonize the name with other place names beginning with O in the Okanagan region (Oliver, Omak, Oroville, Okanogan). There is one local newspaper, the Osoyoos Times.

    The town’s population of 5,085 (2016) swells in the summer months with seasonal visitors. Seniors (age 65 and over) comprise 43% of the town population. Another 1,858 people live around the town within Electoral Area A of the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen, and 762 more in the Osoyoos 1 Indian Reserve.

    Vegetation

    The far southern reaches of the Okanagan and Similkameen Valleys are part of a threatened ecosystem in Canada known as shrub-steppe. Specifically, the ecosystem of the area is named after the antelope brush plant typical of the local climate. This ecosystem was once more prevalent in the South Okanagan but is now becoming fragmented and degraded due to the spread of agriculture, urban development, and other human activities.

    Recreation

    Watersports

    Osoyoos has a boat launch and new marina that will help your family get out on the warmest lake in Canada. From canoeing, jet skis, to paddle boarding, you'll have endless options to spending a hot summers' day out on the water.

    Swimming

    In the summer, the lake is the ultimate place to go for a swim. There are a number of public beaches to enjoy with shallow waters and soft sand. Many of the motels with indoor pools offer a drop-in rate during the other seasons. For water babies, they have a new Splash Park!

    Golfing

    Those families that enjoy a day on the links will be pleased to learn that there are two courses right in town. The Osoyoos Golf Club offers 36 championship holes, along with a driving range and a putting green. Sonora Dunes is an executive 9-hole course 35 par open to the public. There are also many more courses in the valley.

    Snowsports

    Hit the slopes only 45 km from Osoyoos at Mount Baldy, open December to April.

    Hockey

    Every fall and winter head to the Sun Bowl Arena and watch the exciting fast-paced action of The Osoyoos Coyotes Junior 'B' Club.

    Tournaments

    Come during tournament time for soccer, hockey, golf, slowpitch, triathlon, and sailing. Check the event calendar for details. There are also public tennis courts, dog parks and baseball diamonds.

    For more information on the Town's parks and facilities, visit the Osoyoos website.

    International Bicycling and Hiking Trail

    Located at the north end of Osoyoos Lake and running parallel to the Okanagan River Canal, this 18.4 km trail is perfect for biking or hiking. The parking lot is accessed on Road 22 off Highway 97, eight kilometres north of Osoyoos.

    Other fun activities ... horseback riding, bowling, and curling!, Rattlesnake Canyon Amusement Park, Desert Model Railroad Museum!

    ARTS & CULTURE

    Osoyoos is always buzzing with exciting things to do. From festivals to dances, families will be fully entertained on their vacation.

    Art Gallery

    Visit The Art Gallery and enjoy the exhibits of local and internationally renowned artists.

    Shopping

    This charming town provides boutique-style shopping with unique products and personal service.

    Street Dances

    There two street dances every summer to raise money for the community. These dances are a lot of fun for families and there are many draws and free prizes. One dance is held in July and the other in August. Please check the event calendar for exact dates.

    Concert Series

    From October to March, there are a series of theatre and music performances sponsored by the Osoyoos Arts Council.

    Festivals and Special Events

    The community organizes several annual events and festivals to enjoy throughout the year - Market on Main, Easter Eggstravaganza, Cherry Fiesta, Christmas Lite-Up, Fireman's Oyster Dinner, Fashion Shows, Harvest Dance, to name a few.

    Local Wineries

    Every winery is a unique experience in itself, whether it is a family-owned farm enterprise or a stunning architectural and cultural gem that boasts international awards for their wines.

    Osoyoos Museum

    Some people rate this museum as the 'best small town museum' in BC. You will find a diverse and eclectic selection that ranges from antique cars, to settler history, to items from the World Wars and pop culture. With over 15,000 square feet of exhibit space, the museum has something for everyone.

    TOURISIM

    As Canada's only desert, there are some extraordinary places to visit.

    Irrigation Canal Walkway

    A popular 5 km roundtrip trail can be reached on 62nd Avenue just north of the Osoyoos Secondary School. The trail meanders along an abandoned section of the irrigation canal that was once the lifeline for Osoyoos and opened up the area for the fruit industry. You can see the impact of this canal as one side of the trail remains in a natural state with sage and antelope brush, while the orchards on the other side reveal the effect water has on the land.

    Osoyoos Desert Centre

    During a visit, guests are accompanied by an interpretive guide along the one-and-one-half kilometers of elevated boardwalk trail that winds through the arid shrublands and grasses to interpretive kiosks. Experience the beauty and learn more about the desert features.

    Nk'Mip Desert & Heritage Centre

    Explore the cultural heritage and desert landscapes of the Osoyoos Indian Band. Two-and-one-half kilometres of self-guided interpretive trails meander through 50 acres of sage grasslands and Ponderosa Pine forests. In the Interpretive Centre, you will be introduced to the history of the Okanagan People and Osoyoos Indian Band through exhibits, stories, and interactive displays.

    Osoyoos Lake Oxbows

    The oxbows at the north end of Osoyoos Lake are a perfect area for bird watching. The parking lot is accessed on Road 22 off Highway 97, eight kilometers north of Osoyoos. Walk south to enter some of the best known haunts for migratory and resident feathered friends.

    Vaseaux Lake Wildlife Centre

    Located between Oliver and Okanagan Falls is one of Canada's foremost birding areas. An information kiosk provides extensive information about the area, the vegetation and the wildlife.

    White Lake Observatory

    Tour the Observatory site to see the telescopes in action. This is the only radio astronomy observatory in Canada. It is located north of OK Falls in a natural basin with surrounding hills that offer protection from man-made radio interference.

    Mt. Kobau

    Take a hike along the Testalinden Trail. The trail begins at the parking area atop the mountain. It is a 5 km loop around the summit that passes through mixed sub-alpine forest and open grasslands. The fire lookout atop Mt. Kobau gives visitors a breathtaking view of the Okanagan Valley, Osoyoos Lake and the Similkameen Valley.

    History

    Aboriginal people have lived in the Osoyoos area for thousands of years, as evidenced by rock and an oral tradition explaining their history before Europeans arrived to the valley in 1811.

    The first Europeans to Osoyoos were fur traders working for the Pacific Fur Company, an American enterprise. They ventured up the Okanagan River to Osoyoos Lake and farther north. After the Hudson’s Bay Company took over the fur trade in 1821, the Okanagan Valley became a major trade route for supplies to inland forts of British Columbia and furs that were shipped south to the Columbia River and the Pacific to European and Asian markets. The final Hudson’s Bay Company brigade in 1860 was the end of an era, as gold rushes transformed the economy of the new Colony of British Columbia. As parties of miners headed for the Fraser goldfields via the Okanagan Trail, they commonly met conflict with the Okanagan people. The Dewdney Trail passed through Osoyoos on its way from Hope to the Kootenays. The Dewdney Trail now forms the backbone of the Crowsnest Highway.

    Thousands of miners heading to the goldfields and drovers with large herds of livestock crossed the 49th parallel after 1858. A custom house was built in Osoyoos in 1861 with John Carmichael Haynes as the tax collector. Haynes was also the first pioneer settler who obtained land along the Okanagan River north of Osoyoos that had been part of the Osoyoos Indian Reserve established by the Joint Indian Reserve Commission in 1877. These lands, now known as the Haynes Lease lands, remain as an original house and barn.

    Osoyoos was incorporated as a village in 1946 when the railway arrived and became a town in the 1980s. When the railway was discontinued, its station house and grounds were granted to the Osoyoos Sailing Club.

    Boundaries

    Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    49° 1'15.86"N and 119°26'3.48"W

    Services

    • Telephone
    • Internet
    • Natural gas at lot line
    • Municipal sewer
    • Municipal water
    • Cell service
    • 30 amp power to the RV sites

    Improvements

    • 35 RV spots serviced with 30 amp power and 5 waterslides
    • Public washroom facilities
    • Living quarters for owner or manager
    • Large parking lot

    Tax Details

    $19,000 (2017)

    Zoning

    C4 - Tourist Commercial

    Legal

    LOT 2 DISTRICT LOT 100 SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT PLAN 43338
    PID 016-217-195

    Maps & Plans

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    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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