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    High Bar Ranch - Clinton, BC

    Thompson Nicola Listing No. 22110

    630 acres, 2.5 km of Fraser River frontage with beach. 40 acres of gravity irrigated hay field. Off-grid. 2 creeks with water licences. Range permit. Climate suitable for vegetables or vineyard. Small log home + second unfinished log home. Shop, barn & creek front guest cabin.


    630 acres ~ 3 titles

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    High Bar Ranch might be one of the most picturesque ranches in British Columbia. Located approximately 38 km straight west of the community of Clinton, BC in the stunningly beautiful Fraser River Canyon. While currently operating as a working cattle ranch High Bar’s location provides a prospective buyer with the opportunity for a wide range of uses. This is a guest ranch quality location with an unmistakable old west feel and million-dollar views. Access to the property out High Bar road drops dramatically 2,800 feet from the Cariboo Plateau down a series of switchbacks to the ranch below. Alternatively the ranch can be accessed via Big Bar road in two separate routes from the north. For anyone with a private pilot licence you can also access the property via the airstrip that has been developed to the west of the main hay field.

    This off-grid ranch is 630 acres with over 2.5 km of riverfront on the Fraser River. Butcher Creek and Barney Creek run east to west through the ranch pouring into the Fraser River. The ranch has approximately 40 acres of irrigated hay field and a range permit in place with 192 AUMs. Additional AUMs may also be available to be added to the ranch. Excellent water licenses are in place for domestic and irrigation water from both of the creeks, with water distributed to the fields by a gravity feed systems and hand line irrigation. Although the ranch is off grid and currently operated with a generator/solar/wind combination, there may be an opportunity to apply for a micro-hydro licence on the creek for a Pelton power generation system. The property is fenced and cross fenced.

    Agricultural land in the Fraser Canyon is highly coveted with a warm microclimate. The seller generally takes two good cuts of hay each year and grazes the third. The growing conditions are similar to what you would find in the Okanagan region of BC, and has the heat units suitable for vegetable production or vineyard. A paradise for anyone interested in gardening or self-sufficient living this property has the sun, the soil and the water you have been looking for.

    The main ranch house is a modest 850 square foot, 2 bedroom log home with primary heating provided by wood stove. A larger log home of approximately 1,500 ft2 was built several years ago, but remains unfinished with no windows or doors installed. Additional outbuildings include a new shop with covered lean-to, loafing shed and barn. The home site has wood rail fencing and several paddocks areas. The sellers have lovingly restored an historic log cabin and moved the cabin to a picturesque spot just off Butcher Creek. This quaint cabin would be in high demand if put on Airbnb lulling guest’s to sleep with the tranquil sounds of Butcher Creek.

    In the heat of the summer you'll find yourself along the banks of the Fraser River. As the river level drops it reveals an awesome private beach area. A comfy chair, a refreshing drink and swimsuit is all you'll need when the summer temperatures push towards 40°C. Some of British Columbia's most iconic wildlife called this ranch home with California bighorn sheep and mule deer visiting frequently. The surrounding hills have some of the best horseback riding and hunting opportunities in the BC Interior. The area has also become well-known in recent years in the mountain biking community as a prime destination to take in the expansive Fraser Canyon vistas.

    The ranch and the surrounding country paint you a picture of the pioneer days. Staring across the canyon you can see the original wagon trail pioneers travelled up the Fraser Canyon with horse and wagon looking to strike it rich in BC’s gold rush. The whole world arrived when gold was discovered on the banks of the Fraser River in 1858. Today, you can still see large piles of rocks along stacked along sections of the river frontage on High Bar Ranch left behind over 150 years ago by incredibly hearty Chinese migrants that mined the riverbank with shovel and pick.

    Property such as this one do not come up for sale often so don't wait to contact the listing REALTOR® for more information or to book a time to go by for a look.


    High Bar Road - located approximately 38 km straight west of the community of Clinton, BC in the stunningly beautiful Fraser River Canyon.


    From Clinton, follow the Kelly Lake road west. Turn right on Jesmond Road. Then left on High Bar Road and follow to the ranch. High Bar road drops dramatically 2,800 feet from the Cariboo Plateau down a series of switchbacks to the ranch below. This access is not for the faith of heart.

    Area Data

    The Fraser River

    The Fraser River courses through more than one half-dozen distinct geo-climactic zones, North America’s most diverse indigenous landscape and the essence of British Columbia (BC) history. BC’s longest river begins within the Canadian Rockies foothills in the shadow of majestic Mount Robson, carving canyons and nurturing land until it drains into the Strait of Georgia near Vancouver, some 854-miles away. When you venture beside the majestic Fraser, you see, feel and absorb the spectacular landscape and mythical tales of Western Canada.

    Situated at an intersection of deep gorges in the lee of the Coast Mountains, it has a dry climate—329.5 millimetres (13 in) of precipitation is recorded annually. Lillooet has a long growing season and once had prolific market gardens and orchard produce. It often experiences extremely hot summers with shade temperatures more than occasionally topping 40°C (104°F) and it often vies with Lytton and Osoyoos for the title of "Canada's Hot Spot" on a daily basis in summer.

    It is set against a backdrop of the Coast Mountains—a varied terrain ideal for fishing, canoeing, hiking, mountain biking, snowmobiling and ice climbing. The abundant surrounding wilderness also provides incredible wildlife viewing and bird watching. Lillooet's spectacular geography is accompanied by a rich culture and history experienced today at heritage sites and on cultural tours.

    Clinton, BC

    The Village of Clinton is a small friendly community located in one of the most pristine natural environments in the world, while still being close and accessible to larger centres. Clinton is located on Highway 97, midway between Vancouver and Prince George. Clinton has a colourful history of over 150 years and was founded as a direct result of the “boom” of the Cariboo Gold Rush. This active community of 650 residents has a unique western atmosphere, stunning scenery, and an abundance of recreational opportunities. Incorporated in 1963, Clinton boasts hosting one of British Columbia’s oldest continuously running events; the Clinton Annual Ball, now held in May of each year.


    Popular activities in the area include:

    • Hunting
    • Fishing
    • Snowmobiling
    • Gold panning
    • Mountain biking
    • Gardening (you can grow anything here)
    • Back country skiing
    • Horseback riding
    • AVTing
    • Snowmobiling


    Indigenous people have lived in the Fraser Canyon since time immemorial, travelling its waters and depending on the river’s abundance for food, transport, and trade, long before Simon Fraser chartered this river. In 1808 Simon Fraser travelled down the Fraser River, through treacherous portions of the river which now bears his name. He described one particular gorge as “the gates of hell,” after he and his men inched their way along its cliffs using rope ladders made by their Indigenous guides. This section of the Fraser River still goes by the name “Hell’s Gate.” The Fraser Gold Rush began in 1858 after gold was discovered on the Thompson River in British Columbia at its confluence with the Nicoamen River a few miles upstream from the Thompson’s confluence with the Fraser River at present-day Lytton. The rush that overtook the region was centred on the Fraser Canyon from around Hope and Yale to Pavilion and Fountain, just north of Lillooet. In response to the massive influx of miners, many prepared to disrespect local customers or even kill to get to the gold, the Nlaka’pamux people began to fight back beginning the Canyon War of 1858. A blockade of the river by the Nlaka’pamux Nation forced miners off the Fraser River Banks and, thanks to the peace negotiations by Chief Spintlum, an all-out war was avoided. Though the rush was largely over by 1927, miners from the boom spread out and found a sequence of other goldfields throughout the British Columbia Interior and North, most famously the Cariboo Gold Rush. The major influx of prospectors in the Fraser Canyon has forever shaped the regions’ culture, landscapes and collective memory.


    Please see mapping section (all boundaries are approximate).

    Map Reference

    51° 4'7.36"N and 121°56'28.23"W


    • Power (wind, solar and generator)
    • Domestic water provided by creek licence
    • Irrigation water provided by creek licence
    • Septic system installed
    • Satellite Internet available


    • Main ranch house is a modest 850 ft2, 2 bedroom log home with primary heating provided by wood stove
    • Second larger log home of approximately 1,500 ft2 was built several years ago, but remains unfinished with no windows or doors installed
    • New shop with covered lean-to
    • Loafing shed
    • Barn
    • Renovated historic log cabin just off Butcher Creek, this quaint cabin would be in high demand if put on Airbnb

    Tax Details

    $1,507.70 (2021)




    PID 013-284-207

    PID 010-375-457

    PID 010-375-465

    Maps & Plans


    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.