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    High Specification Granite Quarry - Smith Island

    North Coast & Northwestern BC Listing No. 20154

    165 acres on Smith Island with 2,300 feet of frontage on Inverness Passage at the mouth of the Skeena River near Prince Rupert. Deep water access for barging granite; huge cost savings.


    Price
    $500,000

    Size
    165 acres

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    Description

    The property has deep water access near the new Prince Rupert container port and Ridley Island. The property has a rock quarry from which the granite for the Court House in Prince Rupert came from. This site is also ideal as a residential or recreational retreat with very little sheltered deep water oceanfront of this kind available in the Prince Rupert area. Situated near the mouth of the Skeena River this is great property for access to excellent fishing.

    This property provides a chance of a lifetime with access to a bounty of hunting and fishing grounds, protection from weather systems, and means to escape the 'hustle-bustle,' or permanently reside within this tranquil settlement.

    Testing results are available to parties who have a non-disclosure agreement with the seller and brokerage.

    Location

    Osland Settlement - Smith Island

    Access

    Boat access only at certain tides. From Port Edward (10 km away by boat), or Prince Rupert, a water taxi is available. Please inquire with the listing agent for details.

    Area Data

    Northern Coastal BC is a phenomenal region of Canada, bursting with diversity and unmatched beauty. Mostly remote and tranquil, lush landscapes backdrop the mightly ocean, pristine waterways, and pure air. The sea, tidal foreshores, rivers, and forests are teeming with an incredible variety of life and opportunity—attracting local and global attention.

    Osland, Smith Island

    Smith Island lies at the Skeena River mouth, 22 km southeast of Prince Rupert. The tiny community of Osland is on the southeastern shore of the island surrounded by outstanding wilderness and biodiversity within spectacular fishing grounds.

    The Osland boardwalk has long stood the test of time and continues to be an indispensable feature linking families through gardens, shoreline, and forest. This 'highway' is locally maintained through Provincial Funds and provides residents the ability to transport goods easily—groceries, firewood, fishing gear, and feed for livestock. There are only a few deeded properties remaining.

    Deep blue Bremner Lake, approx. 3 km in length and 350 m at its widest, is tucked up in the forest, east of the community. This tranquil lake spills down through Osland to the De Horsey Passage. Several smaller unnamed lakes dot the islands' interior. To the north, a long and narrow inlet/saltwater lake, depending on the tide, is accessible by water.

    The closest access to the Mainland is 5 minutes via water to Cassiar. From Cassiar, Highway 599 provides access to Port Edward. The highway then joins Highway 16 to head eastward through Prince Goerge, or westward to terminate in Prince Rupert. VIA Rail Canada provides passenger service with the Prince Rupert-Jasper route through the Canadian Rockies, being a prime means to explore western BC from ocean to mountain and return. Prince Rupert Airport, on Digby Island, is accessed by local ferry service and provides flights to Vancouver. The Orca Spirit water taxi services the entire BC coast.

    Port Edward

    (pop. 550)

    Port Edward's numerous canneries were once the town's staple economy. Today, many residents work in forestry and fishing, with tourism increasingly a mainstay of the economy. A large portion of the well-known movie 'Avatar' was filmed in the surrounding forests where numerous film clips included the 'gnarliest' tree. Services have grown to consists of an elementary school, accommodation, restaurant/pub, groceries, and postal services.

    Prince Rupert

    (pop. 15,000)

    This port city on Kaien Island is linked to the mainland by a short bridge. Just north of the mouth of the Skeena River and about 50 km south of the Alaska border, Prince Rupert is the land, air, and water transportation hub of the Coastal North. Prince Rupert's port is the deepest ice-free port in North America and is vital to the local economy. The port provides terminals for the Alaska Marine Highway System, BC Ferries, cargo ocean liners, and cruise ships. Commodities then via CN Rail's class one railway on the lowest grade through the Rocky Mountains for fast, fuel-efficient transport. It is the closest North American port to Asia with direct access to open water for safe access to shipping lanes.

    Skeena River

    The Skeena River (580 km length) is the second largest river in western BC after the Fraser River. It rises in the northern interior and flows southwest. Significant tributaries, the Babine and Bulkley rivers, join the Skeena to empty into Chatham Sound. This river area supports some of the largest fish populations on the coast and is a critical waterfowl habitat.

    Vegetation

    The property is predominantly western red cedar.

    Recreation

    Besides fishing the ocean shoreline, fly casting at Bremner Lake, or kayaking the local waters, Smith Island is a 'launchpad' to more of the most natural and diverse playgrounds in this coastal region. Many islands' rainforests, rugged shorelines, and sheltered inlets remain unchanged and tranquil, as nature designed. All combine for an exceptional opportunity to fish, gather seafood, kayak, explore the wilderness, and view wildlife.

    Ocean sportfishing is undeniably a global attraction. This region, proliferate with opportunity, as been referred to as the 'ocean supermarket.' Salmon and halibut are the two primary species sought—along with snapper, cod, black cod, rockfish, tuna, steelhead, eulachon, herring, and octopus. Clams, mussels, scallops, crabs, prawns, sea asparagus and seaweed, are also plentiful given the right location and timing. Freshwater angling for rainbow, cutthroat, and Dolly Varden is also popular in nearby lakes and rivers.

    There are endless kayaking opportunities for day or overnight paddles. Ocean passages, channels, and islands, the Skeena, and many small rivers offer ever-changing water and landscapes.

    The opportunity to explore the coast without getting your feet wet is abundant. Trails to reversing rapids with churning waters (tide change), leisurely forest strolls, short paths winding through the city, strenuous unmaintained trails up the surrounding mountains, all satisfy personal preferences and capabilities.

    Map Reference

    54° 8'57.38"N and 130° 9'41.15"W

    Tax Details

    $694 (2020)

    Zoning

    Official Zoning not in place. Rural Residential designation under North Coast Regional District draft Official Community Plan Electoral Area' C.'

    Legal

    DISTRICT LOT 6919 RANGE 5 COAST DISTRICT
    PID 015-314-634

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

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