Highly sought after agricultural land in the Lower Nicola Micro-climate. One of BC’s top producing hay ranches. Only 2 hours to Chilliwack. 466 in 3 titles with 2.5 km on Nicola River. 215 irrigated acres with one pivot and balance under wheel lines. 3 cut Alfalfa. Multiple water licences.
Highly sought after agricultural land in the Lower Nicola Valley in Merritt, BC. The “Kuiper Ranch” offers you the opportunity to acquire one of BC’s top producing hay ranches in an area of the province known for its warm microclimate. Significant land holdings in this area do not come up for sale often. Only 5 minutes to Merritt and just over 2 hours to Chilliwack this ranch is in easy striking distance for any Lower Mainland farmer to significantly expand their production capacity or relocate their entire operation.
Kuiper Ranch is 3 separate titles covering 466 acres with 2.5 kilometres of river frontage on the Nicola River. The area currently under irrigation is approximately 215 acres with one large pivot and the balance under wheel lines. The fields are currently producing 3 solid cuts of Alfalfa. This land may be suitable for vegetable production. There is approximately 50 acres of additional pasture land that could be brought into production.
The ranch has multiple water licences in place, drawing water from Guichon Creek, Stumbles Creek and the Nicola River. Irrigation water has been plentiful and consistent over the years with a massive allocation of acre/feet per year. This ranch has never ran short on water. Please contact the listing REALTOR® for copies of the water licences. Irrigation water is provided by 3 separate pump houses; the pivot and wheel line irrigation system on the westerly section of the ranch is powered by an intelligent 50 hp variable speed pump and the remainder of the wheel line irrigation is powered from the two other pump houses.
The ranch has also historically operated as a working cattle ranch with a range permit in place for 175 cow/calf pairs plus bulls. The range is located on the south side of the Nicola River and covers an area of approximately 20,000 acres in size. The property is fully fenced and cross fenced and includes corrals and cattle handling infrastructure. Outbuildings include a large covered hay storage approximately 50' x 200', the retail store which houses the butcher shop and an older tool shop building. Equipment does not spend the winters covered in snow on this ranch with lots of year-round indoor storage, including a 35' x 80' foot open sided storage building with metal roof and 20' full length lean-to on each side. There’s and additional metal-clad fully enclosed 50' x 100' shop with approximately 18' ceilings.
Only minutes to downtown Merritt the main ranch house is serviced by municipal water. The house is a modest but well-build two level residence with 4 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, and has power, internet, telephone, natural gas and septic system.
Another significant layer of value offering by the ranch is a retail market located at the north east corner of the ranch along Highway 8. Operating as Nicola Valley Meats the store offers custom meat cutting and a wide selection of products; the shop is a favourite stop for both locals and travellers along the busy Highway 8 corridor. The store has knowledgeable employees in place and is a money maker for the ranch ownership. Financials available to qualified buyers.
Equipment list available to qualified buyers.
Contact the listing REALTOR® for more information or to book a time to go by for a look.
540 Highway 8 (Merritt-Spences Bridge Highway) - Lower Nicola, BC
From Merritt go west on Highway 97 for 4.5 km, then stay left on Highway 8 towards Spences Bridge. Follow Highway 8 for 4.2 km and the ranch is on the left hand side.
Easily accessible by the Coquihalla Highway, the City of Merritt is a thriving community situated at an elevation of 595 metres above sea level. Merritt tends to experience mild winters, and warm, sunny summers.
Nestled in the heart of the Nicola Valley, Merritt (population: 8,000) offers an active and unique lifestyle amid the incredible scenery of British Columbia's southern interior. Wind erosion has created unique formations in the walls of Windy Canyon near Merritt, and ancient shorelines of 10,000-year-old glacial lakes are visible in the surrounding grasslands where cattle graze undisturbed. Located 278 km (168 mi) from Vancouver, Merritt's rolling hills and cattle ranches, resort lodgings and fishing lakes combine a rich culture and history with outdoor adventure.
You can stay at a ranch that preserves the cowboy culture and history of Merritt and the surrounding Thompson Okanagan region. Douglas Lake Ranch is a working cattle ranch, Canada's largest, that offers fishing on one of their 11 private lakes. A-P Guest Ranch has buildings that are originals of a 1911 homestead ranch, while Quilchena hotel and ranch offers unique accommodation in a period-style house.
Merritt's ranching tradition is carried on at rodeos held throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Most of these rodeos feature professional competitions, but several are designed for youth and high school students.
From the property there are countless miles of logging roads and various other trails to explore on horseback, on foot, by ATV or snowmobile. In fact each winter hundreds of people enjoy the amazing snowmobiling in the nearby high country. The owner of the property has consistently caught large rainbow trout right on the property. The river also has populations of steelhead and salmon during the right time of year. Horseback riding is also fantastic in the hills surrounding the property.
Other popular activities include:
For years the Merritt area was used as a gathering place by local settlers First Nations groups and a transportation route by early pioneers. The grasslands eventually drew the attention of settlers interested in ranching, and the first ranches were staked in the mid-19th century.
In the 1880s three ranches located at the confluence of the Nicola and Coldwater Rivers, owned by William Voght, Jesus Garcia, and the John Charters Estate, became the focus of a farming community knows as "The Forks". With the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway through British Columbia in 1885, interest increased in the coal deposits south of The Forks.
Part of the ranches owned by Voght, Garcia and Charters was surveyed in 1893 for the townsite of Forksdale, but the name did not catch on with locals. Instead, the name was changed in 1906 to honour William Hamilton Merritt, a mining engineer and railway promoter. By 1907, the coal mines were in operation and with the completion of the railway from Spences Bridge, government and other offices starting moving from Nicola west to establish Merritt as the major settlement in the Nicola Valley.
Please see mapping section (all boundaries are approximate).
50° 8'46.26"N and 120°53'51.92"W
PARCEL A (PLAN B1430) OF DISTRICT LOT 132 KAMLOOPS DIVISION YALE DISTRICT EXCEPT PLANS 2848, 3558 AND 12122
LOT 1 DISTRICT LOT 132 KAMLOOPS DIVISION YALE DISTRICT PLAN 3558
DISTRICT LOT 1613 KAMLOOPS DIVISION YALE DISTRICT
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