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    Large Private Acreage Backing onto Crown Land - Merritt, BC

    Thompson Nicola Listing No. 20073

    Escape Property! 184 acres between Merritt and Princeton backing onto crown land. Completely outside the ALR. Mixture of grassland and treed areas with a creek running through. Fantastic SW exposure & 180 degree views. Wildlife is everywhere. Sub-dividable.


    184 acres

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    With only a 2.5 hour drive from the Lower Mainland, this property presents a rare opportunity to own a large sub-dividable acreage completely outside the ALR and in one of the most sought after recreational areas in BC. It should be noted that if you are looking to subdivide the property, you will need to speak with the Ministry of Transportation regarding their requirements for access into the property. It’s possible that MOT may require an upgrade turning lane off Highway 5A.

    If you are someone who is interested in fishing, hunting, horseback riding, ATVing or sledding this area is already well-known to you. There are 184 acres of gently rolling land with the majority having superb southwest exposure to take advantage of the warm Nicola Valley sun. Views from the property are a panoramic 180 degrees out towards the west over the rolling hills in the distance. The property has plenty of water with a few small creeks running through and a couple small ponds. If you check out the mapping section you can see the property backs onto Crown land, and the parcel of Crown land directly east of the property has a small lake on it, which is approximately 7.5 acres in size. The property is a good mixture of open grasslands and treed areas and is truly the perfect habitat for deer. The area also has and abundance of other animals including moose, elk, bear, coyote and various other fowl including grouse. Access to Crown land provides you the opportunity to explore the various logging roads and ATV trails for days.

    There are a handful of other ranch properties in the area and it’s known as one of the most desirable destinations for the Lower Mainland’s “weekend cowboy” with driving times to the property being less than 3 hours. Properties in this area do not come onto the market very often and when they do they are usually sold privately, so don’t wait to call the listing REALTOR® and set up a time to go by for a look.


    The property is located on Highway 5A roughly halfway between Merritt and Princeton on the east side of the highway. This property is located only 2.5 hours to the Lower Mainland.


    From Vancouver

    Follow Highway 1 east to Hope, BC and then take the Coquihalla towards Merritt/Kamloops and follow for 110 km. At Merritt take Exit 286 towards Kelowna and follow for 23 km and take the exit towards Aspen Grove on Highway 5A. Follow for 53 km the property is on the left side (east) of the road for the next 2 km.

    Area Data

    The Nicola Valley's landscape varies dramatically, from the wind-blasted cliffs of Windy Canyon near Merritt to the glacial shore-lines of ancient lakes and the rolling grasslands lining Highway 5A. There are even ancient lava cliffs in Monck Provincial Park. With such a diverse environment, an abundance of wildlife and vegetation flourish throughout the Nicola Valley. Bears, deer and moose are found throughout the region, while elk and mountain goats are less common but still present. The forests surrounding Merritt harbour a wide variety of tree species from lodgepole pine, Engelmann spruce, subalpine fir in the highlands to Douglas fir and ponderosa pine in the benchlands.

    The land here is active and adventurous; visitors of the valley are never bored. There's excellent mountain biking from steep-pitching single track to cross-country riding through grassland meadows. The trails at Lundbom Commonage, home to Laurie Guichon Memorial Grasslands Interpretive Site, offer excellent hiking for all skill sets. The Nicola Valley is also a fisherman's paradise with over 200 bountiful lakes and streams. Back on land, birdwatchers visit Harmon Lake to view some of the area's 200 species of bird. Finally, there's the golfing. Golfers tee off in a peaceful atmosphere with immaculately conditioned courses that offer a variety of holes, making golf in the region an unforgettable experience.


    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 and ATVing the area has to offer. “A lake a day as long as you stay” is not just a slogan for the Nicola Valley region—it's a fact. With over 150 lakes in the area, this region is unrivaled for its sports fishing. In particular, Nicola Lake is notorious for its great variety of fish. It is said to contain an incredible 26 different species! Angling is the most popular form of fishing here but enthusiasts are also successful with fly and ice fishing. Alleyne and Kentucky Lake are the two largest lakes in the region and are constantly visited by campers hoping to get away from the rush and stress of modern day living.

    Other popular activities include:

    • Fishing
    • Hunting
    • Horseback riding
    • ATVing
    • Snowmobiling
    • Biking
    • Cross-country skiing

    Visitors can also enjoy other recreational activities including canoeing and hiking. The Nicola Valley offers a rustic open country feel rich with history and fantastic wintertime recreational opportunities. Traces of the old west can be felt across the valley through its historic attractions and working ranches such as Western Canada's largest, Douglas Lake Ranch. Explore the area's rich logging, mining and First Nation's history at the Nicola Valley Museum and Archives featuring the James A Teit Gallery. Historic Baillie House and Merritt's most famous landmark, The Coldwater Hotel (circa 1909), are two the area's original structures you must visit. The beauty of the Nicola Valley is just as spectacular when covered with snow—snowmobilers love it here. There are a variety of snowmobiling adventures from Thyne Mountain for the novice to challenging hill climbing at Honeymoon Range. There are also 40 km (24 mi) of cross-country skiing and snowshoeing trails.


    Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    49°45'48.91"N and 120°38'23.16"W

    Investment Features

    The RL-1 zoning allows for a minimum parcel size of 10 acres, which means the subdivision potential for this property is high. The property also has the following permitted uses:

    • Fishing and hunting resorts and guest ranches
    • Single family dwellings or two family dwellings
    • Agricultural and horticultural uses
    • Forestry practice, logging and the processing of timber grown on the property
    • Open land recreation including archery and firearm ranges, ski hills, golf courses, rodeo grounds, equestrian centres, and camps for service or non-profit organizations
    • Aircraft landing fields
    • Pet boarding and breeding kennels
    • Wineries, involving the manufacture, packaging, storage and sales of grape or fruit-based wines
    • And more . . . contact the listing REALTOR® for the full bylaw


    Hydro is approximately 2 poles away from the property line. Power is across Highway 5A.


    Fenced on three sides (some cross-fencing).

    Tax Details

    $79.13 (2020)


    Rural Residential (RL-1)


    PID 023-596-449

    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.