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    The Possibilities are Endless! Log Cabin Pub, Spences Bridge

    Thompson Nicola Listing No. 21115

    The Log Cabin Pub presents many options for now and the future . . . carry on with the pub business, convert to a fabulous restaurant, start a winery or craft brewery, convert to an equestrian estate with a huge one level home or . . .


    Price
    $688,000

    Size
    6.44 acres ~ 3 titles

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    Description

    For those that travel the Trans-Canada Highway from Hope to Cache Creek and beyond, you already know that this stretch of road has a slower pace and better weather than the Coquihalla. The drive through the Fraser and Thompson River canyons is more enjoyable and provides more to see along the way. So much more, that this is the preferred route of tourists and travellers who want to stop and see the sights, take a break for a bite or a drink, talk to a local or two, and just make it about the journey and not the destination.

    Spences Bridge is a small community on the banks of the Thompson River where Highway 8 meets Highway 1. Many motorcyclists know it well, as it is a preferred stop on a day drive looping from Vancouver’s north shore up through Pemberton, Lillooet, Hat Creek then down to Cache Creek, Ashcroft and Spences Bridge for a stop at the Log Cabin Pub, then back down through the Fraser Canyon and to Vancouver. This is a pleasant drive along smaller safer roads and Spences Bridge is a good place to stop along the way.

    The Log Cabin Pub has been operating for 45 years on the Trans-Canada Highway in one of the warmest spots in Canada! The building, a 4,000 square foot LOG structure, sits on 6.44 acres of fertile land adjacent to the Trans-Canada Highway and occupies most of the block. The remaining 2.2 acres is also for sale and can be purchased to have the entire block, giving you significant highway frontage, and flexibility in what you can do with this property.

    The zoning is commercial for the pub and residential for the undeveloped acreage. The property is mostly level and sits on the east side of the Trans-Canada Highway, with good morning to mid-afternoon sun exposure. There’s good highway signage, and potential to develop this property to more commercial opportunities. Or you can convert a mostly flat property with over 6 acres of land to a residential, equestrian, or agricultural use with a 4,000 square foot log building as a residence, a winery, craft brewery or any number of other possible uses.

    With the recent activity in the market and the surrounding areas, this opportunity is priced to sell!

    Location

    4857 Chucker Crescent - Spences Bridge, BC
    3709 Deer Lane - Spences Bridge, BC
    3719 Deer Lane - Spences Bridge, BC

    Access

    Take the Trans-Canada Highway north or south and turn on Chucker Crescent, and look for the big log building, you can’t miss it!

    Area Data

    Spences Bridge is where the Nicola River meets the Thompson River and where Highway 8 meets Highway 1. Spences Bridge is 35 km north of Lytton, 44 km south of Ashcroft, and 65 km northwest of Merritt.

    On 1 January 2014, the old Spences Bridge, a one-lane steel truss bridge, was decommissioned and permanently closed to all pedestrian and vehicle traffic after 82 years of service. This was deemed necessary by Ministry of Transportation engineers due to the poor condition of the bridge.

    Spences Bridge's location is mountainous, with higher elevations part of the Interior Plateau. The east side of the Fraser here is part of the Clear Range, a mountainous southwards extension of the Fraser Plateau located in the angle of the Thompson and Fraser Rivers.

    Spences Bridge has a semi-arid climate. The climate is very dry and mild by Canadian standards, with an average annual precipitation of just 269.1 mm (10.6 in). Winters are short and moderately cold for usually brief periods and sunshine hours are very low for a couple of months, while summers are quite long, hot, sunny and dry—compared to the rest of Canada, albeit with comfortable nights. Like much of the lower-altitude valleys in the Thompson Nicola region, there are more days (on average approx. 40 days per year) when temperature exceeds 32°C (90°F) than remain below freezing.

    Large herds of bighorn sheep are visible in and around the community throughout the year. A patient wildlife observer in the area surrounding Spences Bridge may see elk, bighorn sheep, deer, coyote, black bears, cougar, bobcat, lynx, bald eagles, ospreys and many other wildlife species. British Columbia is one of the richest wildlife viewing areas in Canada.

    Recreation

    Famous today for its excellent steelhead fishing, the area around Spences Bridge attracts dedicated anglers from around the world between September and December to catch and release these fabulous sports fish. Aside from fishing, other outdoor adventures include a trail ride operation, river rafting, hiking and sightseeing.

    History

    The area around Spences Bridge has a long and ancient history, with a Native Heritage spanning thousands of years. Europeans first came during the Cariboo Gold rush of the 1850s, when the town was known as Cook’s Ferry after the ferry that was used to connect the two sides of the Thompson River.

    In 1863, Thomas Spence, the famous road builder, finished the Cariboo Highway by replacing the ferry with a wooden toll bridge across the rushing Thompson River. The community was renamed when that first bridge was built in 1864. After the gold rush, the town became a farming and railroad community, which it remains to this day. “Add water to this sun-drenched land and you can grow anything” the saying goes, proven by the many orchards, fruit stands and ranches near Spences Bridge.

    Spences Bridge no longer has the bridge across the Thompson River that once gave the community its name. Removal of the bridge was completed in March 2015 after the Ministry of Transportation deemed the bridge to be a safety hazard and closed it permanently after 82 years in service. Disassembly of the bridge now separates the communities living on the north and south sides of the river. Residents can still travel across the river via the Thompson River Bridge, which is part of Highway 1, but it is a half-hour walk from the old bridge.

    Several heritage sites add to the enduring appeal of Spences Bridge, including the oldest active hotel in British Columbia, and the Widow Smith Gravesite (Granny Smith Apples), which is adjacent to this property.

    Map Reference

    50°25'25.85"N and 121°20'31.29"W

    Services

    Community water system, power, satellite TV, 2 septic systems

    Improvements

    • 4,000 square foot log building
    • Manufactured home currently used for storage
    • Storage building
    • Garage

    Tax Details

    $2,400 (2020)

    Zoning

    TNRD: C-3 - Highway Commercial Zone
    TNRD: R-2 - Residential Multi-Use Zone

    Legal

    Lot 4 District Lot 369 Kamloops Division Yale District Plan 8694
    PID 009-805-621

    Lot 3 District Lot 369 Kamloops Division Yale District Plan 8694
    PID 009-805-605

    Lot 2 District Lot 369 Kamloops Division Yale District Plan 8694
    PID 009-805-591

    Maps & Plans

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    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.