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    Make Memories at Red Lake - Rural Kamloops

    Thompson Nicola Listing No. 20180

    The Red Lake community is serviced with power and accessible year-round. This building site is steps from a public lake access where you can leave your boat. The fishing and all other outdoor activities abound in the area. Great for families.


    0.45 of an acre

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    The area has so much to offer with boating, great fishing, hunting, ATV riding and whatever else you can imagine. The area is accessible in winter for snowmobiling, ice fishing and snow shoeing. This is a nice community with friendly neighbors. Red Lake is stocked each year with brook and rainbow trout. This property is well located with an elevated home site. 30-amp power is connected, water and septic are needed. A covered travel trailer and attached building are included or can be removed.


    3425 Red Lake Road - Kamloops, BC

    Area Data

    Tucked away in the mountains just northwest of Kamloops is a pristine lake named Red Lake at an elevation of 950 m. The Tranquille Valley, Red Lake, Criss Creek, Copper Creek and Frederick, small communities are estimated with a permanent population of 250–300 with up to an additional 250 people in the area on a seasonal basis. The highest population occurs between June and September.

    Nearby Kamloops is a city in south-central BC, at the confluence of the two branches of the Thompson River and east of Kamloops Lake. Water isn’t the only thing that meets here; the Trans-Canada, the Yellowhead and Highway 97 all meet in Kamloops, as do the two national rail lines, CP and CN. With a population of 90,280 Kamloops is the largest city in the Thompson-Nicola Regional District. The International Airport is 11 km from the center if this city.

    The climate in much of the Thompson Valley is highly variable from year to year. The valley is situated in the rain shadow of the Coast Mountains, but west of the wet Shuswap. The driest months are March and April, with most of the rain falling in June and August, often in the form of thunderstorms. Most of the snow falls in December and January. Studies show that rainfall during the growing season in the grasslands to the east increases from 13.5 cm in the lower grasslands to 19 cm in the upper grasslands. Temperatures have been shown to decrease from 15°C to 11°C in the same season. The average annual temperature is 8.4°C and decreases by half a degree for every 500 m increase in elevation. The City of Kamloops, elevation 350 m, has more hours of sunshine than most places in BC. The sunshine and dry climate is highly conducive to year-round recreation.

    Kamloops is known as the Tournament Capital of Canada and hosts over 100 tournaments each year at world class sports facilities such as the Tournament Capital Centre, Kamloops Bike Ranch, and Tournament Capital Ranch. Health care, tourism, and education are major contributing industries to the regional economy and continue to grow. The City provides many accommodation and dining options, a lively arts scene, modern shops, a full range of businesses, wonderful parks and recreation facilities. The weekly farmer’s market, a world-class wildlife park, ski resorts, eight golf courses, endless miles of walking and biking trails, and scenic boat tours are more opportunities to keep active and entertained.


    Towards Red Lake from Kamloops, there are sweeping grasslands, spectacular cliffs and canyons, cool, dry forests, ponds and small lakes. It rises northwest from the hot, dry Thompson valleys through three grassland communities to the forested hills above.

    The protected grassland areas play an important conservation role in representing the Thompson Basin and Northern Thompson Uplands Ecosections. This area contains complex geology, a mixture of grasslands and forest types, a highly differential set of topographical features and soils, a variety of cultural uses, all combining to produce an area of diversity.

    Spring comes early to the lower hot, dry slopes with plants responding to the short, moist season. In contrast, the upper grasslands and forests are not in full bloom until early June when brilliant balsamroot followed by brown-eyed Susan cover the hillsides. Beyond the grasslands, ancient ponderosa pines through bluebunch wheatgrass give way to groves of trembling aspen and stands of Douglas fir, some of which are believed to be over 400 years old. California bighorn sheep, mule deer, black bear and waterfowl are common, both residential and migrating species. The Northern Pacific rattlesnake, sharp-tailed grouse and flammulated owl live more secretive lives.


    Red Lake BC is a four-season recreational playground that includes fishing, ice fishing, hunting, snowmobiling, ATV trails, bird watching, wildlife viewing, hiking and more. The lake produces trout and char providing significant action for fishing enthusiasts. For residents of Kamloops and nearby towns, it is an excellent option for day trips. For families who are looking for a holiday getaway by the lake side while catching some trout, is well worth considering this lake.

    The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC releases both rainbow trout and brook trout into the lake. Spring fishing is best for fly fishermen or those who wish to practice conventional fishing techniques. Fishing generally starts slowing down in late June when the weather becomes too hot. Fall and spring are the best times to land fish with the cooling weather. This is also a popular ice fishing destination in the winter months.

    Red Lake Rec Site relatively halfway up this lake, is on the east side. The site provides a waterside rustic camping experience with basic facilities - fire-rings, picnic tables, outhouses, and a boat launch. Fishing and camping are the main focus for this site.

    Lac du Bois Provincial Park, near Red Lake, is a protected area north of Kamloops. It overlooks the North and South Thompson River and is mainly made up of sweeping grassland and has small groves of ponderosa pine and Douglas fir. There are a few small areas to fish with plenty of other activities, such as wildlife viewing, hiking, horseback riding and hunting. Species of note include California bighorn sheep, white tail and mule deer, moose, waterfowl, rattlesnake, sharp-tailed grouse, flammulated owls, black bear, burrowing owls, western long-billed curlews, harriers and waterfowl. Sharp-tailed grouse and the Western long-billed curlew are species at risk.

    Porcupine Meadows Provincial Park, about an hour from Red Lake, provides areas of undisturbed wetlands and patches of old-growth forests making this park particularly significant in the region. There are no roads, camping or day-use facilities, and only a few trails within the park. Extensive wetland meadows abound with Engelmann spruce and sub alpine fir in this dry, cold subzone. Snowmobiles are permitted in the winter, however park users must be self sufficient. An old forestry lookout serves as a shelter for emergency use. The Kamloops Snowmobile Association has a trailer and chalet just outside the park boundaries. This park has many trails for wildlife viewing, cycling, dry camping and hiking.


    Lac du Bois Grasslands protected area was established in 1996. Cattle are part of the history and culture of the protected area. Horses of the Hudson’s Bay Company roamed the area in the 1860s and cows grazed in large numbers as the beef industry expanded in the early decades of the century. Sheep in large flocks were over-wintered in the 1940s before being taken to summer pastures west of the Fraser River. All these activities took their toll on the fragile grassland communities. A fenced pasture rotation system was put in place in 1977 that controls how cattle use the grasslands. This has to a marked improvement in the condition of the grasslands. Cattle are a part of the history and culture of Lac du Bois.

    Historical hunting and root gathering activities and historically significant pictographs and archaeological sites confirm traditional native use of the area. There are signs of early mining activity along Kamloops Lake, Bachelor Hill and gold panning on lower Tranquille Canyon. Also, historic homesteading sites are evidenced in the protected area. Two Ecological Reserves are found within the boundaries of the protected area. McQueen Creek in the northeast protects a representative example of the middle grassland community. Tranquille in the west protects a small area of ponderosa pine, Douglas fir community.

    Map Reference

    50°52'54.36"N and 120°46'33.15"W


    Power and telephone. Septic and water needed.

    Tax Details

    $348 (2019)





    PID 004-799-780

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