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    Mandalay Ranch - Vanderhoof, BC

    Robson Valley & Fraser Fort George, Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 19293

    5,445 deeded acres with approx. 10 miles of frontage on the Stuart River. 23 individual titles. 40 km from Vanderhoof. 200 amp power and telephone. Tons of game including a large herd of elk. Ideal large private hunting retreat. A great agricultural investment.


    Price
    $3,790,000

    Size
    5443 acres ~ 23 titles

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    Description

    Historic Mandalay Ranch

    Sprawling 5,445 deeded acres with approximately 10 miles of water frontage on the beautiful Stuart River. The ranch is comprised of 23 individual titles and is located 40 km from Vanderhoof or 1.75 hours from Prince George. Approximately 800 acres are cleared and open hayfields, although in recent years the owners have only taken a hay crop off less than half this area. There was a significant period of time where the ranch was not operated, and an investment in both the fields and the buildings will be needed to bring the ranch back to its full potential. The landscape is absolutely picturesque with natural meadows, treed areas, open fields, valleys and hills. 7 out of 13 parcels on the north side and 9 out of 10 parcels on the south side are water frontage properties.

    Although this property is 40 km from Vanderhoof, it is still fully serviced with 200 amp power and telephone. Buildings on the property include an older 4 bedroom home with beautiful view of the river, a large open-face equipment shed and numerous storage buildings. No equipment is included, however some may be negotiable. Permitted zoned uses include (but are not limited to) outdoor recreation facilities; primitive campsite; guest ranch; rural retreat; unpaved airstrips and helipads for use of aircraft flying. Two-family dwelling allowed on the 6 parcels that are not in the ALR. Majority of fencing is game fencing as the seller has run over 100 head of buffalo on the ranch.

    The trophy recreational aspect of this property cannot be overstated. Property is home to abundant large game, and would be perfect for a fishing/hunting resort or as a large private hunting retreat. The ranch is located at the end of a no thru road. There is a huge elk herd already calling this ranch its home and an abundance of other wildlife like moose, deer, birds, grizzly, black bear, wolves and coyotes to just name a few.

    Large parcels of land with water and an agricultural component are becoming harder and harder to find and are without question now one of the leading purchases for a knowledgeable investor. The value of this property will grow exponentially over time.

    Please call the listing REALTOR® today for more information or to book a time to visit Mandalay Ranch.

    Location

    38047 Sturgeon Point Rd - Vanderhoof, BC

    Access

    From Vanderhoof take Sturgeon Point Rd for 12 kilometres.

    Area Data

    Vanderhoof

    (pop. 4,470)

    This historic ranching and farming community is at the geographic centre of the province located at the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 27. Due to nearby rural communities without services Vanderhoof actually supports nearly 10,000 people. Forestry is the number one industry, followed by ranching and farming. Vanderhoof is in a rich, fertile valley known for its cattle ranches and dairy farms. It is the second largest forage crop production area in the province with agriculture as the second largest industry in the region.

    Vanderhoof’s strategic location on the Highway 16 and the northern main line of the CN railway makes it an important transportation, supply and service centre with several government offices, schools, hospital, medical clinic, shopping centre, 17 restaurants, 7 hotels/motels, theatre, bowling alley and a golf course. The area is served by rail and air (land and float planes). The Vanderhoof Airport has an asphalt runway 5,018 feet in length and 100 feet in width and can accommodate most planes. The Nechako River, which joins the Fraser River at Prince George, runs along the north edge of Vanderhoof. There are a number of very nice residences along the river whose owners have both boats and floatplanes. From this river you can go on waterways for over 200 kilometers, up rivers and lakes.

    Vanderhoof is the “Heart of it All” offering affordable housing, reasonable tax rates, great education, superior health services, access to government services and a strong retail and service sector. Vanderhoof is rich in culture, history, natural resources and recreational opportunities abound.

    Recreation

    Beaumont Provincial Park

    Beaumont Provincial Park provides campers with open views of Fraser Lake and a breeze that keeps the mosquitoes away. Vehicle and tent campsites are available just off Highway 16 near the community of Fraser Lake to the west of Vanderhoof. Beaumont was the site of the historic Fort Fraser in the 1840s, and there are still a few signs of the habitation around the park.

    Stellako River Wildlife Management Area

    Stellako River Wildlife Management Area protects 503 hectares of river and riparian habitat along the Stellako River near Fraser Lake. The Stellako River is one of the top rainbow trout river fisheries in BC, and is also used by chinook and sockeye salmon. The area is a destination for sport fishing and other recreational opportunities.

    Camping

    There are 3 seasonal campgrounds/RV parks in Vanderhoof and a number of camping and RV sites in the surrounding area. Vanderhoof Forest District provides forestry campsites in the area. While not all of them offer sophisticated amenities, such as power hookups or piped water, they do include basic sanitary facilities, fire rings, picnic tables and, where appropriate, boat launch ramps.

    Hiking

    During the Klondike gold rush in the late 1890s, a telegraph line was constructed to connect the gold fields to the rest of civilization. The telegraph fell out of use in the 1930s with the advent of radio technology. Some parts of the old trail still survive; the longest of these connects Telegraph Creek to Atlin. A section of the Telegraph Trail runs from Hogsback Lake, south of Vanderhoof, for about 10 km until it is lost under Blackwater Road. Other trails in the area include the Home Lake Trail. You can hike to the lake and back in a day but, as the Forest Service has been kind enough to build a cabin at the lake for you to use, why not stay the night? The trailhead is located at km 42.5 on the Kluskus Forest Service Road. About 10 km beyond is the Johnson Lake Trail, about 5 km one way. There’s no cabin here, but it’s a pretty spot to pitch a tent and enjoy swatting the mosquitoes as the sun sets. A short distance beyond that on the Kluskus Forest Service Road is the Gluten Lake Trail, which leads 6 km east to Gluten Lake, past Zippermouth Lake. Maps are available at the Visitor Centre.

    Paddling

    Paddlers can challenge the Stellako River and the Nechako River, both suitable for novice and experienced canoeists. Located near the edge of the Lakes District, which comprises over 300 lakes, canoeing is very popular in this area, and you are seldom far from a place to paddle.

    Lakes and Rivers

    Numerous lakes and rivers in the area provide excellent fishing, canoeing, boating and waterskiing. Immediately south of Vanderhoof are Tachick, Nulki and Sinkut Lakes and major rivers include the Nechako that runs past Vanderhoof, and Stuart River toward Fort St. James. The region contains the headwaters of the Fraser, Stikine and Mackenzie River systems.

    Golf

    Golfers can tee off at the par 72, 18 hole Omineca Golf Course.

    Murray Ridge Ski Hill

    45 miles (72 km) north of Vanderhoof, Murry Ridge Ski Hill offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, while hockey, curling, figure skating and ringette tournaments are held throughout winter in Vanderhoof. Murray Ridge Ski Hill contains 20 miles of runs, accessible by a T-bar lift, and well-groomed cross-country ski trails.

    Cross-Country Skiing

    Lakes and rivers freeze during winter in this region, creating level playgrounds for snowmobilers and cross-country skiers. The Nechako Valley Sporting Association maintains some of the numerous trails in the area, including 30 km of groomed trails at Waterlily Lake, located north of town off Highway 16 on Sturgeon Point Road. These same trails are open to mountain bikers in the summer.

    History

    During the early years Vanderhoof (Dutch for "of the farm") began as a small community with the surrounding area made up of large cattle ranches and logging operations.

    Early settlers came in from the south, over the western end of the Telegraph Trail. They traveled up the west coast to Prince Rupert where they boarded river steamers to take them to Hazelton; then they trekked along the Trail to Fort Fraser. Those bound for Fort St. James branched off and followed the pack trail between the two Hudson’s Bay Forts; other continued along the focal point of the Nechako Valley. The telegraph line was erected in the early days with the object of forming an overland connection between America and Europe. The Telegraph Trail followed the line from one end of British Columbia to the other and since it was the only trail into the country, it was also the main artery of travel. Many of the men who had been employed on the telegraph line remained in the north, trading, trapping and prospecting for gold.

    In 1906 the Village of Vanderhoof was only a survey line in the wilderness to mark the location of the planned railway. On April 7th 1914 the Golden Spike was driven in marking the end of railway construction. Vanderhoof was founded soon after by Herbert Vanderhoof, a Chicago publicist, who worked on behalf of the Grand Truck Pacific Railroad hoping to lure settlers to the region by promising unlimited, fabulously rich farmland, homes and businesses, plumbing and electricity. The people came in droves.

    The town grew and in 1926 the Village of Vanderhoof was born. With the arrival of World War II many young men left and Vanderhoof came to a standstill. With the rise of lumber prices and the arrival of new people in the late 1940s, it started to grow again. The next boost to the population and the economy came with the construction of Kenny Dam in the early 1950s. At the peak of its construction it employed 1,500 men, and a number of them stayed in the area after the dam was built. The next expansion period came with a large influx of American immigrants in the 1960s, and since that time Vanderhoof has enjoyed steady growth.

    Boundaries

    Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.

    Map Reference

    54° 9'43.93"N and 123°32'59.76"W

    Services

    • Hydro
    • Phone
    • Well
    • Septic

    Improvements

    • Older 4 bedroom home with beautiful view of the river
    • Large open-face equipment shed
    • Numerous storage buildings

    Tax Details

    $5,882.41 (2017)

    Zoning

    AG-1/RR1

    Legal

    Please contact REALTOR® for legal descriptions.

    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.

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