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    Private Getaway - East Barriere Lake

    Thompson Nicola Listing No. 20075

    This 40 acre parcel is part of a small land block completely surrounded by Crown land that rarely exists. The location is also fantastic, overlooking East Barriere Lake about 1 km away. New access under application for ease to the property and Lake.

    Reduced $109,000

    40 acres

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    A well treed site that has privacy plus. It is located amidst Crown land and is a rare parcel to find. Directions to locate this property are essential and access is slow going. There is a gated easement at the adjoining property that shares access. Future access is under application through Crown land that would make quicker access to the property and East Barriere Lake. This is truly a private getaway.

    This off-grid parcel has future potential value. It is a part of a four parcel assembly totaling 160 acres. Three parcels are private and one is Crown land. This parcel has Crown land on two sides.

    The property was logged several years ago and has regrown into a private forested parcel. The owner reports that about 5 to 6 loads of cedar are standing. Views of East Barriere Lake and surrounding mountains from the high portion of the property may be possible.


    Northern slopes of East Barriere Lake.


    Travel north or south to Barriere, BC via Highway 5. Turn north east onto Barriere Town Road until you reach Barriere Lakes Road, travel east for 21 kilometres, then turn north (left) onto Fir Road which turns into Russel Creek FSR. From Fir Road travel up hill and stay straight past the right turn to the Ridge Resort, and also at 3 km there will be a turn to the left, stay straight here. In another 500 m stay right. In another 5 km stay right. In another 7.5 km turn right, and the gate is another 400 m. The gate requires a key to enter with a vehicle. Otherwise, it is an easy stroll through the property.

    It is recommended that you not attempt to locate this property on your own unless familiar with forest navigation and have the necessary tools to find the property and your way back. The new proposed access will be shorter and more straightforward to locate.

    Area Data

    Known as a deep warm lake, East Barriere Lake is a hidden gem. At 632 m in elevation, one can enjoy the warm and sunny weather of the North Thompson. With surface temperatures reaching 27°C, the lake is perfect for swimming or any water sports. The lake is also up to 100 m deep, translating to excellent fishing during the summer. The lake has a surface area of 994 ha (2,456 acres) and is almost 15 km in length, which provides plenty of areas to remain uncrowded. A well managed and family-friendly government recreation site, along with a public boat launch is at the west end of the lake.

    The low cost of living, mild climate, serene setting and connectivity to nature attract people to the Lower North Thompson. East Barriere Lake provides an abundance of outdoor recreation within these favourable characteristics. These features pair well with the nearby town of Barriere’s essential services, including a fire department, RCMP detachment and ambulance service. Schools run from kindergarten to grade 12, and the Thompson Rivers University Centre offers students courses including personal and professional development, health and safety and forestry.

    Pleasant winters have a January average of -6°C with an average annual snowfall of 121 cm, which provides enough snow for snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and building fantastic snowmen. Summers are comfortably warm and dry, with an average high in July of 27.9°C. The overall climate is comfortably dry, with an average yearly precipitation of 486 mm. This translates to East Barriere Lake offering a perfect year-round playground.


    The Barriere Lakes (north, south, and east) hold some of the best trout fishing in this region. Trolling, fly fishing and light spin casting for native Kamloops rainbow trout are all productive methods. The lakes each personalize opportunities to enjoy paddling in calm waters, fishing, or drifting in a pontoon boat. Uncrowded East Barriere Lake is great for waterskiing, wakeboarding, and other watersports. Nearby, Dunn Lake is also long and deep, offering excellent fishing for rainbow trout, lake trout, bull trout, and Kokanee. There is good hunting for moose and deer from the property.

    Barriere is an ideal region for snowmobiling, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. Sun Peaks Resort (less than an hour’s drive), provides world class alpine sports. Harper Mountain, (just over an hour’s drive), is a relaxed family resort for old fashioned winter fun.

    Chinook Cove Golf is a championship length 9-hole, par-36 golf course three kilometres north of Barriere. The first four holes are links style, with water coming into play, and the last five holes are carved through the natural forest. Sun Rivers and Rivershore Golf offer diversity from a desert to riverside settings.


    The history of the Lower North Thompson is as wild as you could imagine. ‘From First Nations to European settlers to people in the 21st century looking to escape to a quieter life, the Lower North Thompson has been and continues to be, home.’ (North Thompson Valley Barriere).

    Upon arrival in the North Thompson in 1817, Alexander Ross (with the North West Company) quoted, ‘It was a barren waste well stocked in wild animals of the chase and with some few furs.’ Little did he know. The fur trade boomed in the mid-1800s. Hudson Bay Fur Trading Co. constructed the trading post called Little Fort.

    Then—gold was discovered in 1861. Gold was on everyone’s mind. It was said, a mere $25 could get you a double-barreled shotgun and saddle, or an acre of land. Louis Creek sprung up with its own post office and store. The road between Louis Creek and Kamloops completed in 1891.

    By the early 1900s, Barriere and Little Fort had a school, post office, and telephone service. Barriere became a bona fide town in 1914 when the CP Railway connected the Lower North Thompson to the rest of BC. The Barriere River dam provided electricity for the city of Kamloops from 1914 to 1950—well before the smaller communities close to Barriere had electricity—including Barriere.

    Map Reference

    51°18'25.14"N and 119°47'5.71"W

    Tax Details

    $444 (2020)



    • one single family dwelling, one two family dwelling, or one manufactured home
    • agricultural and horticultural use
    • intensive agricultural use
    • forestry practice use
    • processing of aggregate materials
    • open land recreation
    • aircraft landing field
    • golf course
    • cemetery, school, and community hall
    • winery, cidery, and microbrewery
    • storage of explosives


    PID 013-189-158

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