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    Prospector Pub and Rock Creek Hotel - Two Historical Businesses Offered for Sale in Rock Creek, BC

    Kootenays Listing No. 21235

    The Prospector Pub & Rock Creek Hotel are two historical businesses originally est. in 1895. Nestled on the banks of the Kettle River, this is a profitable & turnkey venture. With a full equipment list,  liquor license, fascinating history & location this is an excellent opportunity.


    1.09 acres ~ 3 titles

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    The historic Prospector Pub and Rock Creek Hotel, established in 1895, is for sale! This popular and profitable restaurant/pub is a truly one of a kind and memorable place.

    Located on the banks of the Kettle River, the Prospector Pub is a cornerstone in the Rock Creek community. The pub is conveniently located at the convergence of Highway 33 and Highway 3. This route is busy with tourists year-round and the pub/hotel is a convenient stopping point for hungry travellers. The Prospector Pub has a Primary Liquor Licence that will be transferred to the new owners. The pub operates with a top-of-the-line new Point of Sale (POS) Squirrel System, which has been recently installed and makes running the bar easy and efficient.

    The Prospector kitchen is very clean and updated, all of the kitchen equipment is included in the sale price making this a turnkey venture for a prospective investor. The Pub is 2,400 ft2, with a gorgeous patio extending the serving space an additional 1,000 ft2. The patio is very relaxing, as it overlooks the Kettle River with it is tranquil waters and lush vegetation. Songbirds, butterflies and deer frequent the green space behind the patio adding to the fantastic atmosphere. Tourists floating the river behind the pub are a common sight. Combined the interior and exterior portions of the pub can seat in excess of 100 people and both are wheelchair accessible.

    Accessible from a side door, you may enter the baking room, the private living quarters (perfect for live in caretakers), or you may go up a flight of stairs to the hotel component of the business. The second floor offers an additional 2,500 ft2 of space and houses 9 separate sleeping rooms, 2 public bathrooms, laundry room, a 2-room suite and a spacious 1-bedroom apartment with private bathroom. The rooms rent nightly ranging from $50-$100.

    Reverting back to the private living quarters on the main floor, the suite has three entry points. It may be accessed via a side door, there is access from the bar and through a private fenced yard (with private parking). The suite offers 2,500 ft2 of living space with 2 bedrooms 2 baths, laundry room, kitchen and large living room with a wood pellet stove.

    Rock Creek itself is host to many annual events, such as Boogy Bash, Ponderosa Music Festival and the Fall Fair, all of which bring in many customers. The Prospector Pub is located on a very popular bike route. The pub has a well-established brand and the owners have been very creative to help drive business. The pub plays host to numerous events including paint night, karaoke, wing nights, hosting the weekly Lions Club meat draw, and bringing in bands!

    This is your chance to be your own boss with a turnkey opportunity that allows you to continue with business as usual, while allowing you to implement your own changes and creative ideas. Equipment list and financials available upon request.


    1620 Highway 33 - Rock Creek, BC


    From Osoyoos, head eastward on Highway 3 for approximately 51 km until you reach Rock Creek. The pub/hotel is located at the junction of Highway 33 and Highway 3.

    From Grand Forks, head westward on Highway 3 for approximately 73 km until you reach Rock Creek.

    From Kelowna, head south on Highway 33 for approximately 135 km until you reach Rock Creek.

    Other Notable Distances
    • Penticton: 114 km
    • Vancouver: 448 km
    • Calgary: 798 km
    • Kamloops: 289 km
    • Vernon: 173 km
    • Spokane, WA: 241 km

    Area Data

    Rock Creek is a small town with a rich history. Currently the businesses operating within the town include a café, two gas stations, a hotel, a motel, two souvenir shops and a campground. Rock Cree remains important as a regional service centre for the farming and mining communities of the Boundary Country and the Monashee Country, which lies northward. It is the effective base town for Mount Baldy Ski Area, which lies to its northwest and overlooks the Okanagan Valley town of Oliver.


    Rock Creek and the surrounding region are well known for its outdoor recreation. The town is located in close driving proximity to some of the best vineyards in North America. Highway 3 and 33 are extremely popular with motorcyclists who enjoy the winding roads and scenic views. The town is also close to some renowned ski hill resorts. Some of the recreational activities include:

    • Fishing
    • Hiking
    • Camping
    • Hunting
    • Equestrian
    • Rodeo
    • Wine tasting and vineyards
    • Fruit picking
    • Boating
    • Floating the river
    • Kayaking/canoeing
    • Skiing, snowboarding
    • Snowmobiling


    The Prospector Pub was first licensed in the 1890s and is considered by many the oldest hotel/pub in British Columbia. The town of Rock Creek was renowned for its gold placer deposits, which were initially discovered by Adam Beam in 1859. The area around Rock Creek was extensively worked by up to 500 miners from 1860-1864. Rock Creek was worked again in the 1890s and 1930s. It was mined by both Europeans and Chinese. It was a rich creek for miles of its length. Hence, the appropriate naming of the town’s only pub.

    Rock Creek is in the traditional territory of the Sinixt people.

    Map Reference

    49° 3'31.74"N and 119° 0'3.57"W

    Investment Features

    Please contact listing REALTOR® for equipment list and financial statements.


    • Natural gas heating
    • Septic system
    • Well
    • Electricity


    • Approx. 7,400 ft2 Structure (pub, hotel and suite)
    • Approx. 1,000 ft2 patio
    • Renovations include new foundation wall for pub (last 4 years)

    Tax Details

    $5,900 (2021)


    No zoning.


    PID 011-507-721

    PID 011-507-748

    PID 011-507-764

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    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.