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    Ralph Edwards Homestead - Lonesome Lake - Tweedsmuir Park

    Central Coast Listing No. 20074

    Breathtaking, wilderness homestead property! 153 acres on Lonesome Lake in stunning Tweedsmuir Park. The original homestead of the Edwards family for 100 years. True off-grid living on a historic, world famous property within the majestic Central Coast Mountain Range of BC.

    Reduced $695,000

    153.2 acres

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    This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to pioneer your own homestead in the beautiful Atnarko Valley of the Coast Mountains. This stunning, privately owned, historic property is surrounded by an abundance of wildlife including the trumpeter swans, canadian geese, grizzly bears, moose and deer. The homestead was built by Ralph Edwards, a pioneering homesteader and leading conservationist of the trumpeter swans.

    The breathtaking flight from Bella Coola takes you east up the Bella Coola Valley into the Atnarko valley. You follow along the Atnarko River surrounded by snow-capped mountains peaks on either side. You then fly over Stillwater Lake, Turner Lake and Lonesome Lake, passing world famous Hunlen Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in Canada.

    Once you land in this remote paradise, you will find yourself surrounded by complete peace and solitude.

    The property is mostly level with a few clearings that were once gardens, fields and building sites. There is a year-round creek running through the property that offers excellent drinking water, irrigation and potential for hydro power. The lakes and rivers are teaming with trout and salmon while the land offers exceptional soil for growing crops and living a completely self-sustainable lifestyle.

    The remnants of the buildings and fencing are still present and there is one small cabin that is standing. You will feel like you have stepped back in time as you explore the property planning your new lifestyle.

    This world-famous property is celebrated in a number of books and films, such as:

    • The Crusoe of Lonesome Lake by Leland Stowe
    • Ruffles on My Longjohns by Isabel Edwards
    • Packtrains and Airplanes: Memories of Lonesome Lake by Trudy Turner
    • Ralph Edwards of Lonesome Lake: the complete biography of the Crusoe of Lonesome Lake as told to Ed Gould


    Lonesome Lake in the Atnarko Valley in Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, 60 km east of Bella Coola.


    Helicopter, float plane or hiking access only. Call Listing Agent for details.

    Area Data

    A very remote area of west, central British Columbia in a beautiful Valley surrounded by glacial mountain ranges, waterfalls and alpine lakes. The lakes are filled with trout while the surrounding area has an abundance of wildlife including massive grizzly bear, deer, trumpeter swans and more.

    Tweedsmuir Provincial Park

    Tweedsmuir Provincial Park is one of the largest of BC’s several hundred parks. Located in the west-central region of the province, 480 km northwest of Vancouver as the crow flies, Tweedsmuir is roughly triangular in shape. It is bounded on the north and northwest by the Ootsa-Whitesail Lakes reservoir, on the west and southwest by the Coast Mountains, and on the east by the Interior Plateau.

    Aside from offering some of the most spectacular scenery in North America, Tweedsmuir is a magnet for outdoor recreationists. Favourite activities include:

    • angling
    • hiking
    • horseback riding
    • camping
    • canoeing the Turner Lake Chain
    • cycling
    • hunting
    • swimming
    • wildlife viewing
    • downhill and cross-country skiing


    The following is a quote from A Century of Dreams and Determination - The Story of Lonesome Lake written by Susan Turner, Ralph Edwards' granddaughter:

    If I had to pick one single thing that made life at Lonesome Lake incredibly special for my grandparents and my mother, especially, I think it would be the swans. For Ralph, they were one of the natural beauties of the world, one of the things that made life worth living, a direct quote from him. My mother remembered lying in bed at night and listening to their wild, beautiful calls on moonlit nights, a swan concert, she called it. They are loud and yet very harmonious, the sound would be magical. The feeding program Ralph was instrumental in starting made the swans much tamer and everyone loved going down to the river to watch them feed on the barley or wheat.

    - Susan Turner

    Also view the Ralph Edwards biography on Wikipedia.


    Property is within the boundaries of Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.

    Map Reference

    52°12'44.57"N and 125°42'19.56"W



    Tax Details

    $1,379.45 (2020)


    PID 000-183-831

    PID 006-596-681

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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.