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    Starter Cattle Farm - Fort St. James

    Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 22014

    This 504-acre farm is an excellent starting point for a cattle rancher or to add to an existing operation. There is ample pasture and hay production to support 60 cow/calf pairs. It is conveniently located a short drive south of Fort St James.

    Reduced $815,000

    504 acres

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    This three title 504-acre farm has mountain views of Mount Pope and Murray Ridge and can support up to 60 cow/calf pairs. The farm is cross-fenced and has several dugouts for water supply. 300 acres of clear and level land provide extensive pasture. With 100 acres of alfalfa, there is also potential to clear for additional crops. The remaining 100 acres provide grazeable forest. A 42' x 70' hay barn with electric power provides an accessible entrance for tractors and equipment.

    Parallel to the Stuart River, a protected wildlife corridor exists between the western property line. The Necosli River crosses the northeast corner of one title.

    Approximately 70 acres of the property provide attractive merchantable timber.

    *A number of cow/calf pairs are not included in the price however are negotiable.


    Necoslie Road West, Fort St. James.


    From downtown Fort St. James drive 2 km south on Highway 27 and turn east on Goeten Road. Follow Goeten Road for 1.5 km to a T intersection that meets Necoslie Road, also known as Ketch Road. Turn east and follow Necoslie Road for 2.25 km. The property with the barn is on the left.

    Area Data

    Fort St. James

    The trading post of Fort St. James is a scenic gateway to an impressive network of lakes, rivers, and mountains on the shores of Stuart Lake and is designated as a National Historic Site with buildings dating to the 1880s. Fort St. James displays the largest group of original wooden buildings representing the fur trade in Canada.

    Today, mining, forestry, and a growing tourism industry all play an active role in the economy of this community. Year-round outdoor and indoor recreational opportunities include camping, hiking and biking trails, ballparks, golf, fishing, waterskiing, canoeing, swimming, sailing and boating, alpine and nordic skiing, skating, hockey, curling, snowmobiling, and dog sledding.

    Forestry is one of the oldest industries in Fort St. James. It remains one of the foundations of the community, with two active sawmills. Conifex Timber and Apollo Forest Products. Conifex has an annual allowable cut of 440,000 m3, and Apollo has an annual allowable cut of 216,746 m3.

    Rich in wildlife, the region is one of the last great wilderness and resource industry frontiers. This spectacular region is sparsely populated yet accessible. Rural and wild, this community is also well serviced with Prince George a mere 160 km.

    Stuart Lake, or Nak'albun in the Carrier (Dakelh) language, is one of the largest natural lakes. The lake is is 66 km long, 10 km wide, and relatively shallow, with an average depth of 26 metres. The lake is usually ice-covered from mid-December to mid-April.

    The lake chains northeast of Fort St. James provide a rustic and rugged terrain network with over 630 kilometres of shoreline and few amenities along the waterway.

    Weather is characterized by snowy winters and warm summers.

    A fun and interesting annual event is chicken racing. The chicken race has drawn thousands of tourists from around the world. Here, hens, roosters, and sometimes even ducks would race out of their coop and down a wooden track. In the end, the birds would claim their lunch at their feeder.


    Stuart Lake is one of the largest natural freshwater lakes in BC, providing over 275 kilometres of shoreline to explore. The lake is a popular recreation destination for many locals and visitors. The lake is even more remarkable because it is part of a chain of lakes extending over 300 kilometres, connecting Stuart with the Trembleur and Takla Lakes. Stuart lake is the main starting point for many. The remote, untouched country is a transportation route explored by mostly boaters and canoe enthusiasts.

    Throughout the chain of lakes are many coves, points, and islands to moor a boat. There are a few ideal spots to take out the binoculars to view some of the wildlife in the area. And there is plenty to see, including grizzly bear, wolf, mule and white-tail deer, lynx, fox, beaver, marten, otter, and wolverine.

    Paarens Beach Provincial Park on the southwest shore of Stuart Lake is a small provincial park with an uncrowded campground, a large beach, and a boat launch. It is an ideal base to explore the rich history and enjoy the multitude of recreational opportunities around Stuart Lake and Fort St. James.

    Sowchea Bay Provincial Park campsite was once a Forest Service recreation site. This park is a busy destination for boaters and anglers, with a single-lane concrete boat launch available.

    Mount Pope Provincial Park is popular with hikers and rock climbers. A hiking trail to the peak provides a panoramic view of Stuart Lake and the mountains to the north. Thirty-nine climbing routes are documented. The park has rare plants and animal species associated with limestone rock formations and caves and is a valuable winter range for mule deer.

    Stuart Lake contains some of the finest rainbow trout fishing available, with rainbow in the 8 to 15 pound range being quite common. Other species include char or lake trout and burbot for the ambitious angler.

    Murray Ridge Ski Area, also known as Murray Ridge Ski Hill, has been operational since 1976 and is managed by the Ski Club. The hill has a day lodge and 22 runs with an average annual snowfall of 300 cm. 20 km of cross-country trails are adjacent to the ski hill.


    Fort St. James was initially established by the explorer Simon Fraser for the North West Company in 1806. Goods from eastern Canada and Europe were delivered to the fort for distribution to outposts in the surrounding area. The fort was the social and economic heart of the fur-trade district, known as New Caledonia. It was the primary contact point between fur traders and the Carrier Indians, with furs gathered here for shipment to the European market.

    Map Reference

    54°23'31.27"N and 124°13'51.97"W


    • Power to the barn
    • Well and septic not installed


    • Hay barn
    • Fenced and cross-fenced

    Tax Details

    $275 (2021)




    PID 011-495-197

    PID 011-495-201


    PID 011-495-235

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