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    Timbered Acreage with Rare Zoning - Princeton, BC

    Okanagan Listing No. 20062

    This property has much to offer; mature timber, two creeks, abundant deer and elk, established homesite with massive shop, drilled well and underground services. The rare zoning permits multiple dwellings and RV use. It is also out of the ALR.


    146 acres

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    Under three hours' drive from Vancouver and 15 minutes east of Princeton, lies this rare property. This 146 acre property has approximately 17 acres along Hayes Creek—and is prime for agriculture. This land has many desirable attributes, including that it is not in the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR), which opens up multiple possibilities for development. Edging on agricultural lands, and at the convergence of Summers and Hayes Creek Valleys, this section is also home to an abundance of game trails and wildlife. Hayes Creek waterfront, expansive views of the Western Okanagan and Coquihalla Mountain Range, mature timber and abundant Crown land call to an outdoor enthusiast.

    An off-grid insulated 56’ x 42’ shop, drilled well, underground services, fifth wheel RV, and outbuildings provide an ideal platform to take this property in many directions. Approximately 1.5 acres is cleared and ready to build a homestead. Numerous building sites can accommodate multiple dwellings that are permitted within the unique zoning of this property. RV use is also permitted.


    1555 Princeton-Summerland Road - Princeton, BC


    From Princeton, head north on Highway 5A. In 850 m turn east onto Old Hedly Road. In 300 m turn left on Princeton Summerland Road. In 15.5 km turn right onto Red Creek Forest Service Road and you will be at the northwest corner of the property. The developed area is 1.3 km up the road on the left.

    Area Data


    Population 2,700±

    The town of Princeton heralds its roots in gold mining, ranching, horse breeding, and forestry. Situated east of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains where the Tulameen and Similkameen rivers meet, this is the southern gateway to BC’s Interior.

    Princeton has a leisurely pace, far from the hustle and bustle of cities. There is not a traffic light within one hundred kilometres. Nearly any type of outdoor recreation can be experienced here where nature is pretty much unchanged. The sounds of streams, wind in the trees, or the eagles are within the multitude of open spaces, trails, and waterways.

    Princeton joined the Canadian Board of Trade in 1913 and was incorporated as a village in 1951, then finally as a town in 1978. Beginning in the 1980s, Princeton began to revitalize its downtown, a plan that included red brick sidewalks and new streetlights. In the 1990s, they adopted a heritage theme, with many businesses converting their exteriors to match architectural styles from a century earlier.

    One of the sunniest towns in BC, Princeton has a semi-arid climate. Summers heat up for an average of 26° Celsius. The average temperature during the winter is -9° Celsius.

    Princeton has two elementary schools for grades K-3, a secondary school for grades 4-7, and a school for grades 8-12 (which includes adult continuing education). A hospital, long-term care center, community center, library, museum, and small airport round out the services available. Annually, a rodeo, music festival, and agricultural fall fair are held at the historic fairgrounds.

    The Similkameen Valley is one of BC’s best winegrowing regions due to fertile soil and climate. There are over 700 acres of vineyards and many orchards. This area is known as the organic farming capital of Canada, with an estimated 42% of all crops. The long hours of sunlight and dry heat helps to keep these crops free of pests and promote thriving crops.


    The property is well covered with pine and fir trees over about 130 acres. A partially cleared 17 acres along Hayes Creek could be fertile and ideal for agriculture.


    The mountains and valleys make this area a natural setting for year-round outdoor activities. The Town of Princeton also offers a variety of park space within town limits—Veterans Square, ball diamonds, a bike and skateboard park, splash park, and playgrounds. Swimming and tube floating in the Similkameen River during warm days are a favourite way to cool down and relax.

    Bromley Rock Provincial Park is ‘picture-perfect,’ with crystal clear river water, a sandy beach, and a swimming hole. Stemwinder and Allison Lake Provincial Parks, along with Otter Lake Protected Area, also offer the opportunity for camping, fishing, and enjoying the water.

    Also, nearby Swan Lake Bird Sanctuary is a beautiful place for bird watching and photography. This park is an ideal place for a stroll, riding a horse, or settling in for a picnic. With 45 kilometres of well-maintained trails, China Ridge offers a stroll with children, cycling, hiking, or horseback riding. Winter offers warming huts and an overnight cabin for snowshoe and cross-country ski enthusiasts.

    The Kettle Valley Railway has been preserved as a multi-use trail. The trail hugs the Tulameen River and passes through magnificent canyons and a long tunnel that separates the Tulameen and Similkameen rivers with the opportunity to swim and tube. Just past the tunnel provides views of a wall of orange-red rocks known as the Vermillion Bluffs. This ochre has been used for centuries to create pigment to dye skin and decorate tools and clothing.

    Both the Tulameen and Similkameen rivers, along with local lakes, support some of the best fishing in the valley. Grasslands and beautiful mountains surround Allison, Kentucky, and Alleyne Lakes. Mountain whitefish, rainbow trout, and the elusive west slope cutthroat are some of the catches that reward anglers.

    For hunters, the game to be found in the Princeton area include white-tailed deer, mule deer, elk, moose, ptarmigan, and grouse. Cathedral Provincial Park, within regulated periods, is a popular area to hunt.


    The last spike was driven in the Kettle Valley Railway at Princeton. Then came the loggers and timber mills. Old trails became the routes for modern highways. Princeton grew into a regional retail and service center. Princeton was called Vermillion Forks by the fur traders travelling the Hudson Bay’s Brigade Trail from the west coast to the interior of BC. Princeton celebrates a history full of explorers, miners, and legendary characters. The Similkameen people inhabited the area before the arrival of settlers. The first Europeans in the area were explorers. They were followed by miners leading to the latest gold rush. Trail builders followed, then came settlers who many of whom started ranches. Copper and coal mines led to the construction of the Great Northern and Kettle Valley Railways.

    Map Reference

    49°33'54.34"N and 120°24'24.05"W

    Investment Features

    There are some significant stands of pine and fir on the property. Approximately 100 acres are up to 60-years-old and 30 metres in height. Another 30 acres of roughly 100- years-old are 50 meters in height. This information is obtained from Data BC and is for discussion purposes only and should not be construed as a representation of timber volume.

    Approximately 17 acres borders Hayes Creek that could be ideal for agriculture. Several other crop fields line the valley.

    The zoning permits many uses that include “open land recreation.” Along with the unlimited number of accessory dwellings permitted, this property offers many opportunities.

    “Open land recreation” means the use of land for recreational purposes and includes a golf driving range, golf course, riding stable, paintball sport, rifle range, fishing camp, guide camp; guest ranch or ski resort, and includes an accessory clubhouse and/or lodge facilities.


    This is an off-grid property with a drilled well and generator power system.


    Huge 56’ x 42’ hangar-style shop, power-shed with Cat diesel generator, lockable gate, outbuildings, RV cover with detached bathroom, and underground power and water.

    Tax Details

    $1,704 (2020)



    This is a rare zoning administered by the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. Two (2) single-family home are permitted, along with four (4) one-floor accessory dwellings no greater than 753 ft2 in size each. Recreational Vehicles are also permitted. The property is not in the ALR.



    PID 013-191-527

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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.