- Updated On:
- December 21, 2022
This is a unique opportunity to purchase a turnkey working ranch close to urban convenience. Located 20 minutes from Quesnel, BC, this ranch offers 288 contiguous acres on two titles complete with a large and modern country home. The ranch is self-sufficiently running 46 cow/calf pairs with 4 bulls. The ranch is fenced/cross-fenced with numerous sections of new fencing installed. This allows for a rotational grazing program throughout the ranch. A 240 AUM adjacent Crown Grazing Range allows the rancher to grow hay on 110 acres internally on the ranch and produce an average of 500 round bales per annum to feed the cattle herd over the winter. There is room to expand the ranch’s herd capacity with additional AUMs available on the current range and additional Crown Grazing Ranges available in the area.
There are numerous ponds throughout the property to water cattle along with a water license from Bourbon Creek, which permits 500 gallons domestic use and 1,500 gallons for watering livestock each day. On the property is a wired 100’ x 74’ barn/hay shed. The barn comes complete with maternity pens, cattle handling infrastructure and hay storage. Sharing the main farmyard is an 80’ x 120’ outdoor riding arena and several stock waterers.
On the adjacent title located off of Rawlings Road there is a 60’ x 34’ hay barn with attached 60’ x 18’ storage lean-to. There is an additional storage out buildings and an old homesite with original house removed. There is an opportunity to build a second residence in this location with power in place and two drilled wells.
The bucolic country home offers 3,535 ft2 of functional living space. The home is the perfect amalgamation of modern convenience and country charm. The many windows throughout the home permit sunshine to pour in and provide expansive views of the rolling forest and hillsides. The kitchen and main living room is open concept with vaulted ceilings. A floor-to-ceiling stone fireplace creates a cozy ambience throughout the main floor. The kitchen comes complete with a large island, new appliances and ample cabinet space. The upstairs level has 3 bedrooms including a spacious master. Off of the master is a 4-piece en-suite with dual sinks. The upstairs is completed with a powder room and another 4-piece bathroom for guests, or children.
The walk out basement has a wood/storage room, additional living room space and two more spacious bedrooms. The basement’s living room is adorned with a free-standing woodstove. The exterior of the home is completed by a magnificent wraparound porch/outdoor living space. The porch expands the home’s living space during the summer months and offers fantastic views of the surrounding countryside. The home is heated via a modern geothermal system with the wood burning fireplace and woodstove for backup.
The entirety of this ranch has been wonderfully thought through and is a very neat and tidy operation. There is opportunity for a new owner to immediately commence ranching operations and continue to expand the ranch’s carrying capacity. If you are looking to live out your county dreams, this is the ranch for you.
3170 King Pit Road – Quesnel, BC
Proceed westward out of Quesnel on the Nazko Road until it intersects Blackwater Road. Turn onto Blackwater Road and proceed to the end of pavement. Turn left onto Rawlings Road continuing until it intersects with King Pit Road. This will be the first road on the right. The eastern most title will be on the left once you turn onto King Pit Rd. Continue for approx. 2 km and the main ranch yard will be on the right-hand side.
The Cariboo Region of British Columbia has a total approximate population of 127,900. Manufacturing, forestry, mining, oil and gas are the most prominent sources of employment through the region with manufacturing leading the way at 12% of total employment. The Government of British Columbia has predicted regional job growth at 0.4% per annum out to 2022 at which point regional job openings will reach 30,330.
The town of Quesnel itself is located at the confluence of the Quesnel and Fraser Rivers. It is the commercial centre for some 23,000 residents and is serviced by diverse rail, road and air networks. The Quesnel Airport is directly north of town and services all domestic air travel needs.
The Quesnel economy has traditionally been orientated around the timber industry. There are numerous mills, which currently operate in the region providing stable predictable employment. West Fraser Integrated Forest Company, one of the most prominent players in British Columbia’s timber industry, operates several corporate offices in Quesnel. Other prominent industries in Quesnel include agriculture, mining and service/support companies for northern resource development and extraction.
The property is an outdoorsmen’s dream. With hunting and fishing opportunities mere footsteps from the front door of the property. The lush growing climate and ample space creates a garden enthusiast’s dream with excellent opportunity to grow and harvest a wide array of fruits and vegetables.
The property is well situated for equestrian usage with fencing, corrals and large tracks of land suitable for riding. Thousands of square kilometres of Crown land, immediately adjacent to the property, provide infinite opportunity to explore the countryside. Some other recreational opportunities include:
- Hobby farming
- Dirt biking
- Wildlife viewing
The town of Quesnel was named after Simon Fraser’s Clerk during his expeditions, Jules Maurice Quesnel. The town grew as a major supply and transportation hub for the gold town of Barkerville and its surrounding gold fields. Following the region’s gold rush, Quesnel continued to play a major role as a supply and transportation center for the exploration of Northern British Columbia.
From 1921 to 1952 Quesnel was the Northern terminus of the Pacific Great Eastern Railway. This transportation network and the rich, productive forests surrounding Quesnel led to a boom in the regional lumber industry. In fact, by 1952, there were 180 sawmills and 5 planer mills all within a 30-mile radius of Quesnel. This number has declined over the years, with the consolidation of the mills under the ownership of some of the larger regional companies. The lumber industry has continued to be the primary economic driver for the region.
As time passed, upgrades were made to the town of Quesnel including paved roads, electricity, a bridge spanning the Fraser River, which amalgamated West Quesnel with East Quesnel, a natural gas transmission line and the construction of the GR Baker Hospital. All these developments permitted the town of Quesnel to gain city status in 1979.
53° 4’41.39″N and 122°42’10.31″W
- Ranch is currently operating 46 pairs and 4 bulls (room for expansion)
- 110 acres of hay production producing approx. 500 round bales per annum
- Fencing and cross-fencing
- 80’ x 120’ outdoor riding arena
- 240 AUM Crown Grazing Range (ability to expand AUMs)
- Multiple Crown Grazing Ranges potentially available in immediate vicinity of the ranch
- Cattle handling infrastructure
- Electric waterers
- Water rights on Bourbon Creek (500 gallons/day domestic and 1,500 gallons/day stock watering)
- Electrical 200-amp
- House is wired for a backup generator
- Shallow well
- 2 drilled wells
- Geothermal heating
- Free standing woodstove
- Stone wood fireplace
- Lagoon septic
- 3,535 ft2 residence built in 2014
- Wired barn 100’ x 74’
- Hay barn 60’ x 34’ (with attached 60’ x 18’ machine shed)
- Miscellaneous storage structures
- Various animal shelters
- Well house
R/A – Rural Resource
THE SOUTH WEST 1/4 OF DISTRICT LOT 3230 CARIBOO DISTRICT EXCEPT PLANS 17761 AND 19703
THE SOUTH EAST 1/4 OF DISTRICT LOT 3229 CARIBOO DISTRICT
Range Permit RAN076572