- Updated On:
- November 21, 2021
An amazingly versatile ranch operation in one of the Peace River’s most stunning locations. This ranch operation offers 770 acres, on 4 titles, with 600 acres cleared and seeded in rich grass. The ranch has rotationally grazed 700 yearlings for numerous years with the assistance of local leased lands. Self-sufficiently, the ranch is capable of grazing 350 – 400 yearlings. Typical grazing duration extends from May to October. The majority of the ranch sits on a large, flat bench with rich fertile soil. If a new owner wished to convert the pasture into hay land, this could be easily achieved with easy cutting and baling for the new owner.
The ranch is fenced with electric wiring to permit for a rotational grazing program. Each section of pastureland on the ranch has its own dugout to provide ample water supply for thirsty cattle. There are 7 dugouts on the ranch and a flowing creek on PID 014-265-699.
All portions of the ranch are easily accessible by truck, ATV, or side-by-side which makes moving cattle around the ranch quick and simple.
The most recently purchased ¼ section (014-265-699) has had 40 acres recently cleared and seeded to expand the potentially grazing land. There is approximate 100 acres in aspen coverage remaining on this same title, which could be cleared and converted into quality pasture. A creek dissects this title running north-south. There is also a flowing spring on this title. The owner estimates approximately 5 loads of spruce along this creek. An additional 20 acres have recently been cleared on the home ½ section as well increasing the total pastureland to nearly 600 acres.
The main yard of the ranch features the bucolic 2,600 sqft home, a 56’ x 32’ wired shop (with 26’ x 56’ lean-to storage), basic cattle handling infrastructure and portable storage buildings (negotiable). The driveway is shaped as a roundabout making easy access and egress for trucks and cattle liners. The shop itself has 200 amp power, concrete floor and two large overhead bay doors (main door is 14.5’ high and 16’ wide). The shop has propane in floor and radiant heat and is the ideal location to store/maintain equipment and vehicles.
The yard surrounding the home is meticulously landscaped with beautiful flower gardens, a productive raspberry patch, manicured fire pit and plenty of outdoor living space. The yard is a gardeners dream with ample space and long, warm summer days. A spacious deck wraps around half of the home’s exterior where you can sit and entertain guests all summer long.
Inside the home you are greeted by a grand staircase and open living room/kitchen. The home was largely renovated 2009/10 and is blessed with large windows, which bath the home’s interior in warm sunlight. Off the kitchen is a spacious dining area with a walkout door to the back deck. This door provides easy access from the kitchen to the barbeque. Completing the main floor is a library, functional office, powder room and a spacious mudroom. The mudroom is perfect for removing dirty cloths prior to entering the home and exists into the single car garage.
Upstairs you will find the master bedroom complete with walk-in closet and ensuite. The ensuite has a large soaker tub, shower, toilet and dual sink basins. There are two other large bedrooms on the upper level. Both have fantastic views of the surrounding countryside and their own closet space.
The basement was fully remodeled in 2019 and you will find two bedrooms, including a large and luxurious suite with electric fireplace and lounging area. The finished portion of the basement is completed by a cozy bathroom with walk-in shower, sink and toilet for the downstairs occupants. In the basement there is also the utility room with attached cold storage.
Ultimately, this is the ideal ranch for someone looking to break into the industry or wishing to expand their current operations. The versatility is unrivalled with options to expand or diversify the current operations. With the immaculate family home and ranch infrastructure already in place, this ranch is an excellent investment in your future.
17157 One Island Lake Road, Dawson Creek BC
From Dawson Creek, head south on Highway 2 until it intersects with Highway 52. Turn on Highway 52 and head SW until it intersects with One Island Lake Road. Turn to head SW on One Island Lake Road for approximately 1 KM at which point, the ranch’s driveway will be on the north side of the road.
The Peace River region of British Columbia lays claim as the most robust and diverse economic region of the province outside of the Lower Mainland. The regional GDP has exceeded $6.6 billion over the last several years and employment opportunities abound. The region also possesses 40% of the cumulative provincial ALR lands. This statistic demonstrates the regional economic reliance on agriculture.
The region’s annual average temperature rests between -2.9 to 2 degrees Celsius and the region receives approximately 330-570 mm of annual precipitation. The area possesses rich, fertile soil and produces more wheat, barley and grass seed than any other region of the province. The continual flooding and retraction of the Peace River thousands of years ago created the flat topographical landscape that makes up the Peace River today. The continual dispersion of sediment and nutrients by this major watershed created to the highly productive growing soils throughout the region.
The economy of Dawson Creek is based on four major industries: agriculture, retail, tourism, and oil and gas. Agriculture has historically been the most important industry to Dawson Creek, as the city is the regional transshipment point for agricultural commodities. The city is surrounded by the Agricultural Land Reserve, where the soil can support livestock and produces consistently good yields of quality grain and grass crops, such as canola, hay, oats, alfalfa, wheat, and sweet clover. The service and retail sector caters to the city’s inhabitants, smaller nearby towns, and rural communities.
The city of Fort St. John is the most populace municipality in British Columbia’s Peace River Region with a population of 20,155. The oil and gas sector continues to be the primary economic driver of the municipality with over 15% of Fort St. John residents employed directly in the industry. Most regionally active oil/gas exploration, production and servicing companies have offices located in Fort St. John, which serve to boost other businesses particularly those in the service sector.
Grande Prairie is the region’s major economic hub with a population of approx. 65,000 residents. The city is an oil and gas epicenter with many large companies strategically placing regional offices in the town. As such, there are numerous supporting services and businesses in the town making Grande Prairie a thriving urban hub.
Major economic announcements regarding the $42 billion LNG Liquefaction Facility in Kitimat, and associated $600 million pipeline, intended to tie the Peace River’s Gas fields to the Kitimat’s LNG facility, shall ensure prosperity and economic growth in the Peace River for years to come.
The property has some portions which are covered in marketable aspen and spruce. There are several loads of spruce along the creek on the most NE ranch title.
The property is very close to the lively city of Dawson Creek, BC. Dawson Creek provides the opportunity to enjoy various forms of urban recreation. Dawson Creek offers numerous dining and entertainment experiences all within a short commute from the property. The large event center attracts many events and concerts through the entire year. There is always something to look forward to.
In addition to recreational activities in town, there are endless outdoor pursuits in the greater Peace River Region. Some of the best hunting and fishing in all of British Columbia may be found in the Peace River region and on this property specifically. The property and surrounding area has robust populations of mule deer, whitetail, moose and elk, which provide ample hunting opportunities for the most discerning sportsmen. The property also provides excellent off-roading opportunities for quads, dirt bikes and snowmobiles.
Additionally, the property is excellent for equestrian pursuits, with stunning views out over the surrounding countryside. With trails situated throughout the property, there is endless opportunity to explore on horseback.
In 1951 the Peace River region gained fame, as a major producer of oil and gas in British Columbia. In that year the “Fort St. John No. 1” well hit gas at a depth of 1,524 metres. A few months later, in January 1952, the first deep well hit gas at 4,418 metres. Drilled on the Bouffioux Farm, that well is still producing today.
Transportation/infrastructure improved at a rapid rate after that. In 1952, the Hart Highway finally connected the region to the rest of British Columbia, and in 1958 the Pacific Great Eastern Railway arrived in Dawson Creek. That ease of transportation has allowed the region’s agricultural and forest industries to compete in distant markets.
- Ranch is capable of grazing yearlings 700 yearlings with additional leased ¼ sections. Ranch can self-sufficiently graze 350 – 400 yearlings from May to October.
- Ranch has 600 cleared and pastured acres. The owners have cleared an additional 60 acres in the past year and have seeded cleared land for additional pasture space.
- Water – provided from dugout
- Electricity 200 amp to shop
- Heat provided via propane furnace and wood furnace back up
- Water heater and propane furnace replaced in 2018
- 2,600 sqft home renovated extensively in 2009/10. Basement renovations in 2019
- 5 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms
- 56’ x 32’ Wired shop with concrete floor and 25’ x 56’ covered lean-to (two separate overhead doors)
- Electric fencing throughout ranch
- Basic cattle handling infrastructure
- Small portable storage sheds (negotiable)
Multiple titles – please contact listing realtor