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Heart Lake Ranch - Vanderhoof, BC
Heart Lake Ranch - Vanderhoof, BC
Heart Lake hay and cattle ranch in central BC. 4,688 acres deeded, 26 titles. 2,200± acres in hay & grain production, 1,500± acres pasture. Running 240 cow calf pairs & 12 bulls on deeded land very well maintained ranch in great location at fair market value.
  • Size: 4,688± acres ~ 26 titles
  • Area: OMINECA
  • Price: NEW PRICE $4,799,000
  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633

  • Listing Agent: Sam Hodson - sam@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-694-7623
Description :

Heart Lake Ranch is a hay and cattle ranch totaling 4,688± acres in 26 titles with an estimated 2,200 acres in hay and grain production and 1,500 acres in pasture. The production lands are comprised of 600 acres of timothy, 890 acres of alfalfa and 750 acres in grain.

In addition to hay and grain production the ranch is currently running 240± cow calf pairs and 12 bulls. Cattle are grazed on the non-production deeded land and fed surplus hay and grain grown on the ranch making the operation totally self-sufficient.

Livestock are not included in the purchase price but are negotiable and expected to be sold with the ranch. There is a full line of equipment that is not included in the price available for sale at market value to the buyer of the ranch.

The ranch is offered for sale in conjunction with a hay press business that buys hay from this ranch and others and compresses it for export through the container terminal in Prince Rupert. The hay press is also listed for sale by LandQuest® Realty Corporation. The owner will sell the ranch and the press operation together, or will consider selling the ranch separately on the condition that the new owner enters into a contract to sell an agreed percentage of their hay to the press.

The owner has indicated that he will consider a discount if the ranch and press are purchased together.

There are 4 lakes including Heart Lake and Negaard Lake and 2 smaller unnamed lakes with Duck’s Unlimited projects on the lakes and watercourses for waterfowl enhancement.

The ranch has been well maintained with continuous upgrading of fencing and gates and improving and expanding the production land. The perimeter of the ranch is fenced with a significant amount of cross fencing.

It is possible that one of the employees of the ranch would stay on to operate and manage the ranch creating an ideal situation for an investor or institution to purchase the ranch with management in place.

This is an excellent opportunity to purchase a large contiguous well maintained ranch in a great location at fair market value with a guaranteed market for the production.

** The cultivated area must be confirmed to the Buyer’s satisfaction. We are not able to measure from aerial photographs because the owners have done a lot of work to expand and improve production land in recent years which does not show on Google Earth. **

Ranch Buildings and Improvements
The residence is a 1,296 ft2 modular home with kitchen, dining area, living room, 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom on the main floor and 4th bedroom, 2nd full bathroom and finished recreation room in the basement. It is serviced with hydro, telephone, drilled well for domestic use and lagoon for septic disposal.

Pump house, 252 ft2 wired and insulated shed with controls and pressure tank for the livestock well. Controls and pressure tank for domestic well are in the house.

980 ft2 wood-frame workshop with a concrete floor, oil furnace, underground wiring and large sliding metal doors.

10,800 ft2 hayshed is a steel frame building with a metal roof and cladding that is open on both ends. The older 7,200 ft2 hayshed is built with treated wood poles and metal roof.

5,704 ft2 barn built of treated wood poles, wood frame with metal roof and walls. 4 Westeel Rosco metal granaries, 2 new Twister 2,500 bushel steel granaries. Steel corrals, stock waterers.

Location : Ranch headquarters are at 3433 Giesbrecht Pit Road 2.4 km south of Highway 16 and about 17 km from Vanderhoof. The road is well maintained year-round and school bus service is available if requested. Vanderhoof at the geographic center of British Columbia is 100 km west of Prince George on Highway 16.
Access : From the lights at Burrard Ave on Highway 16 in Vanderhoof go west 14.5 km. Turn left on Giesbrecht Road and go 2.4 km to the ranch driveway on the right.
Investment Features : 4,688 deeded acres in 26 titles operating hay, grain and cattle ranch with export market for hay.
Services :
  • Power
  • 2 wells
  • Lagoon for septic
  • Telephone
  • Cell service
Recreation :

This area is popular with local residents and tourists alike, due to the rare combination of natural, unspoiled beauty and the many and varied year round recreational activities available. The fishing and hunting resources attract sportsmen from all over North America. Within a 60 mile radius of Vanderhoof, there are numerous lakes and rivers and many of these lakes offer rainbow trout fishing where you can catch your limit in less than an hour by fly fishing or casting. Moose deer and elk are very prevalent throughout this area. Activities vary from hiking, camping, boating, canoeing, golfing, horseback riding and water-skiing in the summer to cross country skiing, curling, skating and snowmobiling in the winter.

The town of Vanderhoof is known for hosting major year-round events, such as Wild West Week, Rich Hobson Frontier Cattle Drive, Slow-Pitch Tournaments, Central Interior Rodeo and Horse Show. Hockey, curling, figure skating, and ringette competitions and tournaments are held all winter. Community badminton, volleyball, basketball and indoor soccer take place throughout the winter season. Murray Ridge Ski Hill is located 60 km away and Vanderhoof residents can enjoy downhill skiing throughout the winter.

Nearby Nulki Lake 8 km long (4,093 acres) and Tachik Lake 13 km long (5,439 acres) are renowned for their excellent fishing with many fishing derbies held on these lakes. Trout up to 4 lbs. have been caught in Nulki Lake and up to 7 lbs. in Tachik Lake, both in summer and in winter.

Many lakes and rivers too numerous to mention here provide excellent fishing and recreation in the area including the Nechako River and Stuart, Trembleur, Ootsa, Tahtsa and Whitesail Lakes to name just a few.

Area Data :

Vanderhoof (pop. 4,470)
This historic ranching and farming community is at the geographic centre of the province located at the junction of Highway 16 and Highway 27. Forestry is the number one industry, followed by ranching and farming. Vanderhoof is in a rich, fertile valley known for its cattle ranches and dairy farms. It is the second largest forage crop production area in the province with agriculture as the second largest industry in the region.

Vanderhoof is a main service centre with several government offices, schools, hospital, medical clinic, shopping centre, 17 restaurants, 7 hotels/motel, theatre, bowling alley and golf course. The area is served by rail and air (land and float planes). The Vanderhoof Airport has an asphalt runway 5,018 feet in length and 100 feet in width and can accommodate most planes. The Nechako River, which joins the Fraser River at Prince George, runs along the north edge of Vanderhoof. There are a number of very nice residences along the river whose owners have both boats and floatplanes. From this river, you can go on waterways for over 200 kilometers, up rivers and lakes.

History :

Early settlers came in from the south, over the western end of the Telegraph Trail. They traveled up the west coast to Prince Rupert where they boarded river steamers to take them to Hazelton; then they trekked along the Trail to Fort Fraser. Those bound for Fort St. James branched off and followed the pack trail between the two Hudson’s Bay Forts; other continued along the focal point of the Nechako Valley. The telegraph line was erected in the early days with the object of forming an overland connection between America and Europe. The Telegraph Trail followed the line from one end of British Columbia to the other and since it was the only trail into the country, it was also the main artery of travel. Many of the men who had been employed on the telegraph line remained in the north, trading, trapping and prospecting for gold.

In 1906, the Village of Vanderhoof was only a survey line in the wilderness to mark the location of the planned railway. When the last spike was driven on April 7, 1914 it started a race for the land. The Grand Trunk Pacific Development Company offered cheap land and had one of their employees, Mr. Herbert Vanderhoof, lay out the town site. Vanderhoof is Dutch for "of the farm" which was very appropriate, since it was the first agricultural settlement in the province. The town grew and in 1926 the Village of Vanderhoof was born. With the arrival of World War II many young men left and Vanderhoof came to a standstill. With the rise of lumber prices and the arrival of new people in the late 1940s, it started to grow again. The next boost to the population and the economy came with the construction of Kenny Dam in the early 1950s. At the peak of its construction it employed 1,500 men, and a number of them stayed in the area after the dam was built. The next expansion period came with a large influx of American immigrants in the 1960s, and since that time Vanderhoof has enjoyed steady growth.

Zoning : All properties are zoned AG-1 in the Agricultural land Reserve - Bulkley Nechako Regional District.
Legal : Contact listing agents for full legal description.
Taxes : $2,835.52 (2015)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 53°59'1.15"N and 124°15'14.57"W
Listing # : 18031