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Picturesque Backcountry Acreage with Private Lakes - Wasa, BC
Picturesque Backcountry Acreage with Private Lakes - Wasa, BC
Gorgeous property with 2 small private lakes. A small strip of land separates the 2 spring fed lakes; an amazing place for an off-grid cabin overlooking the lakes and out to the Rocky Mountains. Mostly forested & flat. Borders on crown land. A one of a kind acreage.
  • Size: 568 acres ~ 2 titles
  • Price: $1,500,000
  • Listing Agent: Matt Cameron - matt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-200-1199
Size : 2 titles: 80 acres & 488 acres
Description :

Truly a magical place! This backcountry acreage sits on two titles of land with a total of 568 acres. There is lots of scenic land, but the focal point is the two adjacent spring fed lakes with nothing but Crown land between you and the Rocky Mountains. Although not on a public road, the property is located only a couple kilometres off highway - far enough to avoid highway noise and close enough for reasonable access.

The 568 acres is broken up into an 80 and 488 acre parcel. Approx. 85% of the land borders on Crown land and most is fenced although the fencing is in need of repair and upkeep.

The 80 acre parcel is rectangular shaped and mostly forested. Some selective logging has been done but lots of marketable timber remains - mostly fir and pine. The west portion of the land is where the ranch sign (Tarra Ranch) is located and is easiest gate to access the land. At this gate there is about 5 acres of fully cleared grassland and open views looking east to the Rocky Mountains. From here a good roadway takes you east through the land and towards the second title. The land is fully useable/mostly flat with small ups and downs.

The 488 acre parcel is also mostly forested with a few small clearings and some selective logging in parts of the land over the years. The land is still 90% forested and has a significant amount of marketable timber (fir and pine). A couple roadways that are private to this owner dissect the land making it nicely accessible for recreation. At the north end of this land there are two small, private lakes. One of the lakes extends beyond the land onward to Crown land. The owner tells me the lakes were once joined and water levels higher. The lakes are both spring fed and separated by about 20 feet of land. An amazing cabin site exists overlooking both lakes. At present, there is an older mobile home here and the owner is currently investigating having it removed. It is still habitable but very dated and rustic. These two private lakes are a major bird and wildlife draw. A few small springs are evident on the land. There are a number of backcountry lakes easily accessible both smaller lake and those that are 1+ km long (Saugum Lake is a few hundred metres away from the south border).

Overall this is a special property and ideal for someone who wants a private estate/escape with great backcountry access, enjoys wildlife and off grid living. Access in winter would require either hiring it out privately for snow clearing which would require some road updates and/or doing it yourself.

The pictures say it all!

Location :

Located a few kilometres south of Wasa at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The property is not located on a public road so it is not accessible year-round unless you arranged for snow clearing etc yourself.

Access is via a forest service road and crossing Crown land.

Travel Distances

  • From Highway 93/95 - about 2 km
  • Cranbrook - 30 km (has international airport)
  • Kimberley - 38 km (has alpine ski resort)
  • Fairmont Hot Springs - 75 km (has hot springs & ski alpine ski resort)
  • Lethbridge - 320 km
  • Spokane, USA - 207 miles
  • Calgary - 368 km / 400 km (two options via Fernie or via Invermere - everybody loves a circle route!)
Improvements :
  • Older manufactured home
  • Older out buildings
  • 6 vented sea cans - newer models
Services : No services
Recreation :

With 568 acres you have plenty of land for recreational pursuits. The two spring fed lakes offer an amazing bird and wildlife sanctuary, great canoeing and kayaking, and are ideal for swimming. Water levels in the lake have fluctuated over the years and owner has some great older photos showing the kids water skiing and enjoying all of what this magical backcountry property offers. The land also fronts on Crown for about 85% of its border. Here one can find pristine creeks and backcountry lakes. Part of the surrounding land was logged off and now offers great roads to get further back into the wilderness. There is excellent hunting in the area; elk, bears, dear, cats, small mammals, ducks, birds are all regular sightings. See below for some other highlights in the area.

Wasa Lake/Provincial Park
Wasa Lake is only a few kilometres from the property and home to the Kootenay’s warmest waters for swimming and boating. The Lake offers good fishing, water skiing in designated areas, canoeing and windsurfing. The park itself has a great trail system including an 8 km interpretive trail around lake - designated for bikers and hikers.

Additional Lakes
Within only a couple kilometres you come across a number of great backcountry fishing lakes.

Kimberley Alpine Resort
Only 35 to 40 km away is the Bavarian themed ski town of Kimberley with 5 lifts and 68 named ski runs.

Natural Hot Springs
A 45 min drive to the north gets you to Lussier Hot Springs a natural hot spring on the side of the river offering a few different pools of varying temperatures.

Fairmont Alpine Resort/Hot Springs
Located approx. 70 km to the north if the resort of Fairmont Hot Springs which has alpine skiing (with nigh skiing), golf, hiking and of course the hot spring pools.

The long golf season due to the favorable climate and spectacular geography in the area offers some work class gold opportunities. With a 35 min drive there are several quality golf courses: Trickle Creek, Kimberley, Bootleg, St. Eugene, Shadow Mountain, Wildstone, Mission Hills and Cranbrook.

Area Data : Wasa is an unincorporated town in the East Kootenays of BC. The town is located about 15 to 20 mins north of Cranbrook and sits on the east bank of the Kootenay River with the Rocky Mountain as a back drop. The main geographic feature is Wasa Lake - home to the warmest waters in the Kootenays. In terms of commercial businesses there are some B&Bs, a good diner and a gas stop. The town was named for Vaasa, Finland, the hometown of one of the community's early pioneers, Nils Hansen.
Zoning :

RR-60 (Rural Resource)

Permitted Uses
Single family dwelling, Duplex, Kennel, Gravel pit, Forest management,) Farm operation, Equestrian centre, Portable sawmill, Archery range, Rifle trap and skeet range, Airport / heliport, Wildland use, *Guest ranch, Group home, **Rural retreat, Wireless communication facility

*Guest ranch means a working farm or ranch that includes a principal residence, agricultural structures and temporary guest accommodation.

** Rural retreat means a facility which is owned and operated by a non-profit society incorporated under the Society Act and is intended for recreational, educational, or religious purposes and provides kitchen facilities and temporary accommodation but shall not include a boarding school.

Accessory Uses

Home based business, Secondary dwelling unit for farm hand, Veterinary clinic, Lodge accessory to guest ranch, rural retreat, or wildland use, Cabin accessory to guest ranch, rural retreat, wildland use, registered guide outfitting operations, trapping associated with a registered trapline license, or mining activity associated with a Mines Act permit, Secondary suite, Uses, buildings and structures accessory to a permitted use
Legal :

488 acres
DL: 15050; LD: Kootenay (26); Narrative: (MH) CSA# 4210355
PID 016-486-455

80 acres
DL: 8117; LD: Kootenay (26); Narrative: E 1/2.
PID 016-434-056

Taxes : $1,787.48
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 49°43'32.60"N and 115°40'45.54"W
Listing # : 17130