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320 Acre Working Ranch - Cherry Creek, BC
320 Acre Working Ranch - Cherry Creek, BC
320 acres w/ 1,386 acre Crown lease for 110 cow/calf pairs. End-of-road setting, Crown land on 3 sides. 4 bdrm, 3 bath main house w/ in-ground pool & patio. Barn, workshop, hay shed, corrals, cattle pens, fenced pastures. Irrigation licences for 80+ acres.
  • Size: 320 acres ~ 2 titles
  • Area: OKANAGAN
  • Price: $2,185,000
  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633

  • Listing Agent: Liam Reifel - liam@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-655-9370
Size :
  • 320 acres ~ 2 titles
  • Adjacent 1,386 acre Crown Lease
Description :

BearCat Ranch is a 320 acre historic farm and ranch in a picturesque setting that has served as a location for both film and commercial shoots.

This property checks all the boxes on your wish list: an end-of-the-road location, a tranquil valley with a sense of remoteness, surrounded by Crown land, plenty of wooden fencing for horses, riding trails for horses, quads and bikes out the back door, quiet, peaceful, private and just far enough from public roads that you do not see or hear traffic, yet minutes to the convenience and amenities of the city.

Just 15 minutes to the city of Kamloops, 10 minutes from renowned Tobiano Golf Resort and Marina, an hour and a half from world class skiing at Sun Peaks Resort and 3.5 hours from Vancouver.

The main house is over 3,100 ft2, with vaulted ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, a walk-out basement to an 18' x 32' in-ground swimming pool, large deck and patio for entertaining or just relaxing under mature shade trees.

Everything you need for your equestrian property or hobby ranch is in place, including a 100’ x 200‘ outdoor riding arena with announcer’s stand, 52’ diameter round training pen, nine-stall barn with two tack rooms, two bay shop with service pit and attached heated vet room, new hay shed with equipment storage, cattle pens, corrals, paddocks and multiple heritage outbuildings.

Adding to the already spectacular setting, the property has two creeks, a waterfall, fly fishing in Beaton Lake stocked with Rainbow trout, plentiful wildlife, unforgettable sunsets and spectacular star-filled night skies.

The ranch has the capacity to run 110 cow calf pairs with rotational grazing on fenced pastures on the 1,386 acre Crown Grazing Lease and deeded pasture land. The rotational grazing is aided by the use of irrigated pasture. A total of about 50 acres of hay and pasture is currently being irrigated with hand lines, which is all the current owner requires for the size of his cattle herd. The four irrigation licences provide sufficient water to increase the irrigated area to 80 acres. The owner is currently cutting approx. 26 acres of hay yielding approx. 3.3 tons per acre in 2 cuts for a total of 86± tons per year (approx. $23,800/year at current hay prices). A new high efficiency irrigation pump motor and variable frequency drive control unit has just been installed.

A mobile home on separate title currently provides additional rental income of $1,100 per month.

Properties of this size and quality are rare this close to a major city; don’t miss out! Act now, call Rich or Liam to view this exceptional property.

Location : 6332 Beaton Road. 5 km off Highway 1 at Cherry Creek, 15 minutes west of Kamloops, 3 ½ hours from Vancouver, 90 minutes from Sun Peaks Ski Resort.
Access : Turn south off Highway 1 onto Beaton Road in Cherry Creek, 15 minutes west of Kamloops; go to the end of the road to 6332 Beaton Road.
Improvements :
  • 3,180 ft2 4 bedroom, 3 bath home
  • Two-bay shop with service pit, and attached heated vet room (with calf beds)
  • Large hay shed with equipment storage
  • 9-stall barn
  • Multiple log farm buildings
  • 100’ x 200’ arena with announcer’s stand
  • 52’ round training pen
  • Mobile home provides rental income, or could be used for ranch hand
Investment Features : Revenue from livestock and hay production also provides saving in reduced property taxes (farm status). Rental revenue from mobile home.
Services : Three domestic wells, telephone, hydro, wireless internet and septic system with a new not yet installed aeration system for the septic tank (common in commercial applications; increases efficiency and prolongs life of septic system).
Recreation :

Summer Activities
The desert, grassland, alpine, and pine forest environment of Kamloops makes for amazing wilderness hiking and competition-level mountain biking. Summer heat ensures an entertaining round of golf at any one of Kamloops’ 13 courses, including Tobiano Golf Course, voted Canada’s best new course in 2008 by Golf Digest and ScoreGolf Magazine (golf and travel packages are available through many hotels in the city). Other activities (this time aquatic) can be found in Kamloops’ many lakes and waterways. Enjoy world class trout fishing at Roche Lake Provincial Park, or check out favorite spots of local anglers such as Nicola Lake and Chataway Lake Plateau. Summer activities are plentiful at Wells Gray Provincial Park, home to Helmcken Falls and incredible canoeing, rafting, kayaking and camping opportunities.

Winter Activities
Winter recreation can be found at nearby Sun Peaks Resort. In addition to world-class tri-mountain downhill skiing and snowboarding, Sun Peaks offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding and ice-skating. Snowmobile enthusiasts can sled along groomed trails in and around Kamloops’ designated open areas. Catch the Kamloops Blazers as they hit the ice at the 6,400 seat Interior Savings Centre, or even play tennis under the five-court dome at the Kamloops Tennis Association. Harper Mountain is a great family ski hill, and Stake Lake offers world class cross country skiing as well. Enjoy all the great opportunities Kamloops and its surrounding areas have to offer.

Area Data :

Located at the confluence of the South and North Thompson Rivers where residents enjoy year-round outdoor activities including easy access to great skiing. It is a young, vibrant city which allows the best of everything both the city and the country has to offer, and just a scenic 3 ½ hour drive to Vancouver.

Property History
In 1880, having journeyed overland by rail to San Francisco and then by ship to Victoria, Neil James Beaton (age 26, born Markdale, Grey Co., Ontario Dec. 1854) and partner Randall Young (age 32, born Ireland 1849) homesteaded and farmed beside Duffy Creek approximately 13.5 miles west of Kamloops in Cherry Creek. They chose a pleasant and sheltered site upslope from the valley and Cherry Creek proper, at the Ponderosa timberline. Neil was the eldest son of Alexander (b.1827) and Katherine (b.1823) Beaton, who had emigrated from Scotland to Ontario in the 1850s (prior to 1857). He had three brothers, Angus (b.1856), John T. (b.1863), and James Alexander (b.1877). His brother Angus accompanied Neil to British Columbia in 1880. Both Randall Young and Neil Beaton are listed as residents of Cherry Creek in the 1882 voter’s list; Angus Beaton is listed as resident of New Westminster (he worked as a blacksmith). Brothers John T. and James A. would arrive years later; all were prominent individuals in the Kamloops area.

The first tomato cannery was established in Kamloops in 1916, others would follow. It is suspected that the ranch became (at least in part, if not primarily) a tomato farm around this time or shortly afterward. A wooden plank from the end of what is probably a tomato flat, burned with the mark “Grown and Packed by Neil Beaton” was found on the property. The last tomato cannery in Kamloops closed in 1959, and by the 1967 census, the population of Cherry Creek had dwindled to a single resident and the community name was rescinded. The property was abandoned through the 60s and 70s, until rezoning along Highway 1 enticed resettlement of the area. The current house on the property was constructed in 1979, and the community name was reinstated in 2000. The property has been a horse breeding facility, and a cattle ranch since 1979.

Cherry Creek
Cherry Creek, named for the profusion of chokecherries found by the early fur traders has also been referred to as Riviere en Cereise and Cherry Bluff Creek. It extends west of Kamloops and is characterized by rolling hills, natural grasslands and agricultural operations. The first independent farms were established here in 1860 by Donald McAulay and John McIver, both retired Hudson’s Bay Company agents. Other early farms were settled in the 1870s-80s by William Roper, Patrick Duffy, and Neil Beaton and Patrick Young. Large, multi-parcel ranching operations, including Cherry Creek Ranch, dominated most of the land area until the 1970s. Mining activity took place in the Roper Hill and Ironmask Hill areas. Most parcels remained in their original surveyed configuration until the early 1970s when the first multi-lot subdivisions were approved near Gardi Road. Zoning regulation and the ALR were introduced into the area in 1972. Cherry Creek is an unincorporated area with some services. The area remains a rural, agricultural, and ranching community with limited commercial activity. Mineral claims and active mining operations continue to flank the south and east boundaries while small scale local commercial activities, some home based, dot the neighborhood.

Zoning : AF-1 Agricultural/Forestry Zone. Thompson Nicola Regional District.
Legal :

South East ¼ Section 14, Township 20, Range 20, W6M - PID 002-401-274
Manufactured home (MH) Registration #63288; CSA #450978

South West ¼ Section 13, Township 20, Range 20, W6M - PID 002-401-339

Crown Lease No. 344089 File 0129734, 1,383 acres 20 year lease commencing July 21, 2006

Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate. Deeded land in red, Crown Lease in blue.
Map Reference : 50°41'45.93"N and 120°39'6.03"W
Listing # : 17135