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Gorgeous East Kootenay Acreage with Commercial Zoning - Wasa, BC
Gorgeous East Kootenay Acreage with Commercial Zoning - Wasa, BC
An exceptional commercially zoned property ready for development. This picturesque parcel sits on an aquifer and has a septic study positive for 100+ RV sites
  • Size: 57.32 acres
  • Price: REDUCED $599,000
  • Listing Agent: Matt Cameron - matt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-200-1199
Description :

Excellent development property, ripe for an RV Park and other additional uses, with zoning in place allowing for subdivision. For example, with unlimited water and abundant sunshine, a greenhouse(s) operation would be another excellent use of the property. The zoning also allows for a family dwelling in addition to a commercial and agricultural use(s). Property sits on an aquifer.

57 acres of mostly flat and cleared commercial land along Highway 93/95 in Wasa, BC. Wasa is well known for its ample sunshine, clean air, endless water and world class recreation. The property extends for 1.6 km along the highway and varies in width from north to south. The land has mildly undulating grassland with pockets of mature ponderosa pine trees - a great addition to add character and shade for a future RV Resort.

Over 95% of the land is above the flood plain level (772 metre elevation) with all of the prime development land situated at the 775 to 777 metre level. A berm was constructed around most of the perimeter with a row of mature caragana trees on top to provide privacy. Also, approximately 300 spruce trees were planted on the inside of the berm around the northern perimeter for additional privacy. The remainder of the property is fenced.

The land has excellent access off Highway 93/95. From the land there are gorgeous views of the Rocky Mountains to the east, Columbia Valley to the north and south, and off to the west are the Purcell Mountains and the Kimberley Alpine Resort.

The C-1 zoning also includes other accommodation and food service uses, personal service uses, trade service uses or greenhouses/horticulture. But one could also choose to develop the entire site as an RV park with lots of amenities and space or just use part of the site for an RV resort and subdivide the land further to create up to 6 parcels, with each parcel at least 5 acres in size. For example, a 25- to 30-acre RV park which is ample land for a 120-site park and then either sell off or further develop up to 5 additional lots. The seller has a Development Plan from 2017 for 120 RV lots (96 RV lots and 24 cottage lots) - see the maps and plans section for an idea showing how easily a park that size fits into the land.

Some perks of the location are its close proximity to endless recreation with the Wasa Lake Park trail across the highway, Wasa Lake, one of BC’s warmest lakes is only steps away, 16 golf courses are within an hour drive, Kimberley Ski Resort 25 minutes away and all the amenities of Cranbrook (the Kootenay’s largest city) only 25 minutes away as well.

Location :

The property is located in Wasa, BC, East Kootenay along Hwy 93/95 in the southern Columbia Valley.

Travel Distances

  • Calgary - 366 km
  • Lethbridge - 321 km
  • US border - 118 km
  • Invermere - 95 km
  • Fairmont Hot Springs - 72 km
  • Cranbrook - 35 km
  • Kimberley - 34 km
Investment Features :

An industry ripe for continued growth, in 2016 RV shipments totaled 430,691 units, a gain of 15.1% over the previous year. This was the seventh consecutive annual increase. With few new parks and sites being developed, and for that matter even zoned for development, this is a great long-term investment.

It is getting more difficult to obtain zoned development property for RV Park/Campground development.

The property is located seconds from the main amenities of Wasa including the hardware store, convenience store, liquor store, gas station, community hall, fair ground, playgrounds, ball field, tennis courts, pub, restaurant, etc.

The Wasa area is known for having an abundance of sunshine, early spring seasons, hot dry summers and pleasant falls, much like the Okanagan Valley.

Services :

There is electrical servicing for the water pump towards the south end of the property. There are numerous locations on the highway for additional power supply.

There is an abundance of water due to the aquifer under the property. The well towards the south end of the property was drilled for irrigation purposes (for the caragana and spruce trees) with water lines running around the perimeter of the property. It can supply approximately 50 gallons per minute.

Although there is no septic system, a soil analysis/perc test study was completed for a system for 100+ sites with positive results, which is on file with LandQuest®.

Recreation :

The southern Columbia Valley/East Kootenay region offers some of BC’s best recreational opportunities. There are heaps of things to do with numerous lakes both large and small for boating and fishing (Wasa Lake is steps from the land), lots of rivers and streams for canoeing, kayaking and fishing (the Kootenay River is steps away) and endless Crown land and backcountry to explore with easy access into the Rockies. Below are just a few of the areas recreational highlights:

Kimberley Alpine Ski resort is only 35 kilometers from the property and offers 68 named ski runs and over 1,800 acres of skiing. To the north, Fairmont Hot Springs is 70 kilometers away and offers great family skiing and a rare night skiing experience in BC. Then only an hour away is Fernie with its world class slopes. The area also boasts excellent nordic skiing

The Columbia Valley is home to numerous golf courses, everything from world class and top ranked courses to casual par 3 and executive courses. There are 8 courses to the south and all are within 40 minutes and another 8 courses to the north and within 1 hour in that direction.

Wasa Lake Provincial Park
Located mins away, this park has been a family vacation destination since the 1950s. Wasa Lake is the warmest swimming lake in the Kootenays - great for swimming and lounging on its sandy shores. There is also an 8-kilometer wheelchair and bike accessible trail around the lakeshore and a 2.7 kilometer self-guided interpretation trail.

Fort Steele
Another major attraction only 20 kilometers away is Fort Steele. Perched on the western slopes of the Rocky Mountains since its gold rush beginnings in 1864, the village has gone from boomtown, to regional centre, to ghost town, to one of the most important heritage attractions of its kind in British Columbia. Enjoy old-time trade demonstrations, steam-train rides and Clydesdale horse-drawn wagon tours or try your luck gold panning, watch live theatre and street performances and observe the museum displays - including some exciting traveling exhibits!

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 diner, pub, convenience store, building supply store and gas stop. The town was named for Vaasa, Finland, the hometown of one of the community's early pioneers, Nils Hansen.
History : The owner re-zoned the land from C3-A (Golf Course Commercial) to C-1 (Highway Commercial) for the purpose of an RV resort development with additional commercial possibilities.
Zoning :

C-1 (Highway Commercial - RDEK)

Permitted Uses
The following trade services:
Food store, general store, automobile sales and service, RV, boat trailer sales service and rental, manufactured or pre-fab home/building sales, gas service station, automobile parts and accessories, other motor vehicle service, machinery and equipment sales and rental, service to buildings and dwelling units, service industry incidental to farm operation including veterinary services.

The following personal services:
Laundry and cleaning service, post office, medical, dental and other health practitioners, barber and beauty shop.

The following accommodation and food services:
Campground, food service, pub, hotel, motel, sign and display industry, horticulture.

Accessory Uses
Dwelling unit accessory to a permitted use and buildings and structures accessory to a permitted use listed above.

In the re-zoning process, the RDEK made the following limitations for this site:
1. The number of sites for a campground shall not exceed 120 (96 RV lots and 24 cottage lots).

2. Subdivision of the land is limited to a maximum total number of 6 parcels, and each parcel must be a minimum of 2.0 hectares in size.

Legal : Lot: 1; Pl: NEP22994; DL: 264; LD: Kootenay (26)
PID 023-390-379
Taxes : $1,253.53 (2017)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 49°47'3.64"N and 115°44'50.86"W
Listing # : 17279