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Pitt Lake Acreage
Pitt Lake Acreage
Rated as 1 of 2 top “Fishing in Canada” rivers by American Angler Magazine. Fish for salmon, steelhead & 5 trout species below snow-capped peaks. Tourism, development, recreational or ... ? Where else can you buy 700 acres of pristine waterfront in the GVRD?
  • Size: 734 acres ~ 7 titles
  • Price: $7,700,000 - Priced at 2018 appraised value
  • 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 :

These unique properties are one of the largest assembled parcels of private recreational land within such close proximity to the Lower Mainland. The properties are fully treed in old growth timber and fronting two mountain rivers. The views are breathtaking with snowcap mountains in most directions. These properties sit in a fairly wide and long valley offering some of the most picturesque scenery in the Lower Mainland. Most of the main properties are very flat and level except near the north end where the property climbs to a small hill. There are a number of small mountain creeks on the properties that run into Pitt River. Some of the shoreline along the river is truly beautiful especially after spring runoff where areas along the river have formed white sandy beaches. Throughout these sandy beaches are small stands of aspen as shown in the photos. The mountain river on the east side of the properties has a bend in it just a short distance from the mouth of the river where there is a wide quiet area that is an ideal spot for fly fishing as shown in the photos. There are numerous game trails that lead from the valley floor to the high mountains and in the late spring and fall a large number of deer calls this unique property home.

District Lot 1723
This lot fronts on the Pitt River on the west and has an alternate Pitt River arm on the east boundary. This lot has approximately 2,600 feet of river frontage. The property is traversed north to south by an existing gravel road with 3,300 feet of road frontage. The property is well treed with alder, cottonwood and some spruce.

District Lot 2043
This property is bounded on the east by District Lot 3173 and on the west by District Lot 3162. The alternate Pitt River water runs through the northern boundary of this lot and could provide small boat access. The westernmost boundary is only 250 feet from the existing gravel road. The road distance from this property to the loading dock at the north end of Pitt Lake is 0.75 of a mile. The northeast portion of the property is marshy. The southeast and western portion contains some timber.

District Lot 3162
This lot fronts the Pitt River on its west boundary, it is bounded by District Lot 2043 on the east and District Lot 1723 on the north. There is approximately 3,200 feet of river frontage. The subject property is well treed with predominately alder. It also has potential sand and gravel deposits. The existing road traverses this property north to south with approximately 2,300 feet of road frontage. The road distance to the loading dock at the north end of Pitt Lake is 0.75 of a mile.

District Lot 3168
This property is not adjacent with the other six properties and is slightly over 5 miles to the north by dirt road. Access is provided by dirt roads connecting to the area’s existing main gravel road. This property has approximately 1,300 feet of water frontage on the back channel of the Pitt River. There is approximately 68 acres of this lot, which is level with two creeks running north to south, of which approximately 15 acres was once cleared. The remaining 10 acres along the west boundary rises from a creek to approximately 700 feet at the west boundary.

District Lot 3173
This property is the most easterly property and irregular in shape. It is bounded on the west by District Lot 2043 and on the east by the alternate course of Pitt River. This property has a good length of water frontage and could provide direct water access with potential boating facilities to District Lot 2043 and 3162.

District Lot 4920
This lot is bounded on the north by District Lot 4922 and on the west southwest by the alternate course of the Pitt River. This property has no direct road access, however it is within 400 feet of the existing road through District Lot 1723.

District Lot 4922
This lot is bound by District Lot 4920 on its south boundary. Road access could be gained in conjunction with District Lot 4920. This lot was partially logged in 1980/81.

Location : These prime recreational development properties are located at the north end of Pitt Lake bordered by two rivers, Pitt River on the west side and a smaller mountain river on the eastside. This area is known as the Pitt River Valley. Pitt Lake is located in the district of Pitt Meadows and is only 25.5 km (15.8 miles) east of downtown Vancouver. The Pitt River bridge located on Highway 7 joins Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge and crosses the Pitt River approximately 4.8 km (3 miles) south of the south end of Pitt Lake.
Access :

Access to the properties is by air or by launching a boat from the south end of Pitt Lake:

Helicopter or floatplane access is available from the Pitt Meadows Airport located on Harris Road 3 km (1.9 miles) south from downtown Pitt Meadows. Facilities include three paved runways, floatplane dock on north side of the Fraser River, and control tower.

The paved 208th Street in Pitt Meadows will take you to the Grant Narrows Regional Park at the southern end of Pitt Lake. There are boat launching and dock facilities at this park. There is also a barge that runs from the south end to the north end of Pitt Lake that will take equipment including cars and trucks from one end to the other. At the north end of the lake there is a large wharf and loading facilities for cars or trucks. From this loading facility there is a very wide good all-year gravel road running straight north up the Pitt River Valley. This road runs through the properties from south to north giving access to all properties. There is a logging road that runs from Squamish east to the adjacent valley of the Pitt River Valley. These roads could one day interconnect. At one time there was a rumor that a new highway would be built alongside Pitt Lake up through the Pitt River Valley joining Vancouver to Whistler giving people an alternate and faster route to Whistler.

Improvements : This property was originally a farm and the remains of the old farmhouse are near the east side of the properties. There are two dwellings on the properties on the southwest end. An old house with a fireplace sits on the river edge with a great view of the river and mountains. The second dwelling, an old trailer, is located east of the main logging road and is accessed by an old road from the main road.
Investment Features :

These properties are very unique because of their size, beautiful scenery and close proximity to the Lower Mainland. There are numerous potential investment options. The highest and best use for the properties would be 20 acre recreational lots.

Offers have been made to the owner for the large sand and gravel reserves on the properties, predominately contained in District Lot 1723 and 3162.

Further value is present in the form of considerable amount of hardwood timber value and some softwood timber values. The owner has been offered to have this property logged from a number of companies. Another option is a Tree Farm. The owner has also been approached by a large hardwood paper company to lease the property for the growing of cottonwood.

A study was completed on building a ski hill in this valley. The initial reports on the snow conditions were extremely favorable. The owner of this property was approached in selling one parcel to this group to be used for building a ski lodge.

Services : None
Recreation :

This unspoiled area offers unlimited recreational activities such as fishing for steelhead trout and pink, coho, spring and sockeye salmon in Pitt Lake. Pitt River offers fishing for coho, dolly varden and cutthroat. Within such close proximity to the Lower Mainland this area offers numerous trails for hiking, mountain biking and great spots for camping. Pitt Lake offers canoeing, kayaking, sailing and boating. A feature of the area is a hot spring at the edge of the Pitt River, which is easily accessible by a logging road.

The 38,000 hectare Pinecone Burke Provincial Park begins in the north with Pinecone Lake and dozens more alpine lakes feeding into the Pitt River and Pitt Lake, which is the largest freshwater tidal lake in North America. Other wonders here are Widgeon Slough, the largest freshwater marsh in southwestern BC, Widgeon Lake, the largest hanging lake in Greater Vancouver’s North Shore Mountains and Meslillooet Icefield, Greater Vancouver’s closest glacier. Also grizzly bears, mountain goats, even the pacific jumping mouse can be found in this park.

Grant Narrows Regional Park is located on the south end of Pitt Lake where it narrows to become Pitt River. The marsh is excellent here for birdwatching. Trails, birdwatching towers, floating dock and canoeing are available here.

At the south end of Pitt Lake there is a 36-hole championship golf course, Swan-e-set Bay Resort & Country Club, designed by legendary Lee Trevino. It includes a 65,000 square foot chateau-style clubhouse. Panoramic views and elegant surroundings make this clubhouse perhaps the finest in Western Canada.

Vegetation :

The majority of the properties are level and well treed in mature alder with some areas of cottonwood and patches of very large old growth spruce. The underbrush along the river and north end is fairly light but near the east end it gets quite dense. There are some open grassy areas mostly along the eastside.

The soil is river silt and heavy loam except for some large areas along the river where there are large deposits of gravel.

Area Data :

Pitt Meadows
Pitt Meadows (Pop. 18,200) with its naturally beautiful setting is located on the north side of the Fraser River between Port Coquitlam and Maple Ridge, just an hour from downtown Vancouver. Surrounded by three rivers (the Pitt River, the Fraser River and the Alouette River) residents enjoy boating, canoeing, water-skiing, fishing, swimming, bird watching, cycling, walking and horseback riding. With its four world-class golf courses, an expanding airport and increased connectivity with Vancouver through the Golden Ears Bridge (completed in 2009) and a commuter rail link with Vancouver, Pitt Meadows is a community poised for growth. Dairy farms, Christmas tree farms, greenhouses, raspberries, strawberries, cranberries and blueberries all contribute to a thriving agricultural community, with 86% of the Pitt Meadows landmass included in the Agricultural Land Reserve.

Maple Ridge
Maple Ridge (Pop. 76,052) situated on the north shore of the Fraser River, is one of British Columbia’s major commercial centres. Maple Ridge has seen rapid growth in recent years and is a wonderful place to enjoy nature. There are many parks and trails that offer an unrivaled opportunity to enjoy the peaceful beauty of mountains, rivers and marshes.

Coquitlam (Pop. 126,456) stretches north from industrial lands on the banks of the Fraser River to the mountain wilderness of Pinecone Burke Provincial Park. One of the fastest growing communities in the Lower Mainland, with population that has grown fivefold in the last four decades, the services have expanded similarly. These include the Evergreen Line SkyTrain extension expecting to be completed in Summer 2016, recently completed construction on the Port Mann Bridge, the award-winning $50-milion Poirier Sports and Leisure Complex upgrade, the David Lam Douglas College campus and City Centre Public Library. In 2009 Coquitlam was designated a Cultural Capital of Canada in recognition of the contribution of culture to the community’s identity, quality of life and economic development.

Pitt Lake and Area
Pitt Lake is a 24 km (14.8 mi) long lake and is surrounded by beautiful valleys, mountains, old growth forests and is only accessible by road at the south end. Pitt Lake is the largest freshwater tidal lake in North America and is fed by mountain creeks and rivers with numerous waterfalls. Small sandy beaches have been created where many of these creeks enter the lake and offer great spots for boaters to stop and picnic during the summer months. The lake is 16 km (9.9 mi) north of Haney Town Centre in Maple Ridge. The area along the shores of Pitt Lake has little development and is very private and pristine. There are pockets of recreational cottages and summer homes located along the east and west shores of the lake. In the summer, Pitt Lake is very popular and boaters with canoes, kayaks to large pleasure boats can be seen around the lake.

The area surrounding the properties offers a unique combination of natural scenic beauty, clear unpolluted lakes and streams with an abundance of game and fish. Camping, boating, fishing, water sports and hiking are just a few of the activities that can be enjoyed in the area.

Just a few miles north of the properties is an abandoned post office and settlement called Alvin. Some of the buildings from this community have been moved to the Pitt Lake Lodge Fishing Resort. The Pitt Lake Lodge Fishing Resort is open from spring until fall, while the owner lives there year-round. The resort includes a guest lodge and cabins offering guests the use of canoes, mountain bikes, access to the hot springs and fisherman the ultimate fly-fishing experiences.

The hot springs are located in a beautiful canyon a few feet from the river and just a few miles north of the properties. You can reach the hot springs by either boat or vehicle. The hot springs are very unique and formed from hot water flowing out of several cracks in the rocks forming a large pool which overflows over into the river. The Pitt River flows from the glaciers above and the water is crystal clear and turquoise in color.

In Spring 2012, in partnership with Pacific Salmon Foundation’s Partnered Initiatives and Department of Fisheries and Oceans, the Fraser Valley Watersheds Coalition was able to replace a failing water intake system from Corbold Creek, Fish Hatchery creek and Alvin Spawning channels in the Upper Pitt River system. The habitat was enhanced, complexed and protected from erosive force of water.

History :

It was in 1860 that Captain George Henry Richards, aboard the Plumper, made a reconnaissance voyage up a river to a lake north of Douglas Island. He named the river and lake Pitt in honor of William Pitt, England’s ninth Prime Minister.

In the 1880s Slumach, a Katzie Indian who is now a legend, discovered gold nuggets in the wild region north of Pitt Lake. He allegedly came to New Westminster with his gold and spent freely at saloons and gaming houses. When he returned to the wilderness, he generally took with him some white woman he had picked up in the city - who would never be seen alive again. Records show that Slumach was hanged for the murder of Louise Bee on January 16, 1891. As Slumach was awaiting trial he gave the location of the lost mine to his nephew, Peter Pierre, who broke his hip on his way looking for the mine. He is said to have given a map of the mine to an old prospector, but today one hundred years after Slumach’s death, the lost gold mine legend is still very much alive in British Columbia - as is the curse. At least twenty-five gold hunters are said to have perished looking for Slumach’s goldmine.

British Columbia’s miniature version of Alcatraz was established on tiny Goose Island on Pitt Lake. In 1906, the island was deeded to the British Columbia Penitentiary for use as a prison camp. Convicts erected a forty-foot cellblock that year and were put to work cutting cords of firewood. In May of 1908 a riot erupted and quickly quelled without loss of life but several men escaped by means of makeshift rafts. As for Goose Island, the camp was abandoned to fishermen and hunters who continued using the blockhouse as a shelter for half a century. The camp was later abandoned.

Zoning : Rural Lands - zoning applicable (Contact REALTOR® for details). These properties are not in the Agricultural Land Reserve.
Legal : Contact listing REALTOR® for legal descriptions
Taxes : $5,236.26 (2018)
Boundaries : These properties were surveyed between 1910 and 1919
Map Reference : 49°33’11.35”N and 122°36’10.86”W
Listing # : 18123