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A River Runs Through It - Beautiful Acreage Property - Ferguson, BC
A River Runs Through It - Beautiful Acreage Property - Ferguson, BC
Large backcountry riverfront acreage in the Selkirk Mountains. Ideal place for a backcountry cabin with stunning mountain views & the utmost in privacy - a hunting paradise & snowmobiling mecca! Great access from the forest service road down to cabin & river.
  • Size: 105 acres
  • Price: $275,000
  • Listing Agent: Matt Cameron - matt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-200-1199
Description :

A very scenic riverfront acreage (105 acres) tucked into the Selkirk Mountains near Ferguson, BC. The property is accessed via 1.75 km of well-built forest service road (not plowed in winter unless logging activity). Coming off the FSR road there is a small clearing and bench and then the driveway cuts down and switches back to another decent sized flat clearing where a basic cabin is situated. The views on the way down and from the cabin site are spectacular. Further down the acreage the road switches back again and a trail then takes you down to the very historic and scenic Lardeau Creek with substantial flow year-round - great access to the river. The creek meanders through the land for approx. 620 metres (2,100 feet).

There are no services on the land at all and none coming in the foreseeable future; this is an off-grid location with lots of springs and options for water. The land extends on both sides of the creek. There is a lot of sloping land, but lots of it useable land with some flat/gentle sloping areas.

One could set up a nice off-grid cabin and add a secondary guest cabin, or set up a B&B and take advantage of some of BC’s best snowmobiling.

The pictures tell a good story of the land. It is a very sweet acreage with everything one would need to enjoy a backcountry location.

Location :

Ferguson, BC (West Kootenays)

  • 5-10 mins to Trout Lake (gas station with liquor store & convenience items)
  • 40 mins to the Galena Bay Ferry crossing
  • 1 hr 5 mins to Nakusp
Access : Just before you reach the small community of cabins in Ferguson you turn right on Alpha Rd and drive a about 1.75 km, you pass over Lardeau Creek and then up the hill the road turns to the left and the property driveway is on the left side - for sale sign on site.
Improvements : Small one room cabin.
Services : No services - bare land.
Recreation : An amazing area for recreation. Endless FSR roads to explore the back country - great hunting and prime snowmobiling. With over 600 metres of quality creekfront and numerous backcountry lakes and rivers in the area fishing and just about any outdoor activity at your doorstep.
Area Data : Trout Lake City and Ferguson are both found in the Lardeau district of the West Kootenay region of south-eastern BC. A bit off the beaten track, the area is garnering an increasing amount of attention from recreational property buyers, not just because of traditional amenities like rivers and lakes, but for less tangible allures, the chance to own a piece of history.
History :

A century ago Trout Lake City was a boisterous mining town in the District of Lardeau. The Lardeau area was laid out in the late 1890s by the Ferguson Brothers, owners of the nearby Triune Mine. By 1900 the town of Ferguson had about 1,000 residents, five hotels, a newspaper, brewery and wholesale liquor store.

Ferguson was promoted as the money-making place, the centre of the rich mining district of the Lardeau. Pack trains carried supplies up to the mines and returned with ore; daily stages moved passengers to and from the steam-powered paddle wheelers on Arrow and Kootenay Lakes. A branch line of railway followed, linking Trout Lake to Kootenay Lake. Still, with the inaccessibility of the mines, shipping costs were so high that only the best ore could be shipped out for smelting. A 30-ton Vulcan smelter was erected to treat local ores, but the smelter cracked on its trial run and was never used again. Other problems were the long winters with snow that could be 20 feet or more deep (these days, metal-clad roofs to shed snow are the rule rather than the exception).

The mines themselves were on narrow trails switch backing up the slopes, so high that even firewood had to be packed in. While world champion horse and mule packer, Andy Daney (these lots are beside his old home site) packed everything from eggs to 600-pound cook-stoves up the mountain trail, his greatest feat was moving a 2.5 km cable which weighed several tons. Tying his horses and mules head and tail in a line and distributing the weight over them all, he delivered the cable, which was to become part of an aerial train from the Triune Mine. Unfortunately, the aerial tram was destroyed during the first winter. When the price of silver dropped, so did Ferguson’s fortunes.

Today a highway sign directs you to Ferguson from the junction at Trout Lake, between the gas station/general store, where tourists stop to pose for snapshots beside the antique gas pumps and a highway maintenance yard. The road, although better maintained these days, is still narrow and climbing. Towns like Trout Lake and Ferguson were primarily company towns and when the employer left town, so did its employees. In some cases, the abandoned houses were leveled, in others the property sold as-is.

Zoning :

The property is part of the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD)

Rural Holdings (RH)

Principal Uses
(a) airfield (b) agriculture (c) backcountry recreation (d) driving range (e) forestry (f) golf course (g) horticulture (h) small-scale sawmill (i) resource extraction (j) single family dwelling (k) standalone residential campsite (l) timber harvesting

Secondary Uses
(a) accessory use (b) bed and breakfast (c) guest ranch (d) home occupation (e) kennel (f) residential campsite (g) secondary dwelling unit

Legal : DL 5371; Kootenay Land District
PID 009-556-826
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 50°40'23.04"N and 117°27'57.73"W
Listing # : 17311