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2 Adjacent Off Grid Lots - Ferguson, BC
2 Adjacent Off Grid Lots - Ferguson, BC
2 adjacent, cleared and leveled lots in the backcountry community of Ferguson. Affordable place to set up your recreational retreat whether that be a residential camp site or cabin. Year-round access. Each lot 30 x 110 ft deep. Zoning allows a cabin + guest cabin
  • Size: 0.16 of an acre ~ 2 titles
  • Price: $53,000
  • Listing Agent: Matt Cameron - matt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-200-1199
Size : Lot 6 - 0.08 of an acre (3,300 ft2 - 30 feet wide x 110 feet deep)
Lot 7 - 0.08 of an acre (3,300 ft2 - 30 feet wide x 110 feet deep)
Description :

Located in the backcountry community of Ferguson these two adjacent lots are an affordable place to set up your recreational retreat whether that be a residential camp site / RV or cabin. The zoning allows a cabin on each lot plus a guest cabin – see zoning info below on conditions and confirm your plans with the regional district.

The owner has leveled the lots and they are ready to be built on and used as your home base to explore this fantastic area with lots of forestry roads taking you further into the backcountry for recreational pursuits.

Year-round access to the lots make these ideal for both summer and winter recreation.

Location : Ferguson, BC in the Selkirk Mountains
Access : Take Ferguson Road from Trout Lake to Ferguson - about 6 km. Stay on main road (if in doubt stay left). As you enter and proceed through Ferguson and see a few cabins, the lots are on your right.
Improvements : Bare land
Services : No services (no power, no septic, no water). You could install a septic if desired and set up solar/generator and rain water collection. There are lots of creeks nearby to collect water from but not possible to run a water line to the cabin.
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. If nobody bought it, ownership of the town site would revert back to the previous owner, frequently a private person or the Ministry of Mines. Only land that was owned by the Crown before the property was developed would revert back to the Crown, thus the zoning would often remain intact. Although Ferguson once had its own utilities, including electric light and a waterworks system, they went the way of the town’s buildings.

Zoning :

Land is in the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD)

Small Holding - SH

Principal Uses
(a) agriculture (b) day care (c) horticulture (d) single family dwelling (e) standalone residential campsite (f) timber harvesting

Secondary Uses
(a) accessory use (b) bed and breakfast (c) home occupation (d) small-scale sawmill (e) residential campsite (f) secondary dwelling unit

Legal :

Lot: 6; Blk: 1; Pl: NEP671; DL: 1140; LD: Kootenay (26)
PID 011-632-640

Lot: 7; Blk: 1; Pl: NEP671; DL: 1140; LD: Kootenay (26)
PID 011-632-658

Taxes : $128 (2017)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 50°40'36.22"N and 117°28'36.31"W
Listing # : 17310