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The Arctic Divide Ranch - Lodge & Motel
The Arctic Divide Ranch - Lodge & Motel
Established and successful lodge and motel. The Arctic Divide Lodge has top reviews on Trip Advisor and bookings.com and often has no vacancies. Strategically located and positioned in the market to provide travellers with an affordable and comfortable stay.
  • Size: 5 acres
  • Area: MNCOAST
  • Price: $850,000
  • Listing Agent: John Armstrong - john@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-307-2100
Description :

Great return on investment. This a very well-established lodge and motel operation strategically located on the Stewart-Cassiar Highway that serves business people, government employees and hunters. Repeat clients are the backbone of the business. The business has a 4.5/5 rating on Trip Advisor and 9/10 on Bookings.com. There are four motel units totaling 1,536 ft², two with kitchenettes. In the 5,000 ft² lodge there are four large guest rooms, one is currently being converted into an executive suite. Each room is uniquely and tastefully appointed. There is a guest kitchen, dining and lounge areas. There is room to expand with a commercial kitchen or an accessibility guest room. An added bonus is a 1,250 ft² three bedroom manager's suite. This business is profitable with increasing sales. Local and regional industry is flourishing with solid plans for growth in the future. This town is a busy central hub of the region.

Arctic Lodge website: www.arcticdivide.ca

Location : 37 Stewart-Cassiar Highway North - Dease Lake, BC.
Access :

Whether you drive the whole journey or fly, there are options:

  • Approx. 7-hour drive from Terrace or Smithers
  • Charter a fixed wing plane or helicopter
  • Book a flight through Linear Air, Northern Thunderbird Air, Pacific Coastal Airlines or Central Mountain Air

Stock up food and fuel at Smithers or Terrace or top up along the way at:

  • Kitwanga provides basic services - a fuel/service station, general store and post office (483 km, approx. 6.5 hours)
  • Meziadin provides fuel, restaurant and lodging (332 km, approx. 4.5 hours)
  • Bell 2 provides fuel, restaurant, general store, lodging and camping (241 km, approx. 3 hours)
Improvements :

5,000 ft² main lodge with five large rooms with en-suite, one bedroom executive suite, three bedroom managers suite, ample common areas and room for a café or a large accessibility room.

1,536 ft² four room motel. Large rooms with en-suite, two have kitchenettes. Laundry.

Hay barn, horse shelter and corral.

Investment Features :

This property and business has strong positive cash flow due to the strategic location and flourishing industry, having no vacancies often. With Non-Disclosure Agreement financial statements are available.

New executive suite not included in current cash flows.

Main lodge has additional area to expand into for a café or accessibility room.

Enough land to expand into more accommodation or RV parking.

Services : Power, telephone, internet, septic, well water.
Recreation :

Recreational opportunities in this seemingly endless and pristine area abound. Exploration of this vast area can be experienced and viewed in a variety of ways, from float planes and helicopters to horseback, backpacking, kayaking, canoeing and rafting. Nature has displayed her finest in the grandeur of this magnificent area.

Spatsizi Plateau Provincial Park is a vast area, being the second largest in the province and is extremely popular amongst hikers, paddlers and wilderness campers. While walk-in camping is permitted, the park provides limited facilities so visitors must come prepared. At Cold Fish Lake in the park, there are 6 cabins for use which are on a first come basis. The park has over 160 km of trails for hikers to explore and has a wide variety of wildlife including moose, grizzly and black bears, beaver, mountain goats and more than 140 species of birds. To access the park, turn east off Highway 37 onto the Ealue Lake Road at Tatogga Lake. Follow the road for 22 km crossing over the Klappen River. Continue down the gravel road for 112 km. The road is rough but accessible for most vehicles. From here the only way to continue into the park is on foot, horseback, or canoe.

Mount Edzizi Provincial Park is incredibly remote and inaccessible. This magnificent park has vast volcanic landscapes and an elevation of over 2,790 metres. The scenery is stunning and awe inspiring for those who make the adventurous journey into the park. The park has no vehicle access and is typically accessed by horseback, floatplane or helicopter. Anyone wishing to enter the park must obtain a letter of authority from the district office in Smithers. There are overland hikes into the park, however, unless you are an experienced backcountry hiker, most people will be accompanied with an experienced guide. Wilderness camping is allowed, although no facilities are provided. Those who camp must be prepared to be self-sufficient.

Stikine River Provinceal Park was historically home to the Tahltan First Nations People whose livelihood centred on the rich ecosystem of the river. This narrow park hugs the Stikine River and has over 80 km of steep-walled canyon, which has formed after years of river erosion. While kayaking and canoeing are popular activities on the upper portion of the river, it is not permitted in the Grand Canyon of the Stikine. This area is extremely dangerous. Fishing and wildlife viewing are popular, and visitors can often see wolves, bears, hoary marmots and mountain goats.

Telegraph Creek is situated west of Dease Lake and has a population of approximately 450 people. This community was originally home to the Tahlan and Tlingt First Nations People. Take a stroll down the historic Main Street that was once a crucial transfer centre during the gold rush. It will feel like you have stepped back in time!

Canoeing and kayaking around the Dease Lake has an abundance of lakes and rivers which paddling enthusiasts flock to. Many enjoy paddling down the Stikine River along the border with Alaska. Paddlers embark on this journey in Telegraph Creek and continue down the Stikine River to Wrangell, Alaska. The USA requires that all persons crossing the border go into Wrangell to clear customs. Spatsizi Plateau Park also has several lakes that are excellent for both canoeing and kayaking.

White water rafting is popular in the Dease River. There are 265 km of waterways as well as class 1, class 2 and some class 3 rapids. Plan on taking about 7 days to fish the one-way paddle.

Fishing and hunting at Dease Lake and nearby Boya Lake are home to a variety of fish including burbot and white fish. Anglers can enjoy a relaxing afternoon of grayling fishing while taking in the fantastic scenery. Hunting is also popular with specific hunting openings, there is opportunity to hunt black bear, moose, caribou, mountain goats, mountain sheep, deer and other specific animals. Dease Lake has several hunting guides who are headquartered in the town.

Wildlife viewing in the surrounding area is known for their abundance of magnificent wildlife. Wildlife enthusiasts have the opportunity to view many animals in their natural habitats, such as grizzly and black bears, moose, caribou, wolves, beaver and 140 different species of birds.

Vegetation : The open, gently rolling plateaus and highlands provide habitat for low deciduous scrub, heath vegetation and lichen-grasslands. The broad valley bottoms are dominated by spruce and pine boreal forests, while the subalpine areas host white spruce and fir forests, along with dense willow and dwarf birch scrublands. Twelve provincially rare plants (blue-listed) and two rare lichen species inhabit the WMA.
Area Data :

Dease Lake is a small community with a population just under 400. It is located in the Cassiar Country of the Northern Interior of British Columbia. Only a few hours south of the Yukon border, it is located on Highway 37 at the south end of the lake of the same name. Dease Lake is the last major centre before the Alaska Highway, and also the junction to Telegraph Creek and the Grand Canyon of the Stikine.

The town sits astride a pass separating the basins of the Dease River from that of the Tanzilla, a tributary of the Stikine. The pass is part of Continental Divide and is a division point between drainage to the Pacific Ocean, via the Stikine, and the Arctic Ocean, via the Liard and Mackenzie Rivers. Dease Lake Indigenous Reserve No. 9 is located nearby and is under the governance of the Tahltan First Nation band government.

Services and Transport
Dease Lake is a common stopping point for fuel, food, and overnight accommodation. The town sees a large influx of visitors during the summer months from tourists on their way to the Alaska Highway and conversely Alaskans holidaying in BC. The majority of these tourists are from Canada and the United States. Dease Lake is a destination for hunting, and other wilderness activities. The local economy benefits from local gold, copper, jade mining and exploration activities.

Amenities include a K-12 school, post office, medical center, grocery/liquor store, fuel and service station, hotels, a café, restaurant, and the Northern Lights College campus. The Dease Lake Airport is located 2.8 km south of Dease Lake and offers service with several airline and helicopter companies. Highway 37 is well maintained in the winter.

History :

In 1837 a Hudson's Bay Company post, known as Lake House, was created by Robert Campbell on the shore of Dease Lake about 50 km North of the Stikine River and 150 km south of where the present day Alaska Highway passes. The lake had been named in 1834 for Chief Factor Peter Warren Dease, and would become a major junction for miners traveling to the gold rush in Cassiar (later an asbestos mine). Although the fort was abandoned soon after, the town based around the fort lived on, and was renamed Dease Lake in 1934 by then-Chief Trader John McLeod.

During the 1960s and 1970s BC Rail started to build an extension of their line towards Dease Lake, but construction was halted. Grading was completed all the way and can still be seen from the air.

Zoning : No zoning.
Legal :


PIDs 018-077-111, 025-598-503 & 025-598-490

Taxes : $3,230 (2017)
Map Reference : 58°26'11.20"N and 129°59'9.75"W
Listing # : 18159