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Red Sands Demonstration Forest - West Kalum
Red Sands Demonstration Forest - West Kalum
The shores of Red Sands Lake look like a scene from the Mediterranean, except without all the people. The property is adjacent to the lake and is part of an experimental demonstration forest. This will make a fantastic retreat property and woodlot.
  • Size: 154 acres
  • Area: MNCOAST
  • Price: $245,000
  • Listing Agent: John Armstrong - john@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-307-2100
Description :

Located 275 m from Red Sand Lake accessible by a trail, would be a great spot to moor your boat ready for an early morning fish. The lake is absolutely stunning with its glacial turquoise colour and sandy beaches. Red Sands Lake is part of the Kalum River system that easily connects to the much larger Kalum (Kitsumkalum) Lake.

The property is divided by the West Kalum FSR with about 25 acres on the east side and 129 acres on the west. Most of the coniferous trees are on the west side. The property is fairly flat throughout changing only 8 m from one side to the other. The average elevation of the property is 154 m above sea level.

The east side would be a fantastic spot for a retreat while using the west side as a woodlot.

Location : Kilometre 26 - West Kalum Road
Access : From Terrace drive west along Highway 16. 100 metres west of the Kalum River, turn north onto the first road after the Tempo Gas Station - West Kalum Forestry Road. Travel for 26 km. Property driveway is on both sides. Red Sands Park is on your right.
Improvements : Bare land.
Investment Features : The area was replanted with a variety of tree species as a demonstration forest. There are a variety of mature tree species.
Services : No services.
Recreation :

Terrace is a gateway to some of the best outdoor adventure in the Northwest. From the mountain playgrounds to the raging rivers, you have access to four seasons of fun and excitement.

Recreation Sites
There is a variety of recreational opportunities available in the Kitimat Valley and the Douglas Channel, with 17 recreation sites and 20 hiking trails in the area. Overnight camping is available at all recreation sites.

The Coastal and Skeena mountain ranges represent a paradise for all levels of hikers, and the mountains that surround Terrace are covered with wilderness hiking trails, traversing Alpine meadows and rough terrain. Terrace Mountain is a good three-hour trek, which at the summit provides a sweeping view of the city and down the Skeena Valley. Sleeping Beauty Valley is the exemplary Terrace experience, with overnight camping allowing exploration of the beautiful alpine meadows and lakes.

Nature Trail
Walkers looking for short in-town trails should check out the Ferry Island Nature Trail, and stroll along the shoreline of the Skeena River, where it passes through Terrace. Ferry Island also has campsites in a beautiful setting of birch and cottonwood trees.

Mountain Biking
The diverse terrain is tailor-made for all levels of riders. The Guide to Recreational trails in the Terrace area detail these trails. The Onion Lakes cross-country ski trails, 20 minutes south of Terrace on Highway 37, provide great biking in the summer months, with 23 km of trails to choose from.

Mountain Climbing
Stone walls at Copper Mountain, Exchamsiks River Provincial Park, Exstew Valley and Chist Creek all provide challenging terrain.

The Pacific Ocean, the Skeena River, and a vast number of lakes and rivers are fabulous to explore by canoe or kayak. For a more adventurous water experience there is whitewater paddling, water skiing, wakeboarding, kite surfing or even parasailing.

Winter Sports
Shames Mountain, one of North America’s “best-kept secrets”, provides unmatched powder and internationally acclaimed backcountry skiing opportunities, and cross-country skiing. The cross-country ski trails at Onion Lake, a 20-minute drive south of Terrace on Highway 37, have both classic and skate-skiing trails suitable for all abilities. The terrain around Terrace is ideal for snowmobiling, and exercise enthusiasts wanting to get out into the crisp winter air can enjoy the outdoor trails by snowshoe.

The Coast Mountains and the Skeena River Valley provide pristine glacier-fed rivers, streams and lakes. For the sport-fishing enthusiast, angling is close to Terrace, offering opportunities for salmon, steelhead and trout. The Skeena River system is home to all five species of Pacific salmon, which return from the ocean to spawn in the rivers and lakes of their birth. Steelheading is famous in Terrace, and searun cutthroat trout and Dolly Varden also return to spawn. In winter ice fishing is popular on Lakelse Lake, off the mouth of Williams Creek, or anywhere on Meziaden Lake.

At the foot of Thornhill Mountain, just outside of Terrace, is the challenging Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club. Each hole offers the golfer spectacular views of the surrounding mountains and glaciers.

Vegetation :

Terrace and the surrounding Skeena Valley enjoy lush forests in the area consisting primarily of western red cedar, western hemlock, balsam and Sitka spruce which sits approximately 230 feet above sea level and just east of the Skeena and Kitsumkalum rivers' confluence. The dominant soil in Terrace is a well drained sandy loam with podzol (from volcanic activity) development where the original forest remains. The Hazelton Mountains are to the east of the city, while the Kitimat Ranges of the Coast Mountains are to the west. This area is also known for the highly prized and sought-after Pine Mushroom.

Within the Skeena River Watershed, Lakelse Lake Provincial Park is surrounded by the mountains of the Kitimat Range. The park preserves stands of impressive old growth cedar, hemlock and Sitka spruce forests which thrive in the moist air swept in from the Pacific Ocean. Salmon-bearing streams, sandy beaches, water sports and wildlife are just some of the attractions this park offers. The Kermodei bear is native to this area and about 100 bird species have been counted.

Forests and rock canyons within the Kleanza Creek Provincial Park are located in the Coast Mountains. This Park has frontage on the Skeena River and on both sides of Kleanza Creek.

Area Data :

Terrace, population 13,663, is located on the Skeena River and is the regional retail and service hub for the northwestern portion of BC. This is a vibrant and diverse community with over 1,100 active businesses. The city is built on a series of natural flat benches, or terraces, within the broad Skeena River Valley. These terraces are deposits from glaciers thousands of years ago.

The proximity to the ocean (approximately 60 kilometres), the low altitude (196 feet above sea level), and its location within the shelter of the Coast Mountains has created a natural "greenhouse" effect. Rainfall is less than half of that found on the coast and temperatures are moderate - warm enough to permit the growing of fruit orchards and specialty crops, including peaches.

The community sits on the Canadian National Railway and the Yellowhead Highway. Air services are provided at Northwest Regional Airport, with connections to Prince George, Smithers and Vancouver. The Terrace railway station is served by Via Rail's Jasper - Prince Rupert train.

The Kermode (Spirit) bear is an extremely rare sub-species of the common North American black bear. The bears like the mountainous terrain, lush forest growth, mild climate, productive salmon streams and rivers offered in the natural sanctuary around Terrace and on the small islands in the Douglas Channel. The Kermode is a separate and distinct member of the black bear family. They tend to be a bit larger and, a bear of another colour, ranging from a light chestnut blond (or red) to a shade of steel blue-grey and are not albino, as originally thought.

North of Terrace is the Nisga’a Memorial Lava Bed Park. As the lava spilled from the crater an estimated 250 years ago, it followed a creek bed downslope to Lava Lake and down the Tseax Valley to the Nass River. The lava travelled at different speeds depending on the steepness of the slope. Many types of lava flows provide diverse and interesting features, from tree casts, lava tubes, rough and jagged lava, large chunks and lava having a smooth surface or a ropey in form.

Red Sands Lake Provincial Park is located very close to the property, being separated only by a strip of Crown Land. This beautiful lake is a milky blue glacial lake with a deep red sandy beach. There are 3 trails to hike and there are camping sites right beside the sand.

The area has several natural and developed hot springs. The Aiyanish springs, also known as Zolzap, is north of Terrace. They have recently been refurbished with cedar lined tubs. For the adventurist, hot springs can be found via hiking trails or heli transport.

History :

First Nations peoples have inhabited Northwest British Columbia for generations. This region is one of the oldest continuously occupied regions of the world and, long before European contact, was one of the most densely populated areas north of Mexico. The flat mountain ranges surrounding Terrace are traditionally called Ganeeks Laxha, which in the Tsimshian language means the "Stairway to Heaven.” Kitselas and Kitsumkalum are two Tsimshian communities in the Terrace area that continue to access traditional tribal and clan-based territories in northwest British Columbia. The Skeena River was initially known as the K'shian River, meaning "where the mist comes out." The Tsimshian Nation's traditional economy was based on hunting, fishing and social gatherings, for domestic consumption or trade, on their traditional lands. For the aboriginal people, the Skeena River was used for transportation, communication, war, trade, as a source of food, and at times for protection.

Ferry Island, very close to downtown Terrace, got its name because it was a major hub for two riverboat ferries during the early 1900s. A ferryman lived on the island, a First Nation riverboat captain, who operated the ferries. In 1936 the island was 8 feet underwater because of the great Skeena River Flood which took out the bridge built in 1925 and was the last time someone lived on the island. Today, this island is connected to the main land by two large bridges.

Heritage Park Museum is a Municipal Heritage Site and Museum. The Museum sits on 1.73 acres of scenic park land that was originally the first dairy farm in Terrace and later the site of a large WWII army hospital. Ten different buildings sit on the site, 8 of these are original log structures relocated to the Museum grounds from various locations in the Terrace area. Within each of the buildings there are artefact displays exhibiting the local settlement history of Terrace and the surrounding area. Displays highlight industries such as logging, mining, trapping, farming and tourism, as well as the general ways of life of newcomers to this area.

George Little is the man that most people refer to as “The Founder of Terrace.” He gave the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway 9 acres of his land so that a new railway station would be placed upon it; which started the beginnings of another northern town. With the coming of the railway, Terrace soon became a busy commercial hub, and George Little saw the opportunities this would bring and built a permanent home for his family in 1914. He decided the best place for this home would be in the heart of the new and burgeoning town that he loved. Generations of the Littles have fond memories of their time spent in this family home and many community members retell stories of visiting and celebration. As Terrace grew, the house was eventually sold and moved as the downtown core expanded. After being moved several times, its final move was back to it the original ‘birthplace’ where it was refurbished.

Zoning : No zoning.
PID 004-404-424
Taxes : $295 (2017)
Map Reference : 54°42'16.78"N and 128°47'43.71"W
Listing # : 18207