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House of Gold - Bralorne, BC
House of Gold - Bralorne, BC
This three-bedroom, three-bathroom rancher is meticulously kept. You can spend hours enjoying the expansive sun deck, in the quiet surroundings. Large lot, mature trees provide summer shade. Four sheds for all your toys and tools.
  • Size: 0.45 of an acre
  • Area: SWBC
  • Price: $189,000
  • Listing Agent: John Armstrong - john@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-307-2100
Description :

Originally two historic mining houses and their lots made into one. The middle area joins the two structures. The development of this is very well done and finished. The owners lovingly developed this property enjoying it to its fullest for over 40 years with friends and family.


On the 0.45-acre property stands the three-bedroom, three-bathroom home and four storage sheds for tools and toys. The lot has mature trees with road access on the front and rear.


The home is heated with electricity and propane.


The neighbourhood is quite with neighbours who know each other by name. You can access an endless network of ATV and snowmobile trails right from your yard.

Location : 350 Hawkes Avenue - Bralorne, BC
Access :

Year-round
From Lillooet travel north on Bridge River Road, turn left after crossing the Bridge River onto Highway 40. This drive is about 2 hours long with some slow sections. It is very picturesque, so take your time and enjoy the drive.


Summer Only
From Vancouver take Highway 99 to Pemberton Portage Road in Pemberton. Travel north on Pemberton Meadows Road/Hurley FSR to Bralorne RD/Lillooet Pioneer RD 40 to Gold Bridge. The lots are located at the south west end of the town on the bend in the road south of the intersection of Pioneer highway and Ferguson Avenue. The lots are on the south side of Pioneer Highway.

Improvements : 1,563 ft² home, four storage sheds and all furnishings.
Services : Water, sewer, power and telephone. Satellite television and Internet available.
Recreation :

Winter in Bralorne is a snow lover’s paradise. At 3,350 feet above sea level, the town stays snowbound for most of the winter. Snowmobiles are part of everyday transport and great fun in the backcountry. Other winter activities include ski touring, sled skiing and snowboarding, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, ice fishing, winter camping and ice skating on lakes. Sunshine Mountain Ski Hill has been around since the 1930s and is an ongoing community project where snowmobiles are the ‘lift access’.


Summer in Bralorne is a nature lover’s dream. The mountain meadows are vibrantly alive with wildflowers and wildlife at the base of the massive Coast Mountain icefields and glaciers. Nearby, Gun Lake is a recreation retreat since the glory days of the Bridge River mines in the 1930s, home to a private lodge of the same name, built by promoters of the Bralorne Mine to house dignitaries visiting the valley. Both Gun Lakes are renowned for fishing, as are Tyaughton (Tyax) and Marshall Lakes and the famous Spruce Lake, which is one of the most accessible and some say the most beautiful part of the Southern Chilcotin Provincial Park, which lies immediately north of Gold Bridge beyond Gun Creek, north of Gun Lake. The Downton Lake and Carpenter Lake reservoirs are not suitable for general recreation, other than campsites and power boating, and they have been stocked, but the best fishing in all areas is at the many smaller lakes in the Bridge River basin - Gold Bridge being no more than 40 minutes to or from anywhere within the Bridge River basin, from Marshall Lake on up. Hunting is active in certain areas at different times of the year.


Hiking, mountain biking, 4x4 and backcountry exploration, and camping of all kinds are excellent throughout the region surrounding Gold Bridge. The Southern Chilcotin Mountains Provincial Park has been famous for its unusual semiarid alpine scenery.

Vegetation : Interior Douglas fir and Montane Spruce forests dominate the valleys and lower slopes while subalpine forests dominate the middle mountain slopes. Extensive alpine tundra, from the rugged glacier dominated areas in the west to rolling alpine meadows in the northeast occurs on the upper slopes.
Area Data :

Bralorne
Bralorne is nothing short of spectacular. This small community is surrounded by the South Chilcotin Mountains and the Bendor Ranges which surround this historic community. With soaring peaks and pristine wilderness, this, is a feast for the senses. Bralorne is a combination of old mining houses and brightly painted renovated homes, set in a spectacular high-mountain valley. People are friendly and share a passion for the outdoors


The climate in Bralorne is cold and temperate. Bralorne has significant rainfall. The climate here is classified as Dfb by the Köppen-Geiger system. July is usually the warmest month. January is usually the coldest month. The precipitation varies 48 mm between the driest month and the wettest month. Throughout the year, temperatures vary by 23.4°


Canadian Mining Journal released August 28, 2018 that Avino Silver and Gold Mines of Vancouver is returning to the former Bralorne gold mine with a $6-million exploration program. This project was explored in June of this year and is the next phase of the mine’s 100+ year history. Improvements to road access have already been completed and are expected to continue making Bralorne more accessible.


Gold Bridge
The nearby unincorporated town of Gold Bridge is serviced by the Squamish-Lillooet Regional District and has a hardware/grocery store, fuel station, tire repair, library, hotel/pub.


Carpenter Lake
Officially called Carpenter Lake Reservoir, this is the largest of the three reservoirs of the Bridge River Power Project, about 50 kilometres in length, with upper reaches beyond the flooded gold mining town of Minto City. Its total area approaches 50 square kilometres.


Downton Lake
Originally Downton Reservoir, is also known as Downton Lake Reservoir, a reservoir in the Bridge River Country of the Interior of British Columbia, formed by Lajoie Dam, the uppermost of the series of dams and diversions of the Bridge River Power Project.


Gun Lake
Gun Lake is a lake and unincorporated community in the Bridge River Country of the West-Central Interior of British Columbia, located 5 miles northwest of the community of Gold Bridge. According to a newspaper article from 1941 written by an early prospector and currently posted in an old mining cabin in Bralorne, Gun Lake and Gun Creek were named because a prospector once lost his Gun in Gun Creek.


Tyax Wilderness Resort and Spa
Set on the shores of Tyaughton Lake and surrounded by the mountains of the Spruce Lake Protected Area, this is a year-round high end resort catering to hikers and bikers in the summer and heli-skiing in winter.


Lillooet
Lillooet, formerly Cayoosh Flat, is a community on the Fraser River with a population of 2,300 and has many services.


Pemberton
Pemberton is a village municipality north of Whistler in the Pemberton Valley, with a population of 2,192 and has many services.

History :

Bralorne has a colourful history rich in gold. Bralorne and Pioneer were the most important gold mines in BC for much of the 20th century. A gold mining town that once boomed in the 1930s and produced over 3 million ounces of gold, the biggest lode producer in BC.


The first gold nuggets were found in the Bridge River Valley in 1858 by early prospectors. In 1897, three men hiked in from Lillooet to Cadwallader Creek looking for gold. They made three claims - the Lorne, Marquis and the Golden King. These would form the core of the complex of claims which became the Bralorne Mine. Arthur Noel bought the claims and worked them sporadically, holding on in bad times, waiting for the good. Unfortunately, the mine became tied up in litigation and stood idle for a dozen years. By 1914 Pioneer Gold Mines was set up with more industrial equipment, boilers and modern rock mill.


Austin C. Taylor and associates acquired the Bralorne property in 1931 and financed construction of a 100-ton mill. The Bralorne Mine operated from March 1932 until 1971. During the depression, people flocked to the region to work as miners for wages of up to $5 per day. The collapse of world markets and the solid price of gold in the Depression caused a boom in Bralorne where investment increased production. The district was one of the few bright lights in the BC economy during the Depression. In a seven-year period during the 1930s, the mines of Bridge River produced $370,000,000 in gold.


In the peak of the golden era, Bralorne had a population of over 3,000 people with banks, a general store, post office, church, school, hockey rink, skating rink, tennis courts, ball field, gymnasium, community hall, police station and a hospital.

Zoning : R1
Legal :

PARCEL C (BEING A CONSOLIDATION OF LOTS 46 AND 47, SEE CA4678829) DISTRICT LOT 5485 LILLOOET DISTRICT PLAN 25011


PID 029-653-789

Taxes : $1,968 (2018)
Map Reference : 50°46'18.74"N and 122°48'27.87"W
Listing # : 18262