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Certified Organic Acreage and Homestead - Lumby, BC/Mabel Lake
Certified Organic Acreage and Homestead - Lumby, BC/Mabel Lake
This acreage has loads to offer: certified organic status, several private building sites with views, approximately 8-10 acres of flat land, mature trees and drilled well. It is fabulously located within 15 minutes of Lumby and Mabel Lake, and adjacent to Shuswap Falls.
  • Size: 19.3 acres
  • Area: OKANAGAN
  • Price: $349,000
  • Listing Agent: John Armstrong - john@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-307-2100
Description :

This property is very well located between Lumby and Mabel Lake. If you are an outdoor enthusiast, you are right in the heart of recreation country. Boating and fishing on Mabel Lake, ATV or snow machine riding in the mountain ranges nearby, or the skiing and mountain bike trails of Silver Star - the area has it all.

This property is undeveloped giving a new owner a clean slate to build their dream. These are some ideas of what is possible:

Farm to Table
If you are health minded and only want the best produce for yourself or for sale, this property offers certified organic status, and sales are permitted from the property with roadside signage. Farmer’s markets are great venues to sell produce in Lumby and Vernon.

Hobby Farm
In addition to the potential crop land, the property lends itself well to specialty livestock such as chickens and goats. If you are an equine enthusiast, your horse will love this place.

Residential Acreage
The land provides some outstanding building sites with views of lush farmland toward Bessette Creek and the Shuswap River. To the north enjoy views of Bobbie Burns Mountain and the Monashee Mountain range. A single-family dwelling or two-family dwelling with a secondary suite is permitted. Other secondary dwellings are permitted within the zoning bylaw, please contact listing agent for details.

Location : Civic Address is Albers Road. Access and frontage are located on Lumby/Mabel Lake Road.
Access : From Lumby at the main four way stop on Highway 6, head north on Mabel Lake Road. At 13.5 km the gate to the property is on the left. Ample parking is at the gate with easy walk in access.
Improvements : Bare land.
Investment Features : Organic farmland is rare, and certification is costly. This is an undeveloped acreage with a drilled well ready for an astute Buyer.
Services : Power and telephone at road. Drilled well yielding 12 gallons per minute.
Recreation :

Fishing the area is a huge attraction - well known for chinook salmon and rainbow trout whether fly fishing, shore casting or trolling. Kokanee and Dolly Varden are also a prize catch in the lake with several annual fishing derbies being held. Outdoor pursuits widely vary from hiking, camping, snowmobiling, heli and cat skiing, paragliding, hang gliding, boating, canoeing, kayaking, camping - and more. Relaxing activities include floating down the river in a tube, float snorkeling, swimming or suntanning on a warm sandy beach or river bank.

Mabel Lake Provincial Park
Well of the beaten path, nestled in a beautiful mountain setting, you'll find the sandy beaches and lush forest of Mabel Lake Provincial Park - easily accessed from Lumby. Eighty-four campsites, group camping and extensive picnic grounds are tucked into a natural forest canopy, with large open play areas and 2,100 metres of sandy beach. Special tent pads, a sani-station, children's playground, flush toilets and self guided nature trails enhance the park. The boat launch provides easy access for fishing, water skiing, or just exploring the undisturbed shoreline on 35 km long Mabel Lake.

Monashee Provincial Park
Monashee Provincial Park, 85 km from Lumby, protects substantial stands of old growth cedar, spruce and hemlock. Lush green forests line the valley bottoms and, in the spring, alpine meadows blossom with a colourful array of wildflowers. The park is also known for some of the oldest rock formations in western Canada.

Peters and Margie Lakes lie beneath 2,697-metre-high Mount Fosthall, the highest peak in the park and part of the rugged Monashee range that surround the park. The cool summer temperatures and abundant vegetation provide ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife. The park is home to one red-listed bird species, the Northern Goshawk, and two red-listed mammals, the wolverine and mountain caribou. As well as endangered species, there are moose, mule deer, mountain goat, marten, cougar, black bear, blue-listed grizzly bear, Townsend's big-eared bat, mule deer, ground squirrels and pikas. This undeveloped mountain wilderness is suitable for both experienced, backcountry hikers and beginners.

Vegetation : The area’s climate and landscapes mark the dramatic transition from the Okanagan Basin to the Shuswap Highlands. To the west, the slopes of the Thompson Plateau are covered in ponderosa pine and Douglas fir, while on the east side of Mabel Lake, the wetter, steeper slopes of the Shuswap Highlands grade into the Monashee Mountains. The annual 100 cm of precipitation promotes dense forests of hemlock, red cedar and birch. The most visible wildlife includes many varieties of birds, including eagles, hawks, blue herons, owls and waterfowl. Black bear, moose, elk and a large population of deer inhabit the region.
Area Data :

The Shuswap River is comprised of three sections, an upper section originating at the northern end the Monashee Mountain range which drains into Sugar Lake at the southeast of the range. The next section of the river empties south from Sugar Lake, turns west then north (alongside the Albers’ property near the Shuswap Falls) before entering Mabel Lake. The last stretch of the River turns west from the town of Enderby, through the Shuswap Lakes to merge with the South Thompson River at Chase.

BC Hydro maintains two separate areas along the Shuswap River. Facilities at the Shuswap Falls Recreation Area include picnic tables, viewing platform, canoe pull-out, launch and portage route, wheel chair accessible hiking trail and toilets. Fisheries and Oceans Canada operate a salmon fish hatchery nearby.

Lumby is a small community of 1,731 people predominately employed within the forestry, manufacturing and agriculture sectors. Lumby is now considered to be the wood products and logging capital of the North Okanagan. Amenities include a secondary and elementary school, grocery store, accommodation, restaurants, boutique shops, vehicle fuel and service stations a relaxed 9-hole golf course and a liquor store. Essential services are provided in Vernon, 25 kilometres west of Lumby. Kelowna’s international airport is approximately a one-hour drive from the property. Temperatures throughout the valley are warm in summer and cold during winter, with rare extremes.

History :

The Shuswap Falls location for the dam is a significant First Nation historical site, where legend has it that a treaty was made here between the Okanagan and the Secwepemc people that allowed each tribe to fish on opposite shorelines.

West Canadian Hydro Electric began construction in 1927 including an 800-foot-long pipe with a diameter of over eight feet from wooden posts laid on the ledges along the side of the cliff. The Wilsey Dam opened in 1929 and provided enough electricity to power most of the growing North Okanagan region. Over the years, the dam has seen many improvements and currently the Wilsey Dam produces 6 megawatts, enough to power over 4,000 homes.

Although the village of Lumby was incorporated in 1956, its history dates to 1893, when the forty-acre town site was surveyed. Prior to that, the small settlement of pioneer farmers and gold miners lived in White Valley (former name for Lumby), whose beginnings commenced with the Cherry Creek gold strike in 1862.

The gold fever in British Columbia in the early 1860s brought men seeking an instant fortune. Some made their fortune however others made and quickly squandered their riches. For years, farming and logging were the main source of revenue for the region, and so it is today, but on a much grander scale.

Zoning : NU - Non-Urban. Primarily “farm to table”, hobby farm and residential use. Sale of Farm produce permitted from property.
PID 027-311-317
Taxes : $17 (2018)
Map Reference : 50°17'53.76"N and 118°50'7.80"W
Listing # : 19001