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Great Bear Rainforest 148 Acre Oceanfront - Dean Channel, Central Coast
Great Bear Rainforest 148 Acre Oceanfront - Dean Channel, Central Coast
Ideal for tourism development or private retreat, property like this in the Great Bear Rainforest is as rare as the Spirit Bear. 148 acres, 3,300 ft oceanfront on Dean Channel, 100 ft waterfall for power generation, second growth timber. Watch Great Bear IMAX Movie.
  • Size: 148 acres
  • Area: MNCOAST
  • Price: $1,700,000
  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633

  • Listing Agent: Fawn Gunderson - fawn@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-982-2314
Description :

Private oceanfront acreages like this in the Great Bear Rainforest are as rare as the Spirit Bear. This special property, destined to play a huge role in tourism development in the region, is a magical site with over 1,000 m of oceanfront where you walk through majestic 70-year-old second growth timber on a moss covered forest floor. Manitou Creek flows through the property with a 100 ft waterfall perfect for power generation. The owner has a quote for installation of a 325 kW hydro power generation system.


Already renowned as one of the great protected coastal eco-systems, the launch of the Great Bear Rainforest Imax movie on February 15, 2019 will increase global awareness of this precious place much more than ever before. It will irresistibly draw tourists from around the world and the opportunity to acquire a property as spectacular as this is not expected to last long.


Strategically located between the estuaries of the Dean and Kimsquit Rivers, home to the largest population of grizzly bears on the BC Coast and in the midst of the best heli-ski mountains in the world it has serious potential.


The pristine environment is an eco-paradise home for grizzly bears, killer whales, dolphins, porpoise, humpback whales, salmon, halibut, sea lions, seals, sea otters and bald eagles.


Like many of the great coastal properties, Manitou Creek was first developed as a salmon cannery that used the water to generate power and provide the abundant water needed for a cannery operation. Very little evidence remains of the cannery other than old pilings along the shoreline which is a mix of sand, driftwood and grass surrounding beautiful Manitou Creek flowing into the channel.


An old homestead, just back from shore line, has been abandoned and has little or no value although it may be possible to salvage it for temporary use while building. A steel shop provides storage and shelter for equipment and materials. The level low bank oceanfront should provide easy access for barge unloading for equipment and building materials. Old overgrown roads could easily be cleared to access the interior of the property.


The surrounding mountains offer ultimate heli-skiing, attracting avid skiers from around the world. The Dean River directly across Dean Channel from the property, is a world renowned steelhead river attracting sports fishermen from around the world.


This Great Bear Rainforest property has the potential for year-round revenue with a wilderness or eco-tourism destination offering world renowned bear viewing, wild life viewing, sports fishing, kayaking and heli-skiing. It may also be developed as a private retreat by a discerning buyer with a love for seclusion natural beauty and heli-skiing.

Location : In the Central Coast of BC at the head of the Dean Channel directly across from the mouth of the world renowned Dean River.
Access :

By water from Bella Coola, go west on Burke Channel for 20 miles turn north on Labouchere Channel to Dean Channel turn right north for about 30 miles. The property is on the left directly across from the Dean River total distance is about 58 miles from Bella Coola.


By air from Bella Coola, it is a 40 min scenic float plane ride over the mountains or following the ocean channels.


There is an airstrip at Kimsquit on the Dean River side of the property less than two miles from the property.

Improvements : An abandoned older home is considered of no value however it may be possible to salvage it for use for lodging while building but that needs to be confirmed. A large covered steel shop in reasonable condition will provide storage for materials and equipment.
Investment Features : Destined to play a role in the tourism development that will be unstoppable in the Great Bear Rainforest this is the perfect setting for a recreational retreat, eco-tourism, heli-ski destination or private lodge in one of the most remote, wild and treasured places on BC’s Coast.
Services : None
Recreation :

The Great Bear Rainforest nestled between the Pacific Ocean and the Coast Mountain Range on the west coast of British Columbia is one of the largest tracts of temperate rainforest left in the world. It is home to thousands of species of plants, birds and animals. In this lush rainforest stand 1,000-year-old cedar trees and 90 metre tall Sitka spruce trees. Rich salmon streams weave through valley bottoms that provide food for magnificent creatures such as orcas (killer whales), eagles, wolves, black bears, grizzlies, and the rare and mysterious white Kermode (Spirit) bear.


This Dean Channel property is a prime tourist destination for heli-skiing, sport fishing, ocean kayaking, hot spring trips or overnight excursions. Sport fisherman will find world class fishing for the five wild pacific salmon species, halibut, cod, crab or prawns all nearby. The nearby Dean River is renowned as one of the greatest steelhead fisheries in the world.


Attractions along Dean Channel include Eucott Hot Springs, the town of Ocean Falls, former First Nations village site at Kimsquit at the mouth of the Dean River, petroglyphs on the rocks near the mouth of Jump Across Creek and famed Mackenzie Rock the western terminus of Alexander MacKenzie’s explorations.

Area Data :

The Great Bear Rainforest covers 6.4 million hectares along BC’s Pacific Coast - an area almost the size of Ireland. With one quarter of the world’s coastal temperate rainforest, it offers breathtaking scenery and unparalleled recreational opportunities that draw from around the globe.


The Dean River one of the major rivers of the Kitimat subrange of BC's southern Coast Mountains begins in the volcanic-shield Ilgachuz Range on the Chilcotin Plateau and winds north around the Rainbow Range to enter Dean Channel at the now-uninhabited, remote community of Kimsquit. It is one of the few rivers to fully penetrate the wall of the Coast Mountains between the Fraser's mouth (near Vancouver) and the mouth of the Skeena River (near Prince Rupert). Kimsquit is a former village of the Nuxalk at the mouth of the Dean River on the northeast side of Dean Channel.

History : A short time after 1906 the Kildala Packing Company built the Manitou Creek Cannery. It was reported to be a good operation and the company operated profitably for a number of years.
Zoning : No zoning.
Legal : DISTRICT LOT 15, RANGE 3, COAST DISTRICT
PID 008-482-497
Taxes : $1,619.06 (2018)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 52°48'42.76"N and 127° 0'8.30"W
Listing # : 19036