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West Kettle River Ranch - Beaverdell, BC
West Kettle River Ranch - Beaverdell, BC
Long established working cattle ranch, 2.7 km frontage on the West Kettle River. 432 acres deeded, 215 acres in hay, 2,772 ft2 main home, 3,423 ft2 2nd home, good corrals & cattle handling system, 1,440 ft2 shop, barn, hay shed, equipment sheds, an hour from Kelowna.
  • Size: 432 acres
  • Area: KOOTENAYS
  • Price: NEW PRICE $1,995,000
  • Listing Agent: Sam Hodson - sam@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-694-7623

  • Listing Agent: Richard Osborne - rich@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 604-664-7633
Description :

The entire 2.7 kilometers of the long established West Kettle River Ranch borders on the west bank of the West Kettle River. Three years ago this ranch and three other nearby ranches were purchased by a gentleman with a vision to assemble and create a trophy ranch in southern BC. Unfortunately he has since passed away and these individual ranches are now offered for sale through the estate at very good values.


The ranch deeded land totals 432 acres with 215± acres of irrigated production land reported to have historically produced 4 tons per acre in 2 cuts. Last year the ranch grazed 150 head over the growing season, with no irrigation, utilizing managed intensive grazing practices. The former 500 AUM Range Permit may be available however there are probably fencing costs involved so we recommend anyone interested in the ranch to discuss the situation with the Range Officer, we are happy to provide her contact information upon request.


The ranch holds 3 Water Rights on the West Kettle River from which water was pumped to a wheel line irrigation system. The configuration of the ranch fields is well suited for installation of 2 smaller full circle pivots and 1 large half circle that would cover 210± acres to maximize production and reduce labour. With the bottom land at 2,500 ft elevation and typical warm dry summers it has traditionally produced 2 cuts with hay left over for fall grazing.


Former ranch owners made a considerable investment installing rip rap along the river bank almost the entire length of the ranch to prevent erosion and flooding. In 2000 they were awarded the “Environmental Stewardship Award” (now the “Ranch Sustainability Award”) by the BC Cattleman’s Association. The rock came from a bluff on the ranch where there is more material if ever needed but the rip rap is doing a good job of preventing erosion.


Improvements on the ranch include a very comfortable 2,772 ft2 main residence with a garage, basement, and great views over the hay fields and river to the mountains beyond. The second residence is an historic 3,423 ft2 farm house circa 1940 that needs some TLC but presents an opportunity to develop to restore it as a rental, through a service like AirBnB, for folks on the Trans Canada Trail. Formerly the Kettle Valley Railway the Trans Canada Trail is a popular route for tourists and outdoor enthusiasts.


Additional improvements and buildings include a 1,440 ft2 shop, barn, hay shed, equipment sheds, shed/lean and a good set up of corrals and cattle sorting pens with cattle squeeze and chute.


This area is widely recognized as one of the best in the province for outdoor recreation, with amazing hiking, biking, canoeing, horseback riding and hunting. The area has a heathy population of White tail deer, elk, moose, mule deer, bears, cougars, wild turkeys and grouse. In addition to fishing the West Kettle and Kettle Rivers there are 16 small fishing lakes that surround Beaverdell. Pristine mountains and champagne powder make the area perfect for snowmobiling, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing and Big White Ski Resort is only 70 km north for world class downhill skiing and snowboarding.


Only an hour from the metropolitan city of Kelowna and its international airport the ranch is ideal for a national or international owner with ranch managers in place and it is also well suited for a family ranch operation.


This is a well-priced offering in a desirable area of the province and will not last long. Don’t wait to call us for more information or to book a time to view the ranch.

Location : 530 Beaverdell Station Road, a 5-minute drive from the center of Beaverdell.
Access : Call the listing REALTOR® for detailed directions
Improvements :
  • A 2,772 ft2 main residence with a garage
  • A 3,423 ft2 second residence
  • Pole barn, equipment sheds, shed/lean-to
  • 1,440 ft2 shop
  • Corrals and cattle handling system
Investment Features : Working cattle ranch.
Services :
  • Well water for the homes
  • Septic system
  • Power
  • Telephone
  • Internet
  • Cell service
  • 3 water licences for irrigation on the West Kettle River
Recreation :

Summer Recreation

  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Fishing
  • Canoeing
  • Wildlife viewing
  • Mountain biking
  • Boating
  • Horseback riding
  • Hunting
  • Or pop over to the Okanagan for wine tasting

Winter Recreation

  • Skiing
  • Snowmobiling
  • Snowshoeing
  • Ice fishing
  • Hunting
  • Wildlife viewing
Area Data :

Beaverdell is 80± km from Kelowna, the largest urban community in BC’s interior, and 70 km from the Canada-US border.


The Beaverdell General Store has a postal outlet, liquor store and laundromat and there is now gas station in town. There are 16± small fishing lakes in the area many with Forest Service Recreation camping sites and there are numerous backcountry roads to explore.


Beaverdell is in the West Kettle River Valley which joins the Kettle River at Westbridge 33 km to the south and then flows south to Midway where it crosses into the USA.


This area is in the Regional District of Kootenay Boundary (RDKB) which includes the southerly ranges of the Okanagan Highlands, Monashee Mountains, the Kettle and Granby River drainages, Christina Lake and extensive recreational and wilderness habitat areas. The climate is characterized by low to moderate precipitation, with warm summers and relatively mild winters.

History :

When silver ore was discovered on Wallace Mountain in 1897, three towns were established; Beaverton, Carmi, and Rendell. The village of Beaverton was amalgamated with Rendell and the name was changed to Beaverdell.


The local ‘Highland Mine’ produced continuously for over 90 years, until it closed and the site was purchased by the provincial government.


The historic Beaverdell Hotel built in 1901 was a favorite stop for travelers along the Trans Canada Trail - Kettle Valley Rail route and until it was destroyed by fire in 2011.


In 2000 the previous ranch owners were awarded the Environmental Stewardship Award (now called the Ranch Sustainability Award) by the BC Cattleman’s Association.

Zoning : Zoning requested from Regional District to confirm in writing.
Legal :

DISTRICT LOT 1208S SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT EXCEPT PLAN ATTACHED TO DD 21998 - PID 002-055-937


THAT PART OF DISTRICT LOT 2351 SHOWN ON PLAN B2062 SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT - PID 002-055-732


LOT A DISTRICT LOT 3309 SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT PLAN 15654 - PID 002-055-830


DISTRICT LOT 3309 SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT EXCEPT PLANS B67 AND 15654 - PID 002-055-911


DISTRICT LOT 1271S SIMILKAMEEN DIVISION YALE DISTRICT - PID 002-055-929

Taxes : $1,981.38 (2018)
Boundaries : Please see mapping section - all boundaries are approximate.
Map Reference : 49°24'49.41"N and 119° 6'8.83"W
Listing # : 19088