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Private Lakefront Acreage with 11 Off-Grid Cabins + Home - Nicola Plateau, BC
Private Lakefront Acreage with 11 Off-Grid Cabins + Home - Nicola Plateau, BC
Surrey Lake Resort is now on the market as an Estate Sale. 11 rustic cabins & a year-round residence. 1,000± ft of frontage on Surrey Lake. Only 3 hours to Lower Mainland/30 mins to Kamloops. Freehold property!
  • Size: 9.22 acres
  • Area: SWBC
  • Price: $695,000
  • Listing Agent: Matt Cameron - matt@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-200-1199
Description :

Surrey Lake Resort/Recreational Property is now being offered for sale as an estate sale. The property is currently functioning as a small rustic resort and at the same time being used by friends and family as a recreational escape.

Being located only 3 hours to Vancouver or 30 minutes to Kamloops makes this a very appealing option as either a basic resort or exclusively as a recreational property for friends and family to enjoy. The property (9.22 acres) enjoys a very private setting being completely surrounded by Crown land and one of a few properties on the lake - a couple recreational leases and just one other freehold title parcel.

The land is flat/gently sloping to the lake with approx. 1,000 feet of shoreline. A running creek borders one side and the property. And did I say great fishing? The lake is known to have an abundance of fish, not monsters but lots of action!

A lot of the trees on site have been cleared away and extensive cleanup has been completed over the last couple years. There are 11 rustic cabins on the property - each is equipped with a wood stove, some have a propane stove/range and a few cabins have running water. A wash house with hot showers and flush toilets services the resort area while another septic system services the owner’s residence which includes the office and is approx. 1,350 ft2. See below under improvements to see a more detailed breakdown of the cabins, home and outbuildings.

The property has lots of room to expand with more cabins and/or add seasonal tent sites/RV sites, etc. Presently there are 3 seasonals on site but the demand is much higher with several people requesting sites but being turned away by the owners. If one were to pursue a commercial operation more seriously, there is a definite shortage of seasonal sites in the area (contact the listing representative for more details or call the Thompson Nicola Regional District for more info on zoning bylaws).

Location : 8050 Surrey Sussex Lake FSR on the Nicola Plateau - approximately halfway between Merritt and Kamloops off the Coquihalla Highway.
Access : The Nicola Plateau is home to Surrey Lake. Exit 336 on Highway 5 - the Coquihalla and just a little more than three hours northeast of Vancouver, or 30 minutes south of Kamloops. Head west 7 kilometres towards Logan Lake, then turn left onto the Surrey Lake Forest Service Road, Carry on for approx. 9 or 10 km on FSR/gravel road.
Improvements :

The 11 cabins plus house and outbuildings are described below:


  • Attached office/store
  • Lakefront
  • 3 bedroom and 1-1/2 bath
  • Appliances updated since 2014 - propane range, electric fridge, electric chest freezer, dishwasher, washer, dryer
  • Wood/propane heat - wood heat comfortable to lows of -35
  • Approximately 250 ft new 6' cedar fencing at house
  • Newer office doors, storm door, laundry door, bathroom door
  • Needs some additional finishing - plaster/paint/floors/trim
  • Dog door to fenced yard
  • Built from rough cut timber and sitting on a rough cut, diagonal 2’ x 12’ base covered with T&G plywood and sheeted in heavy plywood
  • Separate septic for house - field drain lines were visually inspected in 2014 when trenching water lines

Cabin 10

  • Lakefront
  • 2 bedroom
  • Original building on the resort an has been updated since 2014
  • Newer vinyl windows and metal roof
  • New range, cabinets and counters
  • New insulation/vapor barrier in roof and 3-1/2 outside walls
  • Updated doors
  • 24/7 power
  • Winter water
  • Cold water sink
  • Propane/wood heat
  • New concrete pilings at front
  • Over 150 ft of 6' cedar fencing creating a large private yard that is ready for soil/landscaping and room for RV in yard
  • Excellent rental potential

Cabin 9

  • One room
  • New paint
  • Recent roof work
  • Sleeps 7
  • Dual fuel stove

Cabin 8

  • 2 bedrooms
  • New metal roof and sheeting, floors, stairs
  • Serviced with seasonal cold water with new faucet, propane range and wood stove
  • Sleeps 8
  • Rents well all year

Cabin 7

  • 2 bedroom
  • Rustic machined-log cabin/solid construction with concrete supports
  • Serviced with seasonal cold water with new faucet, propane range and wood stove
  • Sleeps 8
  • Rents well all year

Cabin 6

  • One bedroom
  • Old timer cabin
  • Antique wood stove
  • Sleeps 4

Cabin 5

  • One room
  • "Signature Cabin"
  • Serviced with dual fuel stove
  • Rents well 3 seasons
  • Sleeps 5

Cabin 4

  • Two rooms
  • Lakefront
  • Serviced with antique wood stove
  • Sleeps 4

Cabin 3

  • Two bedroom
  • Lakeside
  • Very popular/easy to rent
  • Serviced with dual fuel stove
  • Sleeps 4

Cabin 2

  • One room
  • Serviced with dual fuel stove
  • Lakeside
  • Sleeps 5

Cabin 1

  • One room
  • Rentable in winter
  • Lakeside
  • Serviced with propane range, antique stove
  • Sleeps 2

"Caretaker's" Cabin

  • 2 bedrooms, great room, loft and mud room
  • Serviced with propane range and wood stove
  • Beautiful view
  • Privately set back from lake and main camp

Wash House

  • Concrete block construction
  • Connected to well
  • 2 large showers
  • 2 washrooms with hot water sinks
  • Large utility room with laundry sink
  • Own multi-chamber septic system with pump

Garbage Shed

  • Away from main camp

Battery Shed

  • Houses 40 - 93AH 12V AGM VRLA sealed batteries
  • Magnum Pure Sine 4000 Watt/24V inverter with remote
  • Trace 2000 Watt backup inverter
  • Transfer panel
  • 2 solar charge controllers
  • Generator disconnect

Generator Shed

  • Potential backup generator inside
  • New circuit panels ready to install
Services : 2 septic systems, drilled well, shallow well, lake intake water, water tower, cellular reception. 2 frost free and one anti-siphon standpipes.
Recreation :

Surrey Lake enjoys good fishing all summer long. Trophy lakes in the area include Tunkwa, Frogmoore and Bob’s lakes where 5 pound fish are common. There are extensive trails and backroads for 4x4s, ATVs, horses and hiking. RC boats and drone flying are also great fun in the wide open spaces. Clapperton Pass is a favorite for migratory bird watching and the lake hosts eagles, osprey, loons, geese and even swans as seasonal guests. Hummingbirds and Whiskey Jacks feed from your hands. The clear, dark air in the nights make for a star gazers paradise. So much so that the local astronomy club has an observatory at Stake Lake.

The high elevation also helps create a mecca for snowmobiling in winter due to its consistent snowfalls of dry powder snow. The lake has often been turned into a dream outdoor skating rink, providing lots of fun and action after a day ice fishing or out on the sleds. Down the hill at Stake Lake, groomed, brightly lit trails for snowshoers and cross-country skiers await. Logan Lake also offers a network of groomed cross-country trails. Local ski hills include Harper Mountain and world-famous Sun Peaks.

Over the years the resort has provided modest income year-round while at the same time being a family treasure enjoyed personally. One could expand on the year-round business by updating more cabins to allow for more season rentals.

Area Data :

Surrey Lake is located on the Nicola Plateau and is surrounded by endless backcountry opportunities with numerous lakes, rivers and forestry roads to explore.

Kamloops (approximately 30 minutes north)
Kamloops blends energizing recreational opportunities with a culture of warm, welcoming, real people, allowing visitors to let loose and just play. Kamloops is BC's Friendliest City and has over 85,000 residents who call the city home, with many smaller rural communities in the surrounding area. As Canada's Tournament Capital, the city draws thousands of spectators and sporting participants each year to enjoy the world class sports facilities. Kamloops' climate and weather are incredible. The city basks in over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually, pretty much guaranteeing a sunny tee time for a golf getaway or great weather for any outdoor recreational pursuit.

Merritt (approximately 30 minutes south)
Population: 7,595

Nestled in the heart of the Nicola Valley, Merritt offers an active and unique lifestyle amid the incredible scenery of British Columbia's southern interior. Wind erosion has created unique formations in the walls of Windy Canyon near Merritt, and ancient shorelines of 10,000-year-old glacial lakes are visible in the surrounding grasslands where cattle graze undisturbed. Located 278 km/168 mi from Vancouver, Merritt's rolling hills and cattle ranches, resort lodgings and fishing lakes combine a rich culture and history with outdoor adventure.

History : The resort had its start in 1928 and has hosted guests like Bob Hope and Tom Selleck in its heyday. Repeat guests, some who began coming in the 1950s, tell stories of the days gone by and tales and memories of owners from generations ago like the Howard Family, the McMaster Family and the Babcock/Irwin Family. Some even keep journals of their trips here and share them beside the fire. The repeat business the resort has enjoyed over the years speaks to the popularity of the location.
Zoning :


Principal Uses

  • resort
  • rentable units
  • campground
  • agricultural and horticultural use
  • one single family dwelling, one two family dwelling or one manufactured home

Accessory Uses
The following uses are only permitted subject to a principal use existing on the parcel: resort staff ancillary accommodation:

  • resort ancillary commercial and recreation use;
  • home based business
  • accessory building

Parcel Size
The minimum parcel size shall be 1 hectare, except where an expert report from an appropriately qualified Professional Engineer or Geoscientist experienced in water and sewer in accordance with the Drinking Water Protection Act and the applicable Municipal Sewage Regulation or the Sewerage System Regulation recommends approval of a smaller parcel size capable of accommodating on-site water and sewer servicing respectively whereupon the minimum parcel size shall be no less than 4,000 square metres and subject to:

  • approval by any or all Provincial authorities having jurisdiction
  • registration of a restrictive covenant against the title of land under s.219 of the Land Title Act

Parcel Coverage
The maximum parcel coverage permitted shall be 35 percent. Additional parcel coverage, up to a maximum of 50 percent, shall be permitted where the development is being serviced by an approved community water system and community sewer system.

Legal : BLK C; DL 4046 AND 6308; KDYD
PID 026-964-295
Taxes : $3,455.05 (2019)
Map Reference : 50°23'26.10"N and 120°37'5.03"W
Listing # : 19171