A picturesque, 320 acre historic ranch that has appeared in film and commercials. Bearcat Ranch is nestled in a tranquil valley at an end-of-road location far enough from the highway that you do not see or hear traffic; 15 minutes from Kamloops City limits, 10 minutes from world famous Tobiano Golf Resort and Marina, 1.5 hours from Sun Peaks Ski Resort and just a short 3.5 hour drive from Vancouver.
The views of the valley, Kamloops Lake, and surrounding mountains are breathtaking.
Quiet and peaceful, with a true sense of remoteness, yet minutes to all the convenience and amenities of Kamloops, a major B.C. Interior city.
Bearcat Ranch includes everything needed for the discerning equestrian or hobby rancher/farmer. The main house is a 3,100 sq. ft., 4 bedroom, 3 bath home with vaulted ceiling, wood-burning fireplace, large deck and patio for entertaining or just relaxing under mature shade trees, central AC, mudroom, in-ground 32' x 18' swimming pool, gardens, and a small fertile orchard.
There is a 100’ x 200’ outdoor riding arena with announcer’s stand, 52’ diameter round training pen, nine stall barn with two tack rooms, two bay shop with service pit and attached heated vet room, new hay shed with equipment storage, cattle pens, corrals, paddocks, and multiple heritage outbuildings. A second home on separate title provides rental income of $1,100 per month.
Four irrigation licenses provide water to irrigate 80+ acres of hay fields and pastures, providing ample feed for livestock. 320 deeded acres on two titles plus adjacent 1,386 acre Crown Lease provides grazing for 110 cow/calf pairs.
Adding to the already spectacular setting, the property has two creeks flowing through it, a fly fishing lake, plentiful wildlife, and unforgettable sunsets.
This property is a rare beautiful hidden gem; don’t miss out.
15 minutes west from Kamloops:
Located at the confluence of the South and North Thompson Rivers where residents enjoy year-round outdoor activities including easy access to great skiing. It is a young, vibrant city which allows the best of everything both the city and the country has to offer, and just a scenic 3 ½ hour drive to Vancouver.
In 1880, having journeyed overland by rail to San Francisco and then by ship to Victoria, Neil James Beaton (age 26, born Markdale, Grey Co., Ontario Dec. 1854) and partner Randall Young (age 32, born Ireland 1849) homesteaded and farmed beside Duffy Creek approximately 13.5 miles west of Kamloops in Cherry Creek. They chose a pleasant and sheltered site upslope from the valley and Cherry Creek proper, at the Ponderosa timberline. Neil was the eldest son of Alexander (b.1827) and Katherine (b.1823) Beaton, who had emigrated from Scotland to Ontario in the 1850s (prior to 1857). He had three brothers, Angus (b.1856), John T. (b.1863), and James Alexander (b.1877). His brother Angus accompanied Neil to British Columbia in 1880. Both Randall Young and Neil Beaton are listed as residents of Cherry Creek in the 1882 voter’s list; Angus Beaton is listed as resident of New Westminster (he worked as a blacksmith). Brothers John T. and James A. would arrive years later; all were prominent individuals in the Kamloops area.
3,180 ft2 4 bedroom, 3 bath home / Two-bay shop with service pit, and attached heated vet room (with calf beds) / Large hay shed with equipment storage / 9-stall barn / Multiple log farm buildings / 100’ x 200’ arena with announcer’s stand / 52’ round training pen /Mobile home provides rental income, or could be used for ranch hand
Revenue from livestock and hay production also provides saving in reduced property taxes (farm status). Rental revenue from mobile home.
Three domestic wells, telephone, hydro, wireless internet and septic system with a new not yet installed aeration system for the septic tank (common in commercial applications; increases efficiency and prolongs life of septic system).
The desert, grassland, alpine, and pine forest environment of Kamloops makes for amazing wilderness hiking and competition-level mountain biking. Summer heat ensures an entertaining round of golf at any one of Kamloops’ 13 courses, including Tobiano Golf Course, voted Canada’s best new course in 2008 by Golf Digest and ScoreGolf Magazine (golf and travel packages are available through many hotels in the city). Other activities (this time aquatic) can be found in Kamloops’ many lakes and waterways. Enjoy world class trout fishing at Roche Lake Provincial Park, or check out favorite spots of local anglers such as Nicola Lake and Chataway Lake Plateau. Summer activities are plentiful at Wells Gray Provincial Park, home to Helmcken Falls and incredible canoeing, rafting, kayaking and camping opportunities.
Winter recreation can be found at nearby Sun Peaks Resort. In addition to world-class tri-mountain downhill skiing and snowboarding, Sun Peaks offers cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, dog-sledding and ice-skating. Snowmobile enthusiasts can sled along groomed trails in and around Kamloops’ designated open areas. Catch the Kamloops Blazers as they hit the ice at the 6,400 seat Interior Savings Centre, or even play tennis under the five-court dome at the Kamloops Tennis Association. Harper Mountain is a great family ski hill, and Stake Lake offers world class cross country skiing as well. Enjoy all the great opportunities Kamloops and its surrounding areas have to offer.
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