Kispiox River Farm
A unique remote wilderness paradise with 2 houses, 40 acres of mostly dark soil on the Kispiox River, surrounded by vast Crown Land, several rivers and lakes, in the heart of the most famous Pine Mushroom area of British Columbia.
Both homes are on the highest level of several benches, overlooking the river. The Kispiox River joins the Bulkley River near (Old) Hazelton and then they form the Skeena River, which is one of the major rivers in British Columbia, entering the Pacific Ocean at Prince Rupert. The Hazelton area and the Kispiox Valley are beautiful, fertile valleys with rugged snow-capped mountains, lakes and large, clear rivers.
The property is located in the upper Kispiox Valley, 60 kilometers north east of Hazelton ( the most northerly town on the Yellowhead Highway), in western central British Columbia. It is 272 miles (439 kilometers) northwest of Prince George. Prince George is 488 miles (786 kilometers) from Vancouver.
To reach the property you leave Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) in New Hazelton towards Old Hazelton and cross the scenic Skeena bridge. Head north on the Kispiox Road (paved, later gravel) from Old Hazelton, cross the Bulkley River, enter the small Indian village Kispiox by crossing the Kispiox River bridge and drive along the Kispiox river until kilometer 58. Here you turn left into the Mitten Main Road (forest gravel road) and after approximately 500 m into the first driveway (forest road) on your left which leads you after another 1,3 kilometer to the property. Both roads are year round open and well maintained to the driveway. No four wheel drive vehicle necessary.
40 acres (16.2 hectares) of mostly dark soil (river bed) on several benches, sloping down from the houses to the river. Fenced meadows and hay fields, big garden area, well, natural spring and pond.
Secluded at the end of the driveway, totally surrounded by crown land (95 % of BC).
A rare to find property (old homestead) which cannot be purchased from the Crown (government) any more. Next neighbour (farm) approximately 8 km away.
Southern exposure with a year round sight into snow-capped mountains.
The property was originally used by two families that made their living by horse-logging and selling garden products.
There are 5 buildings on the property.
1. Main home:
An one-storey frame building on partial basement, new vinyl insolated windows, metal roof, wood siding, 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, big living room, dining, kitchen, partly furnished. Wood heating (one stove basement and dining/kitchen), propane warm water heater, well with 12 V-pump and pressure tank, solar power for 12 V-lights, generator (defective), BC-Tel EARS phone system,
TV-dish. Ready to move in.
Near main home, wooden building with metal roof.
Wooden building with metal roof, including hen house.
4. Old barn:
(Homesteader-building), wood, needs repair.
5. Second home:
2-storey frame building with metal roof and new insolated vinyl windows, woodstove, needs renovation. Out of sight of main-home.
Close to each home there is a root cellar, next to the main home a smokehouse and in the garden a shed for tools.
PICTURES: Click on the following combination of photos.
There are 4 seasons (spring April - May, summer June - August, fall September - October, winter November -March). The winters have a pleasant dry cold and are very beautiful. The weather is nice year round with enough precipitation for an abundant vegetation.
The Kispiox Valley and it's surrounding nature is a paradise for hunters, fishermen and other outdoor enthusiasts.
There is a good wildlife population of moose, deer, grizzly & black bear, wolf, coyote, wolverine, lynx, raccoon, geese, ducks, ptarmigan, grouse snipe and hare in the valley as well as elk, mountain sheep, mountain goat and caribou in the nearby mountains, accessible from the farm.
Trout and salmon are caught in local rivers and creeks, including the Skeena and the Kispiox, which are known worldwide for their salmon fishing (up to 80 lbs.). World record steelhead have been caught in the Kispiox River (33 lbs. on a fly).
The Kispiox River is also one of the best paddling rivers in the area and has some fishing resorts. There are numerous small lakes around here which offer plentiful rainbow trout and lake trout.
In Smithers (1.5 hours drive) there is one of the two best skiing areas in B. C. besides Whistler.
The opportunities for hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, boating, cross country skiing and snowmobiling are endless.
PINE MUSHROOMS (MATSUTAKE):
The farm is located in the heart of the finest mushroom area in B. C.
There are a lot of morels, boletus, chanterelles and other valuable species. Especially well known is the area for pine mushrooms that are used as an aphrodisiac and for its medicinal properties.
People in the area make a living picking pine mushrooms that are purchased by professional buyers and shipped to Japan where they are sold for a fortune. Not to mention the joy and health effects walking through the woods all day long. For more information there are many web-sites about the pine mushroom.
There are many advantages living in the wilderness of this part of B. C. If you like hunting & fishing, mushroom, berry, and herb picking, as well as gardening you will enjoy that the environment is still unpolluted and that you can consume your natural products without poisoning your body but enhancing your health and fitness.
A big deep freezer and drying, canning or smoking of wildlife and fish you harvested from nature, vegetables, potatoes and berries from your garden and meat from your own animals contribute not only to a healthy self-sufficient lifestyle but can create a lot of joy at the same time.
If you like to live in pure nature but still on the verge of civilization this property offers a rare to find opportunity with a high ideal value.
ADVANTAGES OF CROWN LAND:
You can practically use it for hunting, fishing, mushroom, berry and herb picking as well as any other kind of recreational activities (horse riding, skiing, boating, ski-dooing, biking, hiking, camping, gold panning and flying) as if it would be your own property.
Even if you own a large property yourself but are surrounded by other private properties, you usually get with the above mentioned activities pretty soon to your neighbours property lines, which might cause limitations and a lot of trouble. Not to mention your neighbours influences on your privacy.
For these reasons I personally experienced that a property surrounded by Crown Land is much more valuable and interesting than being surrounded by private properties. You actually need to own much less land yourself to do the same things which means also less investment, taxes and responsibility. Properties like this have usually a high ideal value too, which influences their market value very much. The Crown doesn’t sell them anymore that’s why they are rare.
AREA DATA / Omineca:
Once the home of a vast fur trading empire, North by Northwest is a truly exceptional place. In this land of majestic fjords and snowcapped mountain ranges, you can be in absolute wilderness at one moment and enjoy an elegant dinner in the center of town just an hour later. Explore the silent, primordial rainforests on the Queen Charlotte Islands (also called Galapagos Islands of the North) or experience adventure along the Stewart-Cassiar Highway, gateway to Alaska and the Yukon.
The Hazeltons "Old Town. New Town. & South Town". These are some of the names of the villages of the Hazeltons. The three Hazeltons are located close to the junction of the Bulkley and Skeena Rivers. The original Hazelton settlement, built on the flats where the hazel nut bushes grew thickly, began as a riverboat stop. South Hazelton or 'South Town'; and New Hazelton or 'New Town', sprang up with the building of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in the early 1900's.
Kispiox, Gitanyow, Gitwangak, Glen Vowell, Gitanmaax, Hagwielget and Gitseguecla are villages of the people of the First Nations. They have lived in this area for thousands of years with much of their rich culture preserved at the reconstructed Ksan Village
The more recent history of the area involved the "gold-rush", and there are many historic sites marked throughout the area. During the "gold-rush", many people came with boats from the Pacific Ocean to Hazelton where they bought all their supply and then traveled by horse or by foot up the "Telegraph Trail" (Kispiox Road) to the Yukon.
Population: 8000 (3 communities)
Main Industries: logging, tourism
Climate: In summer average 15°C, in winter average - 9° C, precipitation: 43 cm/yr.
Local Attractions: Ksan Indian village Museum; Historic "Old Town"; Kispiox Village totem poles and salmon hatchery; Hazelton Pioneer Museum, July/August; Ksan Dancers, August; Pioneer Day Museum
The "Town for All Seasons"; (population approximately 5.000), is set in the Bulkley Valley like a little town in the Alps. Surrounding mountains provide the backdrop for the downtown alpine decorations while also providing mountain lakes, rivers and waterfalls for the adventurous to experience and explore.
The spring and summer months lure the outdoor adventurer to the surrounding mountains to see nearby glaciers, hike or horseback ride the alpine meadows. The fossil formations at Driftwood Canyon Provincial Park are a haven for the rock hound. Area lodges cater to those who are keen for fishing, wildlife watching, canoeing or even photo safaris. Fall lures the hunters and fishers, while the majestic changing colours of our Indian Summer are a magnet for the avid photographer. Dog sledding, cross country and down hill skiing plus snowmobiling are there for those who enjoy winter activities. Smithers has one of the two best alpine-ski areas in B. C. besides Whistler.
Smithers also boasts a colourful history; once the divisional headquarters of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, the era can be relived at the Bulkley Valley Museum. The local wildlife museum and fish hatchery encourages a closer look at the regions natural inhabitants.
No matter what the season, Smithers offers a smorgasbord of activities guaranteed to whet the appetite of the explorer, thrill seeker or romantic.
Smithers has the closest airport (1 1/2 hours drive from the farm) with several flights daily to Vancouver.
ALASKA / PACIFIC OCEAN:
To get from the Kispiox Farm to the southern tip of Alaska I usually drive on the Mitten Main Road (gravel) to Cranberry Junction on the Cassiar Highway 37, from there north-west to Meziadin Junction and then on Highway 37 A west to Stewart on the Canadian side and Hyder on the US side of the border which are located on the Portland Channel. The trip with pickup truck and camper takes approximately 2 1/2 hours through spectacular areas of B. C. including mountains, lakes and glaciers.
On the Portland Channel you can start the most exiting boat trips towards the Pacific Ocean including saltwater fishing.
Can $ 886.56 (1999) without home owner grant. Can $ 416.56 with regular home owner grant.