Lot: 3; Pl: 9563; DL: 314; LD: Coast Range 5 (14)
NIHO is pleased to introduce our latest subdivision, located just outside the historic community of Fort St James. The Caledonia Estates is a 19 lot subdivision with all season road access, power and phone services. Less than 10 minutes from these fabulous lots is the recreational playground of Stuart Lake, well known for its salmon and trout fishing. This subdivision offers unparalled investment potential, as Fort St James is set to become BC’s next mining and mill town.
The majority of these lots are well treed and private, with level building sites ready for you to build your dream house.
Lot 3 is located in the front of the subdivision, with frontage on both Goetjen and Rainbow Roads, providing you with easy access to the surrounding area. However, with a deep forested section towards the north of the property, you’ll be able to choose your level of privacy. Services including hospital, shopping, groceries and gas are located just minutes away in Fort St James.
Natural resource investment in the Fort St James area has boosted the investment potential in this region, especially with Mount Milligan Mine, the first new mine in British Columbia in over a decade, and the Fort Green Energy Project, a biomass energy project with a 30 year purchasing agreement with BC Hydro.
The Caledonia Estates are located on Goetjen Road, about 2.4 km (1.5 miles) south of the historic community of Fort St. James in Central BC. Fort St James is located 62 km north of Vanderhoof and 159 km northwest of Prince George, and is accessible year round by Highway 16 and Highway 27.
Driving times to the Caledonia Estates:
Driving from Vancouver:
Prince George is approximately 788 km (489.6 miles) from Vancouver, heading north on Highway 97.
Driving from Edmonton:
Prince George is approximately 739 km (459.2 miles) from Edmonton, heading west on Highway 16.
Prince George Airport is the regional airport for Northern B.C., and is expected to play a key role in the economic development of the area. The airport is undergoing a major expansion, with renovations to its runways and international cargo plane fuelling capacity recently completed. At the end of the expansion, the airport is expected to be able to accept 747 airplane landings. The airport opened an International Customs and Canada Border Service area in 2005 and currently accepts international charter flights.
Fort St James Perison Airport is operated by the District of Fort St James and offers a 4,000 foot paved runway. There are no landing fees for aircraft. Several operators fly small aircraft from the airport and floatplanes on the lake. There are two helicopter companies based out of Fort St James offering competitive rates and availability.
Welcome to BC’s Lake’s District, a fishing paradise! Stuart Lake, seventh largest in the province (more than 90 kilometers long and up to 13 kilometers wide) is accessible by almost any street in Fort St James. This is a favourite fishing lake, not only for the locals but for fisherman from all over British Columbia, Alberta and the United States who come to travel the Stuart/Trembleur/Takla Lake system. Cast your rod for Salmon, Rainbow & Lake Trout as well as Whitefish and Chub.
Looking for a little more quiet? There are hundreds of lakes and kilometers of river systems within a short driving distance from the Caledonia Estates. Fish for Trout and Whitefish in lakes like Camsell, Shass and McKnabb. You can fish in a different lake for as long as you stay.
There are two marinas in Fort St James- the Cottonwood Marina (boat launch only in 2013-14, available for public use without charge) and the Pitka Bay Marina. Stuart River Campground, located close to the Caledonia Estates has a boat launch, as do several of the Forest Recreational Sites in the area.
Head out to the sandy beaches of the Fort St James area. Stuart Lake has many large, beautiful, sandy beaches along its expansive shoreline. It is both a summer and winter recreational area, with a large number of cabins scattered around the lake, mainly at the southeast end at Sowchea Bay. Sowchea Bay and Colony Point have a large number of recreational residences, a few resorts and many beaches. The two provincial parks located 15 minutes away; Sowchea Bay Provincial Park and Paarens Beach Provincial Park both have access to Stuart Lake, for swimming, boating and other water sports.
The Stuart/Trembleur/Takla Lake system is well known for its amazing canoeing and kayaking experiences. A person can travel from Stuart Lake up the Tachie to Trembleur Lake, up the Middle River to Takla Lake, to the Driftwood River, an unspoiled waterway of some 281 kilometers (175 miles).
In town, the fully restored Fort St James National Historic Site has town buildings dating back to the 1880s.This place displays the largest group of original wooden buildings representing the fur trade in Canada. Interpretive and interactive exhibits are staffed by workers dressed in period pieces. It is open Victoria Day long weekend through September 30th.
In Fort St. James there is a covered ice arena for hockey and skating, a curling rink, and movie theatre. The Stuart Lake Golf Club is a nine hole golf course and driving range overlooking Stuart Lake. Hiking, mountain biking and snowmobile trails are available, and several campgrounds are located right off the lake. July boasts the Cottonwood Music Festival, with thousands of people attending for three days of bluegrass and country music from Western Canadian artists.
When winter comes to Fort St James, the recreational possibilities don’t end. Close to Fort St. James is the Murray Ridge Ski Hill, which boasts the longest T-bar in North America. There is over 30 km of major alpine runs, 20 km of groomed & track set cross country ski trails, and a 3.7 lighted loop for night skiing. Stuart Lake is great for ice fishing, and there are opportunities for skating, dog sledding and snowmobiling.
Power and phone are located to the property line. The property can be accessed year round by Highway 27 and on gravel roads in the subdivision.
With a population of around 4,500, the District of Fort St James is a stable community with strong links to the forestry, mining and tourism industries. The economy is expected to grow with announcements including:
The town has five motels, two “bed-and-breakfasts”, a small shopping mall, two grocery super-markets, a post office, a drug store, a hospital and a golf course. There is a volunteer fire department with two fire halls. The Stuart Lake Hospital, offers medicine, surgery, obstetrics, pediatrics, laboratory, x-ray and dietary services. There is a RCMP detachment, two elementary schools and a secondary school.
The District of Vanderhoof , a 50 minute drive from Fort St James, is the service centre for this area. A regional hospital, health care unit, dental clinics, physiotherapy clinic, financial institutions, seniors housing, and numerous service and government organizations are based here and serves the larger region. Forestry, agriculture and tourism support this community of over 4,000 people.
Fort St. James was founded by Simon Fraser in 1806 and was referred to as the Stuart Lake post until 1822 when it became Fort St. James. It was the chief fur-trading post and capital of the large and prosperous district of New Caledonia, the birthplace of British Columbia. In 1821 the fort became a Hudson’s Bay Company post. Today, five of the original buildings survive, including a storehouse and salmon cache.
The Indian name for the site, “Na-‘Kra’ztli” means “arrows floating by” and refers to a legendary battle with dwarfs, which left the Stuart River full of arrows where it leaves the lake. The grave site of one of the greatest chiefs known to Carrier First Nations is located near the Stuart River, as Chief Kwah requested when he died.
Zoning: H1 (Small Holdings). These properties are also designated “Residential” under the Fort St. James Rural Official Community Plan (OCP) which allows for low density residential, agricultural, recreational and other unobtrusive uses.