The SW 1/4 of DL 4556, Range 5 Coast District. PID: 015-235-998
A small unnamed lake borders this property to the west. This property has excellent views of the surrounding countryside and the lake. Soil development is still good here, although it has not been developed like some of the other parcels. Elevation is 960 m.
Most of the adjacent land to this property is undeveloped, used for forest resource management or is Crown land, providing privacy to Noralee Lake. Much of this region is similar farmland, with small communities clustered around nearby Francois Lake.
The soil quality for agricultural use is extremely good in this area. A recent report conducted for NIHO shows that the dominant soil Subgroup was Dark Gray Luvisol, with multiple sites displaying Dark Gray Chernozemic development. To the best of our knowledge, the Dark Gray Chernozemic soil development classified at many testing sites on the nearby Noralee Ranch has never before been identified in this region of British Columbia.
Noralee Lake is located close to the popular Noralee Resort on the banks of Francois Lake. Services here include a 28 seat restaurant, grocery store, public washrooms and showers, as well as the services to their campground, RV sites and heated cabins. A well maintained boat launch is located at the resort providing services to local fishermen.
This property is located off the Grainger Forest Service Road near Noralee, about 80 km (49.7 miles) from Burns Lake. The property is about an hour’s drive from Burns Lake and about a four hour drive from Prince George.
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Geographic coordinates are 126 29′ 14.7′ W, 54 1′ 58.0″ N
Colleymount Road connects the smaller communities along the north side of Francois Lake to Highway 16. This road is maintained year-round by the Ministry of Transportation and is graded throughout. In the summer it is watered to keep the dust generated by traffic to a minimum. In the winter it is cleared so that traffic can continue using the road.
The airport at Burns Lake can handle smaller private aircraft and charters. The nearest commercial airport is at Smithers. Regular air service is provided by Air Canada’s Jazz Airlines, Central Mountain Air, and Northern Thunderbird to Vancouver and other points in British Columbia.
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.
Francois Lake is approx. 110 km (68 miles) long, making it the second largest natural lake in British Columbia. It offers excellent rainbow trout and char fishing. Rainbow trout over 3 pounds and lake trout (char) to over 20 pounds are not uncommon. Water sports of all sorts are popular, with opportunities for boating, kayaking and canoeing. This area has many forest recreation sites, which offer trails for hiking and mountain biking. In the winter ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular.
Noralee Resort has the only private boat launch on Francois Lake in the area. This popular resort offers heated cabins, camping and RV sites to its guests. Fishermen and campers can also stock up on supplies at their grocery store before heading out. The next closest boat launch is located 9 kilometres (5.6 miles) from the Francois Lake ferry. The closest gas station is at Burns Lake or Houston, an hour’s drive away.
This property is located close to large tracts of open Crown land, providing public access for horseback riding, quad and ATV driving, and in the winter, snowmobiling.
Close to this area is North Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, one of the most scenic provincial parks in the province. Tweedsmuir Provincial Park appeals primarily to outdoor recreationists interested in boating, angling, camping, hiking or hunting in one of North America’s most magnificent wilderness areas. Outdoor recreation opportunities are almost unlimited. Parts of the park are open to hunting in the fall.
The entire area known as the Lakes District is famous for its excellent fishing and game. There are a number of resorts throughout this area which offer boating, fishing, hiking, horse-back riding, camping, cross country skiing and many other activities. This area is well known for its hunting and wildlife watching opportunities. Black, cinnamon and grizzly bears, deer, moose, wolves, coyotes and eagles can often be observed in the area.
Burns Lake is the nearest community with a population of 2,000 in the village. The first thing that strikes you when you enter this town is the welcoming sign with enormous chainsaw-carved trout and the inscription “Three Thousand Miles of Fishing”. The other large community close to the Noralee Estates is Houston with 4173 citizens. This community is known as the “Steelhead Capital of Canada” due to the unparalleled fishing in the nearby lake and river systems.
Noralee Lake is located within the Lakes District which is noted for sunny skies and moderate rainfall of less than 20 inches per year. This area is known for clean air, friendly people, inviting lakes, wandering country roads, abundant wildlife and the spectacular beauty of nearby Tweedsmuir Provincial Park.
Burns Lake is called the “Heart of the Lakes District” and “Gateway to Tweedsmuir Park”. The village takes its name from Michael Byrnes, an explorer in the area who passed by the lake in 1866. Settlers were initially drawn to the area by the promise of gold in the Babine Lake vicinity. The actual village was formed in 1914 to service the workers creating the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway through the area. The arrival of the railway opened the forest industry, drawing more settlers and creating a stable economy for the area.
The tiny community of Noralee was named after Nora & Lee Newgard, who were the first postmasters of Noralee and briefly operated a store in the area.
Francois Lake got its current name by mistake. The Carrier First Nations named the lake Nitapoen Lip Lake because of its shape. The early settlers mistook ‘Nita’ for white man and the lake was named ‘Lac de Francois’ because most of the early settlers at the time were French Canadian voyageurs. During the early years,the local residents pronounced it ‘Francis Lake”, however, it is now known as “Francois Lake”.
This property is zoned RR1 (Rural Resource). Agriculture, single, multiple and seasonal dwellings, logging and silviculture, guest ranch, rural retreat, unpaved airstrips and helipads are permitted here. Dwellings on the property are restricted to four seasonal dwellings, two single family dwellings or one two family dwelling. This property is not within the ALR .