Key Facts about Bighorn Ridge

Location

Bighorn Ridge is located in the southern part of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada, about 50 km driving distance north of the US border.

The subject property is situated on the east side of Skaha Lake about half way between the Penticton city limit and the town of Okanagan Falls.

The UTM coordinates of the property’s approximate centre are:

11 U 0314630 5473100 (NAD 83)

Driving distance to the Penticton city limit is 5.5 km, to a major shopping mall about 10 km, and approximately 12.5 km to the Penticton city centre.

Physical Address

449 Parsons Road, Okanagan Falls

Regional Administration

Regional District Okanagan-Similkameen

Legal Description

Lot 4, District Lot 461, Plan 5867, Similkameen Division Yale Land District

Total Area

Total area of the Bighorn Ridge property is 46.49 acres.

Arable Land

Area planted in cherries: approx. 11.25 acres (4.5 ha)

Arable land unplanted: approx. 9.75 acres (4.0 ha)

Arable land terraced: approx. 1 acres (0.4 ha)

Total arable land area: approx. 22 acres (8.9 ha)

Zoning

Forestry-Grazing (F-G)

Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)

Except 17.5 acres (7.1 ha) along its eastern boundary the property is included in the Agricultural Land Reserve (see Map Gallery for details).

Soil

Arable land: predominantly sandy loam

Non-arable portions: sandy loam to rocky outcrops

Exposure

The sloping areas of the arable portions have a predominantly western exposure facing Skaha Lake.

Setting

The property has a very natural setting in spite of its proximity to the city of Penticton. It is surrounded to the north, east and south by natural land featuring the Ponderosa Pine – Bunchgrass vegetation typical for the Okanagan Valley. The land to the west consists of an exceptionally well managed mixed orchard and vineyard operation.

Topography

A very diverse topography is characteristic for Bighorn Ridge (see View Gallery). The terrain varies from almost level to steep (terraced area) for the arable portions. There are absolutely no frost pockets present.

The non-arable land varies from moderately sloping to very steep.

Elevation

The property slopes upward at various grades from west to east and includes significant areas which are almost level. The gate at Parsons Road at about 50ft (15m) above Skaha Lake level (1,130ft / 345m) represents the property’s lowest elevation. The yard/lower flat area is situated at about 1,280ft / 390m and the elevation of the highest arable land is about 1,475ft / 450m. The property’s highest elevation of approx. 1,720ft / 520 m is found on top of the rocky mountainside along its eastern boundary.

Vineyard Suitability

All arable land is classified as Class 1 (most suitable) in the official BC Atlas of Suitable Grape Growing Locations. (The atlas ranks a site’s suitability based on four criteria: solar radiation, growing degree days, autumn freeze risk, and soil groups.)

Water Licences

Irrigation water licences totalling 120 acre feet

Domestic water licence for 500 gal per day

Best Use

Besides being a prime location for a luxury estate, the land’s outstanding suitability for the cultivation of high quality wine grapes combined with its location in the heart of the Okanagan’s wine tourism suggests that an estate winery would make best use of the property’s potential.

Buildings

1.)Two-storey multipurpose utility building (1998); approx. 40 x 60 ft; 2x6 framing, exterior steel cladding and roof, fully insulated and finished (drywall); electrical and wood heating; 10.5 ft ceiling at ground level; showers/WCs, cooler, wood shop, mechanic area, domestic water treatment, office space, plenty of room for storage.

2.)Modular home (1978)(14x70) combined with permanently built addition currently used as owners on-site residence (approx. 1,750 sq. ft). Basic but functional and cost effective accommodation ideally suited for full time employee: 4 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, small office, kitchen/living area. Electric, gas and wood heat.

3.)Older modular home (12x60) currently used as accommodation for seasonal workers.

4.)Double wide garage building currently used as storage space and summer kitchen for harvesting crew.

5.)All season pesticide and protective gear storage building combined with filling station with containment.

Waste Water Treatment

There are 3 septic systems on the property: residence, main utility building, and the older modular home. All systems were regularly serviced and function well.

Fence

All arable land is surrounded by a 9 ft high deer fence as well as an electric wildlife fence.

Irrigation System

The property features a fully independent irrigation system

The irrigation for the cherry plantings consists of a contemporary timer-controlled mini-sprinkler system.

The irrigation system can be gravity fed from Matheson Creek (license for 30 acre feet) for the time period April 1st to June 30th. Matheson Creek is an intermittent stream and often dries out during the summer months.

The pumping system for the lake water supply (licences for 90 acre feet) consists of two centrifugal pumps which deliver combined approximately 150 gpm (570 l/min).

The entire irrigation system drains completely by gravity.

Domestic Water Supply

A shallow well, mostly used during winter season (license for 500 gal/day), is very reliable but delivers relatively low volume (use of storage tank/cistern recommended). The location for an alternate/additional deep well has been identified.

A domestic water treatment system for all buildings is integrated in the main utility building.

Services

Electrical: 3-phase supply at main utility building and pumps, 220-single phase at residence.

Natural gas at lot line along Parsons Road

Multiple phone lines

Shaw Cable at lot line along Parsons Road

Garbage/recycling collection by the RDOS

School bus route at lot line

Property is included in Okanagan Falls fire district.



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