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The property is located in the Nicola Valley, which is on the southern edge of the Thompson Okanagan region of British Columbia.  With the access point located in the NE quadrant of the junction of the Coquihalla Hwy (5) and Okanagan Connector (97C), Ranchland Estates is located between the start of the Okanagan Connector at the south and Nicola Lake at the north. See maps. 

Ranchland Estates is expected to attract horse enthusiasts, nature lovers, outdoor recreationists, baby boomers, retirees and investors who are seeking the unique lifestyle providing country living close to urban amenities.

Certainly.  Statistics show that fewer than 30 percent of people who buy into golf communities actually play golf.  Likewise, Ranchland Estates will appeal to non-equestrians who appreciate the outdoor, wide-open, undisturbed characteristics of Ranchland Estates.  Non-horse people are drawn to the community’s quality of life and sophisticated living environment within a quiet rural setting.

  • affordable acreage in highly sought after Interior of BC
  • close proximity to Lower Mainland – within 2 1/2 hours from Vancouver
  • only known equestrian themed property of its kind in BC and Canada
  • guaranteed resident privacy – gated community -property lines don’t touch - common land limited use
  • green space surrounding home sites are protected from use and future development
  • low density development – only 87 home sites in 900 acres
  • edge of plateau location provides outstanding views from every home site
  • first class equestrian centre and community clubhouse adjacent to property
  • fabulous climate – clear, blue, sunny skies and less than 8” annual rainfall
  • 8 km on-site riding & walking trails
  • adjacent to 12,000 acres of open range for riding, hiking & mountain biking  
  • close to regional airports
  • green philosophy that supports conservation and sustainability
  • wide open spaces & fresh air
  • easy year round access by major highways 
  • privacy and security with a strong sense of community
  • design guidelines to ensure high community standards
  • all power lines will be underground - not a power pole on the property
  • excellent investment with no need to build within a stated timeframe

The number of homes has been limited to 87 to ensure each resident’s privacy and quality of life is maximized through protected green space and minimized development.

You acquire a 10 acre interest involving a deed to both a 1 acre home site and the panhandle driveway with remaining 9 acres pooled together to form protected common land or green space that surrounds each home site.

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Deed to a 1 acre home site.

Deed to the panhandle driveway.

1/87th share in 900 acre development common land which includes 8 km of constructed all weather walking/riding trails.

Peaceful and private living resulting from predetermined home site location, significant home site separation distance and limited use of green space surrounding each home site.

Spectacular 360 degree views.

Wide variety of home sites offering various landscapes and price points.

No requirement to build within a given time period.

Serviced with hydro, water, sewer, telephone and paved roads.

100% underground power to eliminate power poles and allow unobstructed views.

Paved panhandle driveway to home site entrance.

Fenced home sites.

Building and landscape design guidelines protect community aesthetics and your investment.

Horses can be stabled at homes sites (maximum of 2 horses and 2 paddocks) or at the Equestrian Centre or both.

1/4 acre irrigated pasture allowed per home site.

First class Equestrian Centre and Clubhouse with priority membership.

Amenities include a community lounge with a patio and BBQ pit as well as a fire pit and large green play field.

Multiple trailheads provide easy access to 12,000 acres of adjacent open grasslands offering the freedom to ride, hike or mountain bike.

Paved access road connects homes sites with Okanagan Connector Highway.

Exceptional horseback riding.

Excellent wildlife viewing and birding.

Abundance of year round recreation.

Gated community provides security and privacy.

Prominent community entrance.

Access to the plateau’s edge for adjacent home site owners.

Covenant on green space that surrounds each home site, to guarantee the green space stays in its natural state forever.

While still in the planning stages, the centre is anticipated to encompass upwards of 20 acres and include a minimum of 80’ x 200’ indoor arena and two 100’ x 200’ outdoor arenas, twelve stalls, twelve paddocks and turn out pastures.  More facilities can be added as demand requires and when the amount of boarding at home sites is known.

Yes, up to a maximum of two.  Home owners also have the option of boarding their horses at the Equestrian Centre or a combination of both.

Ranchland Estates supports sustainability by incorporating “green” practices including: incorporating and protecting open green space on the property for enjoyment of residents, creating quality riding & walking trails, preserving wildlife corridors and maintaining proper pasture rest and rotation practices.

No.  Trailheads leading from Ranchland Estates into the open range make the full 12,000 acres available for residents to roam as they like.  Riding, mountain biking and hiking are exceptional in these pristine grasslands that are protected from development.


The City of Merritt with small town shopping, dining, medical care and schools is 10 minutes away.  The larger centres of Kamloops (population 86,000 and 50 minutes away) and Kelowna (population 125,000 and 1.5 hours away) have big city services and opportunities.


Dry and sunny - with less than 8” of rainfall and over 2000 hours of sunshine annually. Long, warm summers and short, mild winters create one of the most desirable climates in the country. Ranchland Estates elevation is 1260 feet higher than Kamloops and 450 feet higher than Merritt and therefore offers a very comfortable summer temperature.  Umbrellas are a rare sight in the Nicola Valley which gets slightly less rain and more sunshine than our Kelowna neighbours to the east.

  • Horseback riding in the indoor and outdoor riding arenas for both English and Western riding interests
  • 8 km private trail system for walking and riding
  • excellent mountain-biking, hiking and horseback riding in the adjacent 12,000 acres of rangeland
  • golf and lots of it – there are 3 local golf courses close by and 50 more within the expanded region.
  • swimming, boating, sailing, windsurfing and fishing at Nicola Lake and Monck Park (20 minutes away)
  • excellent mountain snowmobiling (30 minutes away)
  • cross-country skiing on a groomed trail system at Kane Valley (20 minutes away)
  • local downhill skiing at the proposed Coquihalla Pass ski resort (45 minutes away)
  • world-class downhill skiing at Sun Peaks Ski Resort (2 hours away) and Big White Ski Resort (under 3 hours away)
  • excellent fishing at over 200 lakes within the immediate area
  • wine-tasting in the Okanagan wine country (1 hour away)
  • more than 100 wineries to tour (2 hours away) 


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Registered on the property title, a limited covenant on common land limits use of the common land to the 8 km of walking/riding designated and constructed trails and, for the home site owners located along the edge of the plateau, to the walking access of the area between the plateau edge and their home site boundary.

Over 80% of the 900 acres is protected green space by virtue of the limited covenant. The purpose of the limited covenant is to ensure that common land or green space is not impacted and remains in its natural state. The home site owner is therefore gauranteed that the beauty and tranquility of the land sorrounding their home site will remain forever.

We use the word "forever" in describing Ranchland Estates because what you see when you purchase is what you get forever. This is accomplished by placing a covenant on the title of the common land that limits use. Therefore the common land or greenspace surrounding each home site will not be impacted in any way. We guarantee that this land stays in its natural state forever.In addition, the ranch property surrounding Ranchland Estate will be bound together as one block of land, preventing it from ever being broken up or developed. As well, Ranchland Estates, the ranch property and the surrounding deeded properties and crown rangeland are all in the Agriculture Land Reserve, thereby restricting use to agriculture. The maganificent views, the natural landscape of Ranchland Estates and the tranquility of the land will remain forever.

$98.35 per month to cover sewer, road maintenance, garbage collection, etc.

You obtain deeded ownership to a 1 acre square home site plus the panhandle driveway that connects the main road to the home site entrance.  As each driveway varies in length, the total deeded acreage of each purchase varies.  In addition you own a 1/87th proportionate share of the common property in the 900 acre development.

Yes, from the City of Merritt under agreement with the Thompson Nicola Regional District.

Yes, there is an excellent water supply.  We drilled in the valley bottom on ranch property and located an excellent supply in the 3rd aquifer about 365 feet deep.  Being deep and the 3rd water zone, the water supply is very safe.  Water quality is very good with no treatment needed (yet Ministry of Health may require a low level treatment regardless).  Quantity of water is established to be in excess of 6 times what is required to supply Ranchland Estates.  Water will be pumped up to a large reservoir on the ranch property above Ranchland Estates then gravity fed down to the home sites.

A community STEP system involving individual septic tanks, pressurized collection main and centralized ground disposal i.e. community septic field on adjacent ranch property.  A sewage plant is not required, eliminating cost of expensive treatment.

The equestrian facility dimensions and quantities have been listed in the disclosure as terms of future sales agreements.  The Superintendent of Real Estate requires that the equestrian center facility commitment be secured by bond or an irrevocable letter of credit to ensure that the necessary funds to build the equestrian center do exist.

Yes, as they have for the past 130 years.  Cows with new born calves will graze the common land area for only 7-14 days, once a year, in the spring.  This allows the ranch to continue operations, preserves the grassland in its healthy, natural state and avoids a fire hazard if otherwise left un-grazed.  All 1-acre home sites will be fenced by Ranchland Estates.  Ranch living without the work!

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