South of the 49th - Spirit River, AB

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South of the 49th - Spirit River, AB Parcel

South of the 49th - Spirit River, AB Sold - AB

Sold on May 4, 2021

Three distinct quarter sections west of Spirit River, Alberta, with Highway 49 being the north border.  Selling in 3 parcels, each with arable land, water supply and plenty of options to make them your own.  See Parcel Details for the Starting Bids.

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We have all heard stories about ranching south of the 49th.  Montana is known as Big Sky Country with an abundance of public land and, more recently, home to the TV show Yellowstone.  Well, there is another ‘South of the 49th’ right here in Alberta.  Head 29 miles west of Spirit River, Alberta along paved highway 49 and take a gander to the south.  Here you will find Alberta’s own ‘South of the 49th’. 

Three-quarter sections of land, with Highway 49 as the north boundary and on the south over 400,000 acres of crown land making up the Saddle Hills.  This may well be one of the last true frontiers to establish a ranch in all of Western Canada.  Demographics of owners in the area dictate that other land will become available in the coming years.  In an area where land sells for less per acre than a bred heifer and a place that makes economic sense to start your dream ranch.  Perhaps it's time to make your own stories on Alberta's own ‘South of the 49th’.  Let these 3 parcels be in the start of something even more significant in years to come. 

Parcel 1 is the backbone to the ranch with significant improvements including a house trailer with new roof and new insulated skirting in 2020.  The ranch base comes with picture-perfect, barn red Goodon outbuildings, all of recent construction.  Outbuildings include a 30’ x 42’ insulated shop, 30’ x 42’ barn, 30’ x 42’ open-faced shed, and a 42’ x 120’ cold storage pole building.  The quarter has an abundance of water from its four dugouts. The massive seventeen thousand cubic meter dugout, formerly stocked with rainbow trout, is plumbed to fill two smaller dugouts – just open the valve.  

This Parcel 1 quarter has over 110 arable acres with over 80 acres under cultivation and 30 acres currently in hay.  The land may be eligible for organic status with no herbicides applied in the last 25 years.  The Parcel is fenced with four strand barb wire and also has two bale yards fenced as well.  Never a concern about water as Henderson Creek touches the SW corner of the Parcel and offers up a year-round, free-flowing water source for livestock.  The creek itself is an animal sanctuary nursed from the uninhabited Saddle Hills to the south.  After a hard day’s work, sit back and enjoy postcard views from the back deck with a cool one.  The quarter offers excellent potential for off-farm income given resource activity in the area and the short 30 minutes to either Dawson Creek or Spirit River.  County gravel road bans are never an issue with direct access onto Highway 49.  Nuisance Agreement in place with AQT Water Management Inc. with annual compensation of $3,500.00 assignable to the buyer.  It is suggest that bidders review the AQT Nuisance Agreement with their legal counsel and seek input from AQT if they wish as to the longevity of the payments.

Parcel 2 is the prominent producer with 140 acres arable.  This Parcel will be your undisputed feed source year after year in an area well known for ample rainfall.  The quarter is known for work, play and pray with the old Gordondale Hall in the SE corner and the Gordondale church in the NE corner. The quarter is fully fenced with a 1300 cubic meter dugout.  Two beautiful treed draws run through the quarter, both of which feed Henderson Creek.  Move this quarter 20 miles to the west or east and expect to pay multiples for it. 

Parcel 3 offers up the west cornerstone to the ranch.  A quarter in transition with some of it recently logged; this quarter can be whatever you dream.  A vintage mature former homesite, just off paved Highway 49 in the northwest corner, offers up endless potential for a ranch home or recreational cabin.  Power is to the site.  With over 100 acres currently arable, more could be brought under cultivation.  A quarter where you must put boots on the ground to truly appreciate the splendour of the ravine that Henderson Creek has, over centuries, carved through the Parcel.  Parcel 3 comes with a dugout and south perimeter four-wire fence.  Henderson Creek's division offers up a natural divide for livestock; run cow-calf pairs on the south 70 and perhaps your ranch horses on the north 30.  If you like to work and play even harder, consider this quarter your home.  Any Montana wildlife preserve would be hard-pressed to compare to Parcel 3. 

Nothing lasts forever, and after years of hard work improving the land, the owners of the ‘South of the 49th’ are moving on.   The ranch will be offered for sale by way of online electronic tender by  Check the website for updates from time to time. 

Please review the Purchase Agreements in the Parcel Details section to see the specifics of the offer.

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Bidding ended on May 4, 2021

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