3811 Passmore Upper Road Castlegar, British Columbia
Big Sky Retreat – Slocan Valley
Located on a bench above the Slocan and Little Slocan Rivers, this property with buildings has been designed to offer multiple opportunities to expand, farm and create your personal family retreat or run a recreation/hospitality business.
Amazing views surround the property with landscaped gardens, level fields and amenities to recreate. Here’s the chance to live in a contemporary and high-efficiency designed home with an office, garden room and workshop attached.
Built in 2020, the main dwelling offers an open living concept with beautiful natural lighting and a ceiling running from 12’ to 16’. The radiant wood fireplace, surrounded by natural river rock, warms the living space made with exposed wooden beams milled from the property. The efficient kitchen design allows plenty of natural light and boasts beautiful mountain scenery from your windows with access to the terrace and landscaped gardens. There is an adjacent full bathroom. Upstairs, you will find a large walk-in closet, a bedroom loft, and second bedroom with an ensuite bathroom.
Leading from the living quarters is a closet breezeway that brings you to the large shop and enclosed garden room, both with 16′ high ceilings. There is a double-door entrance from an outside covered veranda to the workshop/office. Energy efficient LED natural color lighting is used throughout the building. Data wiring installed leading to router location with wifi for interior and exterior antenna covers the properties. On the outside there are full connections for a RV at each end of the building.
A separate accommodation module on site has 2 bedrooms and bathrooms, a stylish interior with contemporary design and is connected to its own septic, water, electric and wifi systems. Each room has air conditioning, on-demand hot water, desk, wardrobe, custom 8 foot wide shelving at head of bed, LED lighting, internet wiring and 3 piece bathroom. Outside of the module there are full connections for an RV at the parking area.
From the junction of Highways 3A & 6, head north on Highway 6 for 15km. Turn west on Passmore Upper Road. In 900m the driveway is on the left.
“LIVING THE LIFE
Life is precious here. These hills, this water…our people.
Stories woven through the landscape. Rural, rugged and wild, Slocan Valley is a rare respite from the madness. We revel in our ways and celebrate the sublime.
Real Life at its finest.”
The Slocan Valley, British Columbia, Canada
Slocan Valley is about 100 kilometres long, with the Valhalla Range providing a steep western boundary and the Slocan Range presenting gradual slopes to the east. Squeezed in between, Slocan Lake occupies the northern reaches with the Slocan River to the south. Passmore on Highway 6 is the most southerly community in the River’s Valley, approximately 15 km north of the Highway 3A/Highway 6 junction that is located 17 km north of Castlegar.
Some small farms originally started by Russian Doukhobors still produce organic fruit and vegetables. In recent years, a new crop of young farmers has relocated to the Valley, producing bounty for local farmer’s markets, restaurants, grocery stores, and food processors.
Many artisans, writers, and crafters make the Valley their home, far from the bustle of the big city. Artistic works have travelled to homes and galleries worldwide. A team of ice and sand sculpturers travels the globe, winning countless prizes for their creative work. There is no shortage of inspiration within these awe-inspiring and natural surroundings.
Generally, the Slocan Valley has four distinct seasons and a relatively moist climate – except in the summer. About 950 mm of precipitation falls every year, mostly in late fall and winter. Temperatures vary with elevation and with proximity to Slocan Lake. Average summer temperatures are between 20 and 25°C, while the average temperature in winter is a pleasant -5°C to 5°C. The best months for hot sunny weather are July, August, and September (300+ hrs per month) with only 63 mm of rain. The significant snowfalls arrive from December thru January, averaging about 130cm per month.
Wildlife in the area includes deer, elk, black bears, cougars, coyotes, mountain sheep, and the occasional beaver. Eagles perch in the cottonwoods along the Slocan River to fish, and there is an abundance of shorebirds, waterfowl, and songbirds.
The Slocan Valley’s four seasons offer spectacular year-round recreation opportunities depending on conditions and elevation. Picture hitting the slopes in the morning and kayaking in the afternoon!
Two of BC’s major provincial mountain wilderness parks, The Valhalla and Kokanee Glaciers, surround the Valley. Serrated, glacier-covered granite peaks dominate the landscape with huge lake-filled glacial valleys that provide habitat for many kinds of wildlife and offer excellent opportunities for water-based recreation. The wilderness experiences provided throughout the West Kootenays are exhilarating and diverse. Hot springs, alpine meadows, spectacular summer and winter recreation, wildlife observation, and photography add to the allure.
Valhalla Provincial Park is a world-class 122,000-acre wilderness area located 30 kilometres to the north of Passmore. The park encompasses 30 kilometres of pristine shoreline along Slocan Lake. Backcountry wilderness hiking and camping are the primary recreational activities in this park.
Kokanee Glacier Provincial Park is a rugged 30,000-hectare mountain wilderness park in the Slocan Range of the Selkirk Mountains, between Slocan Lake and the north arm of Kootenay Lake. The park offers excellent wilderness recreation in both summer and winter but is best known for its top-notch backcountry hiking and wilderness camping and some fine angling for trout in the more than 30 glacier lakes.
Excellent Class I – III rapids on the River and fantastic paddling opportunities on the Lake provide a paddler’s paradise. The entire length of Slocan Lake offers numerous places to camp along the west shoreline, ‘tarzan’ ropes to swing from, and old ranger cabins to explore.
The Slocan Valley has vast backcountry skiing, cat skiing, heli-skiing, and snowmobiling along the Powder Highway. Epic cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and ice fishing combine to provide a wonderland of snowy activities. Two ski resorts nearby, internationally acclaimed Red Mountain Resort and Whitewater Resort, both have excellent terrain with uncrowded trails.
Highway 6 between New Denver and Kaslo is one of the top motorcycling routes in BC. Full of twists and turns, it runs the entire length of the Valley, with breathtaking views of mountains, Slocan Lake, and the River.
The recreation commissions offer day programs and events such as rock hound hikes, stargazing, bee-keeping, bear hikes, inner tubing down the River, seniors hikes, interpretive programs, and movies under the stars.
The Slocan Valley rail trail used to be the lifeline of the valley at the turn of the last century. The old rail bed that was used to connect communities via rail has been turned into a recreational trail offering stunning scenery and multi-day adventures. The 52km or 32 miles of trail is groomed in the winter for cross-country skiing. Following the contours of the Slocan River, the trail makes its way from Slocan Lake in the north, towards the Kootenay River in the south, with multiple entries and exit areas; below this property is such an entry point.
Power (240v/100amp), well water, three septic systems
- Living/Office/Kitchen area: 424 sq. ft
- Bathroom: 108 sq. ft,
- Coat room: 50 sq. ft,
- Workshop/Office: 364 sq. ft.,
- Sun room/Greenhouse: 196 sq. ft.
- 1 Loft Bdrm/Office: 144 sq. ft.
- 2nd Bdrm/Office + Partial Bathroom: 108 sq. ft.
- Storage/Wardrobe: 50 sq. ft
TOTAL: 1,444 Square Feet
EXTERIOR: Attached to building
- Covered multi-use area / 2 car Carport: 480 sq. ft.
- Covered outdoor Veranda area: 170 sq. ft.
TOTAL: 650 Square Feet
TOTAL USABLE AREA: 2,094 Square feet
- Guest accommodations with a panoramic mountain view terrace, consist of a prefabricated 40 ft. module of 2 executive suite units. Each with AC, on-demand hot water, desk, wardrobe, custom 8 foot wide shelving at head of bed, LED lighting, internet wiring and bathroom (includes 4 ft. wide shower). If needed, there is the possibility to easily move this module in the future. Installed septic system has capacity for one more 40’ module of 2 executive suite units.
- A fully functioning three-piece outdoor washroom with on-demand hot water for visitors and adjacent siting area surrounded by vegetation and trees.
- Storage & covered outdoor work area, 25 ft. by 27 ft. A new 8 ft. by 20 ft. secure metal storage container, is connected to an engineered steel frame structure which supports the metal roof of the covered area and wood plank walls. 120V power and propane. Room for expansion if desired. Possibility to easily move to another area on property.
- RV unit(s) utilities: electrical, water and septic connections on each end of the main building to park RV units. Also, outside the guest accommodations are RV hookups.
- Outdoor Wood Shed, 8 ft. by 16 ft. with 120v power.
This land is located in an un-zoned area; the function of buildings are not regulated. There is the requirement to follow the Canadian building construction codes.