4.59 Acres
Mountain Top!
Lot A, plan VIP24513
Mount Belcher Heights, Salt Spring Island
British Columbia

For Sale by Owner
  • Approximately 4.5 km southwest of Ganges.
  • Mount Belcher Heights Road. (no through road)
  • Area of mostly rural, residential and agricultural acreage properties,
    many with ocean views.
  • Three different ferry routes; three ferry terminals.
  • Shopping in nearby Ganges.
  • Hospital, schools and RCMP station on the island.
  • Hydro and telephone on the road.
  • No encroachments and/or encumbrances.
  • Topography:
    • property climbs up from road
    • moss covered bedrock
    • slopes off other side
  • 2 wells, drilled, in the 1970s
  • Our Diviner
    Determining where to drill is like magic. First you have to find a diviner! At the time on the Gulf Islands there was an old man that was somewhat of a legend regarding divining. We were advised to have him divine the property, even if we did not plan to drill right away, because he might die soon. Yes, we used him to find water!   We picked Mr. Peterson up at the ferry terminal and while walking to the car he broke off two 5' long canes from a willow by a ditch at the side of the road. Later, at the property, he gave one to me.  First he walked around; then he started to 'dance' around with the willow cane, forward, backward and sideways. The cane bent and dipped.  All the while he talked to us about veins, stronger and weaker and where they combine or cross. That is how he picked the two spots. Then he took me by the hand, we each held a willow cane and we danced over the spot together. His cane dipped. Mine did not. Did I not feel it? he asked.  No, I felt nothing.

    • 6" diameter
    • first ten feet are steel lined
    • capped depth; 250' and 350'
    • drilled after 38 continuous days without rain
  • A plane came by to check out drill dust plume and confirm that it was not smoke from a forest fire. Wells are recorded on land title. We were told at the time volume, flow and depth would be recorded.  Recently we were told by the land registry that it was optional. The drilling company told us that each well produced two gallons per minute. Since then, there have been many changes within the company, different people and no records.
  • The property is mostly covered in forest with fir, arbutus and pine trees.
  • There are potential building sites with excellent views once trees are cleared.
  • Optional views could include ocean and island views, Ganges harbour, the Channels, the North Shore mountains, Mount Baker or more islands.
  • 40 years ago we could see the traffic lights in Ladysmith change; now the trees have grown up.
  • In 2017 we were approached by a community radio station who wanted to rent part of the property to build a radio tower to extend their reach. There were phone calls, a letter and finally a letter from our lawyer that stated, No Tower.
  • The property could be subdivided under a co-op like arrangement.  Each property must be 1.5 acres and have independent water supply; 0.09 acres would be common ground.
  • One more well needs to be drilled.
  • Requires road access of '50 km/h' construction standard.
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