Phillips Arm DL380
Phillips Arm DL380
There are a number of special and unique places throughout the BC coast, and this property is no exception – rather it likely is the exception. Located on the estuary of the Phillips River with Phillips Arm to the south and Phillips Lake to the north, this 2.67 acre property (in two adjoining titles) is the only private property on this fresh water system. Home to all the mainland wildlife one can imagine, the estuary also draws the attention of all variety of coastal birds and all five species of Pacific salmon can be found here in addition to fresh water fish species. For that special, private retreat or a location to provide a destination for people from around the world to experience the coast, this is a one of a kind opportunity.
This opportunity does come with a few challenges. Given that the property was originally homesteaded approximately 100 years ago and during that time a number of structures and improvements were put in place, much of these improvements are now in an obvious state of disrepair. There has also been an accumulation of things on the property over the years. The property is in need of a substantial clean-up, including the removal of old buildings as well as items that have outlived their useful life. This work and the needs of this property have been reflected in the current offering price.
The property has a flat topography, is surrounded by miles of Crown land which provide for endless territory to explore and a network of old logging roads provides access into the region. If you enjoy wildlife you are in the heart of the action. Imagine walking the short distance from the residence to fly fish the shores of the Phillips River with eagles, hawks and kingfishers fishing alongside. During the fall the resident grizzlies and black bears are regular visitors. The estuary is prolific with Dungeness Crab and the deep waters of the surrounding inlets and passageways provide for excellent prawning.
The improvements on the property include a variety of structures in various states of condition. The primary 1150sqft residential structure is sound and functional with an approx. 950sqft dormer-style second level constructed on a large cedar log foundation. It can use some improvements, but it could be maintained and utilized.
A historic boardwalk along the shoreline leads to a few older structures which are nearing or at the end of their lives as well as to the old log sort and bulkhead just south of the property.
Remnants of the old gardens, including a massive rhododendron, have been overgrown by local fauna. A good clean up on the gardens and property would include removal of some old equipment as well as cutting back of the overgrown vegetation.
Access to the property is by floatplane or approximately 1 hour by boat from Campbell River through the waters of Discovery Passage. Whether one is looking for a private personal retreat, the ultimate wilderness experience or a location for a wilderness resort, this is certainly one of the best considerations one could ever find on the coast.
This Northern Discovery Islands region is where the Discovery Islands end and the journey to the Broughton Archipelago region to the north-west begins. This is a unique junction in that it shares all aspects of weather conditions. The large mainland fjords of Bute and Toba Inlets are to the south-east with Loughborough and Knight Inlet to the north-west.
Historic Shoal Bay is directly across from the mouth of Phillips Arm and steeped in history as this was a thriving community throughout the mid to late 1800s and well into the 1890s. Logging, fishing, and mining were the primary ventures; in fact there are a number of mining claims within the immediate area. The nearest jump off point from Vancouver Island is Rock Bay which is situated approximately 18 nautical miles south, it is a further 6 nautical miles south-east down Discovery Passage to Brown’s Bay with marina facilities and fuel sales and an additional 6 nautical miles south-east is the city of Campbell River with a population of 32,000 people. Campbell River provides all essential and convenient services and supplies that one would require.