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Public supports petition asking government to buy massive North Okanagan property for park

The heritage property on the site.
June 24, 2020 - 3:30 PM

The online petition asking for the B.C. government to purchase a vast piece of land along Okanagan Lake is three-quarters of the way to its 10,000 signature goal.

The petition was launched by Mike Brown and asks that the provincial government purchase the land not only to preserve it but to expand public access to Okanagan Lake and make the land part of the neighbouring Ellison Provincial Park.

"Now as we quickly approach the 5,000 signature mark,  we also know it is not a time to sit back but a need to push forward with even more fervor,"  Brown wrote in a recent update. 
"We need all our voices to be loud and in abundance to show the amazing community spirit and desire for this endeavor to become an ever lasting legacy."

Chelsea Estates, 234-acres, has recently been put on the market and has reportedly been owned by the same family for over 50 years.

The vast tracks of land, which includes three sandy beaches, sits between Ellison Provincial Park and Clarence Road and is roughly 15 kilometres from downtown Vernon.

The property features several sandy bays on Okanagan Lake.
The property features several sandy bays on Okanagan Lake.

"Doing this will allow the ability to keep the lands in a more natural state, increase B.C. natural resources and allow for an expansion of the existing camping, hiking and mountain bike trail networks of Ellison Provincial Park with the adjoining properties. This will, in turn, offer the public more opportunity to unplug in the terrains natural and serene beauty in a controlled environment to protect the land,"  Brown wrote when he launched the petition.

Shortly after the petition was launched, Vernon city councillor Scott Anderson put forward a motion June 22 requesting the province purchase the land to for a provincial park.

According to Colliers International, who has listed the property at 9747 Cameron Road, the land holds 11 separate land titles, nine of which offer waterfront. Of the 234-acre site, roughly 190 acres are within the Agricultural Land Reserve. The listing doesn't include a price, but the current accessed value is over $16.5 million.

A heritage home sits on the land as well as half a dozen cabins which were once part of the Crystal Bay Resort which ran from the 1960s until it closed in 2018.

The petition can be found here.

To see the real estate listing go here.

The property also features several cabins.
The property also features several cabins.

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