Kinney Lake Trail Open until March 31st
I posted a few days ago asking if anyone knew if the Kinney Lake trail was open? Well, here it is! We went up yesterday and it was absolutely gorgeous. No snowshoes needed. There is a good packed trail, the main hill on the way back was a bit slick after the sun hit it all day, but otherwise the trail is an easy walk for all ages. The trail will be closed as of April 1st, so get out there. I recommend being at the trail head by 11am, otherwise you won't have any sun at the lake when you get there. 
Katharina McNaughton Real Estate Agent hiking Kinney Lake Trail
Beautiful forest up the Kinney Lake TrailLooking up in awe at the beautiful tree on Kinney Lake Trail

Farm for Sale in McBride

This is one of the most beautiful properties in the Rosbon Valley.

Why do I think that? 165 acres centrally located in the valley, with amazing sun exposure the Rocky Mountains on one side and the Cariboo Mountains on the other. Cultivated, fenced, cross fenced, fertile farm land, trees, views, barns, outbuildings, historical "teachery" cabin and river frontage, amazing wildlife.  That about sums it up. It has everything. 

It really speaks to me though, because it has not just one, but three of my favourite views in the entire valley.  First, you can see right into the Raush Valley- if you have seen that view, you know what I am taking about. Two, you can also see the entrance to the Castle Creek drainage ( or the Cottonwood as the locals call it) and lastly, on the opposite side of the valley you have unobstructed views of Beaver Mountain.  Absolutely, breathtaking panoramic views. 

Large barn with developed main level, including stables, workshop, milking area for two cows with head stalls. Large open loft. Machine sheds, storage sheds, large greenhouse. Currently maintaned and operated as a cattle farm. Water licenses includes for up to 200 pair cattle. 

The house is an older, modest, 2,400 sq.ft. rancher/bungalow,4 bedroom, 2 bath plus office, partially finished basement.

If you are thinking about relocating to the Robson Valley, this is the dream. 

Get more info here or give me a call. 3255 JECK ROAD in McBride: House for sale : MLS®# R2751434 (


Isn't my house worth more??

In the last year, I have been fortunate enough that the average sales price for a home in McBride, Dunster or Valemount has gone up and so when I have done comparartive market analysis' for a home, it's often been higher than what the Seller thought it would go for. However, that was not always the case and the market is changing again... it's always important to be realistic about the value of your home. 

It’s only natural to want your home to sell for the highest possible price, but sometimes our own memories and emotions attached to the property can skew our perception of its true value. Your REALTOR® follows a set of criteria to price your home, such as local market conditions, location, size and layout, age and condition of the home, special features, etc. Emotional attachments aren’t part of the process.

“[Buyers] aren’t willing to pay more because you restructured your mortgage, installed that fancy backsplash they know they’ll replace later, or because your little one took their first steps near the kitchen counter,” Cantera points out. “Instead, they’re willing to pay for a home that suits their needs and can make their own.

“The most important thing is to make sure your home sells, which means leaning on your REALTOR®’s experience and objectivity to ensure you hit the market in a way that immediately attracts buyers ready to invest in the value of the property rather than buyers who’re coming to check out your design feature before buying two doors down. Ultimately, everyone’s goal is to ensure you’re comfortable with the final sale price and that it reflects the value of your home, so remember, pricing to sell rather than to satisfy a personal sentiment will create a much smoother transition into the next chapter of your story.”

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Is the Kinney Lake Trail Open?

Wow! The sun is shining and the sky is so blue! It is making me think I need to get out and hit the trails. I always try to make it to Kinney Lake once in the winter. So I was wondering if the trail is open?? Please comment below if you have been in the last few weeks. 

This is from BC Parks:

During 2021’s extreme heat and rainfall, the Berg Lake Trail was seriously flood damaged. Many parts are dangerous or impassable. During the winter, these parts are covered by snow and can be used by visitors with backcountry experience.

As the snow melts, the trail will once again become too dangerous for public use. The entire trail will be closed from April 1 to June 26, 2023, for parking lot paving and trail construction.

The trail to Kinney Lake Campground will reopen on June 27, 2023, for day-hikes and overnight stays. On June 27, 18 tent pads will open at the campground. This is 7km from the parking lot and can only be accessed on foot.

Starting February 27, you can reserve a campsite four months in advance of your desired arrival at Kinney Lake Campground. The sites will remain open until September 30, 2023.

The six other backcountry campgrounds on the trail will remain closed throughout 2023. BC Parks is continuing to rebuild the upper portions of the Berg Lake Trail.  Check back here for updates.

So does that mean it is currently open until March 31st? 

Comment below. 


New property listed in McBride

I have listed a new property at 823 BRIDGE Road in McBride. See details here

1 Acre, private treed yard in town with loads of potential! 3 Bed, 1 bath manufactured home walking distance to all amenities. Some updates include: new shower, toilet, fridge, washer, dryer, sink. Detached workshop perfect for small business or hobby. (id:2493)


What is happening with housing prices in the Spring??

I wish I had a crystal ball!!! 

 "According to the Canadian Real Estate Association’s (CREA) latest quarterly forecast, national average home prices are forecast to decline 5.9% on an annual basis in 2023 to $662,103. That said, the important thing to note here is based on the monthly data under the surface, that decline has already mostly happened over the course 2022. The reason the 2022 annual number is so much higher than the 2023 number has more to do with the short-lived sky-high peaks from a year ago.

CREA also notes home prices remain mixed in markets across Canada. In some markets in Ontario and British Columbia, significantly higher borrowing costs have noticeably cooled prices from their 2022 peaks. However, prices have been holding up much better in parts of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador. Quebec and the Maritime provinces fall somewhere between the two. So, what happens to home prices can depend largely on where you live in the country. When rates go up the way they have over the last year, the biggest regional factor is how expensive real estate is in different parts of the country.

It will also depend on the Bank of Canada’s efforts to control inflation and how Canadians react to it. At this point the Bank has promised rate increases will be on hold, but rates are still high, which could keep buyers and sellers on the sidelines. The sooner rates start to wind back down, the sooner housing market activity will likely start to pick back up."

Let's look at the Robson Valley... that includes Dome Creek, Crescent Spur, McBride, Dunster and Valemount...this information is based on Average market statistics from the last 12 months- February to February. 

Average days a listing is on the market:  73 days

Original Listing Price on a Percentage of Sales Price: 93.2%

Average list price per square foot: $250- which is an increase of 19%

Dome Creek $190

McBride Town $188

McBride Rural $242 

Dunster $281

Valemount Town $224

Valemount Rural $458

The Average Sales Price: $436,851- an increase of 22%

Dome Creek $455,000

McBride Town $337,577(+33%)

McBride Rural $497,000

Dunster $450,000

Valemount Town $400,643

Valemount Rural $754,000


I have sold a property at RAINBOW FALLS ROAD in McBride

I have sold a property at RAINBOW FALLS ROAD in McBride. See details here

A waterfall. A mountain. A creek. Hiking, biking, southern sunny exposure, endless recreation. Not just a creek that runs through this property, but a waterfall as well! Your own private cascades on 80 acres, minutes from town. Build your dream home on one of several potential building sites and walk out of your back door to the outdoor enthusiasts dream backyard. Panoramic views of the Robson Valley and direct access to McBride Peak. Excellent opportunity to maintain or add on to established trail infrastructure for open space recreation ideas and ventures.


I have sold a property at 2 3115 RIVERBEND RD in McBride

I have sold a property at 2 3115 RIVERBEND RD in McBride. See details here

Newly updated, pristine condition, manufactured home in mobile home park. This beautiful home is situated river frontage, at the end of a mobile home park. 1,300 sq ft 3 Bedroom, 2 bath, home with a large addition and lovely new deck to truly enjoy the amazing setting. River and mountain views in a private setting. This is a rare find!


I have sold a property at 4592 MOUNTAIN VIEW RD in McBride

I have sold a property at 4592 MOUNTAIN VIEW RD in McBride. See details here

Opportunity, opportunity opportunity!! Acreage with a million-dollar view! A 2400 sq. ft. home with 13.5 acres and breathtaking views. Southern exposure perfect for gardens and a longer growing season, water license on a fresh spring, plus a unique barn. Investment opportunity or dream home!


I have sold a property at 3180 MOUNTAIN VIEW RD in McBride

I have sold a property at 3180 MOUNTAIN VIEW RD in McBride. See details here

Charming, custom built 2 bedroom home on 1.21 acres close to town and recreation amenities. Vaulted ceilings, custom wood and rock work, jacuzzi tub and finished basement! Beautiful new workshop, bring your hobby or perfect for parking all your toys! Backs onto Crown land, minutes to town and Renshaw recreation trails. Many updates! Enjoy views of Lucille Mountain, this property is a must see!


I have sold a property at 670 DOMINION ST in McBride

I have sold a property at 670 DOMINION ST in McBride. See details here

Large, 5 bedroom, family home on beautiful .71 acre lot, landscaped and backing onto Dominion creek. This home has it all. Rec room, cozy den, sauna room, media room, formal dining, 4 bath, enormous master with ensuite and walk-in closet, man cave and bar! Plus double car garage. Morning sun and lots of light. Centrally located, within blocks to all amenities.


I have sold a property at 4413 MOUNTAIN VIEW RD in McBride

I have sold a property at 4413 MOUNTAIN VIEW RD in McBride. See details here

This 5+ acreage has it all. Recreational amenities in every direction: hiking, fishing, boating & sledding. Absolutely beautiful property. Fenced and perfectly set up for the avid gardener with large raised beds. Southern exposure, which means 4 extra weeks of growing season & warm summer nights sitting creekside around your fire pit. The 4 bed home has been renovated with recent updates including: custom chef's open-concept kitchen with a commercial grade range, new windows, metal roof, built-in surround sound, bath with in-floor heating, screened-in patio plus much more. A 24x50 workshop, constructed of galvanized steel, insulated, with propane catalyst heater. This is the perfect location for the outdoor enthusiast or small hobby farmer, yet it is only minutes from McBride.

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