Northern BC Houses For Sale & MLS Real Estate Listings
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About Northern BC
The largest and wildest area of British Columbia is the province's northern area. When you imagine quintessential rugged Canadian landscapes, what you picture is likely along the lines of the untamed wilderness of the top half of the province. Northern BC’s area is larger than the state of California and is composed of sweeping valleys, impressive rock formations, magnificent mountains, and the province’s misty northern coastline.
The region of Northern BC is generally considered to extend from the city of Prince George in the south upwards to the Alaska/Yukon border at its most northern point. Prince George is often referred to as the province’s northern capital—with its population of around 80,000 residents, it’s by far the biggest city in the region and is a hub that provides amenities to the smaller surrounding communities. Other significant population centres in Northern BC include Prince Rupert to the west and Fort St. John to the northeast.
Northern BC can be an adventure to access, though the Prince George Airport offers frequent direct flights to Vancouver operated by WestJet, Air Canada, Central Mountain Air, and Flair Air. There are also non-stop flights from Prince George to Victoria and Edmonton. At the same time, Central Mountain Air and Northern Thunderbird Air offer scheduled and charter flights to smaller communities across the province.
The Alaska Highway passes through Northern BC. Beginning in Dawson Creek and passing through Whitehorse to Alaska, it’s regarded as one of the world's most exciting and memorable drives. Northern BC is home to some truly expansive provincial parks, including UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Other significant highlights in Northern BC include the unique wildlife spotting opportunities in the Great Bear Rainforest and the unbelievably scenic Haida Gwaii archipelago.
Particularly for real estate investors looking for large properties at reasonable prices, Northern BC has plenty of investing options. Because of the abundant unspoiled nature everywhere in the region, those looking for an adventurous lifestyle off the beaten path could find an exciting new place to call home in British Columbia’s northern region.
Northern BC Weather
As you’d expect, given the altitude of this chunk of the province, weather conditions in Northern BC can be challenging, and those who are entirely averse to the cold will probably avoid spending winters in the region. In the region’s biggest population centre—the Prince George area—temperatures are cold but slightly milder than expected given the elevation because of the influence of Pacific air masses.
In Prince George, around one in every three days during the winter, temperatures average above freezing, which cannot often be said of the province’s more northern communities. During summers in Prince George, temperatures generally average in the low twenties, creating excellent conditions for outdoor recreation, though nights are often chilly even in the warmer months.
On the west coast of Northern BC—in communities like Prince Rupert—the oceanic climates are far milder than inland communities. For instance, temperatures generally remain a few degrees above freezing in Prince Rupert, even in the coldest months. Summers, too are mild, with some of the lowest summer temperatures in the country, rarely exceeding the mid-teens. Residents of Prince Rupert tend to embrace the foggy and misty coastal landscapes, which is necessary because it’s one of the country’s least sunny cities.
Northern BC Real Estate
Compared to real estate prices in British Columbia’s most in-demand regions—including the Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, and the Okanagan Valley—you may have to pick your jaw off the floor when you see the affordability of real estate in the northern half of the province. Whether you’re in the market for a blissful lakefront escape, a fishing or hunting lodge far from civilization, a large home in a small community, or a more compact property in an urban environment, the opportunities in Northern BC are endless.
As the largest city in Northern BC, Prince George has the greatest diversity of property styles. You’ll find affordable Character Homes that offer charming living areas attractive for real estate investors looking to renovate. The College Heights neighbourhood in Prince George is an established neighbourhood with well-maintained homes built in the 1950s. This neighbourhood is popular due to its proximity to the University of Northern British Columbia and its shopping and amenities. Those looking for a newly built property in Prince George will find options in The Hart, while Crescents is filled with character homes over a hundred years old on quiet, tree-shaded streets.
Those looking to invest in one of Northern BC’s coastal communities will find opportunities in Prince Rupert. While Prince Rupert offers a remote living experience surrounded by beautiful ocean views, it’s also reasonably well-connected for one of British Columbia’s northern communities, as it can be accessed by air and ferry. For that reason, it’s an increasingly popular vacation rental destination, particularly for those who are passionate about fishing and hiking, in addition to artists who find inspiration in the region. There are cute bungalows in Prince Rupert that offer excellent views and affordable price tags. Prince Rupert is also home to compact condo units that could be perfect for retirees, young professionals, or income-producing rental properties for real estate investors.
One of the real estate markets in Northern BC that gets the most attention is Kitimat and Terrace, ever since plans for a liquid natural gas port were announced for the area a few years ago. The municipality of Kitimat was primarily developed in the 1950s, and many of the properties are well-built family homes situated on generous-sized lots constructed during this decade. New developments to accommodate the demand in the area have been built recently and feature spacious family homes with modern design. In Terrace, just under an hour's drive away, single-family homes, condos and new construction are available.
Things to Do in Northern BC
Explore the Rugged Provincial Parks
If you’re the kind of person who likes getting outdoors and exploring forests, rivers, lakes, and more, Northern BC is an inexhaustible resource. Amidst plenty of beautiful provincial parks, one standout is Muncho Lake. Muncho Lake is located way up north, just off the Alaska Highway, and has abundant wildlife, beautifully folded mountains, and Muncho Lake itself, which features brilliant jade-coloured water. If you’re into fishing, the park is home to abundant fish, and there are campgrounds along the lake’s shore.
Engage With the Region’s History at Dawson Creek
In addition to being the starting point for the historic Alaska Highway, Dawson Creek also has a rich history as an important community during the pioneer era and the Second World War. At the Alaska Highway House, there’s a fascinating museum that will show you the equipment and technical innovations that allowed for this unique stretch of road to be built years ago. The historic Downtown area of Dawson Creek is an excellent place for a self-guided walking tour using maps provided at the Visitor Centre.
Enjoy the Gitanyow Totem Poles
Totem poles are an iconic symbol of the Pacific Northwest and come in various styles and configurations. The biggest and most impressive collection of totem poles that you’ll find in the province is located in the small village of Gitanyow, which has a population of around four hundred people and is itself a National Historic Site. Gitanyow’s assortment of totem poles are truly impressive, especially at sunrise and sunset.