Hemlock Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Hemlock Valley a community located in the hills south of Mount Clarke, part of the Douglas Ranges near Chehalis, BC. To the southwest are the communities of Lake Errock (Mission) and Harrison Mills, which is west of Agassiz (both in the District of Kent). To the West, the valley is bordered by mountains, and to the East is Harrison Lake. Hemlock Valley has an Agassiz address, but its proximity to Lake Errock leads many to believe it's one of the unincorporated settlements of Mission. Many of the homes in Hemlock offer spectacular views of Mount Keenan and the Sasquatch Mountain Resort ski runs.
Hemlock Valley Resort is known as the Fraser Valley's family resort and was founded in December of 1969. It offered skiing, snowboarding, tubing, and snowshoeing during the winter, with hiking and mountain biking trails in the summer. A small community of Hemlock Valley began to build in the bowl below the resort, about 975 metres in elevation. In 2015, Hemlock Resort's $1.5 billion all-season expansion plan was approved by the BC government, and in March of 2017, Hemlock announced it was rebranding as Sasquatch Mountain Resort. The 20-year expansion plans are designed to put Sasquatch on equal footing with Whistler Blackcomb.
Hemlock is located about 2 hours from Vancouver. It's a 58 minute (55.2 km) scenic drive to downtown Mission, 48 minutes to Harrison Hot Springs (42.6 km) or 44 to Agassiz (83 km). For shopping items not found in Hemlock Valley, Harrison Mills is a 32 minute ( 22.9 km) dash down the hill. Most valley residents do their grocery, liquor and drug store shopping in Agassiz (44 min). The community of Agassiz has a population of 410 and centres around the Highway #9 and Highway #7 junction. A drive into Mission (58 min) or Chilliwack (1 hr 2 min) offers a lot more shopping options. The nearest covered mall is Cottonwood Mall in Chilliwack.
There's a Hemlock non-profit organization that works to promote, support and protect the status, rights and interests of persons owning residential property in the Hemlock Valley recreational area. Hemlock Valley Homeowners Association gives homeowners a voice as the Sasquatch Mountain Resort and Hemlock Valley community develop, and cultivate its sense of community, with greater participation. Hemlock Hikers Club meets on a regular basis for hiking and snowshoe excursions. Hemlock Ski Club is a family oriented ski racing club that offers the Nancy Greene Program and the Alpine Racing Program.
There are several notable residential streets and subdivisions in Hemlock Valley. The Enzian Way condos are a five-minute stroll from the ski lifts, lodge, restaurant and pub, and steps from a network of mountain hiking trails. There are a hot tub, sauna and outdoor swimming pool. Sakwi Creek Road townhouses have some of the best views in Hemlock Valley, with ski-in/ski-out, with building lots still available. The Snowflake Crescent duplexes and townhouses overlook the Sasquatch Ski Resort chalet and offer ski-in access, with only a short walk to the slopes, restaurant and pub. If you're looking for a single-family detached chalet, consider Edelweiss Drive, Mount Klaudt Road and Snowmist Drive. Building lots are available, to build your dream custom home.
Hemlock Valley enjoys a wet but moderate to mild climate in the winter, with drier summers. The community receives between 914 – 1000 cm of snow annually. January is the coldest month, with a temperature average of 2.5 °C (35 °F). July and August are the warmest months, with an average of 23 °C (74 °F).
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The median total income in 2015 for private Agassiz households was $79,360; $91,136 for two or more persons. (2016 census). Most of the permanent residents in Hemlock Valley commute to work by personal vehicle. There is a growing number who make their living through internet-based businesses, allowing them to work, live and play in Hemlock.
Sasquatch Mountain Resort offers seasonal employment for ski/snowboard instructors, terrain park supervisors, heavy-duty mechanics, lift mechanics/millwrights, bus drivers, security personnel and in the food & beverage/hospitality industry.
Hemlock Valley falls in the Fraser-Cascade School District 78 catchment area. Agassiz Elementary-Secondary School enrols students grades 1 through 12. The school has about 300 students and holds an enviable record for academic excellence and athletic prowess. AESS offers a wide range of career programs in Computer Technology, Fine Arts, Home Economics, Industrial Technology, Performing Arts and Work Experience/Secondary School Apprenticeships. The school has a strong music program, with band concerts held each year to demonstrate the developing skills of the students. Students are able to take part in beginner and advanced hikes offered through the Fraser-Cascade Mountain School. In grades 7 through 12, students have the ability to experience hiking, climbing, summer and winter camping, snowshoeing and skiing, trail etiquette, wilderness safety and survival.
Agassiz Christian School has been enrolling students for over 50 years, with an education rooted in a Christian worldview, offering an alternative to the district's public school. The school has about 75 students, kindergarten through grade 7. There is a focus in the fine arts, with art classes, a music curriculum that includes band and choir, and drama.
Sasquatch Mountain Resort sells some ski and snowboard apparel and accessories, but other than that, there's not much in the way of retail shopping in Hemlock. Harrison Bay Store is located on Hwy 7, in Lake Errock. It carries a small selection of groceries, bait and tackle, and there's a restaurant.
Hemlock Valley residents do most of their weekly shopping in Agassiz, which is a 44-minute drive. Super Valu and Agassiz Produce Market are the two main grocery stores. There's also the Agassiz Farm Fresh Market public market and Sweet Bell Peppers, a fruit stand that sells peppers on the honour system. There are two liquor stores: BC Liquor Stores and Agassiz Liquor Store. And two drug stores: Shoppers Drug Mart and Agassiz Remedy's Rx Pharmacy. For fashion and specialty shopping, Mission and Chilliwack are both about an hour away.
For local dining, Sasquatch Mountain Resort has a restaurant and pub. Sasquatch Mountain Cafeteria serves up pizza, burgers, fries and nachos. Molly Hogan's Bar & Grill is a cozy place to sit back and relax, enjoy a brew and some tasty pub fare.
Just south of Hemlock Valley, Harrison Mills has two main restaurants; the The Clubhouse Restaurant and Sasquatch Inn. Located at the Sandpiper golf course, The Clubhouse serves an innovative west coast menu, created with fresh ingredients, and paired with BC’s finest VQA wines. The restaurant is situated in a parklike setting, overlooking green-space and the Harrison River. Reservations are recommended. Sasquatch Inn offers standard pub fare, with appys, soups and salads, burgers, sandwiches and wraps, and pizza. Open during the summer months, Kilby Café offers a soup and sandwich menu in our quaint home-style café, featuring 1920s music and a cozy atmosphere.
Agassiz offers a lot of dining options. For fast food, there's A&W, Domino's, Subway, Pizza Hut and Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza. If you have a taste for Asian cuisine, there's Cheam Sushi, Dragon Fried Rice House, Hong's Garden Chinese Restaurant and Taj Indian Bistro. For something Mediterranean, Silvano's Restaurant offers a menu that includes Italian and Greek dishes. Two popular places with pub-style menus are Jack's Restaurant and Steakhouse and Jimmy's Pub & Grill. There are also two coffee shops in Agassiz; The Horn Of Plenty Café and Heritage Coffee House.
And Harrison Hot Springs provides more dining options. For a special night, with dinner and dancing, The Copper Room at the Harrison Hot Springs Resort offers a freshly prepared menu. Whether it is a four-course dinner or a small plate and cocktail, it's sure to be a memorable occasion. Another popular restaurant for a date is Morgan's Bistro. Morgan's serves up creative West Coast entrees, with a great view of the beach. Black Forest Steak and Schnitzel House serves authentic German dishes, specializing in steak and schnitzel, overlooking Harrison Lake. Milos Greek Taverna has an extensive, authentic Greek menu. Village Pizzeria bakes up artisan gourmet pizza, fresh every day, and it's gluten-free. Phở Hỗ serves authentic Vietnamese noodle soup, rolls and curry. Kitami Japanese Restaurant is the place for sushi, sashimi, tempura and teriyaki.
As with most ski resort villages, the mountain conditions and geography that make for excellent skiing and snowboarding, also dictate that the area is somewhat removed from urban centres. Travel distances and times are in keeping with other resort communities. Downtown Mission and Chilliwack are both an hour away via the Lougheed Hwy (#7). Abbotsford is 1 hour 10 minutes drive.
You can get to Vancouver from Hemlock Valley by three methods. Driving, the trip is 1 hour 58 minutes. Connecting with Via Rail the trip is 2 hours 44 minutes. And by bus, its 2 hours and 45 minutes.
Arts and Entertainment
The Agassiz area is very proud of its heritage and history. At the Kilby General Store Museum in Harrison Mills, staff dress in period costuming representing the 1920s, around the time when the second generation took over the store. Thomas and Eliza Kilby originally opened the store in 2906, and son Acton and his wife Jessie ran it from 1922 until 1977. The store served the people of Harrison Mills and the surrounding areas as far away as Chilliwack. The store was located to take advantage of the Canadian Pacific Railway’s main cross-Canada system, and the tracks are still visible from the store's veranda. Rail passengers stopped in Harrison Mills until 1958.
The Agassiz-Harrison Museum building is one of Canada’s oldest standing wooden Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) stations. The museum and information centre is open to the public from the May long weekend to Thanksgiving weekend in October. Exhibits include the CP Stationmaster's office, Coast Salish baskets, BC Hopyards, a 1948 caboose, Dr McCaffrey’s office, the 1948 flood, Waltraut Bartel’s china and more.
In September, the Agassiz Fall Fair and Corn Festival opens with a parade. The town fair features exhibits, a midway, live music, animal shows, logger sports, an antique tractor pull, and much more.
Each December, the CP Holiday Train rolls into Agassiz. The train is decorated with lights and there's a boxcar that converts into a stage, so live musical guests can entertain the crowd. Non-perishable food items and donations are collected for the local food bank. Following the event, the train continues west to complete its North American Tour.
In November each year, Harrison Mills celebrates the majestic bald eagle and cycle of the salmon with the Fraser Valley Bald Eagle Festival. The event is held at the Chehalis Flats Bald Eagle & Salmon Preserve. Highlights include eagle viewing, environmental displays, nature walking tours, displays from green businesses, and some great food.
The Pioneer Park Twilight Concert Series, showcases local talent and performers from the Lower Mainland, in Agassiz's Pioneer Park, on select Wednesday evenings in July and August, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. The concerts are free to the public, hosted by the District of Kent, the Agassiz Harrison Lions Club, and the Harrison Agassiz Chamber of Commerce.
Sports and Recreation
Sasquatch Mountain Resort is a four-season destination for the whole family. In the winter there's skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tubing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. And in summer, you have hiking, mountain biking, ATVing, dirt biking, river and lake fishing and golf at the Sandpiper Golf Course.
Sasquatch has some of the most varied off-piste skiing and riding in the Lower Mainland. The top peak elevation 1,372 meters. Sasquatch gets some of the deepest snowfalls in coastal BC, making for some of Canada's most exhilarating and challenging skiing and boarding. 60% of the terrain is classified as intermediate, 20% as advanced and 20% beginner. Sasquatch has 4 lifts, 35 runs, and a vertical drop of 396 m (1,300 ft). The longest run is 1.4 miles (2.3 km). Sasquatch also offers 13 kilometres of cross-country trails. Skiers are welcome to use these trails, but they are not professionally groomed.
Sasquatch Provincial Park is located about 25 kilometres from Sasquatch Mountain Resort. Located north of Harrison Hot Springs, Sasquatch Park features a series of pocket lakes, a unique second-growth and birch forest, and spectacular mountain ridges. Trout Lake is a great place for a quiet day fishing, while Deer and Hicks Lakes are popular with motor-boat enthusiasts, kayakers and canoers. The park's lakes offer freshwater fishing for rainbow trout, cutthroat trout and brook char. Waterskiing and windsurfing are available on Harrison Lake. Harrison Lake has rocky beaches, but both Deer and Hicks Lakes have sandy beaches.
Sasquatch Park has three hiking trails. The Hicks Lake Trail is roughly 4 km return and takes 1 1/2 hours on average. The Deer Lake Trail goes part of the way around the lake and is about 2 km return. The Beaver Pond Interpretive Trail is a short 500-metre loop.
Agassiz has two motorsport tracks. Agassiz Speedway is the home of stock car racing in the Fraser Valley. The race track is a quarter-mile high bank oval, and the roar of engines has been thrilling spectators for over 45 years. Agassiz Motocross Track holds CMA races and offers motocross schools and motocross practices. The track is located next to Kent Raceway.
Sandpiper Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 golf course located in Harrison Mills, just south of Hemlock Valley. The course runs 6,500 yards from the back tees and is gently sloped. It features four sets of tees for all playing levels. Designed by Russ Olsen, Sandpiper is considered one of BC’s best resort courses. It was voted by The Province newspaper as the #1 golf course in the Fraser Valley.
Hemlock is close to some of BC's best fishing. The Chehalis and Harrison Rivers are known for their outstanding wild salmon, trout and steelhead fishing.
Investing in Hemlock
In 2006, Berezan Group invested $10 million into upgrading the existing infrastructure for 217 private homeowners. And when the 1.5-billion dollar five-phase expansion master plan was approved November 12, 2015, Hemlock Valley Resort's future changed dramatically.
The plan called for an increase to the controlled recreation area to more than 6,000 hectares, from 350 hectares. The number of lifts is to be increased to 27, from the current 4. Development plans over the next twenty years also include a lakefront First Nations-themed residential village and small marina. This will add more 4-season recreation activities such as hiking, mountain biking and ATVing.
Phase 1 of the expansion is expected to create the equivalent of 1,153 full-time jobs. That workforce is going to need a place to live, and the master plan calls for a significant increase in residences. It's a great time to invest in Hemlock Valley, and prices today are still very attractive.
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