Lake Errock Real Estate & Homes For Sale
Lake Errock is a small unincorporated settlement located 20 km east of Mission. To the Southwest is the community of Deroche, and Northeast are Harrison Mills and Chehalis. To the South is the body of water by the same name, and to the Northeast is Hemlock Valley and the Sasquatch Mountain Resort. Individual homes, new subdivisions and small farms are scattered along the Lougheed Highway (#7).
Lake Errock is 22 minutes (27.5 km) from Downtown Mission and about 17 minutes (23.0 km) from Agassiz. While closer to Agassiz, in the District of Kent, the community has a Mission area code and on the East edge of the School District 75 (Mission) catchment area. What makes Lake Errock particularly attractive to its residents is its proximity to the expanding 4-season Sasquatch Mountain Resort in Hemlock Valley.
The CPR railway laid track through the area in 1885, and the stop was originally called Squakum, a name given by the Sto:lo who lived around there. As maps were drawn up for logging the forested hills above Deroche, the stands of timber to the East, near the Squakum CPR stop, were recorded as Lake Errock. It was discovered that the rich soil made good farmland and the Ross Ranch in Lake Errock became known as "the largest fruit ranch in the lower province." Paddlewheelers would tie up at the Squakum Ranch landing to load fresh produce destined for Vancouver markets, and milk and cream for the big mill located at Harrison Mills.
By the 1930s, the little community of Lake Errock was all but deserted. The English ex-servicemen who built the community after World War I weren't farmers. Its primary economic base had been logging, and the small logging and mill companies had depleted all the easily accessible timber stands.
In 1939, Bob Webste built the Lake Errock Store, hoping to capitalize on the road that now went through to Harrison, with a bridge across the Harrison River; and in 1940 the Lake Errock post office was opened in the store. A one-room school was built in 1957, but in 1982 it was decided to close it due to low enrolment.
Lake Errock began as a logging community, expanded into farming, and then evolved into a summer recreational area. In the 1960s Lake Errock received approval for the first subdivision built at the lake, and it began to emerge as a residential community. Today Lake Errock offers a mix of older homes, with some mobile homes, as well as new homes and subdivisions.
There's still plenty of acreage available along Highway 7 and Morris Valley Road. The lower property prices make Lake Errock particularly attractive to families buying their first home. The community is surrounded by mountains, forests, lakes, and rivers. More than 1000 bald eagles winter in the area each season, and hiking trails, golfing, skiing, fishing, and boating are just minutes away. River Reach Estates is a new development, located next to the Sandpiper Golf Course. It's a fantastic place to build the family's dream house or an affordable home to retire. Lots are spacious, and there are great views of the surrounding mountains and Harrison River.
Lake Errock has a population of 425 (2016 census). There's been an increase of 18.4% between the 2011 and 2016 census. There are 277 private dwellings, and they are all single-detached houses. The average age of the population is 45.8; with 63.1% between the ages of 15 and 64 years, 13.1% children between the ages of 0 and 14 years, and 22.6% 65 years and over. The median total income is $67,072 (2015). The unemployment rate is 5.9, which is below that of Canada.
The climate in Lake Errock is classified as Cfb on the Köppen-Geiger system, making it an oceanic clime (also known as a marine or maritime climate). The average annual temperature is 9.8 °C. Summer temperatures average 17.9 °C, with the hottest month being July. Winter temperatures average 1.4 °C, and the coldest month is January. The average annual rainfall is 1657 mm.
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As a small rural community, there aren't many job opportunities in Lake Errock. Most of the residents in Lake Errock commute to work, as the driver of a car, truck or van. 55% travel more than 60 minutes or more, 30% travel 15 to 59 minutes, and 15% travel less than 15 minutes (2016 census).
The commute time to Mission is 22 minutes, to Agassiz is 17 minutes, and to Sasquatch Mountain Resort is 36 minutes. It's 34 minutes to Abbotsford and 37 minutes to Chilliwack. Vancouver takes 1 hour and 29 minutes, via the Highway 7 / Highway 1 route. Another option that is gaining popularity is earning a living from home on a computer, as a telecommuter, freelancer or online business owner.
School District 75 Mission extends eastward beyond the Mission Municipality, along the north side of the Fraser River as far as Deroche and Lake Errock.
Students from Deroche and Lake Errock, kindergarten through grade 6, attend Deroche Elementary School. The student body averages about 85 students. About 75% are of Leq’a:mel and Scowlitz First Nations heritage. The school is known for its “Forest and Stream” Stewardship Program.
Students grades 7 through 9 are enrolled at Hatzic Middle School. There are about 720 students from both the city and rural areas. The school overlooks the Fraser River and the Matsqui Trail Regional Park on the south side. Hatzic Middle School offers a broad range of extracurricular activities and specialty courses including Volleyball Leadership, Hockey Academy, Robotics, Environmental Club, Musical Theatre, Concert Band and Choir.
Students grades 10 through 12 École Mission Senior Secondary School. Mission Senior is a dual track school providing both Regular and French Immersion programs. The school was built in 1952 and is the longest-serving secondary school in the District of Mission. In 2014 it was decided that Mission Secondary would become the only high school in Mission and the surrounding rural communities.
UBC Dairy Education and Research Centre in Agassiz provides state-of-the-art research facilities to its students, visiting scientists, and internationally recognized scientists.
There are only two stores in Lake Errock, and both are located on Highway 7. Lake Errock Po General Store is a Chevron station that includes a food mart and Kentucky Fried Chicken franchise. Harrison Bay Store is a small convenience store, post office, and restaurant. They also sell bait and fishing tackle, but the gas pumps were removed some time ago.
Lake Errock residents often shop in Agassiz. Agassiz Produce Market and Super Valu are the two main grocery stores. The Agassiz Farm Fresh Market public market is also worth the short trip. Agassiz has two liquor stores, as well as two drug stores.
Downtown Mission offers a great selection of restaurants, retail stores and services. There are three shopping centres, in addition to the many shops. Located at the corner of Highways 7 and 11, The Junction Shopping Centre offers 39 stores, including Staples, London Drugs, Save-On-Foods. There are well-known restaurants like Boston Pizza, Tim Hortons, Mr Mikes Steakhouse and White Spot, and a Cineplex Silvercity Cinema. Shops at Mission is a plaza with 13 stores, including a Walmart Supercentre, Safeway and Shoppers Drug Mart. And the Heritage Park Marketplace plaza, at Stave Lake Street & 11th Avenue, is conveniently located right across from the UFV Campus. This shopping centre has a pharmacy, coffee shop, Subway, Bosleys, nail salon, dental offices and more.
There aren't many restaurants in the Lake Errock area. There's a KFC at the Lake Errock Po General Store. Eagle's Cafe, in neighbouring Deroche, serves up classic diner food at its best. They offer breakfast all day and are known for their legendary Eagle Burger. Located at the Sandpiper golf course, in neighbouring Harrison Mills, The Clubhouse serves an innovative west coast menu, created with fresh ingredients, and paired with BC’s finest VQA wines. The Clubhouse is in a parklike setting, overlooking the Harrison River.
In Agassiz, there are quite a few dining options. If you're craving Asian food, there's Cheam Sushi, Dragon Fried Rice House, Hong's Garden Chinese Restaurant and Taj Indian Bistro. For Mediterranean cuisine, Silvano's Restaurant offers an extensive menu that includes Italian and Greek dishes. For pub-style fare, there's Jack's Restaurant and Steakhouse and Jimmy's Pub & Grill. If you're looking for fast food, Agassiz has an A&W, Canadian 2 for 1 Pizza, Domino's, Pizza Hut and Subway.
In Mission, Kingfishers Waterfront Bar & Grill, Black Sheep Pub and Character’s Pub & Grill are great places to stop in for a quick bite. Embers BBQ House, Eleni's Restaurant, U & I Thai Restaurant and Mission Station Grill are some of the popular dining spots. For date night or a special occasion, The Blackberry Kitchen strives for culinary excellence, with tempting menus that feature in-season, locally sourced ingredients, sustainable meat, fish, and poultry. They even grow our own herbs right beside the restaurant to provide the freshest flavours.
Highway 7 passes through Lake Errock and connects the community with Mission, Maple Ridge, Coquitlam, Burnaby and Vancouver to the West; and Chilliwack and Hope to the East.
Mission is a 22-minute drive (27.5 km) West on Hwy 7 (Lougheed Hwy). Travelling South from Mission, on Hwy 11, Abbotsford is another 11 minutes (total of 38.5 km), and the Sumas US border crossing is 18 minutes (total of 43.5 km). Vancouver is a 1-hour 34-minute trip (100.8 km), taking Hwy 7 West to Mission, Hwy 11 South to Abbotsford, and Hwy West into the city.
Lake Errock commuters will often park in Mission and take the West Coast Express train into Vancouver. The Express is a Monday to Friday commuter rail service operating during peak morning and evening periods. The trip is about 3 hours each way, but it can make sense for passengers who are able to get work done on a tablet or laptop while travelling.
North of Lake Errock, Sasquatch Mountain Resort is 36 min (27.7 km). Harrison Mills is a short 7-minute drive (7.8 km) East on Hwy 7, and Agassiz is 17 min (23 km). From Agassiz, Chilliwack is another 20 minutes (total of 46.3 km), travelling first South on Hwy 9, and then West on Hwy 1.
Arts and Entertainment
One of Canada’s oldest standing wooden Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) stations is now home to the Agassiz-Harrison Museum and Visitor Information Centre. The Museum 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.
Located on Hwy 7, between Agassiz and Hope, Ruby Creek Art Gallery features an extraordinary collection of Pacific Northwest Native art which includes limited edition prints, gold and silver carved jewelry, hand-carved boxes, chests, and plaques, handcrafted drums, soapstone and textiles. On occasion, the gallery hosts signings with featured artists.
The Mission Museum has been recording the district's history since the late 50s, educating its community and preserving Mission's rich heritage. The museum offers historic walking tours, exhibits dedicated to the Sto:Lo first residents, the arrival of the Oblates in 1861, the Great Land Sale of 1891, the Billy Miner train robbery of 1904, The Curious Collection of Anthony Taulbut, and much more.
Sports and Recreation
Sasquatch Mountain Resort offers four-season recreation for the whole family. In the winter months, you have skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling, tubing, snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. And then in the summer, there's hiking, mountain biking, ATVing, dirt biking, river and lake fishing and golf at the Sandpiper Golf Course.
Sasquatch receives some of the deepest snowfalls in coastal BC, making for some of Canada's most exhilarating and challenging skiing and boarding. The highest elevation is 1,372 meters, and it offers some of the most varied off-piste terrains in the Lower Mainland. 60% of the of the runs are 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.
Located in Harrison Mills, just East of Lake Errock, Sandpiper Golf Course is an 18-hole par 72 golf course that runs 6,500 yards from the back tees and is sloped gently. 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. The course features four sets of tees for all playing levels.
The community offers access to some of BC's best fishing. Named after the Lake Errock Post Office in 1964 (from Squakum Lake), Lake Errock is home to many species: Brown Bullhead, Coastal Cutthroat Trout, Coho Salmon, Cutthroat Trout, Lake Whitefish, Northern Pikeminnow, Rainbow Trout, and Steelhead. Nearby Chehalis and Harrison Rivers are known for their outstanding wild salmon, trout and steelhead fishing.
Investing in Lake Errock
Lake Errock is a growing residential community, with new housing developments in the Morris Valley, Harrison Mills and Lake Errock neighbourhoods. The population grew 18.4% in the 5 years between the 2011 and 2016 census, and more families have moved into the area over the past few years. The prices of homes in Lake Errock area on average have been lower than the rest of the Fraser Valley, making the community particularly attractive to first-time homeowners.
Mission has also seen a steady annual growth rate over the past 35 years, averaging over 3% annually. Mission is located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, with all the amenities and convenience of larger surrounding municipalities.
When the 1.5-billion dollar five-phase expansion master plan was approved November 12, 2015, Hemlock Valley Resort's future changed dramatically. The resort has been rebranded as Sasquatch Mountain Resort and is poised to develop into a major 4-season resort contender, on par with Whistler Blackcomb. Lake Errock and Harrison Mills homes are going to become increasingly more attractive to Canadians who love the outdoors and want to live minutes from the slopes, without being right in the village.
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