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McKelvey Island

Plenty of islands around the world offer seclusion and privacy, but few offer more complete isolation and total privacy—yet still boast great amenities—than McKelvey Island. Located on Stuart Lake in the majestic northern interior of British Columbia, this 11-acre island features a modern two-bedroom house, built just seven years ago, including a fully-fitted kitchen. A sun deck wraps around the front and side of house, providing e ...

Plenty of islands around the world offer seclusion and privacy, but few offer more complete isolation and total privacy—yet still boast great amenities—than McKelvey Island. Located on Stuart Lake in the majestic northern interior of British Columbia, this 11-acre island features a modern two-bedroom house, built just seven years ago, including a fully-fitted kitchen. A sun deck wraps around the front and side of house, providing exquisite views of the lake—especially from the deck's wood-burning hot tub. An even more recent addition to the island is the 600-square-foot studio, just a year old and set just beside the main house. Both buildings are well insulated, and feature large Blaze King wood-burning stoves. Other outbuildings include a large sauna (also heated by wood-burning stove), a woodshed, a greenhouse, a laundry, a 20-foot storage container, and a workshop.

The area around the house is nicely landscaped, and numerous trails have been cut across the island for exploring its pristine natural beauty. The gorgeous Stuart Lake, about 56 miles (90 kilometers) long and 13 miles (8 kilometers) wide, offers excellent fishing, and is perfect for boating, swimming, water skiing in the summer, as well as snowmobiling, ice sailing, ice fishing, and dog sledding in the winter.

An array of 16 solar panels provides continuous power to the island, with a 5 Kw generator serving as backup. Water is provided from the lake via a high pressure on-demand pump. Backup water storage consists of a 1200-gallon tank, located at the island's highest point, allowing gravity to provide adequate pressure. The island features high speed satellite internet plus telephone connection.

Access to McKelvey Island is provided by boat in summer and by snowmobile in winter. During freeze up and break up, access is provided by a Hoverstream Coastal Pro II hovercraft, which is included with the sale. The island features three slipways for boat launching and storage, allowing easy access from a number of mainland locations, the closest being about 45 minutes away at the end of Hibiscus Road. Float plane rides of about 20 minutes are also available from Burns Lake, as are 15-minute helicopter trips from nearby Fort St James.

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