Birken, Devine, and D’Arcy
Located in the northeast of Pemberton you will find Gates Valley, a beautiful natural landscape dotted with small communities. This area is a paradise for outdoor recreation enthusiasts and offers a wide range of world-class activities.
Just a short 20 minute drive north of Pemberton is Birken, a diverse and artistic residential/recreational community. Birken’s name is derived from the nearby Birkenhead River and this is one of the few places in BC where salmon enter from 2 sides – the South and the North.
Surrounded by spectacular scenery and four beautiful lakes, there is no shortage of outdoor recreation. Those looking to make Birken home will find a mix of homes, cabins and hobby farms as well as a great sense of community.
Steeped in history, this neighbourhood is located just 3 kilometres from D’Arcy. Pick your lake and go enjoy your day – Blackwater Lake, Birkenhead Lake Provincial Park, Anderson Lake and Gates Lake are all within a 3 to 15 minute drive from this neighbourhood.
Small acreage lots off of Portage Road are the primary real estate in the area. Named after Frank Devine, the operator a lumber mill in the area up until the 1960’s, Devine is also the starting point for many great trails to enjoy on your dirt bike or ATV. With such easy access to the backcountry, this is a perfect home base for backcountry enthusiasts. Young families looking to purchase here will also find themselves within waking distance of the elementary school.
D’Arcy is located at the end of the paved Portage Road and is just 42 km north-east of Pemberton near the mouth of the Gates River at the head of Anderson Lake. It is the traditional home of the N’Quatqua First Nation.
The area is a popular summer place to meet with friends and family before setting off from the boat launch. There is a small park with a pebble beach and a gas station with a small convenience store within walking distance – just in case you forget the milk! It is also the starting point of the Highline Road, a forestry road that provides access to Seton Portage and a ‘short-cut’ to the Bridge River Valley.