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Offline GaryT

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Bought our land on the river
« on: May 21, 2017, 09:59:47 AM »
We've been looking for a camp or land on the Miramichi River in New Brunswick, Canada for several years.  Land with riparian rights is difficult (and can be VERY expensive) to find.  An old friend decided he could part with what he calls the wood field (where he's stored fire wood and timber for years) and the land down to the river, including 100 feet of riparian rights at the tail-out of his salmon pool.  Couldn't be happier...and our young English setter is even happier - grouse and woodcock everywhere.  Here's the view down to the river:



The "wood field" proper:


The driveway will go here.  The property is on a little lane with only two other camps on it:



The land is a high perch, above the level where river ice can wipe out a structure.  Likely will wait until next year to start building.  This year we'll just concentrate on the permitting process, which is a real bear in New Brunswick.  We'll be building a two bedroom, single bath camp on a crawl space.  It will be winterized.  We're only allowed to be in Canada for a total of six months per year, some of which will be centered around Christmas time.
Gary

Offline Adam Roby

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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #1 on: May 21, 2017, 06:01:57 PM »
Congrats on the purchase Gary,  looks like a sweet spot!

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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2018, 09:59:31 AM »
Some further work on our land in New Brunswick.  Hoping to build this summer.   https://theriverscourse.blogspot.com/2018/11/late-fall-fun-in-new-brunswick.html

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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2018, 10:06:46 AM »
Grats Gary, awesome spot with water access which is huge in my opinion. Looks peaceful it's going to be a great spot for you. That is what I am working towards, cheers for you  c*

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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2018, 10:39:48 AM »
Thank you, MC!
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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2019, 05:07:01 AM »
Moving along:  we had the well and septic systems installed in the last month or so.  We're buying a used travel trailer to put on the site for a place to stay while we build the camp next year.  The temporary electric is going in as well; that was a fight with the province...they said they won't grant permits for them if they know a trailer is going in because people "those people" just use the temp. service and don't install a proper service.   I asked the nice man if he considered me trailer trash and went on at some length about myself and the things I do for the province...by the time I got done, he just said, "I'll be happy to give you a waiver so you can have the service."  Score one for the good guys.

Anyway, the septic system in that area is the same size for any abode with 1 to 3 bedrooms.  I do believe I could run a Holiday Inn on ours.  The tank has two "clean outs".  One is for the usual, the one nearest the field has a valve that must be cleaned each year.  (I suspect most people remove it after clearing inspection.)   Our installer is considered the best in the area.  Just him, a helper and a big old excavator.  He works wonders with the thing. 

The tank:


The leach galleries (never saw these before)


The leach field:


All done:


The well driller has drilled just about all the wells in the region.  He's about 80, and learned the trade from his father.  Well is 67 feet deep, cased down to 57 feet, and gets 15 gallons per minute:


For now (until winter), the air tank will remain next to the well:


He recommended that I build a cover for it, so I used a friend's tools and shop to build one (and then used his Kubota's front end loader to move it to the site a few hundred yards away)


In place (access door not screwed on yet)


That's the temp electric service in the background.   In another case of "it's not what you know, but who you know", I was able to enlist the help of a 40 year employee of NBPower to get the power to the site the easy way (from nearest neighbor's pole) as opposed to the way the power company wanted to do it, bring the power in from 1/4 mile away and costing me a fortune in poles and underground entrance.   Total cost to power company "my way" was $768.

I prefer step by step photos over videos, hope you all don't mind.
Gary


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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #6 on: August 04, 2019, 11:19:10 AM »
Looks good, I'vnever seen those leachfield units either, interesting. Ah, yeah, video has its place but generally never been a big fan of reality TV.

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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #7 on: August 04, 2019, 12:17:15 PM »
Don, the units interlock, and the perforated tubes run through them. Our installer says they are the best thing since sliced bread for a septic system.  I sure hope so.  We were fortunate to have good gravel (old river bed, likely, from a zillion years ago), so the only sand he had to bring in was to surround the big tank.  Man, that guy could run his excavator.  Most bulldozer operators could wish they could level a site like he does with his bucket.
Gary

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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2019, 02:38:44 AM »
Looks awesome Gary. You have knocked out 3 of the biggest unknown expenses: well, septic, electric. That has to feel good.

Looking forward to seeing your build, I like the picture format too.

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Re: Bought our land on the river
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2019, 02:50:03 PM »
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Man, that guy could run his excavator.  Most bulldozer operators could wish they could level a site like he does with his bucket.
Gary
Apologies for the thread diversion, but I agree wholeheartedly.  Watching a skilled equipment operator is like watching a ballet dancer.
My cabin build thread: Alaskan remote 16x28 1.5 story

 

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