A group of Chinese investors have purchased a ghost town north of Whistler with hopes of bringing it back to life.
Bradian, is an old gold mining town which currently has accessible streets, and 22 homes was picked up by China Zhong Ya Group Hebei Canada-Chinca Co. for just under $1 million. The town was built in the 1930’s as is approximately a four-hour drive from Vancouver.
The buyers’ dream is turn the town into a recreation hub where visitors can spend the day and even pan for gold. The ultimate goal is to make it look like Whistler. They believe it has the potential of becoming a hot location due to its location which is situated near popular lakes and nature spots.
Due to the town’s old infrastructure, it is expected the upgrade will take millions of dollars and a few years to redevelop. According to the project manager, the buyers have agreed to use a development layout originally created for the town in 1978.
The 50-acre town has been on the market since 2010.