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           Burns Lake B.C., and the Lakes District, are located at the geographic center of British Columbia half way between Prince George and Prince Rupert on Yellowhead 16 Highway. The Lakes District area boasts some 3000 miles of fishing. The outlying areas around Burns Lake contains hundreds of lakes that consistently produce rainbow trout to 15 pounds, Char (Lake Trout) up to 30 pounds, and a variety of other fish along with an abundance of wildlife. Most of the lakes are within easy driving distance and have campsites suitable for recreational vehicles. Locally, Burns Lake and Decker Lake provide rainbow trout fishing with char being taken early in the year. The village of Burns Lake is a thriving community that has been serving a large surrounding area for many years.

           Situated on a terrestrial division, the area waters flow both to the Skeena River in the west, and the Fraser River to the east. Bordered on the north by Babine Lake and to the south by Tweedsmuir Park, the Lakes District comprises approximately 2.9 million acres (1,200,000 hectares). Its timbered areas are interlaced with logging roads of varying degrees of condition offering access to countless large and small lakes. Francois Lake, the province's second largest natural lake, is located just south of Burns Lake and offers unlimited recreational opportunties.

           Burns Lake and the Lakes District history dates back to the early 1900's when it was a major supplier of railroad ties for the new Grand Trunk Pacific Railway connecting the west coast port of Prince Rupert to the rest of Canada. Today this quiet little community depends on its main industries of logging, lumber production, farming, and ranching for its livelihood. Tourism is also playing an increasing and important role in the economy of Burns Lake and the Lakes District.

Downtown Burns Lake
Downtown Burns Lake


Burns Lake Guide


Located 150 miles (240 kilometers) west of Prince George BC, Burns Lake has the distinction of being the gateway to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, the second largest of British Columbia's Provincial Parks. This magnificent park comprises roughly 3.5 million acres (1,400,000 hectares) of breath taking scenery, large pristine lakes and rivers, all in the shadow of tall snow covered mountains. The only access into the park is float plane or by boat using the B.C. Parks Branch maintained portage connecting Whitesail Lake to Eutsuk Lake.

Burns Lake Arial
Arial view of Burns Lake

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