Burns Lake B.C., Canada is a small community resting on Highway 16 situated in the heart of lake country referred to as "The Lakes District". It is a very popular region of British Columbia, Canada populated with thousands of lakes of all sizes covering over 3000 miles of terrain. A lake network attracting wilderness explorers from around the world during the summer months who enjoy fishing, canoeing, sailing, swimming, hiking, water skiing, off roading and boating activities.
Burns Lake is another tourism destination located on Highway 16 (the main transportation route connecting the north coast of British Columbia to the province of Alberta). The Village of Burns Lake is fully able to service travelers who visit "The Lakes District". Explore down main street in the village and there is a selection of amenities that will cater to most needs including grocery stores, gas stations, accommodations, retail stores, banks, an internet cafe, laundromat, restaurants and more.
When you venture outside the community boundaries you will notice the wilderness landscape is covered in a maze of waterways and lakes. The area hosts some of BC's largest lakes. Located around some of the lakes and rivers in the region are day use parks, campgrounds, off road routes and hiking trails.It is a network of lakes creating big opportunities for many outdoor activities.
To the north of Burns Lake is the Babine Lake - British Columbia's largest fresh water lake. The Babine Lake, as well as, the Pinkut, Augier and Taltapin Lakes are some of the more popular destinations north of town. All provide fishing opportunities, some provide hiking adventures like Pinkut Lake which is near the trailhead to the Nellian Lake Trail. Each lake offers a unique landscape to explore and fishing culture with opportunities to fish for Rainbow, Cutthroat and Lake Trout.
To the south of the village is Francois Lake - the second longest lake in BC, Canada. Francois Lake, as well as, the Binta, Knapp, Ootsa, Uncha, Takysie and Tchesinkut Lakes are some of the more popular lake destinations south of town. Again fishing is big on these lakes also providing an opportunity to hook into some Rainbow and Kokanee Trout plus maybe some Char depending on the lake.
The region enjoys many wilderness hiking trails. One of the more popular routes include a trek to an opal "Staking Reserve" at the end of the Opal Bed Trail. Here you begin searching for opal stones practicing the art of rock hounding. The Nellian Lake Trail follows the footsteps of the First Nation people and the early settlers of the region. It was an important transportation and trading route. Today, there are still evidence on the trail of the old "tie hacker" cabins and forestry sites.
The highway network and the gravel roads work together in creating some amazing driving tours and circle routes. The community of Burns Lake is one of the gateways to the very large Tweedsmuir Park. A beautiful drive to one of BC's largest protected wilderness areas. A large network of gravel roads north of Burns Lake lead explorers to some lakes including Pendleton Bay on Babine Lake. The Francois Lake Loop Drive is another beauty. It explores the shores of a 110 kilometre lake and reconnects travelers back to the roads via a free ferry ride.
In the winter the Burns Lake area enjoys a good cross country trail network. The roads and trails in the backcountry become the highways and byways for many cross country skiers, snowmobilers and snowshoers.