This small community has so much to offer in the way of beautiful scenery and choice of summer and winter outdoor activities. With 3,000 miles of lakes, the region offers some of the best fishing and boating in BC. Anglers will find fish aplenty in almost every waterway, from pan-sized kokanee to monster char.
There is no shortage of camping available. Well-established, easily accessible sites can be found along Tchesinkut, Babine, Francois, Uncha, and Takysie lakes.
The Village is renowned for its rich First Nations heritage, and for its extensive network of mountain biking trails, which have received international acclaim by becoming Canada’s first IMBA Ride Centre.
In winter, cross country skiing trails and snowmobile wilderness trails are created. Burns Lake is located in the midst of a large networks of lakes called the Lakes District, with fishing and hunting year round, and water activities in the summer months.
There are two First Nations reserves that are part of the town, and another four nearby, making it one of the few communities in the province that have almost equal populations of persons of native or European descent. Local nations include Wet?suwet?en First Nation, Lake Babine Nation, Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Ts’il Kaz Koh First Nation, Skin Tyee First Nation and Nee-Tahi-Buhn Band.
The town serves as a hub for the local logging, saw-milling, mining and tourist industries. It also serves as the main commercial centre for the surrounding area including François Lake, Colleymount, Grassy Plains, Rose Lake, Topley, and Granisle. There are three pubs, many cafes and restaurants a selection of stores and services, numerous hotels and motels, a library and a hospital. It is also the location of the head offices of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.