Invest in Burns Lake

British Columbia, Canada

It's Only Natural

Economic Development Contact

Krystin St Jean, Economic Development Officer
Tel: 250-692-7587 |  

Located in the heart of British Columbia about 222 km west of Prince George on Highway 16, Burns Lake offers a friendly community with abundant recreation, business and tourism opportunities.

The village has a diverse population of 3,614 and serves a surrounding area of approximately 10,000 residents of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako. With two of the six local First Nations reserves, the Lake Babine Nation and Burns Lake Band, within municipal boundaries, Burns Lake has a strong sense of culture and incredible local talents to showcase.

The Lakes District has over 4,828km/3,000mi of lake shoreline including some of BC’s largest freshwater lakes. Surrounded by nature, there are numerous options for all recreational enthusiasts who call our area home, or make it their summer and winter vacation destination.

Spirit Square is a community waterfront park complete with recreation and meeting areas for both residents and visitors. Located next to Spirit Square on Burns Lake, is the new Lakeside Mulitplex recreation facility. This 10,000 square foot addition has connected the arena and the curling rink and offers new recreation amenities including an indoor climbing wall, a squash court, a gym and two multi-purpose rooms. The facility was a 3 million dollar project and has created 5 new jobs.The Village of Burns Lake has also begun an ambitious downtown revitalization project which has improved the streetscape of the downtown core to make the community welcoming for residents and visitors. A wide variety of hiking trails, canoeing and kayaking areas, and an abundance of lakes to fish or boat on are right outside your door. Burns Lake is also fortunate to have world class mountain bike trails just five minutes from the village centre. During the winter, Olympic quality cross-country skiing trails draw in competitors and recreational skiers from across the province.

In addition to many wilderness activities, residents have access to healthcare facilities, schools and post secondary education.The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre was a $55 million dollar facility that was completed in 2015. The new building replaced the previous hospital, which was aging, and now provides brand new, state of the art patient care.The College of New Caledonia is based in the Village and provides high quality educational opportunities.

The local airport serves both recreational and commercial pilots as well as providing overnight accommodation and an open meeting area complete with kitchen, dining room and courtesy phone. The village serves as a base for surrounding forestry and mining activities and businesses may draw skilled workers from the resident population.

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Community Economic Development Contact

Krystin St Jean
Economic Development Officer
Village of Burns Lake
Tel: 250-692-7587


Community Contacts


Luke Strimbold,
Investment-Ready Community Profile

Community Contact
Sheryl Worthing
Chief Administrative Officer
Village of Burns Lake
Tel: 250-692-7587

Chamber of Commerce Contact

Burns Lake & District Chamber of Commerce
Tel: 250-692-3773

Community Futures Contact
Kim Martinsen
General Manager
Community Futures Nadina 
Tel: 1-800-556-5539

Tourism Contact

Burns Lake Visitor Centre
540 Highway 16
Tel: 250-692-3773