Burns Lake

Burns Lake is a small community in British Columbia ( Canada ), which was founded in 1923. In Burns Lake is the main administrative headquarters of the Regional District of Bulkley - Nechako.


Burns Lake is located in a 90 -mile radius in the geographical center of British Columbia. It is approximately 500 kilometers from the Albertagrenze, 1000 km from the border with Yukon and 1000 miles from the United States. Burns Lake is located 220 km west of Prince George, the nearest major city and is connected to it by Highway 16. From him you get in the West about the places Smithers and Terrace to Prince Rupert (about 500 kilometers ). In Burns Lake, there is a junction where the Highway 35 (Highway of the second category ) merges with Highway 16. The Highway 35 continues south through the small town Tchesinkut Lake to Francois Lake, from where you can drive with a car ferry to Southbank.

Local structure

Burns Lake has two different geographical areas. The one part of the city is located north of Francois Lake near the Highway 16 The other part is located south of the lake. In the north, most of the shops and services are located, while the south side is more influenced by ranches, on the mainly cattle and horses live. The residents live in both areas, although the south side longer has a laid-back reputation. There are residential areas in both areas. The districts are connected by a car ferry, which has a running time of approximately 20 minutes.

Near or in Burns Lake First Nations following the tribal group commonly referred to as Dakelh have their administrative seats and / or main towns, Wet'suwet'en First Nation, Lake Babine Nation, Cheslatta Carrier Nation, Ts'il Kaz Koh First Nation (also Burns Lake Indian band ), skin Tyee First Nation and Nee- Tahi - Buhn band.


One of the founders Burns Lakes was Bob Gerow, who ran with a partner in a company at its present location. So was for this reason in 1911 a trade route to the site of the present village and a bridge that connected the Gerow Iceland to the mainland. The first newspaper in Burns Lake was called " Observer", she was expelled from Sidney Gowin.

The granting of local autonomy for the church took place on June 2, 1955 ( incorporated as the Village ).


The census in 2011 showed a population of 2,029 inhabitants for the community. The population of the settlement has thereby decreased compared to the census of 2006 at 3.7%, while the population in the province of British Columbia at the same time grew by 7.0%.


The seasons in Burns Lake are divided as follows mostly:

  • Spring (April to May): Average temperature is about 6 ° C, low precipitation
  • Summer (June to August ) average temperature 16 ° C, usually rather dry
  • Fall (September to October): average temperature 7-8 ° C, less rain than in the summer, some first snow
  • Winter ( November to March): Average temperature -10 ° C, some even temperatures around -30 ° C, dry

The average annual rainfall of Burns Lake is 45.7 cm. The vegetation in the area around Burns Lake is forested, only around the settlements exist grasslands. It is dominated mainly spruce and pine.


Most people in and around Burns Lake living from forestry, farm business or tourism. Despite the small settlement of Burns Lake are a secondary school, several shops and a library and a hospital in the town. This is mainly because that Burns Lake is the main economic center of the surrounding region ( " Lake District "). Employment Technically, the construction and the wood manufacturing industry are the largest employment sectors.

The average income of all employees from Burns Lake in 2005 was well below average at C $ 21,171, while it was at the same time the average for the entire province of British Columbia 24 867 C $. The percentage difference in earnings between men ( 29 669 C $; provincial average = 31 598 C $ ) and women ( 17,876 C $; provincial average = 19 997 C $) falls in Burns Lake, based on the average income of all workers in the province, similar to the comparison for the entire province. The individual compared to the provincial average falls different for men and women. In men, the percentage of sub Scheid is based on the comparison Province (~ 1.2 times the provincial average) on average, while women (~ 0.72 times the provincial average) earn significantly less than the average for all workers in the province. Male employees earn here in comparison of all employees of the province above average, but gender- based earn less than men in the province of average earning (~ 0.93 times the average of all men). The income of female workers is also compared between all female employees in the province once again well below the average (~ 0.89 times the average of all women).


Burns Lake has not as many tourists in the north-west preferred tourist stronghold Smithers, which is called because of the many Swiss visitors from many people in the region " Suissers ". There is in Burns Lake a " famous ski club " and even a golf club. The Carnoustie Golf & Country Club was founded in 1955 and has an area of ​​200,000 m². There is a museum in Burns Lake ( " Lakes dictrict Museum "). In Burns Lake, there is great fishing tourism, which is attracted by the many surrounding lakes and the largest with 15 m length fishing in the world.