Burns Lake, British Columbia

Burns Lake, British Columbia

World-Class Outdoor Fun

Population 2,726

The village of Burns Lake is in the Lakes District in central BC, located about 222 km west of Prince George on Highway 16. Two of the six local First Nations communities are located within Burns Lake’s municipal boundaries.  Burns Lake’s first inhabitants were the Carrier First Nations communities. In the early 20th century, settlers were drawn to the area for the local forestry, fur, and mining opportunities.

In addition to lake activities, Burns Lake has world-class mountain bike trails. The community has worked with partners to build more than 40 km of singletrack, 20 km of downhill trails, and four bike parks.  Summer activities are plentiful but don’t forget—it gets cold here.  Burns Lake is a prime destination in winter, with exceptional cross-country skiing and snowmobile trails near town—and of course there’s always hockey and curling.

Since 2006, Hampton has been a majority partner in two sawmill operations near Burns Lake–Babine Forest Products and Decker Lake Forest Products.  We work closely with our First Nations partners at Burns Lake Native Development Corporation to ensure the sawmills are safe and productive places to work.

Hampton also manages approximately 120,000 hectares (300,000 acres) of public timberland in British Columbia for the Babine and Decker Lake sawmills.  These lands are certified under the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) for Sustainable Forest Management in Canada.

Check out:
  • In June, Burns Lake hosts one of the largest Aboriginal Day celebrations in BC.
  • The name Burns Lake derives from huge forest fire that blackened most of the local forest in the 1800s