Lakes District, stretching from Ootsa
Lake in the south to Babine
Lake in the north (100 km or 62 mile radius) is situated between the
Fraser and Skeena River watersheds. There are over 300
lakes providing good
fishing for some of the largest rainbow
trout and char in the province. These bodies of water, including Uncha
and Francois Lake also
offer excellent canoeing, kayaking and hiking. Access to Tweedsmuir,
BC's largest Provincial Park, is from Burns Lake. As there is no road
access, visitors must enter the park on foot, by water or air. Other lakes
worth a visit are Francois and Ootsa Lakes.
Lake: The economic stays of this community include logging, farming
and tourism. The construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway in 1908-14
brought settlers to this now supply centre for the Lakes District. Visit
the Lakes District Museum and its logging exhibits. Burns Lake is located
on the Yellowhead Highway 225 km (140 miles) west of Prince George.
Lake to Ootsa Lake (Hwy 35):
Along the way you may wish to visit the Eagle Creek Opal Deposits which
are located about 3km (2 miles) from Hwy 16. The Francois Lake Ferry will
take visitors across the lake to Southbank for good rainbow and lake trout
fishing. Resorts and camping are readily found here.
Lake: The lake is located on the northern boundary of Tweedsmuir Provincial
Park, 42 km (26 miles) from the Francois Lake ferry via gravel road. West
of Ootsa Lake is the Wistaria Provincial Park or return to Burns Lake
and follow Highway 16 to Ethel
F. Wilson Provincial Park on Pinkut
Lake and Babine Lake,
the longest natural lake in B.C., 36 km (22 miles) north of Burns Lake.
west along the Yellowhead Highway is the Six Mile Summit with spectacular
views of the mountains and valleys surrounding. Next is Topley
and the Topley Landing Road (Hwy 118) which leads to Granisle.
Granisle is located 50 km (30 miles) from the Topley exit on the shores
of Babine Lake. Originally built to house the miners from the Copper Mountain,
Granisle is now a recreational centre with nearby Babine Lake and Red
Bluff Provincial Park offering camping, fishing and hiking. Resorts
are available in town. Highway 16 continues onto Houston.
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