The Village of Burns Lake is located in the scenic Lakes District of Northern British Columbia at the approximate geographic center of the province. It is a vibrant, progressive and socially diverse community with a pioneer spirit and small town charm.
Forestry is the main driver of the economy here, employing 65% of the population. With bountiful wildlife and spectacular scenery, Burns Lake is also a tourist destination. Both residents and visitors enjoy hiking, canoeing, fishing, skating and cross-country skiing in the area. The community is also home to several arts and cultural festivals.
Forestry, ranching and tourism form the basis of the local economy with tourism expected to play an increasingly important role in the future. In addition, Burns Lake is a primary service centre for the Lakes District.
Town Population: 1,779 (2016 Census) Patient Catchment: 7,706 (LHA 55 - Burns Lake, BC Stats 2009)
Ages of Population: 0-17: 23.5% 18-24: 10.8% 25-64: 53.0% 65+: 12.7% (BC Stats, 2010 Figures)
Health Administrative Information
Health Authority: Northern Health
Health Service Delivery Area: Northern Interior
Regional District: Bulkley-Nechako
Rural Designation: RSA community
RRP Designation: A
RRP Points: 33.4
Practitioners + Clinic information
General Practitioners: 10 (www.cpsbc.ca) Clinics The Burns Lake Medical Clinic 744 Center St Burns Lake, BC V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-3111 Mailing Address: Box 6000, Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 Lake Babine Health Services Box 297 Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-4720 | F: 250 692-4792 Yinadinee Neytsi Jegh Be Wellness Centre Box 297 Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-0039 | F: 250 692-0032
2012 socio-economic profile of Burns Lake (Source: BC Government).
The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre was built in 1962, servicing an area population base of 2,700 in Burns Lake, as well as an additional 8,000 people living in adjacent, unincorporated communities.
Lakes District Hospital & Health Centre 741 Centre Street Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-2400 | F: 250 692-2403
Acute Care Beds: 15
Emergency Care Beds: 4
Long Term Care Unit: The Pines
Intensive Care Unit: Yes, there is an ICU in this community
There are three healthcare staff on duty. Minimum staffing levels occur after 11 pm.
Referral Hospital: Prince George
There is a limited service Emergency Room in this community. It is open 24/7.
Number of Visits Per Year: 12,189 (2009/2010 Statistics: NHA)
Travel Distance to Transfer Hospital: 236 km to Prince George
The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre Laboratory 741 Centre Street Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-2418 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
There is a blood bank in this community.
X-Ray The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre Imaging 741 Centre Street Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-2421 Hrs: Mon-Sat 8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Mammography services provided by BC Cancer Agency twice a year. See www.bccancer.bc.ca for details.
BC Ambulance Services provides coverage for this community, including Air Ambulance services.
Pharmasave #264 117 Highway 16 Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-7077 | F: 250 692-7066 Rexall Drug Store 418 Yellowhead Highway Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-7213 Rexall Drug Store 3232 Highway 16 Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 845-7477 Drugstore Pharmacy 221 Highway 16 West Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-1987 | F: 250 692-1991
The Pines (36 beds) 800 Centre Street Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-2490 | F: 250 692-2492
The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre 741 Centre Street Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-2494 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm In-community Nursing and Home Care Aide Workers Lake Babine Nation 225 Sus Avenue Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-4720 Home Care Nursing Southside Health and Wellness Centre 27920 Wellness Way Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E2 P: 250 694-3270
Seiko Watanabe, Registered Physiotherapist College of New Caledonia Campus Box 5000, 545 Highway 16 West Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-1713 | F: 250 692-1730
Mental Health and Addictions
The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre Box 7500 - 741 Centre Street Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-2449 | F: 250 692-2451 Hrs: Mon-Sun 8:30 am - 4:30 pm In-community Lakes District Counseling and Support Services 870 Highway 16 West P: 250 692-7577 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm Southside Health & Wellness Centre 2003 Wellness Way Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 694-3270 Hrs: Mon-Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Carrier Sekani Family Services 102 - 2nd Avenue Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0
Pacemaker Clinic - University Hospital Northern BC Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre 741 Centre Street Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-2400 Burns Lake Health Unit Box 7500, 744 Centre Street Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-2460 Hrs: By appointment only.
Services Available: STI testing, treatment and counselling, HIV counselling and testing, pregnancy testing, emergency contraception pills, birth control information, immunizations and needle exchange.
Outreach to Youth - Lakes District Community Services 870 16 Highway Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-7577 Women's Outreach Services - Elizabeth Fry Society 347 16 Highway Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-7559 Addictions Recovery Program 108 2nd Avenue Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-1800 Mental Health and Addictions Outreach P: 250 567-5994 Services provided 3 times/week by Omineca MH&A from Vanderhoof, BC Carrier Sekani Family Services Outreach Program Diabetes Care and Education Box 1219 Vanderhoof, BC, V0J 3A0 P: 250 699-6170 | F: 250 699-6179 www.csfs.org Woyenne - Nutrition and Diabetes Services Lake Babine Nation Health Services Box 297 Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-4720 | F: 250 692-4792 Hrs: In community on Tuesdays. Carrier-Sekani Family Services 987 - 4th Avenue Prince George, BC, V2L 3H7 P: 250 562-3591 | F: 250 562-2272 BC Schizophrenia Society Northern Interior Region Box 256, Suite 1 - 343 Yellowhead Highway 16 East Burns Lake, BC, V0J 1E0 P: 250 692-7500 www.bcss.org
- About RCCbc
- About the JSC
- About REAP
- Contact Us
- Education + CME/CPD
- Health career preparation
- Medical Students
- BC’s Distributed Residency Model
- Rural Resident Rotation Schedule
- Resident FAQs
- REAP for Residents
- R3 Enhanced Skills
- UBC RCPD
- Rural Courses
- Educational Calendar
- Practitioner support
- Rural Physicians
- REAP Programs
- JSC programs
- Rural Retention Program
- Rural Continuing Medical Education (RCME)
- Recruitment Incentive Fund (RIF)
- Recruitment Contingency Fund (RCF)
- Isolation Allowance Funds (IAF)
- Rural Emergency Enhancement Fund (REEF)
- Northern & Isolation Travel Assistance Outreach Program (NITAOP)
- San’yas: Indigenous Cultural Safety Training Program
- Doctors of BC rural programs
- Preceptor Training and Development
- Health Professionals
- Rural Communities
- RCCbc Initiatives
- Rural Health Services Support initiatives/Networks
- Knowledge-based initiatives
- Recruitment + Retention initiatives
- Rural Obstetrical and Maternity Sustainability Program (ROAM-SP)
- Grants and Awards
- Contact Us