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Burns Lake (pop. 2,100) is located about 2 hours west of Prince George in the heart of BC's Lakes District, an area with 4,828 km/3,000 mi of lake shoreline.
Burns Lake is surrounded by wilderness and some of BC's largest freshwater lakes, such as Babine Lake, where sport fishing is a popular activity for both locals and tourists. The town’s economy is based on logging, sawmilling and mining.
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Burns Lake is known as the "Northern Gateway" to Tweedsmuir Provincial Park, the largest wilderness park in British Columbia and a magnet for outdoor recreationists.
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The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre serves a population of 10,000 from Burns Lake and surrounding communities. Its emergency department averages 12,000 visits per year.
A new 16-bed hospital is slated to open in the summer of 2015, providing:
Burns Lake District Hospital