The Heart of the Lakes Districtis Burns Lake, a vibrant and modern community on the Yellowhead Highway that has retained its pioneer spirit and small town charm.
Burns Lake was originally named Burnt Lakeby the Boreland Expedition around 1866, during construction of the Collins Telegraph Line, after a tremendous forest fire swept the area, blackening the trees and charring the countryside.
Settlement of Burns Lake began around 1911, with the arrival of construction crews to begin work on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, now part of the Canadian National Railways. The original ‘tent town’ began to grow as more settlers arrived, with incorporation as the Village of Burns Lake in 1923.
After a decline in the prosperous timber industry during the depression years, the demand for forest products rose during and following the Second World War, and by 1948, there were nearly 90 small sawmills operating in the Burns Lake area.
Today, Burns Lake is the main service centre for the entire Lakes District. Forestry is the town’s main industry, followed by ranching and tourism, with the community actively ensuring the sustainable and balanced use of its forests for future generations.
Location: Burns Lake is located on the Yellowhead Highway 16 in Northern British Columbia, 141 miles (226 km) west of Prince George.
Queensway Autoworld and Fort St James
Based in Prince George, BC, Queensway Autoworld offers residents in Burns Lake and the surrounding region a large online inventory for shopping and research. Our online database allows prospective used vehicle purchasers the opportunity to see what is available before they leave home.
Queensway Auto World sells good quality used cars, trucks, vans and SUVs throughout north central BC. All of our used vehicles are backed by the Lubrico Warranty. We also offer onsite financing and you can get pre-approved using our secure online application form.
Our New Motorsports Division is a hit in Prince George and the surrounding regions in North Central BC. We are an authorized dealer for Argo ATVs and Amphibious UTV vehicles and Quads, motorcycles, scooters all available.