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Burns Lake

The Village of Burns Lake is in the approximate geographic centre of the province of British Columbia.  The “Heart of the Lakes District,” Burns Lake, with its population of 2,726, serves as the supply centre for approximately 8,000 people in nearby communities.  Burns Lake boasts opal beds,  top-notch cross country ski trails and a World Class mountain biking trail. Boar Mountain Hold, a local SCA household, hails from Burns Lake.


The community of Houston (pop. 3,200) was established early in the 1900s to serve as a tie-cutting centre for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway, and became an incorporated Village in 1957.  Houston is a natural resources (forestry, mining) and tourism based town (with a strong emphasis on eco-tourism).  It’s also home to the World’s Largest Fly Fishing Rod.


Smithers, with a population of roughly 6,000, acts as a regional service centre for the Bulkley Valley.  Hudson Bay Mountain serves as the backdrop for the picturesque downtown core, and the surrounding area is host to a plethora of outdoor activities.  Approximately twenty minutes east of Smithers is the unincorporated community of Quick, wherein you’ll find the Fields of Gold Educational Centre, home to Tir Bannog’s Fields of Gold event.