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.
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.
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.
The Lakes District Hospital and Health Centre provides:
- 13 acute care beds
- 1 isolation room
- 1 palliative care room
- 1 labour/delivery/recovery suite
- Emergency services
- Diagnostic imaging
- Provision for public health, mental health and addictions, and home and community care service, as well as local physician and emergency services
- Rehabilitation services
- Administrative offices
- Food services;
- Logistical services; and
- A procedure space will be included that will be large enough to provide future flexibility for the development of operating room space.