Burns Lake

BURNS LAKE, village, pop 1,659 (2021), lies on the Yellowhead Hwy (see ROADS AND HWYS) 225 km west of PRINCE GEORGE near the geographical centre of the province. It was settled in the 1860s during construction of the aborted COLLINS OVERLAND TELEGRAPH to Alaska and is named for Michael Byrnes, a surveyor for the telegraph line. Little development occurred until the arrival of the GRAND TRUNK PACIFIC RWY in 1914. The construction of the KENNEY DAM on the NECHAKO R in 1952 gave a boost to the...

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