The North ½ of DL 2469, Coast Range 5, Land District 14 PID: 011-530-561
The property slopes gently from the south to the north giving great views of the lake as you continue to the shoreline. The property is fairly level with one small gully, which has a small creek. There is an old homestead that has long been abandoned close to the centre by the lake. There is approximately 4,600 feet of lake frontage and several natural springs on the property. This is one of only four private properties on the ten miles of the south shore of this lake.
The property is located in central British Columbia just south of Burns Lake on Tchesinkut Lake. Burns Lake is approximately 226 km (140 miles) west of Prince George.
From Vancouver travel north 786 km (487 miles) to Prince George then west on Yellowhead Highway #16 for 226 km (140 miles) to Burns Lake. From Burns Lake travel due south towards Francois Lake on Highway #35 for 16 km (10 miles) to Tchesinkut Lake. From there go by boat just over a mile to the south shore at Tchesinkut where the property is located. There is an old road only accessible by a 4-wheel drive from Highway #35 south of Tchesinkut Lake through a rancher’s field to the property.
The airport at Burns Lake can handle smaller private aircraft and charters. The nearest commercial airport is at Smithers. Regular air service is provided by Air Canada’s Jazz Airlines, Central Mountain Air, and Northern Thunderbird to Vancouver and other points in British Columbia.
Prince George Airport is the regional airport for Northern B.C., and is expected to play a key role in the economic development of the area. The airport has undergone a major expansion, renovating its runways and international cargo plane fuelling capacity.The airport can accept 747 airplane landings, and has an International Customs and Canada Border Service area for international charter flights.
Tchesinkut Lake offers rainbow trout up to 15 lbs., kokanee and char up to 30 lbs. Nearby Francois Lake is approx. 110 km (68 miles) long, making it the second largest natural lake in British Columbia. It offers excellent rainbow trout and char fishing. Rainbow trout over 3 pounds and lake trout (char) to over 20 pounds are not uncommon. Water sports of all sorts are popular, with opportunities for boating, kayaking and canoeing. This area has many forest recreation sites, which offer trails for hiking and mountain biking. In the winter ice fishing, cross-country skiing and snowmobiling are popular.
Nearby North Tweedsmuir Park is one of B.C.’s largest Provincial Parks. Attractions at the park include the fourth highest waterfall in Canada, Hunlen Falls, as well as wildlife of grizzly and black bear, moose, mountain goats, caribou and deer. Boating, fishing, hiking, camping and horseback riding are just some of the ways to enjoy the park. Access to North Tweedsmuir Park is by light aircraft or via the Ootsa-Whitesail Lakes Reservoir. Boat launching access is available at Wistaria on Ootsa Lake and Andrews Bay, also on Ootsa Lake, about 30 km West of Wistaria.
The entire area known as the Lakes District is famous for its excellent fishing and game. There are a number of resorts throughout this area which offer boating, fishing, hiking, horse-back riding, camping, cross country skiing and many other activities. This area is well known for its hunting and wildlife watching opportunities. Black, cinnamon and grizzly bears, deer, moose, wolves, coyotes and eagles can often be observed in the area.
Burns Lake is internationally renowned for its mountain biking trails, becoming Canada’s first IMBA Ride Centre (Bronze-level). Since 2006, the Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association has been working with trail professionals to build more than 40 km (25 mi) of singletrack, 20 km (12.4 mi) of downhill trails, and four bike parks. The signature downhill trail—When Pigs Fly— contains more than 100 berms, tabletops, and other features and is accessible by one of the many shuttles run by the local bike shop.
In the winter months cross country skiing is very popular at the Omineca Ski Club. Its facilities have hosted several national championships and rank among western Canada’s best trail networks. The facilities include 25 km of groomed trails, four km of which are lit for nighttime skiing. There is also a facility for biathlon skiing.
Power and phone are on the main highway about 1½ miles to the west.
Tchesinkut Lake (pronounce te-sing-kut) is approximately 17 km (11 miles) long and the water is crystal clear. The lake, at elevation of 2493 ft. is iced over November to early April, has a maximum depth of 201 feet and is home to Rainbow trout, Kokanee and Lake Char.
Some of the northern part of the lake has been developed and consists of some attractive residential homes. A number of retirees have built their homes here on the shore, giving them boat and plane moorage. This is a very popular area for many of the local residents to live. A resort and a marina are situated on the west end of the lake. The economy of the surrounding area consists of small cattle ranches, small hobby farms, tourism and lumbering.
Burns Lake is the nearest community with a population of 3,614 in the village. The first thing that strikes you when you enter this town is the welcoming sign with enormous chainsaw-carved trout and the inscription “Three Thousand Miles of Fishing”. Major industries include forestry and tourism, though many workers commute to jobs in the mining industry. It also serves as the main commercial centre for the surrounding area, offering all retail and financial services, and a newly upgraded hospital. There are many cafes and restaurants, a selection of stores and services, and is location of the head offices of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.
In 2014 The Village of Burns Lake completed work on the Lakeside Multiplex and renovations to the Tom Forsyth Memorial Arena. This facility includes a hockey rink, curling rink, rock climbing gym, a squash/racquetball court, a fitness facility, and multi-use rooms. The facility is located on Spirit Square, a large outdoor park with a playground, a beach, a walking path, outdoor fitness equipment, two tennis courts, and a skateboard park.
Tchesinkut is derived from a Dakelh term for “clear waters. Explorers, trappers and prospectors first came into the Burns Lake area in the 1700s but it wasn’t until the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway was built in 1914 that the population grew and settled the area. Settlement of the area, including the town of Burns Lake was largely a result of the arrival of gold miners and prospectors as well as the railway. Members of the construction crews homesteaded in this area once the railway was completed. Farming, ranching, forestry and mining have been the economic engine since then.
Nearby Francois Lake got its current name by mistake. The Carrier First Nations named the lake Nitapoen Lip Lake because of its shape. The early settlers mistook ‘Nita’ for white man and the lake was named ‘Lac de Francois’ because most of the early settlers at the time were French Canadian voyageurs. During the early years,the local residents pronounced it ‘Francis Lake”, however, it is now known as “Francois Lake”.
Part of the property was logged many years ago but several large areas of small pine remain throughout the property. The balance of the property is treed in large cottonwood, birch and new regeneration of trees where it was previously logged.
Old homestead of no value
Surveyed by V. Schjelderup, June, 1914.
Not zoned. In the Agricultural Land Reserve (ALR)