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Log Home Living - South Francois
Log Home Living - South Francois
Beautiful quality crafted log home completed to lock-up awaits your finishing touches. This tranquil and private setting will provide inspiration to captivate your personal tastes for living space.
  • Size: 5.86 acres
  • Area: OMINECA
  • Price: $139,000
  • Listing Agent: John Armstrong - john@landquest.com
  • Phone Number: 250-307-2100
Description :

Located on Southbank, literally two minutes from the free ferry, this cabin offers a retreat surrounded with whispering trees. Enjoy all the privacy imaginable on this quiet no through road. This log cabin is a carefully crafted two-storey pine log house with fully completed exterior, roughed in plumbing and electrical and insulated walls upstairs and downstairs - all waiting for your finishing touch.

The home is to lock-up stage and situated on a well-built concrete foundation. The zoning allows for a two-family dwelling making the walk out basement a possible suite or additional living space. There is an internal stairway to basement. A drilled well is in place and Hydro is at the lot line. Septic is needed. There is a lake view from the home.

Engage your creativity and vision to complete the interior with choices of lighting, kitchen and bathroom fixtures and flooring. Choose whether you prefer an open concept and what size of interior rooms you wish. Gaze through the beautiful front windows or relax on the covered deck.

Location : 1545 Whitney Way - Southbank
Access : From Burns Lake follow Highway 35 south to the free Francois Lake Ferry and cross the lake. Take your second right on Whitney Road, the cabin is on the left.
Improvements :

1,680 ft² log home to lock-up including full basement. The outside of the foundation measures 24’ x 32’. There are no floor plans available.

  • Kitchen - 12’ x 13’
  • Living room - 14’ x 20’
  • Dining or bedroom - 10’ x 13’
  • Loft - 14’ x 20’

There is room for two bedrooms and a family room in the basement.

Investment Features : Finish yourself and save.
Services : Well, power at lot line, septic needed.
Recreation :

The Lakes District is a camper’s nirvana. Whether you are pitching a tent, travelling with all the comforts of home, or looking to sleep under the stars, you will find a wide range of camping options including many Forest Recreational Sites, Provincial Parks, free and commercial campgrounds. Close to Uncha, there is the Uncha Lake Rec Site, two Binta Rec Sites, Indian Bay Rec Site, Uncha Mountain Red Hills Provincial Park and Francois Lake Provincial Park.

The Lakes District is known for its 3,000 miles of fishing. There is no better place to sit back, relax and drop a line in the waters. Avid anglers can try their hand at catching cutthroat and rainbow trout, char, Kokanee, lingcod and salmon. Cast your line from the shore or launch your boat into one of the many lakes and search for that perfect fishing spot. A Rod Loan program was launched in Burns Lake in 2016. Families or organized groups such as Scouts, Girl Guides and after school clubs can borrow spinning rods and reels complete with a tackle box of gear. More information can be found on the Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC’s website.

Water Sports
The extensive lakes and rivers in the area offer up an immense amount of options. There are also numerous boat launches with varying ease of launching. Waterskiing, wakeboarding, floating, exploring, paddling canoes and kayaks, paddle boards, wind surfing, river hikes and good old fashion swimming on the many varied lakes are great options to enjoy these lakes. Many of these activities can be enjoyed in peace and solitude.

This activity of hunting for and finding a hidden object by means of GPS coordinates posted on a website - is global and local treasure hunt. Geocaching brings you to places you’ve never been, pushes you to explore areas you thought you’d never go and allows you to see your local surroundings. There are two new geocaches in the Lakes District which are a short hike away from Francois Lake. They are accessed from Noralee East and Taltapin Lake Rec Site. Local businesses donate prizes to the caches.

There are countless trails that weave their way through the Lakes District. Trails range from short walks, day hikes and overnight expeditions. They are vast and showcase breathtaking views of lakes and rivers, flower and fauna, meadows, mountains and wildlife. Many trails can be completed within a few hours and are suitable for families. If you are looking for more ‘off the beaten track’ adventure, the area offers unlimited potential, including remote swimming areas with waterfalls and countless lakes.

Mountain Biking
Thrill seekers need to be ready to meet your match. Just a few minutes from Burns Lake there is a world-class mountain biking trail system to explore. The Burns Lake Mountain Bike Park Trails have some of the best downhill trails in the world. Trails range from easy, intermediate, advanced and expert riding. More trails can be found on the Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association website.

The Lakes District is a rich hunting ground for the avid rockhounder. There are sites within a few hours drive from Burns Lake, while others can be hiked to or are accessible by boat. From Francois Lake, Babine Lake and Ootsa Lake you can discover agates, an array of different coloured jaspers, rhyolites and red carnelian agates. Opals can be found at the John Shelford Opal Beds at Eagle Creek Road on Highway 35 south of Burns Lake. The opals are buried deep in the rocks.

Shooting and Archery
The Tweedsmuir Park Rod & Gun Club is home to the second oldest 1,000 yard shoot in North America. There is indoor archery, pistol and small-bore facilities, 50 m, 100 m, 200 m and 1,000 m outside ranges, and a trap range.

Cross-country Skiing
Omineca Ski Club has a long tradition of cross-country skiing and biathlon, claiming proudly to be the oldest ski club in BC and possibly Canada. There are many groomed trails ranging from easy to moderate degrees of difficulty. The trails are rated according to difficulty which is indicated on each trail. Watch for wildlife, as the trails pass through various ecosystems. Moose and deer as well as many types of birds may be seen along the trails. There is a 5- kilometre stretch of lighted trails for night skiing.

This winter sport can be enjoyed by the whole family. There are leagues and Seniors Curling clubs. Many curling bonspiels are held throughout the curling season. Located next to Spirit Square which is a community waterfront park, the rink is also used for other recreational programs, activities, events and is available for private rental.

Ice Sports
Burns Lake has a minor hockey and women’s team. Local hockey teams meet for games most weekends during the winter season. There is also a local figure skating club offering all levels of coaching. The rink is also shared for those wanting to enjoy public skating or clear a patch of ice on a lake for an outdoor experience.

Burns Lake is a paradise for the enthusiast snowmobiler. There are plenty of marked trails and mountain ranges. Other trails and riding areas are family friendly and great for all riding abilities. The Burns Lake Snowmobile Club established in 1999 has an average of 40 members. Their main riding areas are the Telkwa Range, the Sibola’s and Ailport. The Club also hosts annual snow drag competitions on a property equipped with a groomed track, professional lights and bleachers.

Burns Lake offers many opportunities to strap on your snowshoes and go for an adventure. The Omineca Ski Club has two exclusive trails for snowshoers. Their trails wind through the trees and cross-groomed ski tracks in some places. Snowshoers are welcome to use any of the groomed ski trails as well. Many hiking trails in the Lakes District are also popular for snowshoers.

Indoor Recreation
The Lakeside Multiplex connects to the arena and curling rink. This modern new facility includes many new features for public recreation. There’s a fitness centre, climbing wall and a squash/racquetball court. It also features a multi-use room that can be booked for everything from fitness classes, to business meetings or conferences and birthday/wedding parties. In the summer they also rent out canoes and kayaks.

Vegetation :

The Bulkley Basin Ecosection contains several rare grassland, scrub-steppe and forest ecosystems. Remnant productive low-elevation old-growth forest is found on the lower slopes of Uncha Mountain due to an unusual microclimate. Along with Francois Lake Park to the east, Uncha Mountain Park protects 47 km long corridor along the south shore of Francois Lake and retains connectivity between riparian and upland ecosystems.

North-facing Uncha Mountain is predominantly coniferous forest, while south-facing Red Hills is covered with a mosaic of meadows, deciduous and coniferous forest. There are rare plant communities and wildlife habitat. The wide variety of ecosystems found in Uncha Mountain Red Hills Park provide habitat to high populations of a variety of small mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and fish. Deer, moose and black bear are among the large mammals in the area. Uncha Creek is the most productive trout stream leading into Francois Lake, with excellent cover and rearing areas.

Area Data :

Services and Industry
Burns Lake has a population 2,800 and also serves the surrounding 8,000 residents of the Regional District of Bulkley Nechako. This tow is a hub for the local logging, saw-milling, mining and tourist industries. It also serves as the main commercial centre for the surrounding area including Francois Lake, Colleymount, Grassy Plains, Rose Lake, Topley and Granisle. There are three pubs, many cafes and restaurants, a selection of stores and services, numerous hotels and motels, a library, museum and a new hospital. There is a small airport close by. It is also the location of the head offices of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.

Lakes District
The Lakes District of Northern British Columbia encompasses 16 lakes including the 177-kilometre-long Babine Lake. This is the longest natural lake in BC, situated due north of Burns Lake and Houston. Francois Lake is the second largest natural lake in BC at 110-kilometres long, situated just south of Burns Lake. The Lakes District Circle Tour takes you from Burns Lake south on Highway 35 to Francois Lake. Board the Omineca Princess for the free 20-minute ferry crossing of Francois Lake to Southbank, continuing south to Ootsa Lake before turning west on the Ootsa-Nadina Road, through Wistaria to the western tip of Francois Lake and the Nadina River. From here return east along the Colleymount Road, through Colleymount to Northbank and back to Burns Lake.

The average winter snowfall is approximately 190 cm. In June 1982, Burns Lake recorded 376.5 hours of sunshine. This is most sunshine ever recorded in British Columbia during the month of June. The warmest month is July with an average high of 21°C. The coldest month is January with an average low of -15.3°C.

Major commercial airlines fly into Smithers Airport, which is 143 km west of Burns Lake, as well as Prince George Airport which is 237 km east of Burns Lake. Via Rail Canada also stops at Burns Lake and a free ferry operates frequently across Francois Lake.

There are three K-7 schools, one K-12, one 8-12 and the College of New Caledonia, a public adult learning facility.

History :

Burns Lake and the Francois Lake area’s first inhabitants were the Carrier First Nations communities that spanned much of the Lakes District and beyond. Burns itself began as a small rest stop for travelers on their way to the Yukon Gold Rush. Many of these travelers saw opportunity in the rich forestry, fur, and mining opportunities in Burns Lake and the surrounding area.

Burns Lake acquired its name after Michael Byrnes, who was an explorer for the Collins Overland Telegraph. Byrnes passed Burns Lake in about 1866 while surveying a route from Fort Fraser to Hagwilget. Research suggests that Byrnes was also a miner during the Cariboo Gold Rush and had staked a claim on William’s Creek earlier, in 1861. On an 1866 trail map of the area, the name 'Byrnes' Lake appears. After 1876 the maps renamed it Burns Lake.

Bob Gerow, one of the main founders of Burns Lake, in partnership with Jack Seely and Howard Laidlaw created Burns Lake Trading Company. Together, they built a store/hotel and sawmill on Gerow Island (a small island on Burns Lake), which become the hub of trade for the surrounding area. The Island was connected with a bridge to the mainland and the Village was incorporated on December 6, 1923.

The town continued to grow throughout the 20th Century. Its current industries have become forestry and tourism, though many workers commute to jobs in the mining industry.

Historic Buildings
Several historic buildings still stand including The Old Hospital. It was built in 1933 by the Women's Missionary Society of the United Church of Canada. Once the largest and finest public buildings between Prince George and Prince Rupert, it was famous for its fine gardens. It was later occupied by a senior citizens as an apartment complex, then declared a heritage building in 1982 and redeveloped as an office building by its owner, the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation.

Located adjacent to the Burns Lake Museum, a square-cut log building is a former fur trade post which later became a gambling den. Due to the nature of gambling, fights broke out in the building, earning its name, Bucket of Blood. It now contains a display of historical artifacts from the life of Craig Wafflehouse, one of the founders of Burns Lake.

Zoning : H1 permits a two-family dwelling.
PID 005-147-247
Taxes : $638 (2017)
Map Reference : 54° 1'14.23"N and 125°46'33.38"W
Listing # : 18193