areaEElectoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural) is the rural area south of the Village of Burns Lake.  The unincorporated communities within the area are Francois Lake, Noralee, Grassy Plains, Ootsa Lake, Southbank, Danskin, Wisteria, and Takysie Lake.
Electoral Area E is unique in that there is no municipality within its borders.  The forestry, agriculture and tourism sectors are the major industries in the area.  The Francois Lake Forester, owned and operated by Waterbridge Equipment Ltd., is a free ferry that is the connector for the southside of Francois Lake.  Capable of transporting up to eight loaded logging trucks, the Forester is a key infrastructure component in Electoral Area E.  The north shore community of Francois Lake is an agricultural community with acres of hay land and several cattle ranches.

Huckleberry Mines is an open pit copper/molybdenum mine located in Electoral Area E.  On January 2, 2012 the Main Zone Optimization Expansion Project got the go ahead. The expansion will create more employment opportunities in all areas of the Mine's operations over the next ten years.  Huckleberry Mines presently employs 300 people.

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Clint Lambert
Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
Elected Representative
Director Clint Lambert

Phone: (250) 694-3811
Local Services Provided by the RDBN in Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural)
Feasibility Studies Liquid/Solid Waste Disposal
Building Numbering Museum
Development Services Baker Airport
Economic Development Burns Lake Arena
Electoral Area Planning Pump and Haul Sewer Disposal
Emergency Preparedness Burns Lake Public Library
Grants-in-Aid Burns Lake Museum
Environmental Services Rural Fire Protection
Library Television Rebroadcasting
Weed Control Rural Government Services
General Government Services Emergency Services
9-1-1 Emergency Response

Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural)


Regional District of Bulkley Nechako

Area (square kilometers) 15,897  

37 3rd Ave / PO Box 820
Burns Lake, BC V0J1E0
Phone: 250-692-3195
Toll Free: 1-800-320-3339
Fax: 250-692-3305

Census Population StatsCan 2016 1,593  
Total Private Dwellings 2016 840  

Local Municipalities

Local First Nations

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Cheslatta Carrier Nation
Nee Tahi Buhn Band
Skin Tyee Nation

Electoral Area E (Francois/Ootsa Lake Rural) Boundaries

Northern Boundary (Hwy 16):

  • Near the top of Hopper's Hill
  • About 1 km south of Gilgan Road
  • About 1 km north of Bald Hill Road

Northeastern Boundary (Hwy 16):

  • Near the top of Priestly Hill
  • At the junction of the Tercer Forest Service Road

Northeastern Boundary (Hwy 16):

  • Near the top of Priestly Hill
  • At the junction of the Tercer Forest Service Road

Eastern Boundary (Hwy 16):

  • About 3.2 km east of Butler Road
  • About 9 km west of Coray Subdivision

Eastern Boundary (Francois Lake Road):

  • About 250 metres east of Ruby Road
  • Includes Birch Bay Resort

Western Boundary (Morice-Owen Forest Service Road)

  • At the end of Owen Lake
  • About 5.5 km north of Owen Lake Road

AreaE Map