With the family day long weekend coming up, Burns Lake trails offer a range of things to do in the area that are free or next to it.
The Omenica Ski Club ski trails are always a good bet. Although this year’s late snowpack and extending mountain-biking season prevented a repeat of last season’s early opening of the ski trails, they’re in great shape now.
There’s also an approximately eight kilometre loop available skiers or snowshoers. The Burns Lake South Trail is a relatively new trail located just north of the Omenica ski trail system.
The mostly flat trail takes users in and around lake, march and forest for a real backcountry feel. While you’re there, you can scope out summer camping and hiking options. There are plenty of walk-in campsites, fire pits, picnic tables and shelters.
If you’re looking for cross-country skiing with even more of a backcountry feel, and more of an uphill feel as well, there’s the Boer Mountain trail system.
More famous as a mountain biking destination, the trails around Kager Lake and up Boer mountain see much winter use. The latest word is that many trails in the area are in good shape from being packed down by Burns Lake’s enthusiastic mountain bikers who have been riding the trails non-stop since winter settled in on fat-tired mountain bikes.
The Burns Lake Snowmobile Club is more than the annual Cold Smoke event. They have a network of sled trails maintained through the summer to keep them fun and safe for winter travel. Contact the Burns Lake snowmobile club for more information.
Information on the Omenica Ski Club can be found online at http://ominecaskiclub.ca/
There’s regularly scheduled disco skating at the Tom Forsyth arena this Friday at 7:30 p.m., and a weekend of Burns Lake minor hockey league action to be taken in.
On Feb. 8, the Bruin midgets will take on Fort St. James at 10:45 a.m., and atoms will face Vanderhoof at 1:30 p.m. On Feb. 9, the pee wees will host Fort St. James at 10:40 a.m., and Bruins midgets will play Terrace at 1:20 p.m.
All games are free for spectators. It is best to double-check posted times at the arena on the day of games in case of schedule changes.