Tourist information councillor, Shelby Benson thought there might be some improvements the town could make to help persuade the tourists to stick around a little longer.
“There’s a couple of things we could use in town, a lot of people are looking for a place to stay that’s close to town and that provides hook-ups for water and power [for RVs]. A lot of RVs are coming through and right now the closest places with hook-ups are quite a ways out of town; like Sandy’s Resort on Francois Lake (and Beaver Point on Tchesinkut). So it would be a valuable asset to have some RV hook-ups closer to Burns Lake for the tourists who want to explore the town and surrounding area,” she said.
Tourist numbers in Burns Lake appear to be down somewhat so far this summer.
Statistics gathered at the tourist info centre show overall visitors that took the time to stop in and register from June and July of last year at 1,382 and 1,844 persons respectively, while this years figures show just 644 for June and 1,408 for July, indicating a drop in the number of tourists passing through town.
Of the people checking in a majority were interested in adventure recreation, such as bike and hiking trails, fishing, and a fair number asked about recreation vehicle (RV) accommodations.