About Us

“In the Heart of the Lakes District, Your Recreation Destination”
Our goal is to see that your stay is relaxing and enjoyable!

The Wanakena Motel is situated on beautiful country acreage in Burns Lake, British Columbia, which is at the heart of the Lakes District in northern British Columbia. The mission of our motel is to provide outstanding lodging facilities and services to our guests. Our motel focuses on the needs of individual business and leisure travelers. We emphasize high quality standards in our rooms serviced by well trained, motivated and enthusiastic staff.

There are many activities that you can enjoy doing while visiting us. To begin with, we are surrounded by more than 300 lakes full of rainbow and lake trout for your fishing and recreation fun. Canoeing, sailing and boating are favorite pastimes. We have a museum to explore the history of our region, and arts centre to view and purchase both native and local arts and crafts, as well as an arts supply store. You can go hiking, rock hounding, or even fossil hunting. You can also enjoy bird watching as many birds migrate to our area every year. We are sure that you will have an enjoyable stay while visiting Burns Lake, our little gem of the north.

We value your business and we look forward to welcoming you!


Great Location, Service and Stay

We are a motel for all seasons and our speciality is your comfort. Enjoy our country-style location minutes away from shopping, restaurants and the many other activities offered by our community.

Enjoy our country-style location! Whether it be spring, summer, fall or winter, for sports, discovery, adventure, or relaxation our motel has much to offer. Here you will have time to rest and escape and take advantage of all the activities and services our region has to offer. Whether it’s for the great outdoors, lakes, winter, or our beautiful green spaces, or just a one day visit, come discover the quality of the people and the friendly welcome they will give you.

Our family owned business his situated in the heart of the Lakes District of Northern British Columbia, surrounded by mountains and lakes which reflect nature’s boundless generosity. We are known for our friendly and accommodating service.


Come and make yourself at home!

Our Rooms

We make our guests feel comfortable and relaxed!

All of our rooms are clean and comfortable and are furnished with everything you would need for your stay and at an affordable price. Whether you are looking for a single, double, kitchenette, or a suite, we have a solution for your needs.

All of our hotel rooms are decorated with comfort in mind and are clean and spacious.

A helpful and courteous staff is there for you from check-in to check-out. We are well worth the price!

Lovely, comfortable rooms

We are always ready to accommodate our guests!

Pics and Places

Lots of things to do and places to see!

While visiting Burns Lake, there is no shortage of things to do, or places to go.

Burns Lake has gained world renown from the International Mountain Biking Association for its network of trails on Boer Mountain which includes 20 km of downhill and 40 km of cross country trails. The trails continue to draw mountain bikers from all over the world and are expanding every season.

In the winter months cross country skiing is very popular at the Omineca Ski Club. Its facilities have hosted several national championships and are considered to 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.

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.

The 1.9 kilometer Opal Bed Trail leads to an active rock hounding destination, where users can look for precious minerals.

The village is located at the heart of the Lakes District in the centre of the province, an area boasting 4,828km/3,000mi of lake shorelines. It's surrounded by nature, including some of BC's largest freshwater lakes, such as Babine Lake north of town. These lakes are full of lake trout and other fish for the avid fisherman. Boating and swimming are another of our great summertime pastimes.

Other great outings can be found in hiking, snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, 4-wheeling, and guide outfitting as just a few examples. There is no end to the fun you can have while visiting our village. Wildlife, including moose, bears and deer roam the land freely and are often seen along our highway.

Things to do, places to go

Come have some fun!

Rates and Reservations

We offer the most affordable rates in town!

If you are looking for a clean, quiet, comfortable and affordable location to stay in Burns Lake, look no further than the Wanakena Motel. Aside from regular bookings, we welcome seniors, families, companies. We accept all major credit cards, and also debit cards.

October - March
April - September
Single / Standard $79.00 $89.00
Single / Suite $89.00 $97.00
Single / Kitchenette $84.00 $94.00
Double / Kitchenette $89.00 $99.00

All major credit cards are accepted. Debit cards are also accepted.
We have a 24 hour cancellation policy.

CALL TOLL FREE 1-888-413-3151
LOCAL 1-250-692-3151
FAX 1-250-692-7858
EMAIL wana@telus.net

Come and make yourself at home!

Contact Information

We are always ready to hear from you!

You may call us, or email us using the form below. Follow the map for directions to our motel.


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815 Hwy 16 East
Burns Lake, BC

Phone: (1) 250-692-3151

Email: wana@telus.net

Comfort and friendliness is free!