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    Noralee Resort - A Fantastic Business Opportunity on the Serene Shores of Francois Lake, BC

    Bulkley Nechako Listing No. 22124

    Turnkey lakefront resort. An opportunity to live the lifestyle you always dreamed. Multiple revenue streams, caretakers’ quarters, shop, restaurant, cabins, RV sites &  so much more. The potential is here to support your family for years to come while doing what you truly love.


    15 acres

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    The famous Noralee Resort. A turnkey operation ready to start earning you money immediately. This unique resort property offers 15 acres of stunning lakefront on the crystal-clear waters of Francois Lake. Famous for its fabulous fishing, Francois Lake is renowned amongst anglers in British Columbia for its healthy population of Rainbow Trout.

    The resort itself is wonderfully set up with easy roundabout access for visitors with RVs. The resort is divided by Colleymount Road with 10 partially serviced RV sites located on the lakefront (southern) portion of the property. On this side of the road is also a quaint chapel perfect for hosting a lakefront wedding. On the lake the Sellers has constructed 3 brand new dock systems perfect for mooring fishing boats in the summer. Imposing cottonwood trees serve as sentinels along the shoreline providing campers with shade during the warm summer months.

    On the north side of the resort is an additional 17 fully serviced RV sites. These sites offer access to septic, water, and electricity. This helps to accommodate long-term tenancies and enables year-round income generation. There are also a total of 8 cabins with 3 having been newly built. The 5 older cabins have all seen renovations. Each cabin offers its own deck/outdoor space, kitchenets and bathrooms. These cabins are winterized and offer electric baseboards for heating, so that guest may stay in all types of weather. Again, this assists with year-round revenue generation. There are an additional 10 un-serviced RV/tent sites throughout the resort.

    The resort owners have placed an emphasis on privacy and guest comfort over profitability in that the camping sites are well dispersed providing privacy and comfort. The RV sites are not piled on top of each other. This allows guests to truly enjoy the peaceful sights and sounds of one of British Columbia’s most beautiful lakes. Guests may also take advantage of the group fire pit if they wish to be more social. There is also a fish cleaning station in the main yard where guests may prepare their daily catch for a delicious lakeshore dinner.

    The property offers a large pole barn for dry storage. There is also a wired 24’ x 34’ shop with overhead bay doors. The shop is perfect for conducting repairs or working on equipment/boats. Beside the shop is a wash/laundry house for further guest comfort. The wash house has had new floors and showers installed. There are 2 washing/drying machines for guests. Above the shop is additional guest quarters. It is fully self-contained and offers television/phone hook-ups.

    The main storefront was built in 1978 with upgrades having been completed over the years. The storefront provides a commercial kitchen, front desk, bathrooms, food storage and dining area. The resort comes with a restaurant license, but the Sellers are not operating a restaurant at this juncture. The store his heated via a pellet stove. Above the storefront is the caretakers’ quarters offering 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom and a complete en-suite. There is also a full kitchen and living room space. Off of the front of the home is a deck with private outdoor living space when you need time to yourself. The location of the caretakers’ residence, and its many windows, provides views of the lake and allows an operator to monitor the activity of their guests.

    Ultimately, the Noralee Resort offers everything you could ask for in a camping/fishing resort in northern BC. It perfectly amalgamates rustic charm with modern convenience and some of the best fishing in all of BC!


    49400 Colleymount Road - Burns Lake, BC


    From Burns Lake, travel south on Highway 35 until you reach Colleymount Road. Turn right onto Colleymount Road and head west for 54 km, approximately 55 minutes. The property will be on your right.

    The drive is approximately 1 hour from Burns Lake.

    Area Data

    Burns Lake is a rural village in the North-Central Interior of British Columbia, incorporated in 1923. The village has a population of 2,029 according to the 2011 Census.

    The Village is renowned for its rich First Nations heritage and for its extensive network of mountain biking trails, which have received international acclaim by becoming Canada's first IMBA Ride Centre. In winter, cross-country skiing trails and snowmobile wilderness trails are created. Burns Lake is located in the midst of a large networks of lakes called the Lakes District, with fishing and hunting year-round and water activities in the summer months.

    There are two First Nations reserves that are part of the town, and another four nearby, making it one of the few communities in the province that have almost equal populations of persons of native or European descent. Local nations include Wet'suwet'en First Nation, Lake Babine Nation, Cheslatta Band, Ts'il Kaz Koh First Nation, Skin Tyee band and Nee Tahi Buhn band.

    The town serves as 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 cafés and restaurants a selection of stores and services, numerous hotels and motels, a library and a hospital. It is also the location of the head offices of the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako.


    Burns Lake has gained world-renowned recognition from the International Mountain Biking Association for its network of trails on Boer Mountain. The trails, maintained by a volunteer group called Burns Lake Mountain Biking Association, include 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-kilometre Opal Bed Trail leads to an active rock hounding destination, where users can look for precious minerals.

    Burns Lake is considered to be the gateway to Tweedsmuir North Provincial Park and Protected Area. The North Park is a wilderness area with no services or supplies; it cannot be accessed by road. Fly-in tours for sightseeing, hunting and fishing are offered by local outfitters.

    Francois Lake offers outstanding fishing for rainbow trout, kokanee, Dolly Varden and char. Winter activities include ice skating on the lake and endless snowmobile options.


    Burns Lake’s first inhabitants were the Carrier First Nations communities that spanned much of the Lakes District and beyond.

    Burns Lake itself began as a small rest stop for travelers on their way to the Yukon Gold Rush. Many of these travelers spotted 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 scheme. Byrnes passed Burns Lake in about 1866 while surveying a route from Fort Fraser to Hagwilget. Recent research indicates that Byrnes was also a miner during the Cariboo Gold Rush and had staked a claim on William’s Creek earlier, in 1861. On the 1866 trail map of the area, the name 'Byrnes' Lake appears; after 1876 however, the maps indicate it as Burns Lake.

    Bob Gerow, one of the main founders of Burns Lake, entered into partnership with Jack Seely and Howard Laidlaw to create Burns Lake Trading Company. Together, they built a store/hotel and a sawmill on Gerow Island, which would become the hub of trade for the surrounding area. The Village was incorporated on December 6, 1923. The first Mayor was G. M Gerow.

    The first newspaper in Burns Lake was called the Observer, published and edited by Sidney Godwin. In the late 1950s another newspaper, also called the Observer, was operated by Ralph Vipond. It closed in 1961.

    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.

    Burns Lake received nationwide attention on January 20, 2012, when an explosion destroyed Babine Forest Products, a wood mill which was one of the town's primary employers.

    A number of historic buildings still stand including:

    The Old Hospital

    First built in 1933 by the Women's Missionary Society of the United Church of Canada, the hospital was officially opened by Canada's former Governor General Lord Tweedsmuir. 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 apartment complex, then declared a heritage building in 1982 and redeveloped as an office building by its owner, the Burns Lake Native Development Corporation.

    The Bucket of Blood

    Located adjacent to the Burns Lake Museum, this 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. It now contains a display of historical artifacts from the life of Craig Wafflehouse, one of the founders of Burns Lake.

    Map Reference

    53°59'3.33"N and 126°26'3.91"W

    Investment Features

    Noralee Resort is a fully operable resort with year-round revenue. Please contact listing REALTOR® to acquire the included equipment lists and financial statements.

    The resort has a transferrable restaurant license.

    Included items (please confirm with listing REALTOR®):

    • Aluminum boats with 9.9 - motors, kayaks, paddle boat, a canoe, life jackets.
    • Catering equipment including shafers, bowls, trays, large pots, dishes, cutlery, wine glasses etc (everything you need to cater for 100 people).
    • 3 fridges, 2 freezers plus pop fridge, ice cream freezer, chest freezer (to freeze fish for guests) and an ice maker.
    • 12 large round tables, tablecloths, two 10’ x 20’ catering tents, 2 arches and a portable dance floor.
    • Tables and chairs for 28 seat restaurant.


    • Electricity
    • Commercial grade septic system
    • Woodstove, pellet stove and electric heat
    • Water pumped from Francois Lake


    • Storefront with upstairs caretakers’ quarters (built in 1978 with upgrades completed over the years). Storefront has commercial kitchen.
    • Caretakers’ quarters offers 2 bedrooms and 1 full bathroom.
    • 17 full-service RV sites.
    • 10 partially serviced RV sites (located lakefront).
    • 10 un-serviced RV/tent sites.
    • 24’ x 34’ shop with living above living quarters.
    • Pole barn storage.
    • 8 fully serviced cabins. All cabins have kitchenets and bathrooms.
    • Lakefront chapel for weddings.
    • Wash/laundry house.
    • 3 new dock systems.

    Tax Details

    $4,485.46 (2022)


    C-3 (Tourist Commercial)


    PID 010-398-121

    Maps & Plans

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    Maps & Plans

    Our property descriptions and geographical information are taken from the BC Assessment Authority, Land Titles Office, government maps and other sources. While LandQuest® does not guarantee the information, we believe it to be accurate, but should not be relied upon without verification. This communication is not intended to cause or induce breach of an existing agency agreement.