Video: Not Another Ghost Town

Jul 3, 2013
by nicolas Teichrob  
Views: 33,485    Faves: 228    Comments: 18


Not Another Ghost Town is a film that features the town of Burns Lake and the incredible riding that is present. In January of 2012, the community experienced great loss when the local lumber mill caught fire. Having already been crippled due to the devastating effects of Pine Beetle, the community has battled through adversity for many years. Through all of the down turn, mountain biking has been steadily rising and even thriving. With partnerships between many user groups, the Burns Lake Mountain Association has achieved a lot in recent years. The main riding area now boosts many DH and XC trails, a dozen or so campsites, a lake, dock, and the best part is, it's all free. Whether searching for a family friendly destination off the beaten path or making a pit stop along the highways of northern B.C., Burns Lake is a place worth checking out. More information can be found at the links below.

Mountain Biking in Northern B.C. - Tourism
Burns Lake Trails Association
Mountain Biking BC Burns Lake Region
Nicolas Teichrob Photography

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52 Comments

  • 23 0
 So sick! Everyone involved did a great job!
  • 2 0
 On point for sure!
  • 1 0
 I second that!
  • 13 1
 Biking saves the day again!
  • 11 52
flag SkiBitch (Jul 3, 2013 at 5:14) (Below Threshold)
 Sorry, but a bike shop cant replace a 250 person lumber mill economically, nice idea but no.
  • 30 0
 But it can't hurt, can it, SkiBitch? I'm sure you'd be happy to know that plenty of people head to Burns Lake throughout the summer to ride, camp, and spend their hard earned money (including myself at least a couple times a year). I can't imagine that diversifying the economy of a town like BL is a bad thing, and I think the local residents that are supported by the mtb tourism industry would likely agree (shop owners, local businesses, contractors that are helping build the trails, etc...).

You'll also likely be happy to know that the mill is currently being re-built. Now the 250 mill workers will actually have something different and fun to do after work. It is safe to say that initiatives such as these substantially improve the quality of life of local residents.

Thank you for your pessimism - I'm sure the BL (and northern BC) locals appreciate it.
  • 3 0
 not only that but the extra tourisum would also create new buissness such as hotels camp sites food stores for all the tourist that go there creating more jobs for the community !
  • 6 2
 SkiBitch is just mad he's stuck on a island with far less quality of biking Wink



Before I get over the internet yelled at for saying the UK has bad biking, I know there are some nugs there hahaha.
  • 4 1
 a bike shop actually can, its the first step in creating a destination. I'd advise you to watch the documentary Pedal Driven. its essentially about exactly that. A lumber mill brings in many aspects that are negative and cost lots of money to fix. negative externalities like contamination, wildlife displacement, and absurd amounts of destruction. Economically, a biking town pulls in tons of tourism, hotels flourish, restaurants flourish, and since MTBers are some of the best people you can have visit your town, not a whole lot of crime to keep in check. Bike shops are not the only economic benefit of rad riding.
  • 4 2
 SkiBitch is right and Ian560 you are deluded. Ian560, I think you are confusing a lumber mill with the act of old fashioned clearcut logging. Logging in British Columbia is not the same "rape and pillage the environment" industry it once was.

Further, a lumber mill employing 250 people can support an entire community, bike tourism alone will not.

That said go for it Burns Lake. Every little bit counts and 10 years down the road the effort in mountain biking could be seen as the catalyst to saving the community.

The video highlights a great story of people banding together and making something great. Smile
  • 5 0
 Skibitch is mostly right. A bike shop won't replace the economical power behind a Mill. But, that being said. Why not just have both? I couldn't imagine living in an area that only harbored a mill and nothing else. There's only positives to be gained from creating a solid Biking community within a town. I know my friends,myself and others from far away make the long trip to places like Burnslake or Williams Lake just for the phenomenal bike riding.
  • 1 0
 I don't know all that much about the lumber industry, but from the little knowledge that I do have... there is very little way for a lumber mill to be clean. Im not saying that bike tourism will completely replace it but it is certainly better than nothing. I think epavichthesavage hit it on the head in that living in an area with only a lumber mill would be horrible. Regardless of how the lumber industry has changed from the old fashion clear cutting methods, destruction is a byproduct. While on recreation activity won't save an entire community, nothing negative comes from mountain biking on well made and well cut trails, but that's just my opinion. Smile
  • 1 0
 Ian560, of course we are getting off track, but I just don't think you have a realistic grasp of nature. I am not saying logging doesn't affect the geography of the area, but logging done today is sustainable. We need sustainable building materials. You want to talk about bad for the environment, lets talk about the production of synthetic building materials (metal, plastic, basically everything else) those materials have to be mined from the ground, as opposed to harvested. Now that is destruction. Also extremely destructive, forest fires (in BC, most large ones are caused my lightning) and the pine beetle...
  • 1 0
 Logging is a necessity. Wood and paper products cannot be replaced with a "more environmentally friendly" substitute. Many people are obsessed with "going green". I have news for you: You can't stop green! Nature is much more powerful than man and will always prevail no matter what "destruction" it undergoes. However, harvesting trees also requires the responsibility of being a good steward of the land and taking care of the resources you have been blessed with.

With that said, awesome video! It was really cool to see how mountain biking and tourism altogether is helping the Burns Lake community stay afloat during hard economic times.
  • 7 0
 Whoa, never ending brilliance!
Wait, a forest service working with its bosses (taxpayers) community in order to create jobs (liberty)?
What a concept!
  • 2 0
 If only the USFS would allow that...
  • 2 0
 Couldn't have said it better! No hope for that here in the US with big Gov't and the likes of capital cronyism from the Sierra Club. Canadians are great people!!
  • 7 0
 Wow. That's it I'm moving to Canada
  • 3 0
 I'm with you. Need a roommate?? Lol
  • 1 0
 Haha yeah
  • 3 0
 Burns Lake trails are awesome. Dave and Ken from Burnt Bikes are great to deal with too. One evening last summer I was riding my carcass up to the top of When Pigs Fly, and Dave pulled over in his van and gave me a free shuttle to the top. Great chat on the way up and fun ride down. Nice to see so much great riding in northern BC.
  • 4 0
 Nice video with a clear message and sweet riding at the end by Doerfling, hope that their initiative for Burns Lake keeps on growing.
  • 1 0
 This is a nice video showcasing to the world something none of us living outside of Canada or even BC would ever know about. In 5 to 10 years time if they keep this up that just might become another good biking festival to go to in BC. Once again great video, hope everyone in it is proud of it and continues to push doing what they love.
  • 1 0
 What a testament to the dedication and dare I say " balls" of the people in this community and for that matter the country of Canada. We are getting so choked out in the US with political correctness and b/s regulation that common sense is almost a forgotten virtue. At least it is here on the east coast. Thumbs up for you all !!
  • 1 0
 I go there at least three times a year. Boer Mountain is awesome! Much more than you get to see in the vid. Great community and some pretty epic downs. Add in a legit 4 cross track, jump park, awesome XC loops and for real views and you have yourself a hell of a weekend.
  • 2 0
 Burns Lakers, we need more of you residents in this world. Big props for embracing the two wheels, it helps (or galvanizes) us asll
  • 3 0
 Super proud day, thanks for the love everybody. Nicolas Teichrob is one wicked dude.
  • 2 0
 That hit me hard emotionaly. At the end James stylin on the single track snapped me out of my emo ride and got me stoked to hit the trails! Absolutely brilliant!
  • 3 0
 I bet that gigantic Dalek had something to do with that fire...
  • 1 0
 HidesBehindCouch>
  • 1 0
 Wow! That's some great filming & editing!! Hats off to everyone in Burns Lake who has been involved in the trail scene there, what an awesome vibe you have going!
  • 1 0
 My hometown is Smithers not too far from Burns Lake, it is great to see home represented on pinkbike! Keep it up Northern BC, you are missed.
  • 1 0
 This is great! I go through Burns Lake often and after hearing about the fire this makes me excited to go and ride on my way to Kamloops! Congratulations!
  • 2 0
 Camp sites! Camp fire, beer, bikes..... \m/
  • 1 0
 It's a no brainer!
  • 1 0
 That's awesome that a single bike shop and a dedicated bike organization can have such a large effect on the community.
  • 2 0
 nice stuff, good things come from bikes!
  • 1 0
 Great concept! Not another Ghost Town there! Keep at it...BC some day in the future.
  • 2 0
 Super awesome, wicked trails, awesome riding scene.
  • 2 0
 Stronger minds prevail. Epic video, great work building a bike community.
  • 2 0
 one of the most ghetto but awesome ladder bridge ever. nice video man
  • 2 0
 "If you build it they will come!"
  • 1 0
 Wow, just shows what some enthusiasm and organization can accomplish. Way to go Burns Lake!
  • 1 0
 Great trails in Burns. Definately worth the trip.
  • 1 0
 Sick trails, sich riding, even from the children.
  • 1 0
 Awesome worthwhile project. Great job filming and editing Nic
  • 1 0
 Awesome Video! I'm definitely going to head up there sometime soon
  • 1 0
 What bike was the pro riding at the end?
  • 2 0
 knolly podium
  • 2 0
 Got to make it this year
  • 1 0
 This gives me so much inspiration, keep up the amazing work!!
  • 1 0
 Awesome short film.

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