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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns >  Yellowhead Hwy > Endako

Endako
Endako is located 57 km (36 miles) east of Burns Lake and 16 km 10 (miles) west of Fraser Lake on Hwy 16.

Grand Trunk Pacific Railway
Endako has a European history that dates back to when the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway created a switching-off point for the trains going towards Smithers and eventually to the Pacific Ocean at Prince Rupert. The main centre of Endako was surrounded by an array of tracks, bunkhouses and a roundhouse that allowed for ease of switching including the highest water tower on the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway line.

Hwy 16
As you travel through Endako one building that stands out on Hwy 16 is the Endako Pub. Originally starting off as the Hotel Annan during the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway era, the Endako Pub serves as one of the main meeting places for the residents of Endako. Other businesses in Endako on Hwy 16 include the Endako Auto Wrecking Towing, Endako Taxidermy, Forget-Me-Nots Antiques & Gift and the Canadian National Railway bunkhouse.

Endako Mine
Endako Mine, a massive open pit open since 1962, is located 8.5 km (5.3 miles) south-west of the village of Endako on Endako Mine Road. The Endako Mine, Canada's largest and once one of North America's largest producer of molybdenum is operated by a joint venture between Sojitz Corporation, of Tokyo, Japan, and Thompson Creek (formerly Blue Pearl Mining Ltd.) of Toronto, Ontario. During the summer time tours are offered to view the mine's operation.

Glenannan
Also close by to the Endako Mine Road is the eastern end of Francois Lake at the small settlement of Glenannan, the site of a large electrical substation operated by BC Hydro. Glenannan also serves as a tourist destination with the 18-hole Molyhills Golf Club, fishing resorts and Francois Lake Provincial Park nearby.

Francois Lake Provincial Park
For a government campground, the facilities at Francois Lake Provincial Park are good but fairly rustic. Included at the park are a number of first-come, first-served vehicle-accessible campsites, swimming opportunities, a day-use area with picnic tables and a gravel boat launch at Sawmill Point. Unfortunately, there is no drinking water available and only pit toilets at Francois Lake Provincial Park.

Fishing Resorts
Some nearby fishing resorts are located near Glenannan including Birch Bay Resort, Nithi Resort and Stellako Lodge.

Other Lakes
For other lakes in the area you can also travel south on gravel roads south of Francois Lake Provincial Park to Borel Lake and Anzus Lake. Both lakes have old Forest Service recreation rustic campgrounds available. From here you can take backcountry roads to the west towards Southbank and find Wapoose, Binta and Uncha Lakes.

 

Map of Endako
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Endako Pub
Endako Pub

 

CNR Bunkhouse on Hwy 16
CNR Bunkhouse on Hwy 16

 
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