Baynes Lake, British Columbia
|Area code(s)||250, 778|
Baynes Lake consists of approximately 160 residences with a number of those belonging to seasonal residents. The village of Baynes Lake includes a community hall, an Anglican church, the Baynes Lake Volunteer Fire Hall, the Baynes Lake General Store, and a community park.
The community of Baynes Lake began along the shores of Baynes Lake in 1896. The main attraction for settlers was the opportunity for employment by the Adolph Lumber Company which established a mill site along the eastern shore around 1907. A Baynes Lake station with the Great Northern Railway existed from 1904 to 1937. With the closing of the mill, the population quickly dwindled and workers moved to find employment elsewhere. Many of the remaining residents were farmers or worked in the new portable mills of the area. With flooding of Kootenay River valley to accommodate the Libby Dam in Montana, several families who had been displaced by the rising waters were relocated to small building lots in Baynes Lake.
The Baynes Lake News is a community newsletter which is published monthly by the Baynes Lake Community Society.