Lynn Lake

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Lynn Lake is located in Manitoba
Lynn Lake
Lynn Lake
Location of Lynn Lake in Manitoba

Lynn Lake is a town in the northwest region of Manitoba, Canada, approximately 1,071 km (665 mi) from Winnipeg. The town is the fourth-largest town in Manitoba in terms of land area. It is centred on the original urban community of Lynn Lake, located at 56°51′06″N 101°02′48″W / 56.85167°N 101.04667°W / 56.85167; -101.04667. The town was named after Lynn Smith, chief engineer of Sherritt Gordon Mines Ltd. There are many outfitters in the Lynn Lake area. They offer services for most wilderness experiences, including sport fishing and bear and moose hunting.


Lynn Lake was founded in 1950, when a deposit of nickel ore was discovered. The nickel mine was developed, and soon after, gold was also discovered. Most of Lynn Lake's 208 houses and commercial buildings were moved from Sherridon, Manitoba, over cat train trails. The houses and commercial buildings were moved by digging out the foundation, loading them on the tricycle winter freighting sleigh pulled by Linn tractors and caterpillar crawlers. The buildings once loaded were the last sleigh on the cat trains which were usually 4–5 sleighs long.

The Linn Tractors were used to move the town of Sherridon, Manitoba to Lynn Lake, Manitoba in the 1950s.

After a rich vein of copper ore had been nearly depleted in Sherridon, the company sent out prospectors to find another strike. Around 1945, the expeditions were successful when one of the world's largest nickel strikes was found near the soon to be established Lynn Lake. Most of the people of Sherridon moved to Lynn Lake when housing was completed.

Gold mining was once the major industry of the town. The mine was shut down in the late 20th century, but if the price of gold and other metals rises enough, mining operations could be resumed.


In the 2011 Census, Statistics Canada reported that the Town of Lynn Lake had a population of 482 living in 169 of its 295 total dwellings, a −32.5% change from its 2006 population of 714.[1] Statistics Canada amended the 2011 census results to a population of 674 living in 246 of its 386 total dwellings, a −5.6% change from 2006.[2] With a land area of 910.23 km2 (351.44 sq mi), it had a population density of 0.7405/km2 (1.9178/sq mi) in 2011.[1][2]

In 2001, the population of Lynn Lake was 699, a −32.7% change from its 1996 population of 1,038.[3]


Burge Lake Provincial Park[edit]

Burge Lake Provincial Park was established in 1961 and is 6.12 ha (15.1 acres)[4] in size. It is located on the west shore of the lake, about 10 km. north of Lynn Lake off PTR 394[5] at 56°54′8″N 101°2′6″W / 56.90222°N 101.03500°W / 56.90222; -101.03500 (Burge Lake Provincial Park)[6] The park has a small cottage subdivision[4], a campground, a boat launch and a beach with children's playground.[5]

Burge Lake belongs to the Churchill River watershed, draining into Goldsand Lake.[7] It is the site of the annual catch and release fishing derby for northern pike held on Canada Day.[8]

Zed Lake Provincial Park[edit]

Zed Lake Provincial Park was established in 1961 and is 12.07 ha (29.8 acres)[4] in size. It is located on the east shore of the lake, about 27 km. north of Lynn Lake on PTR 394[9] at 56°54′38″N 101°14′31″W / 56.91056°N 101.24194°W / 56.91056; -101.24194 (Zed Lake Provincial Park)[10] The park has 25 cottage lots, a campground, a boat launch and a beach.[4]

Zed Lake is part of the Churchill River watershed, lying between Vandekerckhove Lake and Goldsand Lake.[11] Jack pine and black spruce grow in open stands with a ground cover of lichens.[9] The park is within the Churchill River Upland ecoregion of the Boreal Shield ecozone.[9] Zed Lake greywacke is found to the east and the south of the lake, its presence an indication of an ancient ocean approximately 1880 million years before.[12]


The town is served by Lynn Lake Airport and Manitoba Provincial Road 391. There is a functional rail line between Lynn Lake and The Pas. The rail line is owned by Keewatin Railway and is inactive between Pukatawagan and Lynn Lake.

Notable people[edit]

Canadian musician, writer, and Officer in the Order of Canada, Tom Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake and lived there until he was four years old. On October 31, 2016, he announced a return to Lynn Lake for a live performance scheduled for August 20, 2017.[13] This announcement was made from the Manitoba Legislature as part of a ceremony that announced the renaming of Manitoba Provincial Road 391 from Thompson, MB to Lynn Lake as the "Life Is A Highway" in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of his best selling album Mad Mad World.

Lynn Johnston, the creator of the comic strip For Better or For Worse, also lived for a number of years in Lynn Lake, where she began her career.


Lynn Lake experiences a subarctic climate (Köppen Dfc).

Climate data for Lynn Lake (1981-2010)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 7.7
Average high °C (°F) −19.3
Daily mean °C (°F) −24.3
Average low °C (°F) −29.3
Record low °C (°F) −46.7
Average precipitation mm (inches) 20.3
Source: Environment Canada[14]

Local media[edit]

NASA's "Balloon-borne Experiment with a Superconducting Spectrometer" lifting off near Lynn Lake, August 7, 2002


CBTA began operation in September 1967 on channel 8. CBTA was a Frontier Coverage Package station with program broadcast on a one-week delay. The station operated 4 hours per day from 6pm to 10pm, 7 days a week. CBTA's antenna, transmitter and video equipment were located at the Lynn Lake post office. In early 1969 the province-wide microwave system replaced the video tape recordings. CBTA became part of the CBC network rebroadcasting programing from CBW TV in Winnipeg. The transmitter was later moved to the MTS site. CBTA was managed and operated by Ken Crowston and Trenton Baisley from September 1967 until shortly after the station connected to live CBC network. [15] Lynn Lake has enjoyed live television since then.[16]

  • CBWRT Channel 8 (CBC)


Northwest Communities Cooperative Inc. (NCC), an independent broadband provider, was formed in July 2010. NCC was the first high-speed internet service of its kind to become available to the community, and had been working to accommodate the large demand. The company's list of subscribers had been growing steadily since its formation. NCC was dissolved in September 2011, and the continued operation of high-speed wireless service was transferred to Broadband Communications North. MTS Allstream began to offer DSL Internet service in December 2011 in addition to its dial-up service. Internet is also available through external satellite providers.[17]MTS Allstream Inc. DSL Availability


The Town of Lynn Lake used to publish Lynn Lake Life, a local newsletter, on a monthly basis. It was available at many local locations in paper format and simultaneously available on-line.[18] Monthly publication was suspended in July 2013 when the editor left the community.


  1. ^ a b "Population and dwelling counts, for Canada, provinces and territories, and census subdivisions (municipalities), 2011 and 2006 censuses (Manitoba)". Statistics Canada. 2012-02-08. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  2. ^ a b "Corrections and updates". Statistics Canada. 2012-10-24. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ Lake&SearchType=Begins&SearchPR=01&B1=All&Custom= "2001 Community Profiles – Lynn Lake, Manitoba (Town)" Check |url= value (help). Statistics Canada. 2007-02-01. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  4. ^ a b c d A System Plan for Manitoba's Provincial Parks (PDF) (March 1998 ed.). Winnipeg: Manitoba Conservation, Parks and Natural Areas Branch. 1997. Retrieved 6 October 2017. 
  5. ^ a b "Burge Lake". Popular Parks. Parks and Protected Spaces, Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  6. ^ "Burge Lake Provincial Park". Geographical Place Names. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  7. ^ "Northern region: Reindeer Lake to Lynn Lake, via McMillan Lake and Zed Lake". Canadian Canoe Routes. Wilderness Canoe Association. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  8. ^ Lindsay, James (4 March 2016). "Cold temperatures no deterrent to participants at Lynn Lake Winter Carnival". Nickel Belt News (Friday, March 4, 2016): 6. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  9. ^ a b c "Zed Lake". First-Come, First-Served Cottage Lot Program. Sustainable Development, Government of Manitoba. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  10. ^ "Zed Lake Provincial Park". Geographical Place Names. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 5 October 2017. 
  11. ^ "Northern region: Pukatawagan to Lynn Lake". Canadian Canoe Routes. Wilderness Canoe Association. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  12. ^ Beaumont-Smith, C.J.; Böhm, C.O. (2003). "Tectonic evolution and gold metallogeny of the Lynn Lake greenstone belt, Manitoba (NTS 64C10, 11, 12, 14, 15 and 16)" (PDF). Manitoba Geological Survey, Manitoba Industry, Economic Development and Mines. Report of Activities, 2003. Retrieved 7 October 2017. 
  13. ^ "Life is a Highway — and now, so is Tom Cochrane". CBC News. Retrieved 2016-11-01. 
  14. ^ Environment Canada - Canadian Climate Normals 1981-2010—[1], accessed 23 July 2017
  15. ^ Ken Crowston - CBTA operator
  16. ^ "Microwave Hook-Up Gives North Live TV". Winnipeg Free Press. April 29, 1969. p. 28. 
  17. ^ "MTS Allstream Inc. DSL Availability". MTS Allstream Inc. 
  18. ^ Lynn Lake Life On-line

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Coordinates: 56°49′30″N 101°04′30″W / 56.82500°N 101.07500°W / 56.82500; -101.07500