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McBride

McBride is a relatively wet region, in the month of July there is, on average, 21 days of rainfall (over 100 millimetres, 4 inches, of precipitation). There is only one region in all of Canada that gets so much July rain. The surrounding region has many lakes, mountains and parks that offer beautiful scenic views, and outdoor activities including hiking, fishing, and boating. These areas are also contain numerous wildlife habitats. The region boasts an exceptional variety of bird species such as northern harriers, ospreys, grebes, song sparrows, common yellowthroats, kingfishers, warblers, Canada Geese, coots, and a wide variety of duck species.

The area also has several man-made landmarks for visitors to check out. The Heritage Railway Station was, for a while, touted as the largest station between Winnipeg and Prince Rupert. The current station, has stood since 1919. It is a recreation of the original, which was lost to a fire in 1918. It now serves as the home of the community Visitor Centre. The Valley Museum, run by a group of local volunteers dedicated to preserving the history of the valley, displays both local artifacts, and travelling shows.

The region also offers outdoor expeditions in their Air and ATV tours. These guided tours showcase the most spectacular sites that the area has to offer.

Location

McBride is located on Yellowhead Highway 16 in the heart of the Robson Valley. It is 208 km (125 mi) southeast of Prince George, 85 km (53 mi) northwest of Valemount.

A Step Back in Time

For centuries the Yellowhead Pass was an aboriginal trading route. The nineteenth century brought explorers, goldseekers and surveyors, and in 1872 Sir Sanford Fleming and his engineers began surveying to find railway routes through the pass.

In 1912, railway crews surveyed the region. The company built a rail station the very next year, naming the region as Mile 90 of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Later the region was named McBride after Richard McBride, the Premier of British Columbia.

The original industry of the region was based around the progression of the railway, mainly construction, and forestry. Farming was also established to ensure that the new town was not solely reliant on the import of food. Sawmills produces poles and ties for the railway, but also lumber for buildings. Three main hotels and several rooming houses were constructed to house the growing regions inhabitants and visitors.

Although the railway company actively sought out settlers for the community, with the introduction of the automobile, people rarely travelled to places that they could not drive. And although residents of the area lobbied for decades for a road, they had to wait.

By 1968, the Yellowhead Highway connected Prince Rupert and Edmonton, through McBride. But by then the town had already shrunk. As people began to learn of the valleys attractions, accomidations began to grow again.

Today people come to the region by car and train to enjoy the many amenities.

Contact Information

McBride Visitor Information

McBride & Nearby Accommodations

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Beaver Point Resort
Capri Motor Inn
NV Mountainview Chalets & RV Resort

NV Mountainview Chalets & RV Resort

McBride

The Robson Valley is situated between the Rocky mountains and the Caribou mountain range, in the northeast central British Columbia. We have spectacular mountain scenery throughout the valley, and Mount Robson, the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies, is only a short drive from our location. Whethe ... Read more
North Country Lodge

North Country Lodge

McBride

Located in the heart of the Robson Valley between the Rockies and the Cariboo Mountains, North Country Lodge is the ideal accommodation for guests travelling on the Yellowhead Highway. Our motel is the largest and most complete facility in McBride, and we offer standard rooms, deluxe rooms, suites a ... Read more
Beaverview RV Park & Campground

Beaverview RV Park & Campground

McBride

2 km east of McBride on Hwy 16 between Prince George and Jasper. Beautiful, quiet, all grass RV Park with majestic mountain views. Long pull-thrus with 30 amp power & water. Back-ins with 20 amp & firepit. Tent sites, sani-dump. Spotless washrooms with free hot showers, laundry, free WiFi. Pets on l ... Read more
MamaYeh RV Park

MamaYeh RV Park

Prince George

For RV lovers, MamaYeh RV Park situated in a natural, pristine, forest setting, as RVers seek for retreat or rejuvenation. MamaYeh also makes a great destination and/or rest stop on your way to other beautiful locations like Alaska, Yukon, Jasper and Vancouver. Passport America Members welcome. ... Read more
Bee Lazee RV Park & Campground

Bee Lazee RV Park & Campground

Prince George

Well-appointed RV Park which offers grassy, shaded and open sites, long pull-thrus, hot showers and seasonal heated outdoor pool. Close to golf. ... Read more
Northern Experience RV

Northern Experience RV

Prince George

Our quiet country location, with big rig pull thrus, laundry, heated showers, and full service hookups make us the perfect location to ease into your Northern Experience and get set for the adventure you have been planning. Whether you’re heading to Alaska, visiting family in the area, shopping, b ... Read more
Travelodge Goldcap

Travelodge Goldcap

Prince George

Explore the many local attractions Prince George has to offer while staying at the newly renovated, quiet and comfortable Travelodge Goldcap in downtown Prince George. With a wide range of amenities featured at our hotel, rooms are equipped with flat screen TVs, air conditioning, coffee makers, hair ... Read more
Blue Cedars RV Park & Campground

Blue Cedars RV Park & Campground

Prince George

Entering into Blue Cedars Campground, guests are first welcomed to an open canopied forest of large birch trees before entering into a lush forest of Douglas-fir trees. Surrounded by the beautiful wilderness, our campground offers a tranquil setting for guests to relax and unwind. We offer 100 sites ... Read more
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