McBride is a village in the Robson Valley region of British Columbia, Canada. The village is located 210 km (130 mi) southeast of Prince George ,British Columbia and 166 km (103 mi) west of Jasper, Alberta. Incorporated in 1932, McBride is located in the Robson Valley surrounded by the Rocky Mountains and Cariboo Ranges.
McBride was founded in 1913 as Mile 90 of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. The village was named after the serving premier, Sir Richard McBride.
McBride's early industries were rail, shipping, forest harvesting and the agricultural development of the valley. In 1970 access to McBride changed with the opening of Highway 16 (Yellowhead), which enabled vehicles to travel through the valley.McBride is rich in farmland in the valley bottom, with a mix of forest and alpine surrounding the valley. This unique mixture allows McBride to be a prime location for many industries. Current industries for McBride are railroad, forestry, tourism, small businesses and agriculture. Barley, oats, forage crops and pasture are the main agricultural activities.
The village offers a diverse outdoor attractions for all seasons. During the winter months, McBride has a variety of cross-country skiing trails and is world-famous snowmobiling trails and designated snowmobiling areas, as well as offering numerous locations for the ever-popular ice fishing. The warmer months in McBride allow for hiking, camping, fishing and bird watching. Recreation sites in the area include Beaver Falls Recreation Trail, Beaver River Recreation Site, LaSalle Lake Recreation Site and McBride Peak Halfway Hut. Another popular site is Horseshoe Lake, a naturally formed ox-bow lake that allows birdwatchers to observe waterfowl and other birds from an observation platform. The village has a ball field and Community Recreation Centre that is equipped with gym, a regulation sized ice hockey arena, two curling sheets and a convertible court.
The McBride and District Public Library and the Valley Museum and Archives are housed in a building on Main Street. A popular attraction among tourists, the Valley Museum and Archives presents a variety of touring exhibitions each year show casing the unique history and culture of the Robson Valley. The library offers a variety of services to the community and tourists, including workshops for all ages, internet access and computer stations, and a wide selection of media.
Valemount is a village municipality of 1,018 people in east central British Columbia, Canada, located 320 kilometres (200 mi) from Kamloops, British Columbia. It is situated between the Rocky, Monashee, and Cariboo Mountains. It is the nearest community to the west of Jasper National Park, and is also the nearest community to Mount Robson Provincial Park, which features Mount Robson, the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies. Outdoor recreation is popular in summer and winter—hiking, skiing, snowmobiling, cross country skiing, mountain biking and horseback riding are common activities.
Valemount is a fully serviced village, boasting high speed wireless internet, train, bus and highway service as well as world-class natural phenomena. A large number of artists, artisans and authors make Valemount their home. The village has one weekly newspaper, The Rocky Mountain Goat News, locally owned and based in Valemount, B.C. It cover the communities of Valemount, McBride, Dunster, Tete-Jaune, and to a lesser extent Jasper and Blue River. The Goat's focus is hard news, business news, community and local outdoor adventure. The Goat was named the top newspaper in its circulation category in 2015 by the BC Yukon Community Newspapers Association.
Valemount has the potential for geothermal production, and the firm Borealis Geopower obtained three permits Oct. 27th 2010 to explore the Canoe Reach area of Kinbasket Lake south of Valemount for geothermal development. It is only the second region of B.C. opened up to geothermal exploration.
The Caribou Grill, a log building, is a precursor of the new high-standards that guests and visitors expect from resort towns. The Holiday Inn (now the Best Western Valemount Inn & Suites) was completed in 2001 and equals the standards set by the Caribou Grill. The Village of Valemount has increased its infrastructure capacity by adding a second water tower (300,000 Gallons) in 2003, and now has a fully modern water treatment plant.
For more information visit Community of Valemount, Visit Valemount, or Valemount Chamber of Commerce.
The Robson Valley Region is a collection of communities nestled on the edge of the Rocky Mountains in northern British Columbia, between Prince George, Jasper, and Kamloops. The Robson Valley Region includes: Dome Creek, Crescent Spur, McBride, Dunster, Tête Jaune Cache, and Valemount. We feel our communities and our lifestyle is a great opportunity for you step back and enjoy life again. Enjoy the outdoors, nature, fresh air, wildlife, and close neighbours. The discoverrvr.ca website showcases who we are, what we are about, and all the opportunities available within our area. We encourage you to take a browse and experience what we can offer you. http:/www.discoverrvr.ca