Travel advisory

While we normally encourage visitors to come to our beautiful little valley, British Columbians have been advised to avoid travel within the province or outside of the province at this time because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
It is requested that you do not travel to other regions unless it is essential. People traveling to B.C. from another province or territory within Canada should only come for essential reasons.
We would also strongly advise anyone who comes to McBride from outside the community be very respectful of our limited healthcare resources and the safety of our local service workers. Be kind, be safe, mask up, keep your distance and we will get through this together. Thank you.

A comet and a parade of planets

Comet Neowise over McBride Peak just before 2 am, July 20. It is now up all night over the Canadian Rockies. Watch it move a little closer closer to the the Big Dipper every night.

The best comet seen in the north for more than two decades is worth a look amid the clouds in the next few days. It is easiest to see low in the north between midnight and 1 am when the sky is darkest. With binoculars or a camera exposure of a few seconds you can see a fainter ion tail to the left of the brighter dust tail. If you find a clear sky or are waiting for clouds to move, look for Jupiter as it approaches Saturn low in the south, bright orange Mars in the east, and around 3 am or so, brilliant Venus rising ahead of the sun.

Help celebrate Canada Day on the Weekend

VIA Rail’s westbound train passes the Beaver Mountain

Events begin at 4 pm Saturday July 4 with a parade of local vintage vehicles touring nearly all the streets of McBride. See the map for where to spot them. Then at 4:30 pm, visit McBride’s Heritage Railway Station for an outdoor reading from her new book Song of Sadrack by author Sheilagh Foster. Please note that physical distancing is in effect for all events.

Some of the cars at the 2019 McBride Show N Shine

Our passenger train is coming back! Come by the station across from the Dunster General Store before 2 pm or the station in McBride at 2:30 pm Sunday July 5 to help wave the flags and greet our local passenger train as it pulls in for the first time after a long absence. Vintage vehicles will be on show at the McBride platform too. If you have one, bring it along! Passenger service between Jasper and Prince Rupert, serving many rural and remote communities, is being partially restored with westbound trains on Sundays and eastbound on Thursdays. Please note that masks are required to be worn while on board and at VIA Rail stations such as at Jasper and Prince George.

Greeting the train is a long time tradition in McBride. This is how it looked 100 years ago. Courtesy Valley Museum and Archives

We’re back!

The McBride Visitor Centre is now open for the summer 7 days a week, 9 am to 5 pm. Physical distancing measures are in place. As we update our website business directories, dining and accommodations pages, please call us at 1-866-569-3366 (local 250-569-3366), email at come2mcbride@telus.net, or come by McBride’s heritage railway station so we can help you find what you are looking for!

Eastbound VIA Rail train pulls into McBride Heritage Railway Station. Behind are the Rocky Mountains with Teare Mountain, and McBride Peak with its amazing hiking, mountain biking and horseback trails.

We are also open for BC Transit buses (twice weekly between Valemount and Prince George) and VIA Rail passenger trains serving the Robson Valley, resuming July 5 with a reduced schedule of one train per week each way between Jasper, Harvey, Dunster, McBride, Goat River, Loos, Dome Creek, Bend, Penny, Prince George and Prince Rupert.

Family Fun Day on Mount Lucille

Beautiful Mount Lucille overlooking McBride–just a snowmobile ride away!

Matthew Wheeler photos

On Sunday February 16, 2020, celebrate BC’s Family Day long weekend with a midday adventure on Mount Lucille overlooking McBride. Jumps have been built for snowboarders as well as the traditional long run for toboggans. Hot dogs, hot chocolate and more for purchase by donation. The special McBride Big Country Snowmobile Association event runs  10 am to 2 pm. Trail passes will not be required at the Mt. Lucille trailhead from 10 am. For more details contact the Visitor Centre at 866-569-3366 or drop by the Centre in McBride’s railway station at Main and First, open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. For trail conditions call for message at 250-569-8871.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Venus sets over the peak of Mount Lucille, Christmas Eve 2019

We wish you all the best for 2020 and hope you have a chance to experience our winter wonderland, whether by snowmobile, skiis, snowshoes, or just enjoying the scenery from car or train windows. Our award winning groomed snowmobile trails have lots of powder. The Yellowhead ski trails on Bell Mountain are groomed and ready to explore. The area area also offers fine snowshoeing away from the set trails, or try snowshoeing the 24 km network of exciting new trails with a view on McBride Peak. Indoors there is the opportunity for drop in skating with rental skates available, drop-in curling, plus fit pit and convert-a-court all in the Robson Valley Recreation Centre. There are plenty of ways to have fun in our Robson Valley winter!

Join us for Remembrance Day in McBride

Welcome to the 2019 Fraser Heritage Festival!

Arts in the Parks–A Three Day Festival

This long weekend, visit the Robson Valley and enjoy free art, music and history celebrations in some of Canada’s most breathtaking scenery.Day 1: Saturday, Aug 31, 2019 Arts in the Ancient Forest Park.

A universal access boardwalk runs to a waterfall through more than 400 metres of forest.

Celebration Details:

Time: 11 am – 4 pm

Location: Ancient Forest / Chun T’oh Whudujut Provincial Park by Highway 16, approximately 113 km east of Prince George and 95 km northwest of McBride.

What: Family-friendly Art in the Park event to celebrate the beauty, biodiversity and magic of the Ancient Forest / Chun T’oh Whudujut.

The event will begin at 11am with welcoming to the Territory by the Lheidli T’enneh First Nations and a dedication of the festivals in memory of Mary Gouchie by singer-songwriter, Kym Gouchie.

After the dedication brief words from the festival planning committee and elected representatives will follow:
MC Dannielle Alan, Regional District of Fraser–Fort George Area H Director
Shirley Bond, Member of the BC Legislature,
Bob Zimmer, Member of Parliament
Gene Runtz, Mayor of McBride
Lyn Hall, Mayor of Prince George
Nowell Senior will tell his story of the forest.

Dome Creek artists Hugh Perkins (left) and Kathy Juncker hand felt natural fibers to make incredible pictures inspired by the Ancient Cedar forests around Dome Creek.

Arts in the Park will begin with local artists and musicians, from dancers and quilters, knitters and painters, sculptors and felters, basket weavers and wood turners scattered throughout the forest performing and showing off their creations. Attendees can wander throughout the forest enjoying the many sights and sounds, while searching for Gandalf and the mystical forest fairies.

If all this excitement makes you hungry there is also lunch available by donation through the Dome Creek Community Association as supplies last.

Cost: Free to attend

 

Tentative timeline:
11:00 am: Event begins!
11:00 – 11:20am: Lheidli T’enneh First Nations Territorial Welcome and Prayer   Kym Gouchie
11:20 -11:45pm: Committee welcome
11:30 – 4:00pm: On going events
BBQ lunch
Music stations
Visual artist stations
Guided naturalist walks (starting at 12:00 pm and 1:15 pm

Getting to the Celebration:

You never know who you may meet up in the Ancient Forest on Saturday!

Complimentary accessible buses from Prince George and McBride are available by pre-registration on a first come, first serve basis. Please RSVP through Engage Sport North via: https://events.eventzilla.net/e/art-in-the-park-discovering-chun-toh-whudujut–august-31-2019-2138765868?resp=on&dateid=2138461461

 

Please note the departure times for the bus you choose; you must take the same bus back.

Bus options: Leaving McBride at 9:30 am from McBride Railway Station
Arrive Ancient Forest at 11am
Enjoy the festival 11am -1pm
Leave forest at 1:00pm
Arrive back in McBride 2:30 pm

Parking:
Please work with the parking attendants at the Ancient Forest to make parking as easy as possible and car pool with friends and family if possible!

Things to Consider:
Please bring a water bottle
Please dress appropriately for the weather
Bring extra snacks as needed

Thank You to our Celebration Supporters and Sponsors:
Lheidli T`enneh First Nations, Caledonia Ramblers, Robson Valley Arts and Culture Council,  Northern Development Initiatives Trust, Village of McBride, Regional District of Fraser-Fort George, Dome Creek Community Association, BC Parks,  Diversified Transportation,  City of Prince George, Tourism PG, Engage Sports North,  many local musicians and artists!

Day 2: Arts in Steve Kolida Park, McBride, Sunday 2 September 2019

The passenger train arrives at McBride’s railway station in its first year, 1919

Come Celebrate With Us!
Sunday, September 1st from 11 AM to 4 PM at Steve Kolida Park in McBride next to the railway station.
Join artists, vendors and performers as we celebrate the 100th Anniversary of our own Heritage Railway Station. The model railway will be open and the Valley Museum will give guided history tours. McBride Pedicab Co is offering free rides and CN Rail is sponsoring a free BBQ hosted by Live Different. Free cake! With live music, artist demonstrations and lots of crafts, baking and other goodies for sale the park will be full of fun – JOIN US! And be sure to visit the museum show celebrating the station’s 100th anniversary at 521 Main Street, open until 8 pm August 30 and 31, closed Sundays and Mondays.

The station has witnessed many changes since the early 1920s, but the downtown railway parks have been preserved. Photos courtesy Valley Museum and Archives.

Day 3: Kinney Lake Alphorn Concert, Mount Robson Provincial Park, Monday 2 September 2019

Even the clouds seemed to get into the spirit during this 2014 performance. A hushed audience was treated to notes returning from mountain sides kilometres away across Kinney Lake.

Join us in the natural amphitheatre of Mount Robson for a Kinney Lake Alphorn Concert, 2 Sep 2019,  with Jane Houlden and Keith Berg starting noon at Kinney Lake. It takes about an hour to walk from the parking lot along the Berg Lake Trail to Kinney Lake, 4.5 km.  Come enjoy the beauty of the hike, the scenery and the sound of the alphorns echoing off the mountain sides!

Keith Berg and Jane Houlden play alphorns right below the peak of Mount Robson

Community Markets back for the summer

Enjoy a friendly get together while you shop in downtown McBride on Fridays and at the Dunster Community Hall on Saturdays!

In McBride, the community market is back for the summer with a wide range of offerings that are grown, made or assembled in the valley. Drop by the Pavilion in Steve Kolida Park at Main and First, McBride to see what is happening this week and maybe stop for a picnic in the park. It runs every Friday 11 am to 2 pm until August 30, 2019.

The Dunster Farmer’s Market is back for the summer at the Dunster Community Hall by Highway 16. Drop by from 11 am to 1 pm Saturdays just to browse, or stop for burgers and coffee for lunch with neighbours. 28 km east of McBride, 38 km west of Tete Jaune. Baking, local garden produce, crafts, bedding plants, rummage, conversation, community!