1 Mackenzie Blvd
British Columbia Tourism Region : Cariboo Chilcotin Coast
- Bernhard Creek flows into Peace Arm of Williston L. In September 1828 the I-IBC engagé carrying Sir George Simpson on his back from the canoe to the shore slipped, and the two fell into the water. Simpson named the stream after the man.
- Mackenzie - Named after Sir Alexander Mackenzie (1764?-1820), the first white man to cross Canada to the Pacific Ocean.
- A.M. Sheppard, the first mayor, wrote: 'In our search for a name for our instant town, it became our knowledge that while there was a river and a district named after this very famous explorer of our country,
- there had not been a town or city named in his honour. Once this was known the choice became simple.'
- The first three families arrived in July 1966, and two years later a town of 1,200 was inaugurated. The new town came into being as a result of the development of a major forest industry in the area.
- Morfee Lakes - A.L. Morfee, an RCAF officer, flew photographic planes in 1929 during a PGE Railway survey.
- Old Friend Mountain - This outstanding mountain is a landmark for those travelling through Pine Pass.
- Mount Selwyn - Named after A.R.C. Selwyn (1824-1902), director of the Geological Survey of Canada from 1869 to 1895.
- In 1875 he took an expedition up the Peace River to see if a mountain there could be as incredibly precipitous a cone as an English illustrator of W.F. Butler's The Wild North Land had made it.
- He found that the mountain was indeed an impressive one but not at all like the artist had shown it.
- At the suggestion of Professor John Macoun, the expedition's botanist, the mountain was named for Selwyn. Another Mount Selwyn (in the Selkirks) was named for him, as was SELWYN INLET in the Queen Charlotte Islands.
- With permission from G.P.V and Helen B. Akrigg 1997 British Columbia Place Names. UBC Press.
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