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McBride, British Columbia
July 30, 2015 & August 23-24, 2009

Note: (smaller photos are from 2009 and the bigger photos are from 2015)

history bookThe site of McBride was surveyed and established as a divisional point through the Yellowhead Pass for the Canadian Pacific Railway in 1912. For awhile, its first station was the largest between Winnipeg and Prince Rupert. The yards had 8 miles of track plus a roundhouse, turntable, bunkhouse, 2 water towers, a dam and an ice house. The village of McBride was designed in a standard Grand Trunk Pacific Railway design. It was first known as Mile 90, being 90 miles from Summit at the boundary with Alberta. In 1913 it was named McBride after Richard McBride, the Premier of British Columbia. McBride was incorporated in 1932.
The town of McBride does NOT have a car wash - bad news for RVers. But there were lots of hiking trails, fishing, and mountain biking in the area.

Below: Welcome sign in 2009 and 2015

sign - welcome to McBride 2009
sign - welcome to McBride 2015

McBride campgrounds have separate links: Visit these if you are interested in campgrounds, but please return here to continue the main journey.

The two RV Gypsies parked their RV at Beaverview RV Park in 2009.

The two RV Gypsies parked their RV at Mountainview Chalets & RV Resort in 2015

 
welcome to McBride
welcome to McBride

Below: Bill Clark Memorial Park and the nearby Visitor Center

Bill Clark Memorial Park
Visitor Center
train painted on parking block
train mural at the Visitor Center
a carving at a store
An art walk through the city of McBride exhibited examples of the fantastic artwork created by artisans from the Whistle Stop Gallery via painted fire hydrants.
painted fire hydrant 2015
painted fire hydrant 2015
painted fire hydrant 2015
painted fire hydrant 2015
painted fire hydrant
painted fire hydrant
painted fire hydrant
painted fire hydrant
painted fire hydrant
painted fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant

Some of the same hydrants from 2009 were still there, but a bit deteriorated.

Fire hydrant
painted fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
Fire hydrant
The sidewalks were blue with hockey players on them in 2009.
The designs were all washed off by 2015
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sidewalk
sidewalk
sidewalk
sidewalk

Below: mural on a building

mural on a building
Below: Train murals on buildings in the city.
train painting on a building in the city
train mural
street signs had trains on them too
street signs had trains on them too street signs had trains on them too
history bookThere are 7 river systems flowing in the BC portion of the Rocky Mountain Trench. The only river completely in BC is the largest one, the Fraser River. It flows from its source high in the mountains about 50 km from the Yellowhead Highway near Lucerne, then westerly to the trench of Tete Juane, then northwesterly through the beautiful Robson Valley to Prince George and its confluence with the Nechako River. Then it travels in a southwesterly direction through the Fraser Canyon. At Hope, it turns and flows west to Vancouver and the Pacific Ocean. The Fraser River was a major transportation route when the Overlanders came in search of the gold fields in 1862.
Fraser River sign
Fraser River sign
Fraser River sign
Fraser River
Below: Leaving McBride in 2009 got a bit complicated:
scenery Leaving McBride the next day
Leaving McBride the next day
Leaving McBride the next day
After driving about 30 miles, the two RV Gypsies heard a very loud bang, so they drove slowly and carefully until they could find a rest area big enough for their RV to fit in. Then they stopped to investigate the problem. One of the inner tires blew. While Lee was pumping air into the tire, Karen took a walk around the area and photographed a beautiful river, called "Small River".
sign - small river rest area
AWO at mall river rest area
AWO at mall river rest area
mall river rest area
mall river rest area
mall river rest area
mall river rest area
fireweed
Lee determined that the tire needed to be replaced, so the two RV Gypsies slowly drove their RV back to McBride. On the way back to McBride, a deer crossed the road in front of their RV.
deer in the road
deer in the road
The Goodyear Garage in McBride was closed, and the only other place that could fix the tire could not schedule the repair until the next day, so the two RV Gypsies returned to the campground. AWO had space to herself.
AWO - back to the same RV campground
In the morning, AWO was put in for repair, and the two RV Gypsies decided to go to Beaver Falls. Click here to see both the 2009 and 2015 photos, or return to the 2015 Canada menu with the link below.
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