Mackenzie, British Columbia

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Mackenzie
District municipality
District of Mackenzie[1]
Nickname(s): "Mack-Town"
Mackenzie is located in British Columbia
Mackenzie
Mackenzie
Location of Mackenzie in British Columbia
Coordinates: 55°20′17″N 123°05′40″W / 55.33806°N 123.09444°W / 55.33806; -123.09444Coordinates: 55°20′17″N 123°05′40″W / 55.33806°N 123.09444°W / 55.33806; -123.09444
Country Canada
Province British Columbia
Regional District Fraser-Fort George
Incorporated 1966
Government
 • Mayor Stephanie Killam
 • Governing body District of Mackenzie Municipal Council
 • MP (Prince George-Peace River) Bob Zimmer
 • MLA (Prince George-Mackenzie) Mike Morris
Area
 • Total 159.09 km2 (61.42 sq mi)
Elevation 700 m (2,300 ft)
Population (2011)
 • Total 3,507
 • Density 22.6/km2 (59/sq mi)
Time zone PST (UTC-8)
Postal code span V0J 2C0
Area code(s) 250, 778
Website District of Mackenzie
World largest tree crusher

Mackenzie is a district municipality within the Fraser-Fort George Regional District in central British Columbia, Canada. The community is located at the south end of Williston Lake. The townsite, established by Alexandra Forest Industries (acquired by BC Forest Products in 1967) and Cattermole Timber (partnered with Jujo Paper in 1970 to create Finlay Forest Industries), was named for Sir Alexander MacKenzie (1764–1820). Mackenzie's main industries are logging, lumber, market pulp and tourism. Duz Cho Logging, sawmills, such as the Canfor Corporation Mackenzie sawmill (successor to BCFP's lumber division) and Conifex Timber,[2] (successor to FFI) and the Paper Excellence[3] kraft pulp mill (successor to BCFP's pulp division), are major employers in town. The addition of Thompson Creek Metals Mount Milligan copper-gold operation[4] is a major new asset to the town.

Recreation[edit]

Mackenzie is a destination for outdoor sports enthusiasts. In the winter, Mackenzie hosts dog sled racing, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling competitions. Morfee Mountain overlooks Mackenzie and is a popular destination for local hiking and an off-road vehicle destination. Mackenzie has a swimming pool, indoor and outdoor skating rinks, a curling rink, and two developed beaches on Morfee Lake; First Beach is used primarily for recreational swimming, and Second Beach includes a boat launch. Mackenzie has a ski hill just east of the main town and is 45 minutes away from Powder King ski resort as well as Little Mac a small hill in town. Several lakes that are great for fishing spots.

Mackenzie Golf and Country Club is a challenging, semi-private, nine-hole golf course with a driving range and is within walking distance of most of the town, including the RV park.

Community facilities[edit]

Community facilities include a recreation centre that houses the public library, gym, pool, curling rink and ice rink. There is also an art centre, a museum, two shopping malls and three schools: Mackenzie Secondary School (which also serves McLeod Lake), and Mackenzie and Morfee Elementary Schools. The schools are operated by the Prince George School District (No. 57).

Mackenzie also has several religious establishments, including a Sikh temple, St. Peter's Catholic,[5] Mackenzie Baptist and Hope Trinity (converging the Anglican, Lutheran and United faiths) churches and Living Joy Christian Centre.[6]

Mackenzie has two local media: the Mackenzie Times publishes a weekly local-interest newspaper and CHMM-FM has operated a not-for-profit radio station since 2003.

Mackenzie has its own Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment, a volunteer fire department and a municipal hospital.

Tourist attractions[edit]

Mackenzie is less than 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Williston Lake reservoir, the largest man-made lake in British Columbia.[7] Mackenzie is also home of the world's largest tree crusher.

Famous people from Mackenzie[edit]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Mackenzie Airport
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high Humidex 9.2 9.9 14.9 23.8 31.4 31.9 36.0 35.5 32.3 23.7 12.4 8.4 36.0
Record high °C (°F) 9.8
(49.6)
11.1
(52)
16.3
(61.3)
24.4
(75.9)
34.6
(94.3)
31.9
(89.4)
35.0
(95)
35.0
(95)
30.7
(87.3)
23.0
(73.4)
13.3
(55.9)
8.3
(46.9)
35.0
(95)
Average high °C (°F) −5.6
(21.9)
−3.0
(26.6)
3.3
(37.9)
9.7
(49.5)
16.0
(60.8)
20.2
(68.4)
22.2
(72)
21.5
(70.7)
15.2
(59.4)
7.6
(45.7)
−1.2
(29.8)
−4.8
(23.4)
8.4
(47.1)
Daily mean °C (°F) −9.2
(15.4)
−7.7
(18.1)
−2.7
(27.1)
3.3
(37.9)
8.9
(48)
13.3
(55.9)
15.2
(59.4)
14.3
(57.7)
9.1
(48.4)
3.3
(37.9)
−4.3
(24.3)
−8.2
(17.2)
2.9
(37.2)
Average low °C (°F) −12.9
(8.8)
−12.3
(9.9)
−8.5
(16.7)
−3.2
(26.2)
1.8
(35.2)
6.4
(43.5)
8.2
(46.8)
7.0
(44.6)
3.0
(37.4)
−1.1
(30)
−7.4
(18.7)
−11.6
(11.1)
−2.6
(27.3)
Record low °C (°F) −44.5
(−48.1)
−43.8
(−46.8)
−40.0
(−40)
−25.6
(−14.1)
−8.9
(16)
−4.0
(24.8)
−1.0
(30.2)
−4.3
(24.3)
−8.9
(16)
−21.5
(−6.7)
−35.6
(−32.1)
−45.1
(−49.2)
−45.1
(−49.2)
Wind chill −52.8 −43.1 −42.8 −24.4 −14.7 −3.2 0.0 −4.8 −10.8 −29.5 −48.0 −50.4 −52.8
Precipitation mm (inches) 70.5
(2.776)
45.6
(1.795)
32.6
(1.283)
30.6
(1.205)
48.0
(1.89)
56.9
(2.24)
61.8
(2.433)
49.0
(1.929)
52.4
(2.063)
71.8
(2.827)
71.6
(2.819)
60.9
(2.398)
651.7
(25.657)
Rainfall mm (inches) 2.5
(0.098)
5.6
(0.22)
8.0
(0.315)
16.1
(0.634)
47.0
(1.85)
56.9
(2.24)
61.8
(2.433)
49.0
(1.929)
51.9
(2.043)
57.1
(2.248)
10.3
(0.406)
4.0
(0.157)
370.2
(14.575)
Snowfall cm (inches) 77.9
(30.67)
47.3
(18.62)
27.4
(10.79)
15.3
(6.02)
1.0
(0.39)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.6
(0.24)
15.2
(5.98)
63.5
(25)
64.0
(25.2)
312.3
(122.95)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.2 mm) 16.7 13.0 11.5 10.1 13.1 13.5 13.4 11.8 12.2 16.3 16.7 16.3 164.8
Avg. rainy days (≥ 0.2 mm) 1.4 2.7 3.1 7.4 12.8 13.9 13.3 12.4 11.2 13.8 4.7 1.9 98.4
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.2 cm) 17.0 12.6 9.4 4.9 0.8 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.6 5.2 15.6 16.2 82.4
 % humidity 78.3 69.7 56.6 45.6 40.7 43.7 46.0 47.3 54.6 66.7 80.3 82.0 59.3
Mean monthly sunshine hours 35.4 67.4 151.0 201.3 239.7 249.0 273.5 254.2 163.8 93.4 35.4 28.5 1,792.7
Percent possible sunshine 14.6 24.9 41.2 47.6 47.8 47.9 52.5 54.7 42.7 28.7 14.0 12.7 35.8
Source: [8]
Views of Mackenzie, British Columbia
Mackenzie Pulp Operations BCFP-FCC-Norske Skog-Pope & Talbot-Paper Excellence since 1972
Mackenzie Pulp Operations BCFP-FCC-Norske Skog-Pope & Talbot-Paper Excellence since 1972 
Canfor’s A and C Sawmills and Super Planer
Canfor’s A and C Sawmills and Super Planer 
Conifex Site 2 Sawmill, Drying Kilns and Planer
Conifex Site 2 Sawmill, Drying Kilns and Planer 
Newsprint Complex Finlay-Donohue-Abitibi 1989-2007
Newsprint Complex Finlay-Donohue-Abitibi 1989-2007 
St. Peter’s Catholic Church
St. Peter’s Catholic Church 
Hope Trinity Church
Hope Trinity Church 
Mackenzie Baptist Church
Mackenzie Baptist Church 
Living Joy Christian Centre
Living Joy Christian Centre 
Sikh Temple
Sikh Temple 
Mackenzie (I) Elementary School
Mackenzie (I) Elementary School 
Morfee Elementary School
Morfee Elementary School 
Mountain View Elementary School
Mountain View Elementary School 
Mackenzie Secondary School
Mackenzie Secondary School 
Mackenzie from Morfee Mountain
Mackenzie from Morfee Mountain 
Mackenzie Golf Course viewed from the North
Mackenzie Golf Course viewed from the North 
Mackenzie Recreation Centre
Mackenzie Recreation Centre 
Causeway across Parsnip Reach of Williston Lake opened in 2000 to shorten the Log Haul Distance
Causeway across Parsnip Reach of Williston Lake opened in 2000 to shorten the Log Haul Distance 
Parsnip Bridge completed in 1952 linked Hart Highway to Peace River Country
Parsnip Bridge completed in 1952 linked Hart Highway to Peace River Country 
Morfee Mountain tall on the Horizon on Highway 39 Approach
Morfee Mountain tall on the Horizon on Highway 39 Approach 
Morfee Mountain in Late Afternoon Setting Sun in Winter
Morfee Mountain in Late Afternoon Setting Sun in Winter 

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