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Mackenzie
Mackenzie is located 185 km (115 miles) north of Prince George and 179 km (112 miles) south of Chetwynd on Hwy 39.

Hwy 97 North
If you are coming from Prince George, take Hwy 97 north for 157 km (98 miles), then look for the Hwy 39 junction north of McLeod Lake. You have to travel this highway for 29 km (18 miles) before you reach Mackenzie.

Sir Alexander Mackenzie
Mackenzie is named after the legendary Scottish explorer, Sir Alexander Mackenzie, who explored the region searching for the Northwest Passage in 1793.

Williston Lake
Mackenzie is situated on the shores of Williston Lake, a man-made lake that was formed by the electric utility, BC Hydro, during the 1960's. With approximately 1,200 km (750 miles) of shoreline, Williston Lake is North America's 2nd largest reservoir.

Mackenzie's economy
Mackenzie's economy is based on the forest industry. Several sawmills operate in the area utilizing the major stands of timber located on the shores of Williston Lake.

Attractions
Make sure you check out the 'World's Largest Tree Crusher,' a 178-ton relic located in town. There is also a museum that contains a display of wildlife that inhabits the forests in the area.

Bijoux Falls Provincial Park
To see an outdoor attraction, make a trip to Bijoux Falls, a provincial park located on Hwy 97 towards the Pine Pass. Here you can witness a 40 m (131 foot) high waterfall, plus view a large population of Stellar Jays, British Columbia's official bird.

Events and Festivals
If you enjoy fishing, try your luck at the annual fishing derby held on Williston Lake every June. For music lovers, check out the Bluegrass Festival that happens in each year in August. In February, the Cabin Fever Winter Carnival will cheer you up with lots of friendly events for the whole family. Make sure you enter the polar bear swim!

Boating and Fishing
The boating and fishing around Mackenzie is very good. There is Williston Lake, Carp Lake Park and McLeod Lake with Whiskers Point Provincial Park to the south and Morfee Lake just 2 km (1.25 miles) to the east of town. Enjoy the thrill of catching Kokanee, Rainbow or Lake trout.

Morfee Lake
Morfee Lake also has good swimming, and water-skiing as well. Complete with sandy beach, Morfee Lake makes a great spot for the family.

Recreation
If you enjoy walking, there are some hiking trails located in John Dahl Park. For golfers, try the 9-hole course at the Mackenzie Golf Club.

Winter
During the winter season, enjoy cross-country skiing, snowmobiling and downhill skiing at Powder King. Noted for its excellent powder snow, Powder King is located on Hwy 97, the Pine Pass that crosses the Northern Rocky Mountains.

RV Camping
For RV camping, try the full-service Mackenzie RV Park or Alexander Mackenzie's Landing a BC Hydro Recreation Site 8 km (5 miles) from town located on Williston Lake. In town there is the Mackenzie Municipal RV Park which has a sani-station, flush toilets, showers and drinking water available.

Pulp Mill Revitalization
Positive economic news for Mackenzie was announced in April 2010 with the revitalization of the pulp mill by Netherlands based Paper Excellence B.V. a business unit of the much larger Indonesian owned Sinar Mas Group. Paper Excellence B.V. hires local companies such as Duz Cho Logging, a forestry business operated by the First Nations McLeod Lake Indian Band.

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Map of Mackenzie, BC
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Map of Mackenzie


Williston Lake
Williston Lake


"Worlds Largest Tree Crusher"
'Worlds Largest Tree Crusher'

 

Photo of Mackenzie from an Airplane
Aerial Photo of Mackenzie

 

Beautiful Beach at Morfee Lake
Beautiful Beach at Morfee Lake

 

Hwy 39 through Mackenzie
Hwy 39 through Mackenzie

 

Alexander Mackenzie's Landing
Alexander Mackenzie's Landing

 
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