McBride

Feature Type:Village (1) - A populated place with legally defined boundaries, incorporated as a village municipality under the provincial Municipal Act.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Between Prince George and Valemount, Cariboo Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 53°18'15''N, 120°09'50''W at the approximate location of the Municipal Hall.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 93H/8
Related Maps: 93H
93H/8

Origin Notes and History:

McBride (Post Office & Railway Station) labelled on BC map 3H, 1919. Incorporated as a Village Municipality. McBride (Village) confirmed 12 March 1965 on 93H.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

McBride Post Office was opened 15 February 1914. For more information see clipping from "Canadian Weekend", 1 December 1979. See also the municipality's own website.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

Began as one of the stations of the newly contructed Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. Named after Sir Richard McBride (1870-1917) who in 1903, at the age of 33, became the youngest premier in the history of British Columbia. Knighted in 1912, McBride resigned as premier in 1915 and became the province's agent-general in London, where he died two years later. "Dicky" McBride was a courtly, warm, outgoing person full of energy and ambitions for his province.

Source: Akrigg, Helen B. and Akrigg, G.P.V; British Columbia Place Names; Sono Nis Press, Victoria 1986 /or University of British Columbia Press 1997