Mackenzie Turns 50, May 2016

“Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn’t be done”.  Amelia Earhart

On the 19th of May 1966, Mackenzie became an instant town.  Carved out of the wilderness, it became the second planned town in B.C.  By the early 70’s Mackenzie could boast a population of just over 7,000 residents.  Mackenzie has become a jewel in the Rocky Mountain Trench.  It is not heaven but you can see it from here.

Mackenzie was built on the shores of Williston Lake in the traditional territory of the McLeod Lake Indian Band.  Mackenzie is nestled between what once were the banks of the Parsnip River and the beautiful Morfee Lake.  The Williston Lake Reservoir was formed when the W.A.C. Bennett (once known as Portage Mountain) dam was built.  The man made reservoir is the largest in North America and 7th in the world.

The photos are the Hon. John G. Gould swearing in the first town council, our 20th Anniversary birthday cake made by Myrna Niro, and the world’s smallest tree crusher.  Come and enjoy the hospitality of Mackenzie this summer and help us celebrate.

On the 19th of May 2016 the District of Mackenzie will turn 50.  It is the May long weekend and the planning committee is in full swing.  You can visit the Facebook page “Celebrate Mack50” to stay in touch with what will be happening.

Our hours are 10 am to 2 pm, Tuesday to Saturday, September to June. During July and August we are open 9am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday.  Our phone number is 250-997-3021 and our email address is  Each artifact in the Museum has a story and we want to tell the world.