Mackenzie: ‘Instant Town’

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.

MacKenzie is located on Highway 39, 28 kilometres from Highway 97.

Incorporated 1966

No Place for a Woman

Mackenzie is less than 10 km (6.2 mi) east of Williston Lake reservoir, the largest man-made lake in British Columbia.[8] Mackenzie is also home of the world’s largest tree crusher.