Centuries of Travel on the Davie Trail

Kaska Dena First Nations refer to their ancestral use of the Davie Trail as 'The Trail of The Ancient Ones'. Its name honours David Braconnier, the founding chief of the Kaska community at Fort Ware. The 330 km route from Fort Ware north to Lower Post in the Yukon links “two modern Kaska settlements and [...]

Eric Pehota: Big Mountain Skier

Eric Pehota (born November 17, 1964) is a Canadian alpine skier, best known for his more than 40 first descents of mountains on skis, and his appearances in a number of ski films, including ski documentary Steep (2007), and a number of Warren Miller films. Pehota grew up in Mackenzie, a logging town in British [...]

Double Duty Fire Brigades

Mackenzie's first fire hall was donated by BC Forest Products Ltd. The first fire truck was a La Frances pumper truck bought from the Saanich Fire Department. In the beginning, Mackenzie had two Fire Brigades due to the road between the town and the mills being so bad. During the day the Ladies Brigade handled [...]

Health Care in the Early Days of an Instant Town

Two and a half years after Mackenzie's incorporation, Dr. Thomas Gant was recruited in November 1968 to serve as the town's doctor. A primitive health centre was set up in a specially equipped trailer on the southwest corner of Crysdale Drive and Pioneer Street. The two bed clinic had an X-ray machine and a small [...]