McKale River

British Columbia. River: Fraser River drainage
Flows SW into Fraser NW of McBride
53.3975 N 120.3422 W — Map 093H08 — GoogleGeoHack
Name officially adopted in 1963
Official in BCCanada
This river appears on:
Jobe map Jarvis to Yellowhead 1915
Pre-emptor’s map Tête Jaune 3H 1919 [McKale River (Blackwater)]

The two McKale brothers settled in the valley after the First World War.

James R. McKale first came through on the railway survey. He was a charter member of the Royal Canadian Legion, in 1927, and one of the initial trustees of Elks Lodge 247, in 1933.

Jack B. McKale was a stationary fireman on the railroad up to the time of the end of steam locomotives in the mid-1950s. He ran the ice house in McBride in early 1920s, and also the local dray business. The house he built stands on Main Street between Sears and Balcaen Electronics.

R.E. McKale (1910-1950) is buried in the McBride cemetery.

Locally the river is known as the Blackwater.


  • Wheeler, Marilyn. The Robson Valley Story. McBride, B.C.: Robson Valley Story Group, 1979
  • McBride Cemetary. Grave markers. 2000
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