Shovar Road

British Columbia. Road
Forks N off Museum Road
53.3189 N 120.1853 W GoogleGeoHack
Roads are not in the official geographical names databases

Bill Shovar (1882-) came to Canada from Ohio in 1905 and worked on bridge construction as the railways pushed westward. He was in Edmonton ahead of the steel and worked on the bridges at Fort Saskatchewan and over the Athabasca River in 1912. He married Elizabeth (ca. 1899-1986) in Edmonton in 1913. Elizabeth was born in Newfoundland and came west in 1912.

In 1914 Bill joined the railway as a conductor in Jasper. In 1934 they moved to a farm near McBride. In 1947 Shovar retired from his job as conductor. He was a Mason and was active in the Farmers’ Institute.

Lloyd Shovar assisted in the Alberta-British Columbia Boundary Survey north of Yellowhead Pass in 1922. Relationship unknown.


  • Valley Echo. Weekly newspaper published in McBride. 1957–1962
  • Sherwood, Jay. Surveying the 120th Meridian and the Great Divide: The Alberta/BC Boundary Survey, 1918–1924. Qualicum Beach, BC: Caitlin Press, 2019

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