McBride (population: 660) is nestled within the Robson Valley, between the Rocky Mountains to the northeast and the North Cariboo Mountains to the southwest.
The location is ideally suited to a range of outdoor activities for all seasons including hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, and snowmobiling.
The greater Robson Valley area is bounded by a number of provincial parks, including Bowron Lake, Wells Gray, Mount Robson, and Mount Terry Fox. The Wilmore Wilderness Area and Alberta's Jasper National Park are also relatively close. The surrounding mountains have steep v-shaped valleys that drain into more u-shaped, wider and less-sloped valleys. McBride's geology includes layers of volcanic rock, shale, limestone, and sedimentary rock.
Climate and Weather
The mountains east of McBride experience extreme weather with heavy snowfall in the winter, and drought conditions on south-facing slopes in the summer. July temperatures average 7.2°C/19.04°F, reaching highs of 35°C/95°F, while January temperatures average 1.1°C/33.98°F, dipping down to -41°C/-41.8°F. Be prepared for mountain weather such as thunderstorms and squalls (short rain or snowstorms). When heading into the mountains it is a good idea to dress in layers, as temperatures tend to decrease as elevation increases. Interestingly, winter temperature inversions can at times create warmer air at higher elevations.