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Devine gets its name from being the location of a lumber mill run by Andy Devine which employed Japanese-Canadians who had been Japanese Canadian internment relocated to McGillivray Falls (now McGillivray) which was just inside the 100-mile "quarantine zone" from the British Columbia Coast. Devine was able to hire the Japanese, who were experienced loggers and millworkers from the Coast, as the area was inaccessible from the Coast, other than by the rail line as no road to the Coast was open until the 1960s. The post office at Devine opened in 1951 and closed in 1964. Remains of the old mill can still be found in the woods around Devine and until recently the old burner from Andy Devine's mill was the tallest man made structure around.
Devine today is a recreational community with a few year round residents. The nearest services are at D'Arcy, a few miles north and Birken, a few miles farther southwest along the road and rail line to Mount Currie and Pemberton.