To begin your exploration of Revelstoke’s history, start at Revelstoke Museum and Archives, where you can spend an hour learning about the origins of the community and discovering the impact of avalanches in this region in the stunning new “Land of Thundering Snow” exhibit, and marvel at Revelstoke’s ski pioneers in the “First Tracks” exhibit. Does your family have early connections to Revelstoke? Talk to the knowledgeable archives staff to explore your roots. Pick up a copy of the Heritage Walking Tour brochure for a self-guided tour of the city. After your museum tour, enjoy a leisurely stroll through the beautiful Heritage Garden.
A trip to Revelstoke wouldn’t be complete without a guided tour of the Nickelodeon Museum, a remarkable private collection of mechanical musical instruments. Plan for 1 ½ to 2 hours for this unique experience. The collection is housed in the beautifully restored McKinnon block, built in 1912 as a pool hall.
End your first day of exploration with a one-hour walk along the Revelstoke River Trail, starting at the Community Centre, and follow the heritage markers for a history lesson as you enjoy a walk along the Columbia River, and across the Mark Kingsbury Pedestrian Bridge over the Illecillewaet River.
Today, head to the Revelstoke Railway Museum, where you can chat with a retired locomotive engineer, and try your hand at driving an engine yourself on the railway simulator. Marvel at the size and power of Engine 5468, and learn of the struggles to build and maintain a railway through this rugged terrain. Plan on one to two hours to explore the exhibits and railway stock.
Walk from the Railway Museum to the Tournament of Champions Circle to discover more about Revelstoke’s ski history, and follow the trail up to the Nels Nelsen interpretive area, where you can see the original ski jump, and imagine the thrill of hurtling into space on the jump. Continue your exploration of Mount Revelstoke National Park on foot by ascending the Summit Trail, or drive the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to Balsam Lake and easy access to the summit on foot or by shuttle. Plan on two to three hours to fully explore Mount Revelstoke National Park, or longer if you are on foot.
Revelstoke has an abundance of rich forests, and the best way to explore the region’s connection to the forests is by a visit to the B.C. Interior Forestry Museum on Highway 23 North, near the Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre. Be amazed at the early equipment used by Revelstoke’s pioneer loggers, and discover the importance of the forest industry to this region.
Itinerary Suggestions By: Cathy English (Curator, Revelstoke Museum & Archives)