The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce is 115 years old this year and you just have to wonder if its members and their customers grappled with the same issues back in the late 1890s and early years of the 20th century as we do today.
Out-of-town shopping was probably not an issue — trying to get to Vernon (where there wouldn’t yet be a Superstore) would take you days. But prices were probably stiff and the selection of goods available was probably extremely limited compared to today.
Still, the men — and it was all men in those days — who ran the Board of Trade as it was called back then had faith in Revelstoke and its future. The Revelstoke Museum & Archives has many, many photos of life back in the day and some show Board members with displays promoting the town and its products at trade shows and other events.
No doubt they bankrolled the Scouts, the Girl Guides, the Community Band and the many other groups that were mainstays of Revelstoke’s social life.
The Chamber as it is today continues to promote our community and subsidize the groups and organizations that help make ours a vibrant and interesting place to live.
Here’s a peek back in time at the Board of Trade in 1898 and some of the businesses that existed… back in the day: