Happy 100th birthday to Mount Revelstoke National Park!
Mount Revelstoke National Park officially marked its 100th anniversary with the opening of a new exhibit at the Museum & Archives celebrating the park’s rich history.
The exhibit will be on display at the Revelstoke Museum and Archives until April 1, 2015.
The exhibition features artifacts from the museum’s collection, including a wooden cane hand-carved by a First World War park internment camp prisoner, and a Fire Warden’s journal on loan from Parks Canada. The exhibit also features an interactive video/scanner component that will be used to collect oral histories and images about the park.
Community members celebrated the centennial with live music, photo booths, vintage cars and an anniversary cake cut by Fred Olsson and his granddaughters Tori and Miya Voykin who are descendents of Fred Maunder, the park’s first Superintendent. There were also special exhibitions by local organizations.
“The community of Revelstoke has a more than 100-year love affair with Mount Revelstoke National Park as the Revelstoke Museum and Archives can attest from the many photos, archives and stories we have gathered and stored,” said Museum Curator Cathy English. “On Mount Revelstoke, the community has welcomed royalty, hosted the silver screen, set world records in ski jumping, painted and photographed its views, explored its many wonders and held weddings. We are blessed to have such a beautiful place in our back yard.”
Mayor David Raven agreed.
“More than a century ago, the citizens of Revelstoke thought it would be a good idea to make Mount Revelstoke a national park,” he said. “And they were right! They recognised the beauty of its subalpine meadows, lakes and flowers as an important tourism destination and worked to welcome the world as they began construction on the road to the summit and lobbied the government for a national park. It is remarkable that the community had the vision to see the benefits of protecting this area for all generations and creating the world-class attraction that we all enjoy today.”
Meanwhile, MP David Wilks sent this message from Ottawa: “Our government is pleased to celebrate the centennial of Mount Revelstoke National Park, created thanks to the passion and drive of the local community. The park features a rich and fascinating history of ski jumping and has hosted numerous royal visits. It is also known for its conservation programs for species at risk.”
Mount Revelstoke National Park – Canada’s 8th national park – was designated on April 28, 1914, at the request of the local community.
The park protects extraordinary wetland fens, old growth rainforest, fragile alpine ecosystems, species at risk and has a rich cultural heritage. It features one of the oldest subalpine plants found in North America and has successfully rehabilitated subalpine meadows.
Mt. Revelstoke is the only national park in Canada where you can summit a mountain just a short walk from a vehicle. The Meadows in the Sky Parkway was created to increase tourism by making the beauty of the summit and its views accessible to visitors.
Mount Revelstoke National Park is the only place in Canada where world records in ski jumping were set and was home to one of Canada’s first ski clubs.
And, finally, here are some photos from the celebration: