Public invited to see the museum’s upgrades on December 4

The Revelstoke Museum and Archives is pleased to announce the completion of the museum upgrades project funded through the Province of BC Resort Municipality Initiative. Over the past few months, several new exhibits have been added to the museum and others have been improved.

To mark this occasion, the museum is hosting a reception on Thursday, December 4, from 4 until 6 pm.

“We are proud to showcase our new exhibits and we hope that you will come to share refreshments and enjoy our bright new space,” Museum Curator Cathy English said in an e-mail to The Current. “These improvements have really added to the quality of our museum and we are receiving many positive comments from our visitors about the new exhibits.”

Mayor-elect Mark McKee called this project “a great example of how the Resort Municipality Initiative has helped the community to upgrade our tourism infrastructure. This has really improved the tourism product in Revelstoke, and is a main reason why we have seen a strong increase in tourism visitation over the past six years. This is a real positive for the local economy”.

Shirley Bond, the minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training and the minister Responsible for Labour, agreed.

“The RMI program is designed to help grow tourism in eligible municipalities,” she said in a statement. “The new kiosks, exhibit, information panels and changes to the museum entrance provide a fresh look and will no doubt inspire people to want to learn more about the rich history of Revelstoke and area.”

Meanwhile, Naomi Yamamoto, ninister of State for Tourism and Small Business, said the upgrades help to make the city and the museum an even stronger attraction for visitors coming to the area.

RMI funding has assisted in increasing the number of visitors to Revelstoke for a wide range of activities, including mountain biking on the new trails around the community and enjoying two new lodge facilities developed on the snowmobile trails. Revelstoke’s Resort Shuttle Bus continues to see increased ridership, providing an accessible mode of transport between the community and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

The RMI addresses the unique circumstances of resort-oriented municipalities like Revelstoke by supporting investments that will increase off-season tourism revenues and reduce seasonal variations in visitation.