In Pictures: Parks Canada has a couple of great new attractions in the works
By David F. Rooney
Parks Canada is busy preparing two new attractions at Mount Revelstoke National Park — a children’s bike-skills park and a very cool — indeed, spectacular! — interactive addition to the Nels Nelsen historic site.
They are still under construction and are not yet open to the public. However, last Friday, May 13, Jacolyn Daniluck, the park’s media liaison, and designer Rob Buchanan took members of the local news media on a tour of the two “visitor experiences” that are expected to be officially open to the public in time for Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017.
Here are some great images from the media tour that I hope you’ll enjoy:
As most local people here know, Revelstoke was once famous as a ski-jumping center, and boasts the first ski-jump in North America, established in 1915. Many Scandinavian families settled in Revelstoke and brought their ski sports with them. Local man Nels Nelsen was the world champion ski-jumper for several consecutive years in the 1920s. The ski-jump was in use until the early 1970s and the international competitions attracted athletes and spectators from around the world. This new attraction highlights the importance of the historic ski jump. Here are some photos Rob Buchanan took of the vest and knickers being produced at Mount Begbie Machine Works and their installation on the platform above the historic ski jump: