As Mount Revelstoke National Park celebrates 100 years, my husband and I celebrate eight years of marriage. We got married at the Monashee lookout on July 22, 2006, with the town and mountains in the background. After the ceremony we made our way to the Meadows in the Sky for pictures. We visit the mountain when we can on our trips back to Revelstoke, a couple times a year, stopping at the Monashee Lookout and remembering how warm it was and making our way to the top and remembering how many bugs there were during the pictures! This mountain will forever have a place in our hearts. This year’s visit will be the same, but with added memories — a hike to Eva Lake and Homecoming weekend!
Heather Dorken (nee Frank)
Nanoose Bay, BC
Our family often talked about the wonderful times we had picnicking on Mount Revelstoke. Whether we drove all the way to the top or just up to the lookouts, out would come the hot dogs mom (Mary Masur) had boiled and put in a quart sealer filled with boiling water and wrapped in a towel to last until it was time to eat, and the Rice Krispie square we enjoyed as our dessert. My family remembers picking huckleberries as well up there. I think I can also remember shelters that we could picnic under. The road was like a hair pin all the way up, but we were so excited about going for a picnic, we left the driving to my dad, Les Masur. If we did drive all the way to the lodge on the top of the mountain, we looked forward to hiking the trails and, as I recall, the snow was always up there. It never went away in some areas. My brother (Jack Masur) and I remember fondly the wonderful times we had growing up in Revelstoke. My husband (Larry Zimmer) and myself look forward to being in Revelstoke on Aug 15-17 to touch base with those I went to school with and wonderful friends who we will bump into during the fun filled weekend. Hope to see you there.
Jill (Masur) Zimmer
When I was a child, my family used to picnic in the meadows at the summit of Mount Revelstoke and I would eat huckleberries and pick bouquets of wildflowers. In those days, everyone did this and we were unaware of the damage we were doing to the meadows. I recall keeping an eye out for bears and being upset when the flowers I picked, wilted. Years passed and ironically I found myself working for Parks Canada and protecting the very meadows where I used to pick flowers. My first job was to ask visitors to stay on trail and not pick the flowers because of all the damage done by past visitors. Admittedly, every time I delivered my “protection message” I felt the irony but I was happy that I was now playing a role in keeping the meadows healthy for the future. When visitors asked about my job, I told them that I was doing penance for all the flowers I had picked. Today, you can barely see any damage from the past and the sub-alpine meadows are one of my favourite places to visit.
Public Relations and Communications Officer, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.
Looking for a sign
Every time I stand at the viewpoint on Mount Revelstoke and look at the valley below I am reminded of a pivotal moment in my life. Many years ago I was faced with the decision to remain in Revelstoke or return to Montreal. I stood at the viewpoint and asked God for a sign about what I should do when suddenly the heavens parted and a golden shaft of light pierced through the clouds over the city. I had received my sign. I stayed, got married and had a family. I often think back to that moment on the mountain and think of how blessed I am. Happy Centennial Mount Revelstoke National Park!
Administrative Assistant, Mount Revelstoke & Glacier national parks
The next half
Life is like a roll of toilet paper . . . the closer you get to the end the faster it goes (birthday card greeting). As my 41st birthday approached I desired a new birthday tradition that would celebrate the next half of my life.
While driving the shuttle on the top of Mount Revelstoke in 2007 I met a lovely, spirited 80-year-old woman heading out to Eva Lake for her birthday with a whole entourage of hikers. What an inspiration!
Over the years the trails in Mount Revelstoke National Park have hosted a number of my “birthday hikes” and added to my life’s story. Happy 100th Mount Revelstoke! I hope I make it to 100-years-old. Think of all the birthday hikes to look forward to!
Outreach Education Officer, Mount Revelstoke & Glacier national parks