Local History

Kaare Lien, second from left, and John McInnes, to his right, at the Revelstoke CPR Station, preparing to leave for the World Skiing Championships in Zakopane, Poland, in 1962. Lloyd Bennison, from Revelstoke Ski Club is on the left, with Howard McDonald on the right. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 6917)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for April 1

A look at local history recorded in the local newspaper of the day

  • Apr 4, 2021
Kaare Lien, second from left, and John McInnes, to his right, at the Revelstoke CPR Station, preparing to leave for the World Skiing Championships in Zakopane, Poland, in 1962. Lloyd Bennison, from Revelstoke Ski Club is on the left, with Howard McDonald on the right. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 6917)
The Boy’s Ski-Hill on Mount Revelstoke, where Ivind Nelsen made his record jump as the Boy’s World Champion Ski Jumper in 1921. (Nelsen family 
collection photo, Revelstoke Museum and Archives)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 25

Local history recorded by the newspaper

  • Mar 28, 2021
The Boy’s Ski-Hill on Mount Revelstoke, where Ivind Nelsen made his record jump as the Boy’s World Champion Ski Jumper in 1921. (Nelsen family 
collection photo, Revelstoke Museum and Archives)
The earliest known drawing of Woodside Farm in the 1850s. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)

Woodside sold: Sooke couple buys Western Canada’s oldest working farm

South Island’s Woodside Farm is the oldest continuously operated farm west of the Great Lakes

The earliest known drawing of Woodside Farm in the 1850s. (Contributed - Sooke Region Museum)
Norm Pletsch helping Ray Fernstrom set up his camera for filming on Mount Revelstoke in 1941. Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo.

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 11

From the Revelstoke Museum & Archives collection of newspapers

  • Mar 11, 2021
Norm Pletsch helping Ray Fernstrom set up his camera for filming on Mount Revelstoke in 1941. Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo.
F.B. Wells, third from left, ran a Post Office out of his Men’s Clothing Store on Front Street. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 3929)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for March 4

Local history gleaned from the newspaper archives at the Revelstoke Museum & Archives

  • Mar 9, 2021
F.B. Wells, third from left, ran a Post Office out of his Men’s Clothing Store on Front Street. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 3929)
Noah’s Ark, a onetime fixture at the old Adventureland park in Lake Country, will become a fruit and nut concession on the Okanagan Rail Trail in 2022 after the Gaudet family picked up the former attraction for free from longtime Oyama orchardist Alan Gatzke. (Facebook photo)

Lake Country ark attraction to become rail trail concession

Gatzke Orchards floats Noah’s Ark from Adventureland to Gaudet family for fruit/nut stand in 2022

Noah’s Ark, a onetime fixture at the old Adventureland park in Lake Country, will become a fruit and nut concession on the Okanagan Rail Trail in 2022 after the Gaudet family picked up the former attraction for free from longtime Oyama orchardist Alan Gatzke. (Facebook photo)
From left to right. Jeremy, Ryan and Mitch Hunter are all third generation owners of Excel Tire, which will soon to become Trail Tire. (File)

3 generations later: Iconic Revelstoke tire business to be retread with new name

Excel Tire soon to become Trail Tire, but is still owned by the Hunter family

From left to right. Jeremy, Ryan and Mitch Hunter are all third generation owners of Excel Tire, which will soon to become Trail Tire. (File)
Skiing on Mount Revelstoke in 1950 with Heather Lodge in the background. Photo by Earle Dickey. (Revelstoke Museum photo #8560)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 25

Elizabeth Haupt Collections Manager Intern 130 years ago: Kootenay Star, Feb. 28,…

Skiing on Mount Revelstoke in 1950 with Heather Lodge in the background. Photo by Earle Dickey. (Revelstoke Museum photo #8560)
Nels Nelsen ski jumping on Mount Revelstoke in 1916, when he became the Canadian champion. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo #1852)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 11

Local history recorded in the newspaper archives

  • Feb 15, 2021
Nels Nelsen ski jumping on Mount Revelstoke in 1916, when he became the Canadian champion. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo #1852)
Former Fulton Secondary School teacher and football coach, and former Canadian Football League offensive lineman Roger Scales had some CFL memorabilia sent to him to autograph, courtesy of a dermatologist in Utah. Scales, who spent 10 seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos, played college ball at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (David Myers photo)

Vernon football player’s card pops up in Utah dermatologist’s hands

Roger Scales’ 1970s Toronto Argonauts card now hangs signed by the player in David Myers’ office

Former Fulton Secondary School teacher and football coach, and former Canadian Football League offensive lineman Roger Scales had some CFL memorabilia sent to him to autograph, courtesy of a dermatologist in Utah. Scales, who spent 10 seasons in the CFL with the Toronto Argonauts and Edmonton Eskimos, played college ball at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. (David Myers photo)
Isabel Coursier of Revelstoke held the women’s world record for ski-jumping with a jump of 84 feet in 1922. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo #909)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Feb. 4

Local history as recorded in the newspaper

  • Feb 4, 2021
Isabel Coursier of Revelstoke held the women’s world record for ski-jumping with a jump of 84 feet in 1922. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo #909)
Beard Growing Contests were popular in Revelstoke as far back as the first Golden Spike Days Celebration in July of 1944. In this staged publicity photo, local barber Clarence Sheedy is seen with contestants Toby Belinski, two unknown men, Elio Pradolini, possibly Nelson Huckle, and Al McAskill. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 348)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 28

A look at local history as recorded by the newspaper

  • Jan 27, 2021
Beard Growing Contests were popular in Revelstoke as far back as the first Golden Spike Days Celebration in July of 1944. In this staged publicity photo, local barber Clarence Sheedy is seen with contestants Toby Belinski, two unknown men, Elio Pradolini, possibly Nelson Huckle, and Al McAskill. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 348)
North-West Mounted Police barracks at the top of Douglas Street hill, 1885. The man seated at the front was (Colonel Sam Steele. Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 856)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 21

130 years ago: Kootenay Star, Jan. 24, 1891 An accident occurred at…

  • Jan 21, 2021
North-West Mounted Police barracks at the top of Douglas Street hill, 1885. The man seated at the front was (Colonel Sam Steele. Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 856)
Revelstoke Women’s Hockey Team, circa 1905. Back row: M. Buck, N. Dunne, L. Bliss, E. Pettipiece, V. Coleman. Front row: M. Corley, B. Sawyer, A. Buck. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo 66)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 14

Local history from the newspaper archives

Revelstoke Women’s Hockey Team, circa 1905. Back row: M. Buck, N. Dunne, L. Bliss, E. Pettipiece, V. Coleman. Front row: M. Corley, B. Sawyer, A. Buck. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives Photo 66)
J.Q. McKinnon outside of his men’s clothing store on First Street West, showing the record snowfall in the winter of 1931 to 1932. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1474)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Jan. 7

A look at local history from newspaper archives

  • Jan 7, 2021
J.Q. McKinnon outside of his men’s clothing store on First Street West, showing the record snowfall in the winter of 1931 to 1932. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1474)
Victoria Hotel dining room with Christmas decorations. The hotel was located on Front Street. 
(Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 2381)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 31

A look at local history from the newspaper archives

  • Dec 31, 2020
Victoria Hotel dining room with Christmas decorations. The hotel was located on Front Street. 
(Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 2381)
Mackenzie Avenue at Christmas time in the 1930s. Mannings Candy store can be seen on the left; Christmas trees were placed in snow piles along the middle of the street. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 1204)

Glimpses of our past for Dec. 24

Opening of a new power plant, Nels Nelsen leaves Revelstoke and armed forces visit.

Mackenzie Avenue at Christmas time in the 1930s. Mannings Candy store can be seen on the left; Christmas trees were placed in snow piles along the middle of the street. (Revelstoke Museum and Archives photo 1204)
First Street West in the 1950s, showing snowed-in parking meters. 
(Photo by George Stocks/Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1477)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 17

130 years ago: Kootenay Star, Dec. 20, 1890 An interesting article in…

  • Dec 17, 2020
First Street West in the 1950s, showing snowed-in parking meters. 
(Photo by George Stocks/Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1477)
Pomalift on Mount Revelstoke ski area. The lift opened in January 1961, and was later moved to Mount Mackenzie. Photo by Estelle Dickey. 
(Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 8293)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 10

A look at local history as recorded in the newspaper

  • Dec 13, 2020
Pomalift on Mount Revelstoke ski area. The lift opened in January 1961, and was later moved to Mount Mackenzie. Photo by Estelle Dickey. 
(Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 8293)
The Windsor Hotel at Illecillewaet, circa 1898. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1296)

Glimpses of Revelstoke’s past for Dec. 3

A look at local history, as recorded in the newspaper

The Windsor Hotel at Illecillewaet, circa 1898. (Revelstoke Museum & Archives photo 1296)