Revelstoke Heritage Garden
Revelstoke museum’s own heritage garden is a beautiful plant filled oasis that people can enjoy. The wonderful heritage garden was started up in 2004 and has been growing ever since. Within the garden, there are several different types of flowers and other plants which grew in the gardens of the area’s early settlers. Some of these are the rhododendrons and azaleas that many people love to see. Within the garden, there are also a few different heirloom plants growing. One of the heirloom plants is the lily of the valley that came from the garden of Eva Hobbs Parker. The Eva Lake in the Mount Revelstoke National Park was named after this woman as well.
Somewhere near the back of the garden, there is a type of pink colored rose which was actually developed solely in honor of David Thompson. David Thompson was the man who (way back in 1811) first explored the exact part of the Columbia River in which Revelstoke is now located.
A Revelstoke daylily, developed in Ontario by Henry Lorrain was named to mark the town where his sister lives. Native varieties include a western trillium and goats beard. At the back of the garden are some vegetable varieties to mark the strong Italian tradition here, as well as strawberries and raspberries which were once grown here for the commercial market. The garden pillars were made from heritage bricks: the pillars at the front were constructed of bricks from the old brick Canadian Pacific Railway station and those at the back with bricks from the former Queen Victoria Hospital. The flagstones in the short walk at the front of the garden came from the McKenzie Quarry near Mount Begbie Falls. Revelstoke heliskiing
Everyone is welcome to enjoy the garden whenever the museum is open.
The garden is maintained by a group of dedicated volunteers. If you wish to join them, you can easily get involved simply by contacting them. They are always happy to find new people who wish to tend the garden.
The Heritage Garden was presented with an Award of Honor from the B.C. Heritage Society in 2005. Landscape Architect Barbara Johnstone Davidson and Curator Cathy English accepted the award on behalf of the Heritage Garden Committee.
Revelstoke Hydro Dam
Come and explore one of North America’s largest and most modern hydroelectric developments. Revelstoke Dam is the second largest generating facility in B.C., with enough energy to power 747,600 homes a year!
Their multi-level, newly updated visitor center features new interactive displays, exhibits such as “Putting Water to Work”, “A Powerful Partnership”, and the construction of Revelstoke 5 – the latest edition.
Discover the story of power generation through the Penstock Gateway walk- through tour. Take an elevator ride to the dam crest lookout located atop the massive 175 meter high concrete dam. Learn about conservation and how you can play a part in meeting the growing electricity needs of the province (if you live in the area). Small group heliskiing
Open daily from middle of May to Thanksgiving weekend from 10 am to 5 pm. Self-guided tours only. The Gift Shop has unique items and wide selection of refreshments. The facility is fully wheelchair accessible.