We are so fortunate to have such a rich Revelstoke History, here in British Columbia;
Revelstoke was founded in 1880 as a transportation and supply center for the mining gold rush. This was bolstered by the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) in 1885. The decision to establish its operations offices in Revelstoke promoted the early establishment of the forest industry in the region.
March 1, 1899 was the date of Revelstoke’s incorporation as a city. Front Street was the main business street in the townsite of Farwell, very much a wild west town complete with general stores, hotels, brothels and saloons.
A fire swept through the town site in May of 1885 leveling many of the buildings. When the CPR reached here, they disputed Farwell’s claim to this land. They refused to deal with Farwell, and decided to locate their station and yards east of his land. The construction of the Trans Canada Highway in 1962 eased access to Revelstoke, and tourism became an important industry for the local economy.
Come explore Revelstoke’s history and heritage to discover what makes us unique, both in the past and in the present.
Skiing has always been an important part of our Revelstoke history. Once famous as a ski-jumping center, and boasting 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.
The Railway also has a huge importance for Revelstoke history. Revelstoke was once one of the largest and most prominent communities in the interior of the province. Steamboat traffic from the south connected with the Canadian Pacific Railway making this an important transportation center.
Located 45 km west of Revelstoke, Craigellachie is the site where The Last Spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven. The railroad was started on two ends and met at this point in the Rocky Mountains. The last spike marked the completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway on November 7, 1885.