History lovers discover Revelstoke’s rich background

About 60 members of the B.C. Historical Federation learned about Revelstoke's history over the weekend, during the Revelstoke Revisited conference.

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The final night of the Revelstoke Revisited conference for the B.C. Historical Federation. Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer

History buffs converged on Revelstoke over the weekend to discover our rich heritage, which went down a treat despite the wet weather.

As part of the Revelstoke Revisited conference held by the B.C. Historical Federation, buses shuttled about 60 registrants around town over Friday and Saturday, May 27–28.

They checked out the Revelstoke Railway Museum, listened and watched a number of historical presentations, toured the city and had a special chance to experience the Nels’ Knickers statue on Mount Revelstoke, which won’t be open to the public until next year.

B.C. Historical Federation conference chair Maurice Guibord. Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer
B.C. Historical Federation conference chair Maurice Guibord. Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Conference chair Maurice Guibord said they enjoyed getting to have an inside view of Revelstoke.

“It was like old friends coming together to share special moments,” he said. “Cathy English has done this before in the past and she scored another hole in one for this one.”

The conference culminated in a dinner at Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s Revelation Lodge on the evening of Saturday May 28. Despite the wet weather, Guibord said conference goers had seen a extensive amount of Revelstoke’s history and heritage.

A conference participant looks over a selection of history books. Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer
A conference participant looks over a selection of history books. Photo: Emily Kemp/Revelstoke Mountaineer

The conference was a chance for many people to come and explore Revelstoke, who may not have been inclined otherwise. Guibord decided to tack on another day to his visit here, following the conference, because he has enjoyed Revelstoke so much.

“I’ve driven by Revelstoke many times but this is the first time I’ve got to visit,” he said.

The next B.C. Historical Federation conferences will be held in Chilliwack, for 2017, and Arrow Lakes for 2018.

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