Expanding Our Roots
Revelstoke's BC Interior Forestry Museum
Photo Courtesy of Revelstoke's
Chamber of Commerce
BC Interior Forestry Museum & Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce Websites
The BC Interior Forestry Museum, located 4 km north of Revelstoke on Hwy 23N at the entrance to the Revelstoke Dam, is a site where you can see interesting forestry displays and artifacts and also enjoy beautiful views of both the dam and the Columbia Valley from the large picnic area.
Founded in 1999, the Museum is a non-profit society whose purpose it is "to maintain a public forestry facility in which to store and display artifacts and collections of historical, archaeological, artistic, educational, and scientific material as it pertains to forestry". As well, the museum is designed "to encourage historical research, stimulate public interest in the history of forestry and develop programs of interest to the general public to enhance the regional base of tourist attractions".
From a left-handed chainsaw to a complete double-team horse, logging harness... from the 1956 Hayes logging truck to the 1951 Northwest heel-boom loader... from the 1921 newspaper cartoons about preventing forest fires to the tree that healed itself, the Forestry Museum is dedicated those hardy individuals who built this province through its #1 industry... Forestry.
An eleven station storyboard sequence follows the life of logging families from the late 1800's. See the horse-driven stump puller. Kick the treads on the 1948 "yarder" made from a W.W.II gun carrier. Guess the age of the Engelmann Spruce and win a prize. Take a stroll through the indoor "Tree Farm" and see if you can identify the species.
Explore the full scale re-creation of a 1921 Fire Lookout Station or view one of the newest exhibits, "The Pine Beetle Story", the story of climate change and the effects that a warmer climate is having on our planet.
Along with viewing the museum's offerings, visitors can also participate in the summer's special events, including Timber Days Loggers Breakfast and Railway Days Log Cabin Building Demo. Railway Days 2010 takes place from August 12-17, part of which will be celebrating the 125th anniversary of the driving of the Last Spike at Craigellachie.
Entry Fees: Hours of Operation:
Adults (19+) $4.00 May 14 - Jun 28, 10am - 5pm, Wed - Sun
Seniors (65+) $3.00 Jun 29 - Sep 7, 10am - 5pm, 7 days a week
Students $2.00/Children under 6- Free Sep 8 - Oct 11, 10am - 5pm, Wed – Sun
To learn more about the BC Interior Forestry Museum, go to: www.bcforestrymuseum.ca
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