Historic & Heritage Sites
Heritage buildings (Picture BC photo)
Revelstoke boasts a number of fascinating historic sites ranging from monuments to massive collections of heritage buildings and artifacts.
The Last Spike
Revelstoke's history is inexorably tied to that of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It was at Craigellachie, only 37km/23mi west of the Columbia River from the site of present day Revelstoke, that the last spike was ceremoniously driven home by Sir Donald Alexander Smith, Lord Stanley. Building a railway from coast to coast that navigated the mountain ranges of the Kootenay Rockies was a monumental achievement. On that chilly November day in 1885, the driving of the last spike must have been quite a moment. Today, a plaque and cairn at a highway rest stop mark the spot.
Rogers Pass Discovery Centre.
In the heart of Glacier National Park, Rogers Pass Discovery Centre is packed with fascinating exhibits that illustrate the history of this remarkable National Historic Site.
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