Revelstoke's heritage garden is a meditative in-town oasis

  • posted Jun 2, 2011at 3:00 PM

Landscape architect Barb Johnstone-Davidson's opening quotation in her speech at the official opening of the Revelstoke Museum's Heritage Garden party on July 24 gathered together all the thoughts, hopes, dreams and aspirations for the project into a single verbal bouquet.
"Cathy English and Liz Barker first contacted me in the fall of 2001 and our journey of discovery began," Johnstone-Davidson went on to say. "A journey which included planning and design, fundraising and construction."
Initial credit for the project, Johnstone-Davidson noted, went to Barker.
"Liz had planted the idea of a garden adjacent to the museum, similar to others she had seen at different locations, that would interpret Revelstoke's ethnic and cultural heritage through historically accurate plants as well as historic artifacts, and artwork."
During the years from the project's germination, through initial cultivation of concept plans and fundraising ideas, to the first plantings of flowerbeds and grafting of made-in-Revelstoke bricks salvaged from old demolished buildings, to this past summer's first display blossoming for appreciative visitors, the basic premise for the Heritage Garden has always been to serve as a showcase for another aspect of Revelstoke's history — its community gardens.
"From the design point of view, the garden itself also represents a...

Get ready for a brand new look to Mount Mackenzie

  • posted Jun 2, 2011at 2:00 PM

Almost 20 years of dreaming became reality this year with the announcement of a deal that will see Revelstoke's Mount Mackenzie ski hill transformed into a major all-season destination resort (click here for Flickr photos).
Revelstoke's alpine report will cost about $270 million by completion and will feature 6,400 vertical feet of ski runs, trails, a golf course, hotels and residential villages.
Of course, all of this takes time to do — about 25 years, to be exact. The entire project, which is being developed by Revelstoke Alpine Village Inc., is being constructed in five stages.
The first real changes will become readily apparent within...

Magic lives on at the Enchanted Forest

  • posted Jun 2, 2011at 2:00 PM

The Enchanted Forest. For decades it has tantalized families as they whizzed along the Trans-Canada Highway and it’s not hard to see why.
The tourist attraction, begun by Doris and Ernest Needham in the late 1950s and opened to the public after the TCH was completed, is a lovingly created and thoroughly magical place that offers visitors a nature walk through 800-year-old cedars and and a childhood fantasy of story-book characters and fairy-tale settings.
Created by various artists the Enchanted Forest is inhabited by 350 handmade, child-sized figurines that include everything from the Three Little Pigs and Hansel and Gretl to Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz, Old Mother Hubbard and Little Red Riding Hood. There are elves, and witches — even a zombie in a dungeon — dwarves, woodland creatures, a stork soaring through the trees with a little bundle of...

Antiques about town

  • posted Jun 2, 2011at 2:00 PM

Denizens of the antique world are a determined lot, drawn from quaint high-end specialty shops to a rummage sale at the side of the road, constantly and inexorably in search of their object of affection and Revelstoke has several new-to-you and antique stores for this often eccentric and motley crew.
It is as if objects from the past carry with it their very own tale. To have made it this far into our modern world, these individual items - fragile or strong - have not only stood the test of time but somehow embody that ineffable sense of the distant past treasured by the relentlessly searching antiques collector.
“We’ve got a little bit of everything,” said Betty Pinko, proprietor of Auntie’s Attic on the corner of Mackenzie and First St., the hub of Revelstoke’s historic downtown.
“Like all antiques the time that they’ve been around compared to a lot of modern stuff that falls apart, each item has it’s own character and soul almost,” Pinko said. “Our store has things you can’t find in Wal-Mart.”
These little shops of wonder and bemusement enjoy the natural appeal from the wayside traveler as well as the ardent dedication of repeat customers.
Indeed, as the name suggests, once one steps into the store...

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