Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada

Feature Type:National Park - A legally defined land area, under federal jurisdiction, for camping, outdoor recreation and preservation of wildlife.
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: NE of Revelstoke, Kootenay Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 51°06'00''N, 118°04'00''W at the approximate centre of this feature.
Datum: NAD27
NTS Map: 82M/1
Related Maps: 82M/1

Origin Notes and History:

Mount Revelstoke National Park was established by Order in Council in 1914. "Parc national du Mont Revelstoke" was adopted 4 June 1985 (Ottawa file 203-19); French form of name changed to "Parc national du Mont-Revelstoke" 31 March 1986 by Parks Canada. "Mount Revelstoke Park" and "Parc national du Mont-Revelstoke" were confirmed 30 June 1989 by Parks Canada. The expanded forms "Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada" and "Parc national du Canada du Mont-Revelstoke" are identified in the publication Canada's Geographical Names Approved in English and French, published August 2002 by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.

Source: BC place name cards, or correspondence to/from BC's Chief Geographer or BC Geographical Names Office

"Little is known about the area's use by native groups prior to European contact. Before the railway, the confluence of the Columbia and Illecillewaet Rivers just outside the park was used as an encampment by fur traders and explorers on the Columbia, and as a supply point for mining operations. Railway construction in 1885 made the river junction a focus of activity.... The park was established in recognition of its unspoiled mountain scenery, 1000-year old red cedars, sub-alpine wildflower meadows, and potential for recreational use. Mount Revelstoke was one of Canada's first ski hills; a ski jump built on the base of the mountain saw several world records set before 1930..." (from Parks Canada website, April 2001)

Source: included with note