August 2017 edition
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News briefs Off the grid in Slocan City Revving your way to into healthy dopamine Revelstoke Mountaineer August events calendar Clearing trail on Mt. Cartier Exploring Revelstoke’s hidden fishing holes Soaring with Revelstoke’s paragliding scene Revelstoke’s fire department celebrates 125 years
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Cover: Our August style feature Hand Picked (page 35) explores the eclectic styles generated by often seasonal, occasionally nomadic Revelstoke residents, pairing them with certain wildflowers for a unique take on both human and floral newcomers to town. Photo: Charise Folnovic
Planning your Revelstoke landscape design Adventure Buddy trip to the Akolkolex Spokin’ Word advice for first-time MTB buyers LUNA artist Angela Gooliaff New boutique Stoke Hotel opens Big Bend Cafe brings serves classic Canadian Style: Hand Picked LUNA Arts Festival Instagram contest
Correction: The photo that accompanied our story ‘You dream it, we build it,’ in our July issue was wrongly attributed. It was selected from many photos taken during a tour of work done by Take to Heart, but in fact the staircase pictured was created by Lortap Enterprises Ltd. and built and installed by Jordan Cochrane Construction. We apologize for the error.
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Contributors (L to R) Imogen Whale: When Imogen Whale isn’t moonlighting as a journalist and writer based in Revelstoke, she’s out playing with her family or horses. She’s happily tripping the light fantastic Bryce Borlick is a world traveler, outdoor enthusiast, and urban refugee whom you’re most likely to find wandering the mountains in search of nothing in particular. With an unruly interest in sustainability and permaculture, he may be the only person in Revelstoke dreaming of one day doing burnouts in an electric F-250 towing a tiny house. Charise Folnovic: Born in the armpit of Ontario and raised a cage-free Albertan, Charise is a lover of the arts and cultures, travel, ice cream and social justice. She holds a Bachelor of Design degree and is a freelance artist who hopes to make a difference in people’s lives and eventually the world’s.
Eliisa Tennant: Born with adventure in her heart and raised in Revelstoke, Eliisa spends most of her time soaking up the mountain life. Whether it’s being on top of the world via snowmobile or paddleboarding on Lake Revelstoke Eliisa has true passion for the outdoors. She is happiest when found behind the lens exploring or writing about her experiences. Rebecca Marchildon is a mother of two who is passionate about health, fitness and family! She studied Journalism Print, Group Fitness Instruction and is currently training to be a Health Coach through Integrative Nutrition. She’s the owner of Revelution Fitness & Yoga and eager to share her passion with fellow Revelstokians! Tegan Dean moved to Revelstoke from Australia in 2012 and fell in love with the town. She loves hair, art, moss and doesn’t mind wearing a hat. She lives by the mantra that your vibe attracts your vibe. She works at Birch & Lace.
Sarah j Spurr: Sarah is a mixed media visual artist originally from the 705/Kawartha Lakes Ontario, and has been a Revelstoke resident for the past three years. Heavily inspired by the natural environment and her relationship with it. Stoked on all the things she’s discovering in British Columbia and the way these fresh influences have found ways into her home, heart and art-making.
Matt Timmins is an Ontario-born photographer with a background in photojournalism. He moved to the Rockies in 2008, and made the move to Revelstoke three years later. His love for travel and the outdoors have kept him on the move the last couple of years, but he always finds his way back to Revelstoke. You can see his work at matthewtimminsphoto.com.
Heather Hood aspires to never be too serious, see the wonderment in every day life and take advantage of any opportunity to rhyme. She can always find an occasion to drink bubbly and has a great passion for wine.
Emily Kemp is a Revelstoke-based journalist and author. Claudia Bambi is a graphic designer and illustrator based in Revelstoke. Her illustrations are designed to transport you to an imaginary world of wonderment. 3
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Nels’ Knickers honours Revelstoke’s ski jumping history
Two-time Olympian jumper John McInnes in fine form while his brother Allan, former hill captain, takes on his familiar role of waving the red flag to announce that the jump is clear for take off. Photo: Rob Buchanan/Parks Canada
Nels’ Knickers, a new interpretive experience exhibit, commemorates the historic role of ski jumping at Mount Revelstoke. The exhibit, along with a Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada plaque, was unveiled on July 8 as part of Canada 150 celebrations. Ski jumping, introduced in Canada by Scandinavian immigrants in the late 19th century, was one of the earliest forms of alpine skiing in the country. In 1916, a local Revelstoke ski club, together with the newly created Mount Revelstoke National Park and the town, built the platforms and judging tower that made the hill a venue for international competition. From 1916 to 1975, Mount Revelstoke would be the site of many ski jumping championships, and also became known for its vibrant winter festivals. Many outstanding ski jumpers, including Nels Nelsen, Robert Lynburne, Isabel Coursier, and Hans Gunnarson, practiced the sport at Mount Revelstoke. Dazzling crowds with their thrilling jumps, they set world records in ski jumping and helped enhance Canada’s international stature in the sport. Mount Revelstoke’s ski jump saw intense competition from 1916 to 1931 and again from 1950-1971, when it hosted the annual Tournament of Champions, which attracted many internationally recognized ski jumpers. Although the “Big Hill” hosted its last competition in 1975, the skiing tradition lives on in Revelstoke at other venues. Visitors to Mount Revelstoke National Park can view the jump platforms and place themselves ‘at the edge of the abyss’ just as Nelsen, Coursier, and Lymburne did before they jumped. They can also explore the history of ski jumping at new interpretive displays at the top of the “Big Hill,” as well as at the Revelstoke Museum and Archives.
Residents sick of sewer stink Southside residents are sick of enduring the horrible stench coming from the nearby Revelstoke Sewage Treatment Plant. A number of residents in the area have been in contact with the Ministry of Environment over the issue, saying it’s been going on for decades and more needs to be done. Mike Thomas, City of Revelstoke director of engineering, did confirm someone from the Ministry of Environment had conducted a site inspection following the complaints. Thomas said it had been determined that the sewage plant and the work city operators are doing meets the effluent and operational requirements under the current operating permit. He said the city is aware of the odour issues, but it isn’t an indication the treatment plant is failing. City staff also installed additional aeration and piping in hopes it would reduce the odour. The city has also issued a request for proposals to conduct a feasibility study in order to update the Liquid Waste Management Plan. Thomas said this is a necessary step in order to help reopen the issue with the Ministry of Environment.
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Stand fast, Craigellachie By Steve Smith
A Chinese labourers’ work camp on the Canadian Pacific Railway construction. Photo: Revelstoke Railway Museum.
The contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway will be commemorated at the Last Spike in Craigellachie on August 7. The event takes place from 9 a.m. to 1:50 p.m. In Gaelic, the word ‘Craigellachie’ means, ‘stand fast,’ or could be viewed as ‘standing together.’ Rarely since the driving of the Last Spike in that location on November 7, 1885 has there been an event of such importance and magnitude at the national historic location on the Trans-Canada Highway in Craigellachie. In conjunction with Canada 150 activities, and with respect to the BC Government’s apology to Chinese Canadians, the Ministry of International Trade has commissioned a plaque to be unveiled commemorating the contributions of Chinese immigrants to the building of our national railroad. This plaque will be unveiled at roughly 12:30 p.m. on August 7at the location. The event will begin with a demonstration of traditional Chinese lion, dragon and folk dances from the Okanagan Chinese Canadian Association and the singing of ‘O’Canada.’ Prior to the plaque unveiling, speeches from the Ministry, our regional MLAs and select Chinese dignitaries will be given. This will be followed by other entertainment including the Revelstoke Highlanders Pipe band, and young up and coming Revelstoke musicians, Aza Deschamps and Cole Blakely. Master of Ceremonies will be Revelstoke Heritage Railway Society President Roger Eddy and event organizer, Steve Smith. There will be a BBQ from 12–1 p.m. along with educational booths from Parks Canada, the Salmon Arm Model Railroader’s Club, the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, Okanagan Chinese Cultural Association and more. For more information contact the Revelstoke Railway Museum and connect with: Jennifer Dunkerson, Executive Director at 250-837-6060, or event promoter Steve Smith 250-814-9804.
Retrace history along David Thompson’s Columbia River Portage Follow the path of explorer David Thompson’s canoe portage on the Columbia River. The David Thompson Paddlesport Classic will take participants on a three-day, 125-km journey along Lake Revelstoke from Mica Creek to the finish line above Revelstoke Dam. More than a race, the ‘classic’ expects to become an annual highlight experience of the paddling community with a field of over 200 canoes, kayaks, war canoes and rowboats – about 800 enthusiasts. The David Thompson Paddlesport Classic will also connect history, awesome mountain scenery and a superior recreational paddling experience in keeping with Revelstoke’s superior hospitality and friendliness. Age range of the participants is 10 to 75 plus in many boat and age classes. The race includes a number of boat classes: canoes, war caones, kayaks, SUPs, and pro-boats. The event takes place Aug. 18–20. More information can be found at http://paddlerevelstoke.ca/race/ Canoeing on Lake Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine
Off the grid in Slocan City
The latest in our weekend getaway series explores the tiny hamlet of Slocan City
The public beach on Slocan Lake isn’t usually this busy. Pictured here during the Unity Festival. Photos this page by Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine A back lip in the deep end at the Backyard Bowl Bash at Tenacity Skatepark.
Village of Slocan Mayor Jessica Lunn.
Late night DJ set at Unity Music Festival.
Explore the Slocan City Bluffs to find this old tunnel, now partially collapsed.
Hang out on the patio at Flaca’s Bakery & Bistro.
By Aaron Orlando Turn your cell phone off and put it away because you’re on Kootenay time now. And because there’s no cell service in Slocan City, which means you’ve got a great excuse to put everyone else in your life on Kootenay time too: talk to you on Monday. Slocan is a tiny hamlet of 300 at the end of Slocan Lake, and at the head of the Slocan Valley, where the lake surges into the Slocan River. It’s mostly known for access to the lake and as a gateway to the spectacular Valhalla Provincial Park. It was also once home to the Springer Creek Forest Products mill, which shut down and was then demolished a few years ago, leaving a bare 20-acre lot on the foreshore that will be a big factor in the future direction of the village. In July, I dropped by the Unity Festival, an annual music fest at the main beach in town. It’s aligned with the Slocan Valley counter-culture vibe, with lots of blues, reggae and hippie-inspired events. Moms take part in spiritual dancing classes while face-painted kids splash in the water. It’s on the smaller side with maybe 1,000-ish in attendance at any one time in 2017. No beer tent inside lends to a family-friendly feel. I met Jessica Lunn, the mayor of the Village of Slocan, at the park on Saturday afternoon, where she was getting set up to watch the main stage at the festival. I wanted to know what direction the village has been taking since losing the mill. Lunn agrees the future of the Springer Creek Forest Products site will be key. She said the town is seeing an influx of remote workers who are attracted to the lifestyle and natural beauty. Tech and creative workers are leveraging the low cost of housing to make a go of it in Slocan. When the mill was winding down, the ownership sold their tenure to a major forest company, so it seems another mill is unlikely. Still, neatly stacked piles of lumber line the property, aging badly in the weather, a reminder of the past. It served as the parking lot during Unity Festival. Lunn said determining what happens to the property will be discussed in public planning consultations in the future. For the time being, the village council has supported zoning restrictions on the existing zoning for almost all uses to prevent a random industrial operation (like a warehouse) from tying up the valuable shoreline property. The mill was a big employer, but also a regional one; many of its employees commuted up the valley to work. On one side of the lot is the main public beach, on the other the popular climbing spot called Slocan City Bluffs, just a five-minute walk away. One thing the mayor said she would like to see is continuous public access across the property at the shoreline. There’s no doubt that the property has potential. It stares out onto Slocan Lake with the peaks of Valhalla Provincial Park in the background. When asked if the loss of the mill was a big blow, people I talked to said yes, but they added that the upside was the potential for development on the waterfront property. Lunn, like many from the community, commutes to work. In her case, to Nelson. Bootstrapping the local economy is a big focus for the village, which operates on the shoestring budget provided by a town of 300 with no heavy industry. The village council is working on building a micro-hydro project on Springer Creek, hoping to add a revenue stream. If you stroll around, the transition from mill town to lifestyle destination is evident. There are a few new construction projects on the go, most looking like
holiday getaways. There are many lots for sale privately, and they can be had for under $50,000. Still, it looks like it’ll take years to reincarnate; there are many disused buildings and the village is rough around the edges. It has a freewheeling vibe; random dogs wander the streets and many locals pass the day languidly, sipping beers and smoking pot at the beach or chilling out under shade trees — perfect if you’re looking for an unpretentious, cheap weekend getaway. Everything in town is walkable. Although it’s at a crossroads, the village does have potential. I caught myself phoning a couple numbers on for sale lots — after I got home, because there’s no cell phone service there. Hiking in Valhalla Provincial Park, climbing on the Slocan City Bluffs and boating on the lake or river are the big attractions. Backyard Bowl Bash The Backyard Bowl Bash is an annual memorial skate jam held at Tenacity Skatepark in Slocan, a small but well-done bowl that’s got something for beginners to experts. The event is held in memory of pro skateboarder Josh Evin. Evin hailed from the West Kootenay, where he came up to become one of the best professional skateboarders B.C. has ever produced, all the while repping his grassroots Kootenay identity. He was a devastating skatepark rider who became a leader the Vancouver skatepark riding scene in the mid aughts. He was a fixture at East Van’s Hastings skatepark, where he was known for his head-high boosts. The big hip at Hastings is dedicated in memories to Evin; it’s painted black, with a hammer and sickle logo signifying ‘The Black Russian,’ a nickname that spun off into a brand and a skateshop in Castlegar owned by Evin. He was also a killer street skater known for raiding big, sketchy spots with reckless abandon. He was a tall, lanky rider with good style, a skateboarder’s skateboarder who attacked spots with committed make-or-eat-shit tricks. He also helped a group of talented Kootenay skateboarders break into the Vancouver scene. Evin passed away in a motorcycle accident near Nelson in June of 2010. His friends host the Backyard Bowl Bash in Josh’s memory. This year it raised funds for lighting at the Tenacity Skatepark. Now in its sixth year in 2017, it’s an annual meetup for the West Kootenay skateboarding scene. If you’re into the local skate scene, it’s a must. There were about a dozen Revelstoke locals in attendance at the 2017 event. Where to eat: Flaca’s Bakery & Bistro has a sprawling patio, great hot breakfasts and lunches, and awesome baked sweets. Try their burritos. They close early, so check their hours when you get there. The grocery store just down the block is actually reasonably priced for a tiny town grocery and has quite a few locally-produced foods. Where to stay: The Springer Creek Campground is right next to Springer Creek. It’s $20 for a tent site. If you’re on a tight budget, it’s not uncommon to see people pitching tents in random places. Try the pathway to the Slocan City Bluffs for a lakeside spot. What to do: Chill at the main public beach. Rent a kayak or SUP for a trip on the lake or down the Slocan River. Take one of several hikes into Valhalla Provincial Park (the Gimli Trail to Mulvey Basin day hike is a must). Go fishing on the lake. Blend in and get hippie with the locals. Skate Tenacity Skatepark. Attend the Unity Music Festival in July. By car: 2.5 hours from Revelstoke if you time the Galena Bay ferry right.
Dopamine! What is it? Where do we get it naturally? By Rebecca Marchildon Dopamine is responsible for a lot of things in our brains, but first and foremost it’s a chemical: a neurotransmitter that our brain produces to, shall we say, guide us into action. There are a ton of studies on dopamine and how it relates to our body’s reward system, addiction, alcohol, love, lust, sex, gambling … the list goes on. Dopamine has something to do with all of these things. Specifically, that great feeling you get doing some of the above is when the dopamine floods your brain and activates the pleasure centre. But many other things signal your brain to release this feel-good chemical and these are what we need to focus on to have the best life ever! How can we boost our dopamine levels to help us stay motivated, productive and focused? Of course eating whole foods is always beneficial. Especially food that’s high in Tyrosine, a building block of dopamine. It can be found in delicious foods like avocados, bananas, beef, chicken, chocolate, coffee, eggs, green tea, turmeric and even watermelon. At the same time you need to reduce your lipopolysaccharides, which is an endotoxin that inhibits your production of dopamine. The main way to fight these toxins off is by having a healthy gut. Really, when it comes down to it, our gut is the gateway to great health! You have to keep more good bacteria in there than bad by eating probiotic foods. These can include fermented foods like kefir, kimchi or yogourt, and can also be taken as supplements such as Bio-K. You mustn’t eat too many overly fatty and sugary foods. Try to steer clear of the poison. As human beings, we need 7–8 hours of sleep per night, anything less is bad for us and will take its toll on our immune systems, health and yes, our guts!
Revelstoke pro rider Casey Brown gets her dopamine flowing. Photo: Marty Schaffer.
Follow your creative passions, do a little thing that you love at least once a week. You know how you can just fall into a trance while you’re making/building/drawing something? It’s almost a meditation – you are releasing dopamine when you’re in that flow. Add some of your favourite music to the mix and it’ll be a double whammy. Another incredible way to naturally boost your dopamine levels is by getting active. Just doing 30 minutes of exercise at least four times a week is proven to be much more effective than any anti-depressants. You’ll feel more happiness and have more energy than you ever imagined possible if you just add a little movement to your lifestyle. We are made to move, our bodies crave it and our brains need that activity to operate at full potential. When you get that good feeling while exercising (even if it’s tough to get that initial start-up happening) it’s because your brain is releasing serotonin, endor-
phins and of course, dopamine — these chemicals are released specifically to make it fun for you, and why some people get hooked on working out. We are so lucky in Revelstoke to have so many awesome hiking and biking trails. You can go hiking on Mount Revelstoke or in Rogers Pass, cross-country biking on Mount Macpherson, Keystone Standard Basin and Frisby Ridge or even downhill biking on Boulder Mountain. In town we also have an abundance of fitness and yoga studios! There is Revelution Fitness & Yoga, Balu Yoga and Wellness, Crossfit Revelstoke, TransCanada Fitness and Welwinds Therapeutic Spa. That’s a lot of options in one small town, we are so fortunate! When it comes to getting our bodies moving in Revelstoke, we can’t really use any excuses not to!
August 2017 Events Calendar
Add your events to this page for FREE by uploading them to our website revelstokemountaineer.com/calendar Tuesday, August 1 Bikes, Beers, and Babes @ Revelstoke Community Centre parking lot
6 p.m.–9 p.m. This ladies mountain bike ride meets Tuesday nights in the parking lot in front of the Community Centre at 6 p.m. Join the group for post ride beers at the Big Eddy Pub.
6 p.m.–9 p.m. Revelstoke’s longstanding Pedal ‘n’ Pint series is the weekly gathering of mountain bikers for a Thursday evening pedal. Meet up at the Revelstoke Community Centre parking lot and embark on a unique ride each week. Riders gather at the River City Pub for pints after the ride.
Karaoke Night @ River City Pub
John Jenkins @ Last Drop Pub
9 p.m.–1 a.m. Red Haven is a raucous mixture of folk, swing and roots redesigned with modern, intuitive songwriting. Friday, August 4
12 p.m.–8 p.m. See the personal projects of guild members on display at the Revelstoke Library. The event runs all August long during opening hours at the Okanagan Regional Library Revelstoke branch.
Phonenix Rising Yoga & Nature Retreat @ Mulvehill Wilderness Inn
A weekend of self-love and self-care with Mollie Sommer Wellness. This intimate women’s retreat on August 4–6 includes yoga, hiking, and meditation. Contact Mollie at 250-574-5683 or email molliesommerwellness@ gmail.com to register.
Samson’s Delilah @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Seth Macdonald and Shara Gustafson are well known on the Northern Alberta and B.C. festival scene as the front line of the funk/rock/reggae world.
Revelstoke Glacier Challenge
Arrow Helicopters XC Fiver @ Various
6:30–8:30 p.m. The Revelstoke Cycling Association invites you to participate in a fun, low-key evening mountain bike race. Expect to be racing for about an hour (shorter distances available). Cost is $5, you must be an RCA member to participate. Open Mic Night @ The Last Drop Pub
Revelstoke Glacier Challenge Softball Tournament @ Centennial Park, Various Locations
All day Established in 1975, Revelstoke Glacier Challenge attracts softball teams from the region and beyond for a weekend of ball, entertainment, camping and special events. For more information visit glacierchallenge. com or call 250-814-8465. Grip it and sip it @ Revelstoke Golf Course
10 p.m. The Last Drop welcomes all jammers and singers. Come out and join in with a friendly relaxed atmosphere from 10 p.m.
5 p.m.–7 p.m. A gathering of social golfers every Friday, show up between 5–7 p.m. $20 per person, clubs can be rented free of charge.
Pedal ‘n’ Pint @ Revelstoke Community Centre
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Triple B Rally @ Glacier House Hotel and Resort.
8 a.m.–1 a.m. Revy Riders Triple B Rally, Ladies only dirtbike rally and campout. For more information and to register visit www.revyriders.com/event/revy-riders-2nd-annualwomens-rally/ Exploring Mt. Macpherson Bioblitz @ Mt. Macpherson Trails
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Explore the flora and fauna around Mt. Macpherson and discover the recreational, environmental, social, historical, and economic factors which dictate the evolution of the area.
Revelstoke Glacier Challenge Softball Tournament @ Centennial Park, Various Locations
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Red Haven redesigns swing and gypsy jazz with modern songwriting and a heavy backbeat.
Saturday, August 5
Avenue 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stock up on fresh veggies, crafts and more with Revelstoke’s two farmers markets.
Red Haven @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
9 p.m.–1 a.m. John Jenkins’ Smalltown Revival, a two-man trio show, with John Jenkins on vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, harmonica, kick drum, foot snare and hi-hat, and Jackson Baker on bass and vocals.
Farmers’ Markets @ Grizzly Plaza & Mackenzie
Wednesday, August 2
Patio Season Series: Jared Wayne @ Last Drop Pub
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Feelds are a pop-folk band hailing from Melbourne, Australia.
The Red Haven @ The Last Drop Pub
Revelstoke Quilters’ Guild third annual quilt display @ Revelstoke Library
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. With her catchy and endearing story based pop songs, Emily Rockarts is starting to catch on in Toronto’s crowded music scene. 5 p.m.–8 p.m. Revelstoke based singer/guitarist Jared Wayne has wide range of experience accompanying bands in Ottawa and Calgary, and has continued his westerly migration in search of new sounds and experiences.
Feelds @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
9:30 p.m.–11:45 p.m. Sing your heart out every Thursday night at the River City Pub.
Emily Rockarts @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
OPEN SPACE PLANNING
All day Established in 1975, Revelstoke Glacier Challenge attracts softball teams from the region and beyond for a weekend of ball, entertainment, camping and special events. For more information visit glacierchallenge.com or call 250-814-8465. Joanne Stacey @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Joanne Stacey is an honest, all-round artist who absolutely loves to connect with her audience. Patio Season Series: Steve Smith @ Last Drop Pub
5 p.m.–8 p.m. Steve Smith is a Cape Breton born musician who has been performing since 1988 at venues all over Canada. Steve has been the front many for popular interior B.C. Celtic band Maritime Kitchen Party since 2008.
Pineapple Express @ Last Drop Pub
9 p.m.–1 a.m. The Pineapple Express and Al Lee are Revelstoke’s finest four that’ll have the dance floor hoppin’ all night long Sunday, August 6 Exploring Mt. Macpherson Bioblitz @ Mt. Macpherson Trails
9 a.m.–3 p.m. Explore the flora and fauna around Mt. Macpherson and discover the recreational, environmental, social, historical, and economic factors which dictate the evolution of the area.
energetic live performances FRASE is capturing audiences all over the world. Wednesday, August 9 Saskia & Darrel @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Saskia and Darrel deliver a fun blend of music, an unpredictable series of songs that change every time you see them. Open Mic Night @ The Last Drop Pub 10 p.m.
fundraiser for the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative. For more information or to purchase tickets visit revelstokelocalfood.com Bees and the Bare Bones @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Maddie and Abby began individually by playing indiefolk music and joined efforts to develop an alt-country/ folk sound. Sunday, August 13 The Northface Dirty Feet Trail Run #3.5 @ Mt. Macpherson Trails 9 a.m.–1 p.m. Trail run 5km, 10km or 21km in the beautiful trails in Revelstoke! Register at www.dirtyfeet.ca.
Revelstoke Glacier Challenge Softball Tournament @ Centennial Park, Various Locations
The Pineapple Express @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
6:30 p.m –9:30 p.m. This Revelstoke-based band blends blues, Rock n’ Roll and funk into an uncompromising groove. Monday, August 7 Stand Fast Craigellachie @ Last Spike Craigellachie
9 a.m.–1:50 p.m. A celebration of the contributions of Chinese railway workers to the building of the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and Canada 150 celebrations. The event includes Chinese Lion Dancers, Thomas the Tank Engine and other fun activities. Revelstoke Glacier Challenge Softball Tournament @
Centennial Park, Various Locations All day
Lo-fi Uppercut @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Bruce Thomas and Eddy Cola perform as the guitar/drums duo known as Lo-fi Uppercut. The Revelstoke Arts Council’s annual Summer Street Festival features various musical performances in Grizzly Plaza.
Wild Romantics Thursday, August 10
Pedal ‘n’ Pint @ Revelstoke Community Centre 6 p.m.–9 p.m. The Wild Romantics @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. The Wild Romantics consist of wildly harmonious Evan Miller and Aleisha Kalina backed with a rock and roll avalanche of a band. Karaoke Night @ River City Pub 9:30 p.m.–11:45 p.m. Friday, August 11 Grip it and sip it @ Revelstoke Golf Course 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Flint & Feather @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest @ Grizzly Plaza 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Flint & Feather is an award-winning husband and wife duo from Calgary. Together they perform familyfriendly Rocky Mountain folk-pop songs.
FRASE Tuesday, August 8
Easy Ruckus @ Last Drop Pub 9 p.m.–12 p.m. Easy Ruckus is a, blues, funk reggae rock band inspired by artist such as John Butler Trio, Current Swell, Xavier Rudd and The Black Key. Saturday, August 12
Bikes, Beers, and Babes @ Revelstoke Community Centre parking lot
Farmers Markets @ Grizzly Plaza & Mackenzie Avenue 8 a.m.–1 p.m.
FRASE @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
Midsummer Night’s Green @ Terra Firma Farms. 4 p.m.–10 p.m. The Midsummer Night’s Green is a celebration of local food and sustainability as well as a
6 p.m.–9 p.m.
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. With a soulful voice, heartfelt songwriting and
Compassion Gorilla @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Compassion Gorilla has a relentless drive to translate earthy and folkloric sounds into an explosive performance fit for the demands of the modern dance floor. Monday, August 14 ENTANGADOS @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. ENTANGADOS mixes theatrical-musical performance with a humorous and eclectic mixture of cumbia, cuarteto, ska, rock, reggae, Balkan music and a long list of sassy-Latin grooves. Tuesday, August 15 Bikes, Beers, and Babes @ Revelstoke Community Centre parking lot 6 p.m.–9 p.m. The Irish Wakers @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest @ Grizzly Plaza 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. The Irish Wakers celebrate the rich heritage of Irish songs and lively dancing tunes along with sing-along sea shanties. Wednesday, August 16 The Lindsey Walker Band @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Lindsey Walker’s music is at times haunting, blending soulful melodies, driving guitar riffs and rich lyrics.
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Open Mic Night @ The Last Drop Pub 10 p.m.
6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Dawson Rutledge accompanies himself with a kickdrum and a tambourine set up at his feet.
Thursday, August 17
Tuesday, August 22
Pedal ‘n’ Pint @ Revelstoke Community Centre 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Smith Fraser Duo @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Smith and Fraser are caught in the middle between folk and jazz – and the result is magic. Karaoke Night @ River City Pub 9:30 p.m. –11:45 p.m. Friday, August 18
Grip it and sip it @ Revelstoke Golf Course 5 p.m.–7 p.m. Tanya Lipscomb @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.9:30 p.m. Tanya’s three-octave voice sways from rich, deep and powerful, to soft, subtle and sensuous. Saturday, August 19
Pickling and canning workshop @ Revelstoke Community Centre kitchen 5:30 p.m. Join the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative for this Garden Guru workshop focused on preserving your harvest. Suggested donation is $10 and $5 for LFI members. The Basic Needs @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. The Basic Needs play grooving original compositions and thoughtfully reinvented jazz standards and pop tunes. Open Mic Night @ The Last Drop Pub 10 p.m. Thursday, August 24
David Thompson Paddlesport Classic @ Lake Revelstoke All day
Jared Wayne @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Revelstoke-based singer/guitarist Jared Wayne performs accompanied by Jayme Wenzel on drums and Dave Marfleet on bass.
Farmers’ Markets @ Grizzly Plaza & Mackenzie Avenue 8 a.m.–1 p.m. The Long War @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest @ Grizzly Plaza 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Three riveting sets from The Long War, Small Town Artillery and Year of the Wolf. Sunday, August 20
David Thompson Paddlesport Classic @ Lake Revelstoke All day Mountain Music Duo @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Revelstoke duo Morgan Teutant and Shannon Sternloff play versions of popular rock and country classics. Dawson Rutledge @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest
Bob Rogers Quartet @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. The Bob Rogers Quartet play a wide variety of jazz styles, from swing and classic jazz standards to funk and rock fusion. Wednesday, August 23
David Thompson Paddlesport Classic @ Lake Revelstoke All day Canoe, kayak, SUP or boat paddle from Mica Creek to Revelstoke over three days. Visit paddlerevelstoke. ca/race for details.
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Bikes, Beers, and Babes @ Revelstoke Community Centre parking lot 6 p.m.–9 p.m.
Pedal ‘n’ Pint @ Revelstoke Community Centre 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Karaoke Night @ River City Pub 9:30 p.m.–11:45 p.m. Farmer the band @ Last Drop Pub 9 p.m.–12 a.m. Farmer is a multi-tasking, multi-instrumentalist, indie folk band from B.C. This duo fills the stage with vocal harmonies, guitar, bass, harmonica, drums, percussion and anything else that’s in arm’s (and foot’s) reach. Friday, August 25 Grip it and sip it @ Revelstoke Golf Course 5 p.m.–7 p.m. A gathering of social golfers every Friday, show up between 5–7 p.m. $20 per person, clubs can be rented free of charge. Sister Speak @Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
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Canadian born songwriter Sherri Anne is the creative force behind Sister Speak’s moving live show and unique musical pallet. Around the Mountain Tour @ Last Drop Pub 9 p.m.–12 a.m. Featuring The Burn Ins, Amelia Patterson, and Nashlyn. Three bands of friends touring Western Canada throughout the last days of summer. Saturday, August 26
Farmers’ Markets @ Grizzly Plaza & Mackenzie Avenue 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stock up on fresh veggies, crafts & more with Revelstoke’s two farmers’ markets. Darlene Ketchum Quartet @Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. With a little funk on the side and some sweet vocalizing this band will move your toes and touch your souls. The Burn Ins @ Last Drop Pub 9 a.m.–12 a.m. The Burn Ins is an indie, alternative blues-rock band. Sunday, August 27
Building Hugelkultur raised garden beds @ Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre 2 p.m.–5 p.m. Join the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative for this Garden Guru workshop to teach you how to build raised garden beds using the Hugelkultur method. Visit revelstokelocalfood.com for more information. Bassment Attics @ Revelstoke Summer Street Fest 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m. Revelstoke-based band, The Bassment Attics, play a mix of upbeat rock, pop, alternative, and folk-altcountry covers. Tuesday, August 29 Bikes, Beers, and Babes @ Revelstoke Community Centre parking lot 6 p.m.–9 p.m. This ladies mountain bike ride meets Tuesday nights in the parking lot in front of the Community Centre at 6 p.m. Join the group for post ride beers at the Big Eddy Pub. Wednesday, August 30
Open Mic Night @ The Last Drop Pub 10 p.m. Thursday, August 31
Pedal ‘n’ Pint @ Revelstoke Community Centre 6 p.m.–9 p.m. Revelstoke’s longstanding Pedal ‘n’ Pint series is the weekly gathering of mountain bikers for a Thursday evening pedal. Meet up at the Revelstoke Community Centre parking lot and embark on a unique ride each week. Karaoke Night @ River City Pub 9:30 p.m.–11:45 p.m.
The crew gets ready to descend and clear trail on Mt. Cartier. Photo: Bryce Borlick
Polishing the gem
Heli-assisted trail crews tackle annual maintenance on Mount Cartier By Bryce Borlick Our mission began before dawn as the rotors on our Bell 207 Jet Ranger started to turn. Minutes later the helicopter was high above Revelstoke and rocking gently with the rising air currents from Mount Cartier’s north ridge. The day’s first sun rays broke the eastern horizon and, suddenly, we plunged over a cliff face and arced hard around an alpine bowl. “Not a bad way to start the day, eh?” crackled Dave Pearson’s voice over the radio, reassuring everyone that the acrobatics were just part of the show. Anyone still reeling from the 5 a.m. start was now wide awake and the energy in the crew was palpable. We had signed up to help with the annual clearing of the Mount Cartier trail and, once the heli had set down on the ridge, we unloaded tools and gear quickly under the spinning blades. Our four-man crew — Dave, Brian Tress, Sandy Powell, and I — got lucky and were assigned the top third of the sixteen-kilometre singletrack. With a thumbs-up, our pilot departed and the thumping of the rotors faded into the distance, leaving us with stunning vistas and a mountain of work, literally. The Cartier trail is a century-old singletrack that runs from the 2,600-metre peak all the way to valley bottom at 450 metres, and it’s one the signature trails that has earned Revelstoke its reputation for offering rugged backcountry experiences. However, this trail would be a little too rugged without the combined efforts of Wandering Wheels, Ted Morton of the BC Enduro series, Glacier Helicopters, and Arrow Helicopters to get multiple work crews up there for 2017.
Dave Pearson checks out the view from the heli. Photo: Bryce Borlick
was tempting to linger and zone out to the tunes pumping out of Dave’s pack, but the building swarm of insects got us moving again. Cut, brush, level, rake, repeat. Before long, we were below treeline and nearing the lower cabin where the second crew had begun their day. After eight hours of work, our 1 p.m. cutoff was upon us and we began the long trek down to the trailhead, still addressing some areas with hand tools as we went. A few hours later, we emerged at the trailhead to find Matt Yaki waiting with cold beers, a shuttle back to town, and a Village Idiot pizza dinner. I was wrecked. Sandy and Brian looked fresher and Dave, living up to his nickname as ‘The Viking’, was making plans to hike-a-bike the trail in the next couple of days. The day was a win for all: commercial guides can provide an exceptional experience to their customers, the work crews have made some cold hard cash, and a freshly-brushed trail awaits any locals intrepid enough to tackle it on their own. As I take a long pull from an ice-cold Tall Timber, I consider this a mission accomplished.
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Fresh out of excuses to linger on the alpine ridge, we fired up the saws and got to work. The chainsaw operator went first, cutting out encroaching tree limbs and deadfall. Next was the brush saw operator, trimming back shrubs and plants. The Pulaski then levelled the trail and the rake made a final pass to buff the surface. It’s relatively simple but, with five kilometres to cover and a 1 p.m. cut-off for using gas engines in the dry conditions, we had to keep a steady pace. By 9 a.m. we reached lunchtime and were all happy to rehydrate and partake in the breaking of bread at a scenic spot. We had the upper mountain to ourselves and it
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Rebecka Miller pulls in a cutthroat before releasing it. Photo: Matthew Timmins
Hooking into the Revelstoke fishing scene By Matthew Timmins
Sitting in the passenger seat as we head down a logging road after a morning of fly-fishing, Linden Ernst looks over and reminds me how unpopular I will be with the local fishing scene if I name any fishing spot too accurately. Not that I needed reminding. Tasked with finding some local fishing spots, my first response after asking a friend to take me out was, “I’d definitely be up for it. Don’t wanna give up my spots though.” This factor, combined with a high water level this summer proved finding some good fishing a little more difficult than finding the local biking and hiking trails Revelstoke is known for. I turned to Pete Russell, a four-year Revelstoke resident, to find a good place to make a couple casts. Even with his knowledge of the area, our first two attempts left us with more mosquito bites than fish bites, with his usual spots underwater. But the third time’s the charm, and we eventually found a little turn-off north of the Revelstoke Dam and after bush-whacking down a slope we came to an opening where a small creek ran into Lake Revelstoke. Ironically, it was Russell’s first time at this spot, proving true that I likely wasn’t going to be shown any top spots by locals. But it did meet the standard requirements for shore fishing – a stream or river flowing into a larger body of water, a common suggestion that everyone I spoke with had when asking where to start – and sure enough, fish were jumping, albeit not too many bites. The next day I set off with Ernst for a morning of fly-fishing on the Akolkolex River. Following a backroads map book and relying on Ernst’s fishing instincts, we eventually came to an accessible part of the river where Ernst thought there could be some cutthroat trout. Feeling like we were pretty remote, out of cell range and far from civilization, I was a little surprised when not long after we arrived three more people showed up with the same idea as us. Ernst, however, didn’t seem surprised. I guess people who know what to look for tend to find the right spots. 12
Putting in an extra few kilometers often pays off, too. Earnst sometimes drives for two hours to get to a spot. Dave Trerice, a fishing guide based in Golden, seconds that notion. “The closer the spots are to town, the more likely it is that someone is fishing there and putting pressure on it. If you want to be finding those honey holes and those spots that are loaded up with fish, you’ve got to be willing to go the extra mile and put your time in,” he says. Ernst’s hunch was right, as just when we are getting ready to leave, fellow Revelstoke fisher Rebecka Miller pulled in a cutthroat. After Miller releases the fish (the Akolkolex is catch-and-release fishing only), Ernst and
An angler tries his hand. Photo: Matthew Timmins
I head out to another middle-of-nowhere spot off a logging road, where he also reels in a cutthroat. Shore fishing and fly-fishing wasn’t the only fishing I was hoping to try, but getting a boat to get to spots inaccessible by land proved difficult. Dave Trerice, owner and guide of Remote Waters Guiding, takes guests out on his 24ft-enclosed boat on Kinbasket Lake and Lake Revelstoke. With Trerice, there is no need to know precise fishing spots (not that he doesn’t know them). A day fishing with Remote Waters Guiding covers roughly 100 kilometers of water on the big lakes, trolling with downriggers for bull trout, rainbow and kokanee, and is the closest you can get to West Coast fishing in the area. All you need to spend a day with Trerice is your fishing license, and with a group five or six people you can be reeling in 20-plus fish into the boat. “It’s a totally different kind of style of fishing that not a lot of people are set up to do properly, with the big boats and the electronics,” says Trerice, who has his guiding license, as well an Angling Guides Operations Plan, which is a three-region plan that he needs to be able to cover all regions of the Kinbasket Lake: the Kootenays, the Thompson Okanagan and the Peace Region. He also is licensed to fish the entire Lake Revelstoke. As far as suggesting fishing spots, Trerice says most of his spots are boat-access only, jokingly adding that it’s old fishing rules not to give up your spots. Luckily, there are plenty of fishing spots in the Revelstoke area if you’re looking for a new spot, or recently moved to town. Here is some of the advice I got from Trerice, Russell and Ernst. -Look for areas where the water is clear, not silty or cloudy -Popular holding spots for fish are where a creek, stream or river flows into a lake or larger body of water, or around a bend or corner of a river -Flip rocks to look for bugs that fish in the area eat -Put some time into getting to your spot – the further you go, the less likely the spot has been fished out -Use a boat, canoe or kayak to access areas that you can’t access from shore -Lake Revelstoke and the Columbia River are large bodies of water – use Google Maps or a backroads map to find all their tributaries and ways to access them
Casting off the rocks under smoky skies. Photo: Matt Timmins
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Revelstoke paragliding scene gaining national, international attention By Eliisa Tennant
Brad Murphy became somewhat of a local celebrity when he took Rick Mercer for a tandem flight last year over our beautiful community for the ever-popular Rick Mercer Report. He is an experienced pilot with thousands of flights logged all over the world since 1993. His enthusiasm for the sport that is positively contagious makes an already unforgettable experience even more so. A zest for life and the constant pursuit of adventure is initially what led Brad to paragliding. “I was doing activities underwater my whole life in Australia, then coming to Canada with all the big mountains I started jumping out of things, then flying off things. All I wanted to do was be in the air.” When the opportunity to join Revelstoke Paragliding pioneer Chris Delworth became available in 2012, Brad jumped at the chance. Since then the duo — alongside their arsenal of experienced pilots — have been taking Revelstoke residents and thrill-seeking tourists on epic adventures; soaring amongst the jagged giants. The culture of paragliding has a surprising amount of diversity. Mountain guides have been known to attempt cross country flights over harrowing terrain only to land hundreds of kilometres away from their drop zone due to changes in weather. They have to spend days hiking out. Murphy and Delworth are among the pilots that travel across the globe to make these long distance flights, propelled solely by the wind under their wing. In Revelstoke, their focus in Revelstoke is half-day flights. Their offerings include something for everyone: ultimate adrenaline junkies will experience a heady rush with their dizzying Acro Flights. They also offer slower flights for those looking to take in adventure while enjoying the sweeping views of the Monashees and the City of Revelstoke. Revelstoke is now considered a premier destination for the sport, attracting crowds from all over the world. Brad understands what draws people to the town for paragliding: “Revelstoke is becoming an adventure capital and we have one of the best paragliding sites nearly in the world right here. We have all these big mountains which are incredible and the launch site is very accessible.” The Rick Mercer Report aided in the popularity when the Canadian comedian did an animated segment whilst flying tandem with Brad and caught the attention of Canadians everywhere, including four local women who are also gaining media attention. The remarkable thing about these adrenaline-seeking women is their ages — all are between the ages of 76 and 90, truly emphasizing that this sport really is for everyone.
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The first Revelstoke Fire Brigades on Front Street, 1893. Photo: Revelstoke Museum & Archives
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The 1923 Bickell fire truck can be viewed at the Revelstoke Firefighterâ€™s Museum, located next to the firehall at 227 Fourth Street West. Photo: Revelstoke Museum & Archives
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Sam Needham Senior and Junior, 1951. Photo: Revelstoke Museum & Archives
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Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services currently has nine career staff, including assistant chief Dwayne Voykin (third from right), chief Rob Girard (fourth from right), and fire inspector Roger Echlin (fifth from right). Photo: Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services.
Message from the Fire Chief
Revelstoke firefighters have been “serving with pride” for 125 years By Rob Girard
This year 2017 is about celebrating our Fire Department being 125 years old. “Serving with Pride” began on March 26, 1892 on Front Street with 25 men, fire buckets, and a chemical engine wagon pulled by horses. They were pioneers in early firefighting. “Serving with Pride since 1892” is proudly written on all our vehicles to celebrate firefighters today and those in our history. This 125-year achievement is a landmark of both the present and past Fire Service in our great community.
Whether it’s 1892, 1962, 1987 or 2017 the firefighters in our community for the last 125 years were and are trained and equipped, ready day or night, in the heat or cold, prepared if necessary to make the ultimate sacrifice, to respond to any fire or rescue emergency for the elderly, man, woman or child that needed or needs our help. Today, Revelstoke is served by 37 courageous men and woman, both career and volunteer firefighters that
are ready 24/7 to respond and work tirelessly to any Fire Rescue Emergency. It has always been my pleasure to serve our great community alongside of each of them and our firefighters are truly the best of Revelstoke. Rob Girard Fire Chief Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services
Volunteer firefighters thankful for supportive family, friends Revelstoke volunteer firefighters face many challenges but are thankful for By James Bacon
Being a volunteer firefighter is such a fantastic opportunity and being able to represent the group as a whole, in my role as President of the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Society, is in itself very special. The training we receive is excellent, the equipment provided by the taxpayers of Revelstoke is world-class and the relationships forged with such a diverse group of likeminded people is hard to compare. This is of course on top of living in this mountain paradise, a place where the motto could quite easily be ‘My life is better than your holiday.è There are nevertheless, some challenges. June 24th and 25th was the first hot weekend of the long awaited 2017 Revelstoke summer. The clouds were gone, the sun was out and the lakes were finally warm enough to enjoy. However, although half of the volunteer firefighters had completed training the previous weekend, the remaining half were committed to completing their National Fire Protection Association recognized Auto Extrication course, learning the principles of scene safety, rescue priorities, vehicle stabilization and the use of tools and equipment such as the hydraulic spreaders (Jaws of Life), cutters and pneumatic lifting bags. A combination of classroom and
practical skills, this course, as fun and exciting as it was, ate up their whole weekend. This is a recurring story for the volunteer firefighters who commit to undertaking hundreds of hours of training every year to be sure they can do what is asked of them when the times comes. Incidents are a little less predictable and seem to arise at some really inopportune times – usually just as they’re about to eat with their family and friends, or relax with a cool beverage. It could be a structure fire, a motor vehicle accident or an aircraft that is making an emergency landing (it’s happened more than once). This is when it’s time to put that training, practice and experience to work and do the absolute best job they can. In partnership with the City of Revelstoke career firefighters and other emergency services, they do some amazing things and wouldn’t have it any other way. Therein lies the root of a difficult problem. Although the firefighters love doing what they do and have chosen to be there of their own free will, their families, friends and employers have had no such opportunity. It’s the partners that are left to look after the kids at a
moment’s notice, the friends that have to change plans at the last minute and the employers and colleagues that need to take up the slack in the firefighters absence that deserve the real gratitude. They somehow just accept the challenges and make it work. To those people, I say thanks. Thank you for the continued support of your volunteer firefighting friends and family. It is a truth absolute, that they could not do it without you being there for them when they return. You make it all possible. There’s also some other people that deserve a quick thanks. There’s the tax paying citizens of Revelstoke as well as organizations that help out with generous donations to purchase our equipment such as the Ladies Hospital Auxiliary, BC Gaming Fund, BC Hydro, Revelstoke Credit Union and the Columbia Basin Trust. As you can see, there’s plenty that happens behind the scenes and it’s not just the firefighters themselves doing what they can. It’s a collaborative effort of the people and organizations that make up this beautiful city as a whole that makes it work. Have a tremendously fun and safe summer.
Revelstoke firefighters celebrated their 125th with a formal ball at the Revelstoke Community Centre on July 1. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
Revelstoke fire chief honours firefighters past and present Gala speech filled with trivia, humourous highlights from history By Rob Girard, Revelstoke Fire Chief
The following are excerpts from a speech given by Revelstoke fire chief Rob Girard during the 125 gala celebration of the Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services held on July 1. It’s been a great day, Canada turned 150 years old today. We had a wonderful 150 celebration in the park. The firefighters displayed our antique trucks, Ladder 6, Rescue 7 and we dedicated Engine 2 to all the brave firefighters on our department. Our firefighters also competed in a Firefighter Challenge which was exciting to watch. But tonight, it is all about celebrating our fire department being 125 years old. “Serving with Pride since 1892” is proudly written on all our vehicles. The firefighters and I are so pleased you have come tonight to celebrate this landmark 125 year achievement of both the present and past fire service in our great community. Before he comes up to give greetings, I want to tell you about a special person who is a friend of our great department. Fire chaplain Ray Parker formerly of the Kamloops Fire Rescue Service helped our Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services establish a Fire Chaplain Program for our firefighters. What the heck is a fire chaplain? Is this a religious thing? I know many of you are asking yourself that. I know I did. “Serving those who serve others” is the motto of the fire chaplains. They are trained specifically to help our firefighters in critical incident stress debriefings, family and personal crisis and heck, just that person our men and woman, can turn to that will always be at the ready to listen.
Test your fire knowledge
Okay and now for dinner. Who gets to go first? Better yet, who earns the right to go first? We are going to be calling out tables in groups of five. But … the table who gets to go first in each group of five has to correctly answer a skill testing fire related question. - What time of year is it recommended you change the batteries in your smoke alarm? (Daylight Savings). - The acronym PASS is used when operating a fire extinguisher – what does it stand for? (Pull, Aim, Squeeze, Sweep). - What year was Revelstoke’s oldest fire truck manufactured? (1923). - What firefighting movie starred Kurt Russell and Billy Baldwin in 1991? (Backdraft) - What year was the fire department started? (1892). - At 100psi, what GPM does a 1.5 inch hose produce? (95 GPM). - What does the acronym SCBA stand for? (Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus). - What Revelstoke hotel burnt down in 1995? (King Eddy).
Family support makes firefighters’ service possible Firefighters both past and present could not have made their service possible without the support of their families. Whether it be a wife, a husband, a girlfriend, a boyfriend … the partner of a firefighter is a key part of keeping our firefighter family strong and healthy. Our partners are there to support us, be that ear to listen to us, be a shoulder to cry on, be the one to keep our dinner warm when duty calls Christmas day. Most of all, be the ones to encourage us to keep going through good outcomes and tragic outcomes in Fire Service to Revelstoke. Ladies and Gentlemen, raise your glass and join me in
a toast…”To the Partners”
First fire truck, purchased in 1892, won’t fit into fire hall Revelstoke’s very first big fire was May 7, 1885 and most of Front Street burned to the ground but was quickly rebuilt. Seven years before the Fire Department was formed. “Serving with Pride” began on March 26, 1892 on Front Street with 25 men, fire buckets, and a chemical engine wagon pulled by horses … they were pioneers in early firefighting under the direction of Fire Chief Sutherland. In July of 1892 the firehouse was located in store, on Front Street, previously used as a ladies hat store. A horse drawn chemical fire engine then arrived from Toronto with 100 feet of hose, book of instructions, crowbar, and the name “Revelstoke” inscribed in silver on the engine. The bad news was they forgot to send necessary chemical fluid, & fire engine wagon would not fit into the new hall. The first fire was July 15, 1893 on Front Street. Sadly they were not able to save the building, but the engine had worked well! At a midnight city council meeting, on Friday March 14, 1923, city council fought with the estimates for the purchase of a fire truck. $3,500 was approved for the purchase of an International Model “S” fire truck with Bickle fire equipment.
Revelstoke’s fleet of engines on display at the Canada Day Parade. Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services currently has an operating fleet of seven vehicles. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer.
The Bickle International Fire Truck arrived on May 21, 1923. That is the same Bickle you saw in the parade and at the park today. It has a colourful past…let me tell you about its maiden voyage. When the truck was delivered it came with the salesman and a mechanic to make any final adjustments. So a great idea was suggested to give the Bickle a test run! You see there was this old honky-tonk aka “brothel” owned by Ms. Georgie Heinz which was partially gutted by fire, but never torn down. It would be perfect to burn for the test! Oh and coincidentally it was next door to another brothel owned by Ms. Alice Langford. Of course you need permission of council. So the city thought, ‘Well now, that’s a good way of getting rid of that old brothel house. Let’s set it on fire and then call the fire department, with this new truck of theirs, and see how quickly they can get down there to put that damn thing out’. So the city sends local jailor who is also on the volunteer fire department to do the deed. What better person to set a ripper fire that a firefighter ... right? So off he goes with a can of coal oil to set fire to this old brothel. He sloshed a big can of coal oil all around and set it on fire just as the city directed him to. He then then ran over to Fire Call Box 45 and rings it. Meanwhile, back at the firehouse, was the fireman on duty, the mechanic and salesman … all waiting for this call. The call comes in “Alarm Box 45 Fire”…they started out, code 3 ... well … maybe code 2 1/2 … the Bickel isn’t that fast. The mechanic says he should drive, ya know, to make sure that everything goes fine. Well OK and off they go. Well, they should’ve had a rehearsal on that darn thing so the mechanic would know how to get to the Honky Tonk on fire! Of course the fireman riding on the back couldn’t direct him because the Bickle is loud, the siren was a wailing and frankly they were going as fast as the damn thing would go. So sooner or later they ended up above the brothel at a
dead end and the fireman then had to explain to the mechanic how they to get down to the Honky Tonk. Of course by the time they got down there the whole darn brothel was a blazing as planned. But, poor Ms. Alice Langford’s house, the brothel next door was too close and it starts to catch fire. So when the Bickel finally arrives, the concern shifts from what was supposed to burn, to save Alice’s Honky Tonk. Luckily no one got hurt and it was business as usual, sooner or later, in the Revelstoke brothel business.
Remembering Bert Bradstock and honouring the commitment of Revelstoke’s firefighters That certainly is a funny story … but sometimes tragedy strikes in Revelstoke too in the fire department. Sadly, in July of 1965, auxiliary Firefighter Bert Bradstock was fatally burned when the gas tank of a car exploded and engulfed him in flames at the overpass to Mount Revelstoke National Park. Burt was 32 years old and left behind his partner and three young children. We thank Bert for his service too as it was the ultimate sacrifice. And now for today, you are served by 49 courageous men and woman, both career and volunteer firefighters that are ready 24/7 to respond and work tirelessly to any Fire Emergency you could possibly imagine day or night. Firefighters, I thank each of you for your continued service and it is always a pleasure working alongside of you. You truly are the best of Revelstoke. Revelstoke firefighters race through an obstacle course in Centennial Park during the Firefighter’s Fitness Showdown. Photos: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer.
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Honouring those who serve:
Rob Girard, Chief 8 Years of Service
Dwayne Voykin, Assistant Chief 20 Years of Service
Roger Echlin Fire Inspector 23 Years of Service
James Bacon, President Revelstoke Fire Rescue Society
Natale Stagliano 10 Years of Service
James MacDonald 4 Years of Service
David Pearson 2 Years of Service
Oshi Hampson 11 Months of Service
Blair Van Leur 4 Years of Service
Wade Gillespie 29 Years of Service
Glen Cherlet 4 Years of Service
Jeremy Murray 5 Years of Service
Sean Creighton 11 Years of Service
James Shaw 1 Year of Service
Glenn McTaggart 2 Years of Service
Daniel Herrick 1 Year of Service
Lorenzo Federico 11 Months of Service
Megan Leonard 10 Years of Service
Dan Hutchison 33 Years of Service
Dugan Anderson 11 Months of Service
4 Years of Service
the faces of the Revelstoke Fire Department
Amardeep Bal 1 Year of Service
Matthew Wilby 11 Months of Service
Holly Colwell 11 Months of Service
Randy Driediger 15 Years of Service
Jeff Acton 4 Years of Service
Matthew Robinson 9 Years of Service
Jonathan Holland 3 Years of Service
Jason Ballantyne 11 Months of Service
Ron Glave 3 Years of Service
David Mohn 13 Years of Service
Kyle Volpatti 11 Months of Service
Mika Sihvo 4 Years of Service
Russ Brackenbury 4 Years of Service
Chris Foxxe 11 Months of Service
Megan Cottingham 1 Year of Service
Daniel Taylor 2 Years of Service
Burning old Coursier Home on Front Street. Photo: Revelstoke Museum & Archives
Fire safety for your home
Stay safe by following these tips from Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services By Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services
The Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services fire prevention branch provides fire and life safety education programs. They offer the following tips on keeping your home safe:
Install smoke alarms
Working smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and outside each sleeping area. Test smoke alarms monthly and for battery operated smoke alarms, change the battery at least once a year or sooner if a “chirping” noise occurs.
Plan your escape from fire
Plan your escape with your family. If a fire breaks out in your home, seconds count. Make sure everyone knows two ways out of every room. (If you live in an apartment – do not use the elevator). Choose a meeting place outside where everyone will go once they have left the building. Practice your escape plan with your family at least twice a year.
Give space heaters space
Keep one meter (three feet) between space heaters and everything else, including you.Clothes can ignite simply by brushing up against a space heater. Keep children and pets away from heaters and always turn them off before leaving home or going to bed.
Watch out for smokers
Provide smokers with large, deep, non-tip ashtrays
and thoroughly soak butts with water before discarding. If you have smokers in your home, regularly check under and around upholstered furniture for smoldering cigarettes. Never smoke in bed or while under the influence of alcohol or medications.
Safety in the kitchen
Never leave cooking unattended and set a timer to remind you to turn off burners and the oven. Wear tight fitting or rolled up sleeves while you cook. Keep the stove surface free of clutter and dirt. If a grease fire occurs use a potholder or oven mitt and carefully slide a lid or a cookie sheet over the pan and turn off the burner. Turn pot handles inward on the stove where you can’t bump them and where children can’t reach them.
Match and lighter safety
Store matches and lighters above the reach of children. Use only child resistant lighters. Teach young children that matches and lighters are tools to be used by adults only or with adult supervision.Teach children to tell a grown-up if they find matches or lighters; older children should bring matches and lighters to an adult immediately.
Use electricity safely
If an electric appliance smokes or has an unusual smell, unplug it immediately, and have it serviced. Replace any electrical cord that is frayed or cracked. Extension cords are for temporary use only. Don’t
overload them or run them under rugs. Don’t tamper with your fuse box or use improperly sized fuses.
Cool a burn
Run cool water over a burn for 10-15 minutes. Never apply ice, salve or butter to a burn as this will seal in the heat and can damage the tissue further. If the burned skin blisters or is charred, see a doctor immediately.
Crawl low under smoke
During a fire, the air is cleaner near the floor. If you are unable to use your escape route due to smoke or fire, try your alternate exit. If you are forced to escape through smoke, crawl on your hands and knees, staying below the smoke where the air is easier to breathe.
Stop, Drop, and Roll
If your clothes catch on fire, never run. Stop where you are, drop to the ground, cover your face with your hands, and roll over and over to smother the flames.
Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services capped off the 125th gala celebrations with a fireworks show at Centennial Park. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer
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Getting the most out of your yard Liminal Design owner and landscape designer Lindsay Bourque cuts through the brambles to help you sort out your yard By Lindsay Bourque When I introduce myself to folks in town and tell them what I do, the most common reaction is relief. “Revelstoke needs a lot help with its landscaping,” is the usual sentiment. It’s true. As Revelstoke continues to grow as a community, big decisions are being made about the future uses of Revelstoke’s relatively small landmass. However, my initial impressions from this growing season are of energy and creativity. Whether it is creating beautiful feature gardens, building patios out of reclaimed material or converting front lawns to grow food, people are investing time and energy into their residential landscape. I do, however, get a lot of questions from people who feel overwhelmed, especially when working with a blank canvas. Many have moved from larger cities where landscape services and suppliers are more common and it can be difficult to know where to begin. Getting a rough plan down on paper really helps put things in perspective, focus on priorities and help plan future projects. Here is your quick and dirty guide to planning your landscape project: Phase it out. Installing your landscape over a number of months or even years is a cost-effective way and allows for a more thoughtful approach. For example, if you need to hire a machine operator, you may be able to knock off a number of projects at once. Identify the quirks of your lot. Does water collect in certain areas? What kind of sun does your property receive? Do you have an amazing view you want to preserve? Are there overhead wires? Is there noise from the street or neighbours? Where does the snow collect? Check out your base. Revelstoke is famous (or infamous depending who you ask) for its varied geological composition. Dig a few test holes to get a sense of what you are working with as this can have a significant impact on your budget. Hardscaping (walkways, patios, driveways). Machine work can do a number on existing hard and softscapes so try to get this installed first. Otherwise protect these with used/reclaimed plywood. There are a lot of options for hardscaping materials but remember that introducing permeable and even semi-permeable surfaces will affect where and how rapidly water drains. Ensure that all hard surfaces are installed with about a two per cent slope to help with drainage. Keep it simple. It is easy to get carried away with mixing too many types of materials but this will make a small space feel chaotic and cramped. Search the Internet for images of materials you like to maintain design consistency. Plan for shade. Planting shade trees reduces runoff, absorbs ozone and reduces the heating and cooling costs of your home. Choosing a deciduous tree (which loses its leaves seasonally) and planting it in front of a south west facing window will provide a much-needed screen from the summer sun but in winter will allow the warm rays into your home through the bare branches. When choosing a shade tree, think about the diversity of Revelstoke’s urban forest. Ecological functioning increases with diversity and while the red leafed Norway Maple (Acer platanoides var. ‘Crimson King’) is a striking tree, there are already plenty of them here. Calculate the cost. Online tools such as landscapecalculator.com can be immensely helpful. Most local providers don’t have a pricelist online so checking out material and price lists of larger suppliers online can be a good reference when you call to enquire.
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An e-mail appears in my inbox titled Adventure Buddy Application. I am instructed to read the attached resume and cover letter — both which have me laughing hysterically at my computer monitor, the words blurring slightly on the screen as tears roll down my cheeks. While the attached documents (and thoughtful reference checks including Mom & Dad) have commanded my attention and definitely secured the Adventure Buddy position what really captivates me is the name signed on the bottom. Two little words: Yours, Merlin. Merlin. Instantly I picture hiking, biking, or adventuring with a white-bearded wizard dressed in robes adorned with gold stars and moons. I am therefore only slightly disappointed when I show up to retrieve him and find someone my age dressed in your typical Revelstoke uniform: hiking boots, cargo pants and plaid. Alright Merlin, you’re right, it’s probably better for adventuring anyway. With no plan in mind decided on beforehand — we are flying by the seat of our robes — we deliberate in the truck and set our sights on touring around the Akolkolex — both of us are curious about what the snowpack has done to the surging waterfall. On the drive up the logging road one question is begging to be asked, “So, is your name really Merlin?” The answer is yes. Now that little ditty is out of the way I can focus on the adventure at hand. I have driven up to Echo Lake numerous times throughout my life but learned on my adventure with Merlin learned that I had barely even explored a small fraction of the Akolkolex. Mere kilometres after Echo Lake he instructed me to turn right and we drove down a lesser used section of very steep road littered with rocks. At one point Merlin recommends stopping and we amble out of the truck and take a short walk to the top of a cliff face and one of the most majestic views I have ever laid my eyes on. I witness staggering views of the Columbia River winding through the lush green valley at the base of mountains all the way out to the Shelter Bay Ferry, where I can see the ferry crossing the lake. As we walk back to the truck I occasionally glance over my shoulder in an attempt to absorb every last detail of the view, mouth likely still agape — a testament beauty of the panoramic scene that was before me. Happily I could’ve ended this magical adventure there. Made a friend. Saw a view. Drove down a logging road. Unbeknownst to me the adventure about to ensue would form a friendship. A friendship built on the mutual appreciation of nature at its most elemental and the raw power of the Akolkolex waterfalls. After driving the remaining stretch of road we land ourselves at the trailhead for the Akolkolex falls. If you meander a short distance down the trail through tall trees
The Akolkolex Falls. Photo: Eliisa Tennant
and moss-laden forests you will arrive at an appropriately fenced section of the falls. From this location the water surging over the falls is almost deafening as massive amounts of water plummet straight off a giant cliff and cascade down through the canyon bottom. Through the swirling mists we noticed a rough trail zig-zagging across the canyon side. We agreed it was worth exploring. I was definitely glad we both had appropriate footwear as we very carefully traversed some gnarly sections of damp, moss-covered rock. After descending to the bottom, we looked up at the waterfall and then silently at each other. No words could be spoken as we were saturated so completely in the moment. The canyon walls are lined with streaks of orange and brown sediment, a testament to the age of this place. A massive volume of water streams over the edge, roiling at the bottom and showering plumes of condensation over us. In that moment I felt small and yet completely humbled by my oneness with nature. I knew without a doubt that this adventure would remain in my memory for my lifetime. One of the most unexpected things about the journeys I have taken so far with my Adventure Buddies is how much more I have learned about the area I grew up in. It never ceases to amaze me that people that have spent less time residing in Revelstoke are showing me the wonders I have unknowingly passed by. I was counting on making new and adventurous friends throughout this process but I was not prepared for falling head over heels for this community and rekindling my love affair with Revelstoke.
What’s the right setup for the first-time rider? Bryce Borlick gives advice. Photo: Bryce Borlick
The Spokin’ Word
Beginner advice — good, bad, and ugly By Bryce Borlick Aeschylus once said, “Time as he grows old teaches all things,” and after a few decades of mountain biking I’ve learned a thing or two. No, I never really learned to wheelie or even ride all that well, and my bag of tricks is emptier than a burger joint in India, but I still attempt to help beginners not make the worst decisions ever. Here are common questions and my advice*. (*for entertainment purposes only, not to be construed as good advice)
How do I choose a bike? Mountain bike shopping is like a clown at a birthday party — it’s supposed to be fun but it gives lots of people nightmares. In addition to the dizzying array of sub-categories that all seem pretty much the same, you also have to navigate the minefield of planned obsolescence disguised in the form of marginal improvements and ever-changing “””standards””” (note ridiculous amount of quotation marks). Even the knowledgeable friends who you drag down to the bike shop will be soiling their chamois a bit trying to explain why 0.02% more nipple torque costs so much more. My advice: consider buying something used from one of those knowledgeable friends. You’ll still inevitably buy the wrong bike but at least you can save your arm and your leg for when you want something shiny and new.
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How do I set up my bike? The buying process should’ve broken you in a bit, but there’s still a lot of technical knowledge required to set up your bike properly. But remember, it’s just bikin’ so here are the CliffsNotes. Slide your brake levers in about an inch from your grips and, while you’re at it, get some grips that feel just exactly perfect. Put a good aggressive knobby tire up front and a fast-rolling XC tire in the back. Put a bigger rotor up front. If your saddle is uncomfortable, try adjusting its position and angle before buying a new one. Lastly, get that knowledgeable friend or a good shop to give you a very basic 10-minute suspension setup and rundown. If someone mentions shim stacks or cavitation, remind them that it’s just bikin’.
How do I get sponsored? It’s your first season of riding and already you’re styling jumps on Rooster that many of the experienced riders won’t hit. Are you really that talented? Are your snow skills transferring over? Possibly. Or maybe you’re the human equivalent of an unscratched helmet, a ticking time bomb just waiting to explode in a mushroom cloud of dust. Just remember; dirt ain’t snow. Build your skills gradually and remember to always give ‘er … your MSP card at the ER so they can put you back together.
How do I build trails? That’s awesome that you’re already interested in doing some trail work, and I’m not even being sarcastic right now. Generally we don’t expect that for a few years, so kudos to you. However, if you want to build your own trail, please just put down the pallets and bow saw and go ride your bike.
Should I be pedaling at a cadence of 80–100 rpm like roadies do? MTB is a different beast and using lower cadence and higher torque generally works better for riding uneven terrain and powering up the technical bits. It’s also harder on your knees so make sure you set your saddle height correctly to avoid the damage that years of biking can do. On the other hand, worn knees are a great excuse for not cranking hard, when the truth is that you just can’t be bothered anymore.
How do you drift? Ah, young rockhopper wishes to learn the art of flicking waves of brown pow off each corner for an imaginary lens! Please don’t. I know, every video edit does it and hopefully that trend dies in agony because it really doesn’t do the trail surface any favours. And if you’re contorting your body like a yogi on crack or grabbing a huge handful of back brake to get that slide going, you’re also not doing your style any favours. Ride don’t slide. Use your front brake much more than your rear. And if you’re still upchucking the brown pow, well then you’re just a boss. Carry on. Feel free to send me your questions, tips, and gossip. Just don’t ask me how to wheelie.
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A mural like this one will be created by artist Angela Gooliaff the Taco Club as part of the LUNA art festival.
Vancouver artist’s meaning-packed Taco Club mural
Vancouver artist Angela Gooliaff’s mural will reflect Revelstoke’s shared trait and a message of peace for the upcoming LUNA Art Festival By Emily Kemp For Vancouver-based artist Angela Gooliaff, art festivals are the pulse of the community, a reason for our daily life. “You can keep me alive with some kind of mechanical instrument through science, but the magic created through all expressions of art is the reason I want to live,” she says. Gooliaff, who has a background in biology, believes she communicates best through her drawings. “For example, I had a dream about puppies so I drew them. I could bore you tears telling you about my dream, or I can show you it.”
suade — and a colouring book is often a place where the stories of our childhood began. “I want to ask the viewer, how much are you in control of your story?” Gooliaff says. “I will give them control in my colouring book to begin writing their own story through colour.” At nighttime, the hidden aspects of the mural will come alive. Gooliaff plans to sprinkle glow-in-the-dark features such as stars and animal eyes to imitate the magic of the night.
The mural’s theme was chosen not only because Revelstoke is an inland rainforest but Gooliaff saw that nature is the common denominator for Revelstoke’s eclectic Revelstoke’s new LUNA Art Festival in early October will feature Gooliaff’s art installation, a giant colouring personalities. book with a nighttime surprise. It is just one of over 20 “I found what really bounds all the different types of art installations from mostly local artists. people there, was the natural environment,” Gooliaff Gooliaff’s nature-themed mural, black and white like a says. “It sounds like everyone likes to get out and explore the outdoors.” colouring book, will be painted on a wall in The Taco Club and during the day the public will be invited to Gooliaff’s mural is packed with meaning, including colour-in the dogwood flowers. As Gooliaff explains, Greek mythology. This is part of Gooliaff’s personal we’re all driven by story — it’s how we learn and per-
mission. She explains that in a previous project she noticed herself gravitating towards the feminine and the feminine-masculine duality within everyone. “I’m trying to plaster the world with feminine symbology of world peace,” she says. “More wisdom and a gentle approach. The masculine has had its time I feel. I want to counter it more with the feminine.” She’ll do this using the animal counterparts for Greek goddesses known for their strong but fair characteristics. Goddess Athena will be channeled through a wise owl and Artemis, a sacred deer. “I want peaceful messaging,” Gooliaff says. “If goddesses don’t interest you, then my hope is the natural will. I want to give to Revelstoke a message of peace and harmony within nature as well as the need to colour on a wall.” LUNA Art Festival will run from September 30 to October 8, with a pre-opening night event at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre.
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The newly-renovated Stoke Hotel. Photo: Keri Knapp
The Stoke Hotel embraces the boutique trend
What was once the Canyon Motor Inn sees new life as The Stoke Hotel, a vibrant and unique place to stay in Revelstoke By Imogen Whale Large chain hotels serve their purpose, but boutique hotels are filling in an alluring niche for many travellers seeking unique experiences. Hoteleirmagazine. com notes boutiques offer small and intimate settings and spaces that ‘offer a lifestyle promise.’ Their staff is more likely to be invested in their job and dedicated to customer service. Boutique hotels offer social experiences like inviting lobbies or gardens customers can enjoy, cultivating a stay that is about more than the room in which they sleep. Thanks in part to review sites like Yelp and Trip Advisor, hotels can reach potential clients by the millions and reviewers’ perspectives hold weight with would be travellers. Smaller hotels can create an effective online presence for themselves. In times past, information about hotels was gleaned from ads and subscriptions to hotel and travel magazines; now customers can get a first person opinion. Boutique hotels are small, usually under 150 rooms and often feature local art, food and culture. According to travelpulse.com, 2017 hotel trends will include small independents using natural design elements to create “laid back and eclectic style that creates a ‘love affair with local.’”
How does this play into the Revelstoke hotel scene? With both chains and bed and breakfasts in the mix, smaller scale boutique hotels are thriving. The Cube Hotel and The Explorers Society Hotel have both hit their stride locally, and now The Stoke Hotel is set to join them.
General manager Vanessa Matos and co-owner Brady Beruschi of the new Stoke Hotel. Photo: Keri Knapp
Formerly known as the Canyon Motor Inn, a vestige from the 1970s, The Stoke Hotel has been transformed by new owners, the Beruschi family, and general manager, Vanessa Matos. They have created a funky and fun place to stay in Revelstoke. With a degree in Hospitality Management from Humber College in Ontario, Matos made the move to Revelstoke eight years ago. She worked as a manager at the Sutton Place Hotel before taking on her current position at The Stoke Hotel. Capable and organized, Matos never loses her place in the conversation, even after breaks to talk to a guest or direct a staff member. Matos is clearly proud of what she and the Beruschis have achieved with the Stoke Hotel. Matos shows me the renovated lobby; it is significantly larger and brighter than it was before — an appealing
place for customers to lounge in. Local wood highlights are scattered throughout the interior, new floors, windows, walls all express the chosen appeal of the Stoke — a laid back fun Canadiana style. Black leather couches with red and black plaid pillows match the top uniforms of the hotel staff. Plans for a moosehead to adorn the wall are in process. The agents’ desk is made from lumber milled at Joe Kozek Sawmills Ltd., as is the funky wall behind it. “It’s been a lot of work done very quickly,” Matos says. “Brady and Fred really researched what sort of style they could embrace, from Europe to B.C., and settled on something that was clearly Canadiana.”
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This classy reno is clearly on trend, incorporating local and natural elements throughout. The outside has been painted, cedar shingles have been placed, and the lobby is surprisingly absent of the clamour from the highway. A bright turquoise door catches your eye. Every room has been renovated from top to bottom. “The rooms hadn’t been updated for decades, so there was a lot of work to do,” Matos laughs. “Walls, windows, paint, floors, every bathroom needed to be completely redone, and lots of old nearly broken furniture and beds had to be replaced.” The hotel comes in two pieces. There is the lobby and attached hotel. Then, behind it, an asphalt parking lot and the motel style portion where clients park directly in front of their rooms. “That is going to change,” Matos says. “We plan to tear up the asphalt and make a garden courtyard area. There will be lounge chairs, a fire pit, maybe a hot tub and bouldering wall — a place people can unwind outside.” The Stoke Hotel will be embracing the lifestyle and social experiences integral to boutique hotel appeal. “We hope to build a timber frame entrance to the hotel,” Matos says. “It will be eye catching. There is actually a restaurant in the hotel and at some point we will be offering a continental breakfast and see where we go food service wise from there.” For now, Matos is working with Stoke Roasted Coffee Co. to set up a Stoke Roasted Coffee station in the lobby. An astonishing amount has been done. It wouldn’t have been possible, Matos believes, without the many local contractors and sources and suppliers. When it came to The Stoke Hotel, the trend of local appeal meant much more than just local decorations. “It was important to us that we use and support local businesses as much as we could and it was the right call,” Matos says. “Everyone worked hard and was so helpful. This is a town that really rallies around helping one another.” Matos was impressed by everyone who partook in the renovations, from Begbie Glass Co Ltd. (“Check out these windows,” Matos says with a wave. “So quiet, right?”) to Joe Kozek’s Sawmills Ltd, TJ Development and Roofing Ltd. to HD Painting and Webb Painting; no one let them down. “Rona Glacier Building Supplies Ltd. and Home Hardware Building Centre ordered so much for us and kept it all organized,” Matos says as she rattles off places who made the reno an intense but successful experience. “City Furniture and Appliances Ltd. was great, Lakeside Printing and Design, Vic Van Isle Construction Ltd. This town is so awesome. There were times when it was “Oh my gosh we don’t have enough toilets,” and contractors or labourers would drive out of town and buy what we needed.”
The renovated hotel has been updated with contemporary designs appealing to the Millenial generation. Photo: Keri Knapp
“Canyon Industrial Electric Services was helpful. The rooms were so outdated the circuits would blow if multiple items were plugged in at any one outlet, so they fixed the electrical throughout the hotel. Revelstoke Flooring Ltd. was really fantastic about working around us as we were moving things around daily.” With the crunch to open for summer season approaching, The Stoke Hotel was officially opened on Thursday, June 28. Since then, they’ve been booked to capacity nearly every night. The feedback has been positive. “People who booked before the motel sold were really happy to come in and see the changes, especially the repeat customers,” says Matos. Originally designed with Millennials in mind, the clientele has been variable. “It’s been really across the board,” Matos notes. “It’s been appealing to Millennials but it’s also appealing to families, baby boomers and people of all ages. People travelling with pets have been happy to have a place to stay that is dog friendly.” The Stoke Hotel is rocking the friendly and funky boutique Canadian feel. From their unique ‘do not disturb signs,’ to the contractors who helped bring the vision for The Stoke to life, Matos and the Beruschis are onto something. The Stoke Hotel is unique and a wholly welcome addition in the local hospitality scene.
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A room in the Stoke Hotel. Photo: Keri Knapp
The lobby in the Stoke Hotel. Photo: Keri Knapp
Photo: Keri Knapp
BEGBIE GLASS CO LTD. would like to congratulate the STOKE HOTEL on their new purchase. We are proud to have supplied and installed the new windows in the main building for the new look
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Cool off with the right spritzer or sangria By Heather Hood
When I think of August, I think hot weather and the height of the summer. It is usually the month of the year which has a few weeks of sweltering heat that make you want to find some shade, spend a time by the water or sip on a refreshing cocktail. August also is a word that has a dictionary definition of respected and impressive. I am going to share a few cocktail recipes for you to try, if you find yourself in the month of August surrounded by august company. However you could also feature these cocktails while you host your very own Catalina mixer. Despite a common misconception, you should always use a good quality wine such as the ones featured this month when making a cocktail and not a bottle of plonk. A simple wine spritzer only requires three ingredients, wine, soda water and ice. A wine spritzer can be made with red, rose or white wine depending on your preference. Start by filling your glass with ice and then putting in ¼ parts soda to ¾ parts wine. You could get fancy and add simple syrup or a fresh garnish from the garden such as mint. Another common wine cocktail is sangria, which can also be made with red, rose or white wine. Sangria is of Spanish origin and is comprised of fruit, orange juice, sugar, liquor (such as brandy), wine and ice. Place your fruit of choice, 1 cup of orange juice and sugar (2–3tbsp) into a container and mix, add 1/3 cup of liquor and one 750ml bottle of wine. Serve this cocktail over ice.
The Big Bend Cafe. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine
Big Bend Cafe brings old-fashioned taste and charm to Mackenzie Avenue scene By Imogen Whale “Whenever we would ski in Revelstoke, we’d joke about opening a breakfast cafe here. We’d even scout available spaces, but nothing was ever right. And then this space popped up,” explains Alison MacIsaac, co-owner of The Big Bend Cafe on Mackenzie Street. “The joke became a reality.” Owned and run by Alison and her husband Roddy, The Big Bend Cafe in Revelstoke is the couple’s second foray into restaurant ownership. They also have a Big Bend Cafe in their hometown of Golden. “People from Revelstoke would eat there and tell us, ‘Open one in Revy, people will love it!,’” Alison says. “We have checked out the breakfast scene here in town and there are some amazing places to eat, but no one was doing what we were, so it felt like there was room for us here.” What Alison and Roddy do is a homestyle, old fashioned, hearty breakfast. “Basic, good food,” Roddy says. “We live in mountain towns,” Alison explains. “We all have mountain pursuits. We cook a breakfast that can keep people going when skiing or biking or whatever adventure they’re undertaking.” The MacIsaacs make their own sausage and soups, burger patties and cut fries. Fries are the only thing in The Big Bend Cafe that are deep fried. After owning their Golden location for over eight years, the MacIsaacs have troubleshot the menu and are confident they know what meals people want. The menu is nearly the same in both places. “In Revelstoke, we don’t serve lattes or hot drinks other than our serve-yourself bottomless tea and coffee table,” Alison explains. “With The Modern Bakeshop & Cafe and Conversations Coffee House on the same block, it didn’t make sense. Customers are welcome to bring their lattes in with them.” With the Taco Club next door, the MacIsaacs took the enchiladas off their lunch menu, instead adding grill cheese sandwiches. “It’s about complementing the businesses around us, the more variety the better,” said Alison. Making a breakfast menu, running a business, and creating the unique old time feel of The Big Bend Cafe is nothing new to the MacIsaacs. Roddy spent 17 years as a whitewater raft guide and 13 years running the food and beverage at Sunshine Village. Alison has worked in catering, restaurant management, as a floral designer and set production designer in Calgary and Banff. Both wanted to bring their interest in the community’s history to each respective cafe. The interior of Revelstoke’s The Big Bend Cafe is heaving with antiques and photographs. “All of the pictures are from the Revelstoke Museum,” Alison explains. “The antiques are from individuals who brought them, garage sales, and all sorts of sourcing. The atmosphere is quaint and old fashioned. Meals are delivered on aluminum plates, lending the cafe a prospector feel. The couple felt confident keeping the same name, as the Big Bend Highways used to connect the two communities before the Trans-Canada was completed. One corner is filled with hot sauces for customers to try. “We pick them up from wherever we travel to,” Alison says. The couple try and get away whenever possible, ideally twice a year, to take multi day/week raft trips. “We work to play,” Alison smiles. “And we love our work.” 34
Hester Creek Pinot Blanc 2016 Oliver, BC $19.69 (this is $2 off this month) Hester creek is located south of Oliver in what is called the Golden Mile Bench, the first vines were planted on the property in 1968. The property has now evolved to include a restaurant and beautiful villas you can stay in. This Pinot Blanc made by Hester Creek has aromas of honeydew and green apple. It is a smooth drinking wine with a nice balance between the sweetness and the acidity; it has notes of honey, ripe red apple and ripe nectarine that linger on the palate. You could serve this wine with a cheese platter or a home baked quiche.
Nagging Doubt Rosé 2016 Kelowna, BC $19.48 The label of this wine says, “What would you do if you could not fail?” I think this is a good question we should never stop asking ourselves. This rosé is made from 100% Merlot grapes. The nose has notes of red berries and a hint of spice. The mouth has flavours of strawberry, blueberry, citrus and honey. The finish has a nice balance of acidity and berry flavours. This is a delicious and versatile rosé that would pair well with almost anything you could dream up.
Arrowleaf Cellars Merlot, 2014 Lake Country, BC $23.83 Arrowleaf Cellars is a family owned and operated winery in Lake Country which takes pride in supporting local non-profit organizations and charities. The nose on the Merlot is spectacular and fragrant, with aromas of blackcurrant, cherry, cedar, violet and vanilla. The flavours on the nose can be enjoyed on your palate as well and carry right through to the finish. This is a lovely Merlot to pair with a meal or enjoyed on its own.
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Published on Aug 1, 2017
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