We spent the summer of 2017 driving around the beautiful Pacific Northwest. Aside from crazy wildfires, we could see many things. The day before, we stopped to see our friends Bruce and Therese who live in the city of Vernon. On our way to Banff and Alberta, they recommended that we make a stop at the Revelstoke railway museum.
Photos from the Revelstoke railway museum
Over a century ago the US and Canada were still fighting for land, and in order to secure the West parts of Canada the government built railways going east to west. Bruce mentions that it is in part thanks to this railway that Canada was able to be the country it is today. The museum features several locomotives indoor and outdoors, so you can make the visit in any season and stay inside if the weather is not cooperating. You’ll find miniature models, wagons you can get in and relive the ambiance of traveling by train over a hundred years back. Visiting the Revelstoke railway museum changed us from natural landscapes and was definitely one of the things to check out in the area.
Transportation shifted to roads and air. Yet, these constructions show the incredible amount of work that was put into connecting a country as wide as the North American continent.
A stuffed, life-size bear greets the visitors in one of the rooms. The imposing shape and assertive posture makes it look real, as if it was going to move right away. The animal caught as much of our attention as the surrounding industrial equipment. It also serves as a reminder that building railroads a hundred years back involved the proximity and encounters with wild life. Canada definitely has a lot of wild life to think about when going through forests — even today.
The family had a good time: