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Revelstoke

city, southeastern British Columbia, Canada. It lies along the Columbia River between the Monashee and Selkirk mountains, 392 miles (631 km) northeast of Vancouver. Originally called Second Crossing, the site (overlooked by Mount Revelstoke [6,375 feet; 1,943 m]) was claimed in 1898 by A.S. Farwell, a government surveyor. Attempts to build the Canadian Pacific Railway through nearby Rogers Pass were abandoned because of snowslides, and the 5-mile- (8-kilometre-) long Connaught Tunnel was built through Mount McDonald instead in 1916. In 1962, however, the spectacular 92-mile Rogers Pass Highway, with avalanche defenses, to Golden was completed. The city was named for Lord Revelstoke, head of a British banking firm that had helped finance the Canadian Pacific Railway. Located in a mining, lumbering, and farming area, Revelstoke is also a base for winter sports, hunting, and fishing. Transportation, brewing, and sawmilling are major economic activities. To the northeast lie Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. Inc. 1899. Pop. (2006) 7,230.

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