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.

Learn more about Revelstoke with a free trial on

Encyclopedia Britannica, 2008. Encyclopedia Britannica Online.
Cite This Source
Previous Definition: revels
Next Definition: revenant
Words Near: revelstoke
More from
Synonyms and Antonyms for revelstoke
More from
Search for articles containing revelstoke
More from Translator Word FAQs presents 366 FAQs, incorporating some of the frequently asked questions from the past with newer queries.

Copyright © 2014, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature