February 11, 2017

February 11, 2017


Greely, five miles east of Revelstoke, appears to have been one of the few places along the Illecillewaet River where meadows existed naturally or could be produced by clearing trees from the relatively flat valley. Another location was Albert Canyon.


A. O Wheeler noted on his 1901 trip from Revelstoke to Rogers Pass that there was a nice little open patch adjacent to an old mill.


“On Sunday, the 16th [1901], a beautiful day, we started east along the track … A stop was made for lunch at Greely Creek, six miles from Revelstoke. Here, a rushing mountain torrent is crossed by the railway and on its bank stands a disused mill. I immediately marked the spot as a future camp ground, mentally observing that a large roof set on posts, formerly employed to protect some of the machinery, would serve excellently as a combined kitchen and dining-room. There was, moreover, quite a nice little patch of feed for ponies in the opening round the mill.”




The Selkirk Range. 1905. A. O. Wheeler, Ottawa Printing Bureau.