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Revelstoke (B.C.) Dams--British Columbia
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Revelstoke project

The item is a composite print of an industrial film from ca. 1978. It shows the planning and preparations toward the construction of the Revelstoke Dam on the Columbia River. It discusses concerns about land lost through reservoir flooding, as well as impact on wildlife and other environmental issues. Considerable footage of Revelstoke and vicinity.


The series consists of 63 black and white photographs or postcards created or acquired by Hutchings in the 1920s and 1930s which mainly document the 1936 Skeena flood and its impact on Anyox and Terrace. There are also snow slide photographs taken near Lillooet and Fernie in the 1930s. In addition there are some photographs of Smithers, postcards of the Revelstoke area and several other miscellaneous photographs.

The series also includes 27 black and white copy prints loaned by Hutchings for copying by the Provincial Archives in 1972. These prints show the town site of Anyox including the dam, the smelter and various fires.

Action on the Columbia

The item is a composite print of an industrial film made around 1964. It shows the construction of the Mica, Duncan and Arrow Dams in the Columbia River basin. Some of the communities in the project area are shown and the problems and benefits are discussed. There is footage of Revelstoke and Trail-Kaslo area, flooding of the Columbia near Trail and aerial views of area communities. There is also footage of the 1964 ratification of the Columbia River Treaty at the International Peace Arch, with US President Johnson, Canadian Prime Minister Pearson and BC Premier Bennett.

Columbia 64-65 : out-takes

The item consists of 14 reels of colour film out-takes, made around 1964-1965. The footage includes an extensive selection of unused footage documenting aspects of construction at the Arrow, Duncan and Mica dam sites, as well as other operations and events relating to the Columbia River project; plus scenes of the Revelstoke ski tournament and parade, Mica housing development, "test lab North Vancouver," etc. There are outs from "Action on the Columbia", "Columbia '65" and other Parry-produced films on the project.