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“A "dam" good visit!”

Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre
Ranked #7 of 46 things to do in Revelstoke
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Owner description: The Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre is open from May 20 to Septembe 4 for the 2017 season. We offer guided and self-guided tours seven days a week from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. The Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre offers a wide range of exhibits and activities for all ages. Come enjoy our interactive displays, First Nations gallery, theatre and gift shop. Learn how the Revelstoke project was built, how water is turned into energy, and don't miss out on an elevator ride to the lookout located atop the massive, 175-metre high concrete dam. The facility is fully wheelchair accessible, incorporating wheelchair ramps, elevators and wheelchair-accessible toilets.
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities
Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A "dam" good visit!”
Reviewed May 27, 2012

The visitor centre gives a really interesting insight into how the dam was built, its workings and to the use of hydro electric power generation along the Columbia River.
The self guided tour is well worth the small charge.

Visited May 2012
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Vernon, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
193 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 102 helpful votes
“A very informative place”
Reviewed January 27, 2012

The Revelstoke Dam visitor centre shows you how the dam was built, the maintenance and upkeep of a dam. the production of power. You can get a wand with different languages that explains everything. You can also take an elevator up to the top, and enjoy a great view of the surrounding mountains, lake, river and valley. There is a miniature relay of all the dam's on the Columbia river system. Extremely interesting. Another nice feature ; Here you are not guided with armed army personal and forced to go through metal detectors like in the United States.

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Saskatoon, Canada
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 21, 2012

Very informative. Did not realize the history behind the building of the dam

Visited September 2011
1 Thank Diane G
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 4 Contributor
36 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“An Impressive, Educational Experience!”
Reviewed December 26, 2011

This dam is not far outside Revelstoke, accessible by car, cab, or even on foot, if you don't mind quite a hike along a highway. But however you go to this attraction, be sure to bring your passport or other adequate ID with you. Security is TIGHT at the entrance to the Visitor's parking lot. The guard there even searched the cab I came in, using mirror extensions to search the cab's under-carriage and trunk recesses.
Once inside the Center itself, you will be asked to check ALL your belongings, including your purse and wallet. But after that, you will be on your own for a self-guided tour - free to go back and forth at your own pace along an extensive series of corridors and rooms.
Posters and films inform you how dams operate. A film shows how one of the Dam's turbines was manufactured in Sao Paolo, Brazil, then trucked all the way across-continent to Revelstoke, necessitating the widening of tunnels and highways.
Then you will make your way through a dank tunnel that goes under the reservoir created by the dam. You can almost feel the pressure of those tons of water weighing in above you. From there you take an elevator up to the observation deck of the dam.
An impressive sight awaits you. This might not be the Hoover Dam, but it must be the next best thing. This is definitely an attraction you will want to take in if you are in the area.

Visited September 2011
Thank Rosalie S
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Okotoks, Canada
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Kids loved it, and so did the dog”
Reviewed November 12, 2011

We visited the Revelstoke Dam on a very hot August afternoon because we were looking for a place we could go with the dog. We were greeted with smiles and dog treats when we arrived there as well as being given great advice about what to see during the visit. There are many interactive exhibits which kept the kids (boys aged 5 and 6) interested, and they learned a lot about generating electricity. They loved the elevator ride to the top, and spent quite a bit of time learning how to build their own dam at the activity table. It's a skill they used down at our local river for the rest of the summer. It was very cool in the building, which was a great break from the summer heat. Even the dog loved it.

Visited August 2011
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