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Revelstoke is a town in the south-west of British Columbia, Canada. Surrounded by mountains and breathtaking scenery, the destination is ideal for an outdoor/adventure enthusiast. This is a guide on things to do in Revelstoke – including things to do in Revelstoke in Summer and Winter.
Things to do in Revelstoke
Explore Downtown Revelstoke
You could explore the town of Revelstoke within a few hours. Revelstoke town is home to a number of cafes and restaurants and a few shops.
Nels Nelson Ski Jump
This historic ski jump located at the top of Mount Revelstoke offers amazing views of the town and Columbia River. The ski jump is no longer in use but it is still fascinating to see the site where many world records were set. Wear shoes and follow the trail, the slope is deceivingly steep.
Visit Revelstoke Dam
A massive hydroelectric dam surrounded by rocky mountains. Revelstoke dam is about 5kms out of town. You can enjoy guided or self-guided tours to take in breathtaking views of the dam and Columbia River Valley from the dam crest.
Adventure into the Enchanted Forest
Just outside of Revelstoke is the Enchanted Forest, an adventure destination offering Zip lining, high ropes courses and more.
Visit the Sky Trek Adventure Park
Tucked into an enchanting old growth cedar rainforest, you will find zip lines, a giant swing, kids games, aerial trekking courses and more.
Relax at Halcyon Hot springs
After a day or skiing or hiking, nothing beats kicking back in a hot spring to relax.
Visit the BC Forestry Museum
Stop in to enjoy some local history, explore old machinery and enjoy a great view of the Revelstoke Dam from the new lookout!
Enjoy Echo Lake
Disconnect and relax at this small idyllic lake set in the mountains, the perfect place to have a picnic, fish or swim (if you dare).
Visit Lake Revelstoke
This reservoir lake stretches out over 130km providing views of the snow-capped Selkirk and Monashee mountains blanketed with lush forests. You can enjoy Lake Revelstoke with some fishing, boating, kayaking, canoeing, SUP’ing and camping.
Things to do in Revelstoke in Winter
Revelstoke is a winter lover’s paradise. Some of the best things to do in winter include:
Downhill skiing or snowboarding
Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, renowned terrain, and more than 65 groomed runs.
From Revelstoke, you can easily access the Monashee and Selkirk ranges, Rogers Pass and Revelstoke Mountain Resort backcountry for a once in a lifetime experience. Backcountry skiing is for experienced riders only.
Whether you are an experienced sledder that wants to free ride through the deep powder snow or a beginner looking for a guided excursion, Revelstoke backcountry has it all! Snowmobiling is one of the most exhilarating things to do in Revelstoke in winter.
Revelstoke is one of the best heli-skiing destinations in the world. If you’re an experienced skier or snowboarder with a passion for deep, fresh tracks, your dreams will come true in Revelstoke. Revelstoke can get up to 1 metre of snow overnight.
If you love hiking, you will love its winter counterpart – snowshoeing. Snowshoeing is a great way to explore the trails in the area and is suitable for all age groups and fitness levels. Be sure to check avalanche conditions before setting off on a snowshoeing adventure. Snowshoeing is one of the cheapest things to do in Revelstoke.
You can ice skate at the Revelstoke Community club and curling club and if you dare, you can pick up a hockey stick and try your luck.
Dog sledding is an incredible experience. Speed (or cruise) through the snowy mountains, enjoying the views and the adorable dogs as they run through the snow.
Snow Tubing at Turtle Creek
If skiing or snowboarding isn’t for you, you can try snow tubing, an equally fun winter activity. The park features two tubing lanes, a gradual beginner slope AND a Bungee Bounce.
Things to do in Revelstoke in Summer
There are so many things to do in Revelstoke in summer, you could easily spend months in the area. Below are some of the most popular things to do in Revelstoke, and popular hiking trails.
Dirt and Mountain biking
There is no shortage of riding trails surrounding Revelstoke, it is in fact home to some of the best in Canada. Talk to the visitor centre for bike trail information.
White Water Rafting
The Illecillewaet River in Revelstoke is the perfect place to go white water rafting. You can raft downstream for 26kms with 20 rapids, scenic floats and stunning views of Revelstoke National Park from the river. Be warned, even in Summer in Revelstoke, the water is cold.
This is a unique and memorable thing to do in Revelstoke, although certainly not the cheapest thing to do.
How does a birds-eye view of Revelstoke sound, with a side of adrenaline?
ATVing is my all time favourite adventure activity, and Revelstoke is the perfect place to try it out – home to many trails and stunning scenery. There are many options for guided tours.
Revelstoke is known for its easily accessible single pitch sport climbing on steep rock. Most routes range from 5.8-5.12 so are great for family adventures or serious climbers.
Enjoy stunning scenery of the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges as you hit a round of gold beside the Columbia River.
The Pipe Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
This one is for the adrenaline seekers. The Pipe Mountain Coaster is an exhilarating 1.4km ride of twists and turns across ski runs, between glades and through a tunnel. You can go up to speeds of 42km/hour. The cost is around $20 per ride (for adults).
Gondola Ride & Sightseeing at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
In summer you can take a gondola ride to the top of Revelstoke mountain to admire the surrounding scenery: the Columbia River, the Monashee Mountains and the wildflower meadows. Or you can take an alpine hike from the top, there are plenty to choose from.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Canoeing or Kayaking
You can try Stand Up Paddle Boarding, Canoeing or Kayaking on Lake Revelstoke. Many places in town offer equipment hire or you can take a guided tour.
Picnic on the Columbia River
Grab some snacks to enjoy a meal with an amazing view! No matter where you go, a great view is guaranteed. This is one of the cheapest things to do in Revelstoke in Summer.
You could try lake fishing or fly fishing. Revelstoke is home to Bull Trout, Rainbow Trout, Kokanee, Rocky Mountain Whitefish, Burbot (Ling Cod), and Sturgeon.
One of the most popular things to do in Summer in Revelstoke is hiking. There are many hiking trails in the area, ranging in length and difficulty.
Some popular hiking trails in Revelstoke include:
Giant Cedars Boardwalk
This short walk (500 metres) takes you into the heart of an inland cedar old growth rainforest with trees older than 500 years!
Revelstoke’s Green Belt
A 3km paved trail following the Columbia and Illecillewaet river just outside downtown. The trail is accessible from Centennial Park, just past the Community Centre.
The Mount Begbie Falls trail
Just off Highway 23 South, 10 minutes outside town, is a 1-2 hour hike through the lush rainforest, crossing creeks and passing rock climbing areas.
This classic subalpine hike leads you through rolling terrain to reach Eva Lake, a high altitude lake with a stunning backdrop.
Round trip: 12km, 5-6 hours, 299m elevation gain
The Summit Trail
Located in Mount Revelstoke National Park, this trail takes you from the valley to the peak, crossing the Meadows in the Sky Parkway and offering great valley lookouts at numerous spots.
First time or novice hikers can easily access the subalpine backcountry trail at the top of Meadows in the Sky Parkway to get to the high lakes. From rolling country carpeted with subalpine wildflowers to boulder-strewn side valleys, this hike leaves nothing to be desired.
Round trip: 18km, 6-8 hours, 428m elevation gain
This trail is a service road-accessed hike from the subalpine forest to alpine meadows, with a descent to a lake and cabin at the turnaround point. This trail is mixed-use, so pay attention and watch out for bikers!
Find this clear alpine lake nestled in a bowl surrounded by alpine meadows, forests and towering rocks.
Round Trip: 11km, 4-6 hours, 183m elevation gain
See the Visitor Information centre for more information on hiking trails in Revelstoke.
Things to do around Revelstoke
If all of that isn’t enough for you, fear not. There are many more things to see and explore in the greater Revelstoke region.
Begbie Creek and Falls
This was one of my favourite destinations in the Revelstoke region – a must do for nature lovers. The Falls are located at the end of the Begbie Falls Forest Service Road, found along highway 23.
Meadows in the Sky Parkway
There are not many places where you can easily access the summit of a mountain with a vehicle, let alone on a paved road. The Meadows In The Sky Parkway allows you to do just that. A 26 km paved road leads to the summit of Mount Revelstoke. There are three lookouts along the way offering views over the town of Revelstoke and the surrounding mountains. You will find yourself in wildflower meadows of Indian paintbrush, heather, arctic lupin and dozens of other wildflower species that create a stunning canvas. Once at the top enjoy a picnic, stroll or venture out on the backcountry hiking trails.
Blanket Creek Falls
Another great location for nature lovers, about 20 minutes out of Downtown Revelstoke.
Recommended trip length in Revelstoke
I recommend staying in Revelstoke for 3 days. This should give you enough time to explore Revelstoke town and the surrounding area. There are so many things to do in Revelstoke so you could easily spend longer if you have the time to spare.
Getting to and around Revelstoke
You can get to Revelstoke from any location in Canada via Greyhound.
Once in Revelstoke, you can use the local bus or walk as most things are within walking distance. To make the most of the area, a car is recommended.
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