Revelstoke is a year-round adventure playground for the whole family, offering the outdoor enthusiast a taste of everything through all seasons. Located in the Kootenay Rockies region of British Columbia, Revelstoke is the gateway to nearby Mt. Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks with giant old-growth forests, glaciers and stunning views. Skiing, mountain biking, hiking, golf, attractions, paddle boarding, white water rafting, cat and heli skiing are all here to create lasting memories.
Revelstoke is nestled between the Monashee and Selkirk mountain ranges, near the Trans-Canada Highway between Calgary and Vancouver. It is 410 km (255 mi) west of Calgary on Hwy 1, and 565 km (351 mi) northeast of Vancouver via Highways 1 & 5.
Revelstoke also has a full service airport with a 1.460 m (4,825 ft) paved runway, terminal building, fueling facilities and hangars. Charter aircraft and helicopter services are available. Transportation is available to town. The airport does not have instrument landing capabilities and does not have scheduled commercial airline service.
|Perfect Summer Day in Revelstoke courtesy of Kootenay Rockies/DonWeixl|
Revelstoke is proud of its railway history and heritage which is kept alive at the Revelstoke Railway Museum where visitors of all ages can climb aboard Engine 5468 and youngsters can take a ride in a diesel train simulator. The original buildings in town, built at the turn of the twentieth century, are preserved and still in use. Visitors can pick up a Museums & Gallery Guide at the local Visitor Information Centre.
| Revelstoke Dam |
BC Hydro's Revelstoke Dam, one of North America's largest and most modern hydro-electric developments, is located only a few minutes drive north of Revelstoke. The dam offers self-guided tours, featuring individual talking wands. This multi-level visitor centre includes a large exhibit area and a theatre. Tour guides are available to assist visitors and to answer questions. The tour includes an elevator trip to the dam crest lookout located at the top of the 175 meter high concrete dam. There are also views of the main powerhouse gallery, the circuit breaker gallery, tailrace area and the control room from within the visitor centre.
|Mount Revelstoke National Park, courtesy Destination BC/David Gluns|
Experience a treasure of magic and beauty waiting to be discovered in Mt. Revelstoke National Park - where the most adventurous return with the most rewarding experience. Take a drive to the summit via the 26 km (16 mi) Meadows in the Sky Parkway. Experience the dense old-growth rainforests of giant cedar and pine, through subalpine forests, and finally alpine meadows and tundra. Marvel at the spectacular view of the ice-clad peaks of the Monashee Mountains and, to the east, the Selkirk Mountains. The Giant Cedars hiking trail takes you through a stand of ancient Western Red Cedars, and the Skunk Cabbage trail introduces you to jungle-like wetlands.
Drive up to the summit of Rogers Pass - designated as a National Historic Site - in Glacier National Park. Hike one of the many trails above the treeline and experience the beauty of flowering meadows in summer. More than 400 glaciers continue to sculpt the landscape, carving the Columbia Mountains and feeding the crystal-clear rivers. Explorations range from simple wooden boardwalks to multi-day glacier crossing adventures. A wide range of wildlife makes this park their home.
|Paddleboarding on Revelstoke Lake courtesy of Kootenay Rockies/Zoya Lynch|
Lake Revelstoke, Upper Arrow Lake and the Columbia River offer the water lover lots to do amid magnificent mountains and scenery. Bring your own paddle board or kayak or rent one here and enjoy the serenity of the water with only mother nature by your side..
Grizzly Plaza is the entertainment centre of Revelstoke's historic downtown. Throughout the summer, there's free live entertainment every evening, including musical bands, theatrical productions, and magic acts.
Three Valley Lake Chateau, complete with restored frontier buildings, antique trains and automobiles; the Enchanted Forest; Skytrek Adventure Park; Crazy Creek Waterfalls & Suspension Bridge.
|Revelstoke Skiing courtesy of Kootenay Rockies/Bruno Long|
Revelstoke, located in the central Columbia Mountains, enjoys a fortunate combination of climate and topography, producing deep snow (averaging 60 feet annually) and generally moderate temperatures.
The Durrand Glacier and the Mt. Moloch area have over 24 scenic peaks - all accessible to skiers. Fourteen spectacular glaciers carve in between these mountains, providing long powder slopes up to 5,000 vertical feet. Mt. Macpherson is popular for Nordic Skiing with some 26 km (16 mi) of groomed trails with 6 km (3.5 mi) lit for night skiing. Famous as a cat & heli ski destination, several operators offer single or multi-day trips with some of the best powder skiing anywhere. Mt. Revelstoke Resort on Mt. Mackenzie, has 1,713 m (5,620 ft) of vertical skiing, plus backcountry trails, snowmobiling and more. In 2013, National Geographic included Mt. Revelstoke Resort on its Winter Must-Do: Ultimate Adventure Bucket List.
Revelstoke is truly an angler's dream, offering a wide range of species and locations. Fly fish from a float tube in a small mountain lake, or troll for a monster Rainbow Trout or Dolly Varden in Lake Revelstoke or Arrow Lake. The Lake Revelstoke area has held a world record for Dolly Varden (24+lbs.)
|Frisby Ridge, Revelstoke courtesy of Kootenay Rockies/Bruno Long|
When you go mountain biking in Revelstoke, you will experience what real "mountain" biking is. The area has a large networks of trails, as well as a variety of rentals & guided tours. There are so many trails, you could ride everyday all summer, and never ride the same one twice! If you are looking for a more casual ride, there are trails along the Columbia River, and through the "Greenbelt" park right in Revelstoke.
Revelstoke's Illecillewaet River provides an exciting location for whitewater rafting. This cool, glacier-fed river is refreshing on a warm summer day. Other less exhilarating rafting trips are available for the entire family as are relaxed, scenic floats down the Columbia River.
|Paragliding near Revelstoke courtesy of Kootenay Rockies/Zoya Lynch|
In 1871, British Columbia agreed to join the Canadian Federation, based on the promise of a trans-continental railway to connect Western and Eastern Canada. The project proved to be extremely dangerous and expensive. In the summer of 1885, as the project was nearing completion, the banking firm Baring and Glyn saved the Canadian Pacific Railway from bankruptcy by buying the company's bonds. Consequently, the community of Farwell was renamed by the CPR to honour Lord Revelstoke, the head of Baring and Glyn.
Revelstoke had become a prominent transportation and supply town serving the gold rush companies in the early 1880s and when the railway arrived in 1885 the town flourished becoming an important part of the trade route getting supplies in and out of the region. With the advent of the CPR, a lucrative forestry industry also developed. Revelstoke was officially incorporated as a city in 1899.
Craigellachie, just east of Revelstoke, is where The Last Spike on the Canadian Pacific Railway was driven on November 7, 1885. This was the point where the railway, which was built from both ends of the country, met.
Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce