While you are here, we want you to have an incredible time exploring the Kootenay Rockies. For generations, Kootenay locals have taken great care of the wonder that you see around you. We hope that you will help us continue to do so. By being a responsible visitor, you become a partner in our community efforts to conserve and respect the region’s wonderful natural attractions and heritage. Details on the Kootenay Rockies Visitor Code of Conduct can be found here: Responsible Travel – Kootenay Rockies.
- Start your day at La Baguette is a Revelstoke mainstay with inspired French baking and fresh takes on classic breakfast offerings. Dig into a poutine benny bowl for a day-warming fusion of Quebec and New York cuisine.
- Head to Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR). This world-class ski resort still doesn’t feel crowded, and lets the whole family play together. If your young ones are truly young, aim for the Stellar Chair. Otherwise go up the Stoke Chair and meander down The Last Spike, which intersects every run and lets you spy what to try next (Snow Rodeo, but don’t tell anyone).
- After skiing, cruise the back alleys of downtown Revelstoke to check out an ongoing exhibition called Art Alleries, which decorates these underused spaces more each year. It’s free, not to mention an impressive showcase of ski-town creativity.
- A stop at Mt. Begbie Brewing Co., (established in 1996) is a great option during the day/late afternoon, as they producing award-winning brews in small batches.
- For dinner, the Village Idiot Pub is the most eclectic spot in town, with kitschy ski memorabilia plastered wall to wall. Their specialty pizzas are the tops, especially the chicken chimichanga.
- For breakfast, Main Street Café sits in a Victorian heritage building on the historic corner of MacKenzie and Second. You can get breakfast all day here, and if you order the cheesy apple French toast, plan for a food coma.
- Now, it’s time to find some powder at RMR (trail report). The first place to start is in the Back 40 Glades, off the Ripper Chair—a stash that holds fresh snow for days. Be sure to practice your hoots and hollers to keep your family close as you find your way back to the lift.
- For lunch Dose Coffee not only serves the meanest joe in town, but the hippest lunches. With equally scrumptious veggie and omnivore options like the BLT/TLT (the latter made with house tofu bacon).
- Next, take in some history. The Railway Museum is a living tribute to the reason Revelstoke exists. Kids can climb in and out of historic train cars, and learn about the area’s hardy heritage.
- A stop-over at Rumpus Beer is recommended, it is the second brewery in Revelstoke (opened June 2019), or why not sample the award-winning craft spirits of either Jones Distilling or Monashee Spirits.
- Before or after dinner, the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club is a great option to keep your kids’ outdoor interest going. A 6-km loop is lit for night skiing and 30-km for day adventures. (Nordic ski rentals available at the Nordic Ski Club Lodge.)
- Once it’s time to chow down, Chubby Funsters offers fun, classic pub fare jazzed up a notch. How are you not going to try the chubby burger, really?
- Terra Firma’s Kitchen is a local farm-to-table café and restaurant with a rotating menu depending on in-season ingredients. Be sure to try the pesto poachie, made with eggs that were laid only a couple kilometres away.
- You’re finally ready to hit up RMR’s (activities) wide-open alpine runs in North Bowl. Traverse over via Vertigo Ridge, past Separate Reality, and dip your tips into Unlimited Assets. This is the easiest drop-in, and if it goes well you can pick higher entrances up the ridge for more challenge as you gain confidence.
- The Taco Club has earned its place in the pantheon of Revelstoke cuisine with an unwavering dedication to explosively tasteful Mexican grub for lunch. If you get the seasonal vegetable burrito, be sure to ask for ‘dirty rice’.
- For the afternoon, why not experience the adrenaline of a short-guided snowmobile tour at Glacier House Resort with Great Canadian Tours, experience their Cabin Run or Evening tour (only 2-hours long).
- Once it’s time for dinner, Kawakubo serves some of the best sushi this side of the Pacific—with unsurpassed Japanese ambiance. If you’re into spicy salmon, the red dragon roll is for you.
- By now the family is tuckered out, so why not watch other folks tucker themselves out? Namely the Revelstoke Grizzlies, the local junior B hockey team. Take in a game and some classic Canadiana!
- If you are heading south from Revelstoke on your route tomorrow, then add a dip into Nakusp Hot Springs along the route.
Additional dining options in Revelstoke.
Know Before You Go – Plan ahead so you can travel safely and responsibly. Familiarize yourself with weather, road conditions, general alerts for travellers and provincial health orders & recommendations.
~ 6 Safety Tips for your Powder Highway Road Trip
~ 9 Tips to Keep Your Family Safe on the Slopes
~ 72 Hours in the Columbia Valley this Winter
~ 72 Hours in Fernie this Winter
~ 72 Hours in Golden this Winter
~ 72 Hours in Kimberley this Winter
~ 72 Hours in Nelson this Winter
~ 72 Hours at Panorama Mountain Resort this Winter
~ 72 Hours in Rossland this Winter
~ Family Fun on the Powder Highway
~ Learn to Ski or Snowboard on the Powder Highway
~ Our Kootenay Mountain Culture
~ Snowmobiling in the Kootenays: Where to Go
~ What’s New on the Powder Highway?
Top/cover photo courtesy of Destination BC/Andrew Stain.
Words by Matt Coté. Matt is a writer, editor and wanderer based in Revelstoke. His written musings typically focus on the inner workings of society and ecology, at the intersection of the landscape he most loves: mountains. Equally enraptured by robust stories of adventure and the sweetest spots to find it, no place has won him more than his own British Columbia backyard.