Population: 7,547 (2016 Census)
Elevation: 480 m (1,570 ft)
Travel through the Eagle Valley and Revelstoke, and you’re travelling on some of the most beautiful roadways in Canada. Nestled between the Monashee and Columbia mountain ranges, the alpine city of Revelstoke has something to offer in every season.
During the summer months, visitors are drawn to the Grizzly Plaza where there is nightly entertainment in the band shell. Strolling through the beautifully restored downtown, you can see over 60 buildings that date back to the late 1800’s. Heritage Walking Tour maps may be obtained from the Visitor Info Centre.
Adventure abounds in and around Revelstoke. Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Park are renowned for recreational climbing, wildlife viewing and hiking. Alpine meadow hiking, glacier hiking and hut-to-hut hiking can all be done through outfitters who organize heli-excursions in the area. River tours and white water rafting are also available.
Take time to visit the Railway Museum. Extensive displays, rolling stock, books, clothing and memorabilia are a few of the things you’ll find here. Guided group tours are available year-round by appointment.
Snowmobile opportunities, alpine and cross-country skiing are all plentiful during the winter months.
Things to See and Do in Revelstoke
Enchanted Forest, Skytrek Adventure Park, BC Hydro Revelstoke Dam Tours, Rafting & Kayaking on the Illecillewaet River, Stand-up Paddle Boarding on Lake Revelstoke, Revelstoke Aquatic Centre, Revelstoke Golf Course, Three Valley Lake Chateau & Ghost Town, Crazy Creek Waterfalls & Suspension Bridge, Beardale Miniatureland.
Biking & Hiking
Not far from the downtown core of funky cafes and charming old homes, a splendour of trails await adventure cyclists. Two of the most notable high-alpine trails are Keystone-Standard Basin and Frisby Ridge. Free Spirit Sports & Leisure is the original outdoor equipment store for the city.
Famous for the point where the last spike on Canada’s first transcontinental railway was driven, joining the part from the west.
Pick up a Walking Tour Map at the Visitor Centre and explore Revelstoke’s downtown. There’s also a Heritage Trail featuring interpretive panels and scenic views, near Centennial Park. The downtown area also of course offers a number of great eating establishments such as Woolsey Creek Bistro. The Cabin has a happening lounge and fully-stocked snow and skate retail shop. And more:
Big Eddy Pub
There are many to pick from: BC Interior Forestry Museum, Revelstoke Museum, Rogers Pass National Historic Site, Railway Museum, Firehall Museum.
City of Revelstoke History
In 1811, David Thompson mapped the Columbia River for westward expansion. During the Big Bend Gold Rush of the mid-1860s, the river and its streams yielded mineral wealth to some for a short time. Surveyor AS Farwell applied for a provincial land grant and surveyed a townsite where it was obvious the railway would cross the Columbia. Revelstoke was incorporated as a city in 1899.