Revelstoke lies on the banks of the broad Columbia River, with the Revelstoke Dam to the north and Arrow Lake to the south. Just to the east is Mount Revestoke National Park and then Glacier National Park and the Rogers Pass.
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This 8,000 resident town is at the western end of the Rogers Pass , where the Trans Canada Highway crosses the Columbia River on a beautiful suspension bridge adjacent the trans-continental railway. Rogers Pass lies in Glacier National Park and has some of the most scenic highway views anywhere in the world. The town lies at the junction of the Trans Canada Highway and the Columbia River, which is dammed a few kilometres north of town.
There are two grizzly bear statues that guard the entrance of town, and the middle of town is represented by Grizzly Square. The town has cobblestone streets and turn of the century buildings, causing locals to call it “Sesame Street.”
The town is in the middle of the Monashee mountains, and at the edge of the Selkirks. Winter recreation in the area includes Mount Mackenzie Ski Area just south of town, and heli-skiing at a number of camps in the area. The town is a popular base for exploring the Mt Revelstoke National Park and the Glacier National Park, 70 kilometres east of the town. There’s also a recreational hot springs to the east. The 18 hole Revelstoke Golf Course along the Columbia River on the north side of town is popular in summer, and is used for cross-country skiing in winter.
Home & Garden Show (Apr), Demolition Derby (May),
Childrens’ Festival (May), Timber Day (July), Revelstoke Railway Days (Aug),
Mountain Arts Festival (Sept)
Revelstoke Attractions – Intown
Revelstoke Railway Museum
719 Track St W
This museum tells the story of those who maintain and worked the railroad between Field and Kamloops. With special emphasis on the steam era on the 1940s and 1950s. On display are the engine 5468, a Mikado P2, Business Car No 4 (once a Cape Humber solarium car).
Mount Revelstoke National Park
Park Admin Office: Third St & Campbell Ave, Revelstoke
This 260 square kilometre park surrounds Mount Revelstoke on the western edge of the Selkirk Mountains, famous for their height and geological complexity. Heavy rainfall as well as glacial erosion have created jagged landforms, causing the area to be designated a national park in 1914. The snow stays in the area until late June. The Trans-Canada highway passes through the park and then runs along its southern boundary for a total of 31 kilometres. Pets are allowed but must be on a leash at all times in the park. There is back-country camping, except in the Miller Lake area and within 5 km of the Summit Parkway The Giant Cedars trail winds a half kilometre on a boardwalk through 800 year old cedars.
Meadows in the Sky Parkway
in Mount Revelstoke National Park
Drive a paved road, winding 26 kilometres uphill, from an elevation of 470 metres on the Trans Canada Highway, to 1835 metres at Balsam Lake with several scenic viewpoints along the way. The Meadows in the Sky Parkway takes you through forests of cedar and hemlock, spruce and fir to the renowned subalpine wildflower meadows of Mount Revelstoke National Park (with several easy hikes at the summit). NO RVs PERMITTED on this road withi multiple switchbackks
Three Valley Gap Ghost Town
19 km west on highway 1
Near the historical mining town of Three Valley is this park with 20 relocated historical buildings including a church, general store, hotel, schoolhouse and saloon. There is a private railway coach and live performances of the 3 Valley Follies musical stage show. Open May to September 8 am to 5 pm with guided tours.
Albert Canyon and Hot Springs
35 km east on Highway 1
Take a dip in a 39 degree Celsius (102F) mineral pool or take a swim in the 30 degree hot pool. There is also rafting, trail rides and camping. There is a completely unrestored ghost town nearby, nestled among regrown wild vegetation. Camping is permitted, and food is available. Open 9 am to 10 pm July and August; open 9 am to 9 pm in May, June and September.
32 km west on Highway 1
Over 300 handmade figurines retelling many famous fairy tales, in a forest setting. Open 8 am to dusk May 15 to September 15th.
Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre
5205 Hwy 23 N, 4 kmnorth of town
Displays, maps and audio visual presentation highlight the dam’s design, construction, and function. Vistors can see the generators through a large window, and an elevator provides access to the observation point at the top of the 175 metre high concrete dam. The dam creates Lake Revelstoke which continues for 120 kilometres (with average width of 1 kilometre) until the Mica Dam to the north. Open 8 am to 8 pm mid-June to mid-September; open 9 am to 5 pm from March to October “shoulder season.”
BC Interior Forestry Museum and Forest Discovery Centre
5205 Hwy 23 N, 4 km north of town (right below Revelstoke Dam)
Tells the story of our forests and those who creatively engineered the ways of logging the large timbers. A large selection of old machinery, an extensive collection of chainsaws, and other exhibits for you to explore. Open May to Sept Tuesday through Saturday 11am – 5pm.
Mica Dam Visitor Centre
149 km up Highway 23
This is the largest of the Columbia River dams, built under a Canada-US treaty for sharing of the water and power resources of the mighty Columbia River. The dam is 242 metres high and is the highest earth-filled dam in North America, and the 11th highest in the world. The dam began storing water in 1973 to create a large boating and fishing area. The dam is now at the midpoint of the 200 kilometre long Kinbasket Lake that stretches from Donald in the south to Valemont in the north.The Visitor Centre is open Victoria Day through Labour Day. Guided tours at 11 am and 1:30 pm.
Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes are created by the Hugh Keenleyside Dam, near Castlegar about 20 kilometres to the south of Revelstoke. The width of the lake varies from 1 to 2 kilometres.
accessible by helicopter, Revelstoke Airport
The is glacier is 30 kilometres north of Revelstoke and has a log chalet at 1,935 metres elevation. There is a panorama of hanging glaciers, waterfalls, and alpine meadows. The glacier is the site of an international mountaineering school with both summer and winter recreation activities.
5 km south on Highway 23, on west side of Columbia River
There are 25 km of cross-country ski trails in the area.
logging road, west of Columbia River
Snowmobiling area with cross-country ski trails along Frisbee Ridge on west side of 30 kilometre logging road.