About This Place
Located along the banks of the Columbia River, Revelstoke is surrounded by majestic scenery. First settled during the 1880s, Revelstoke grew with the building and completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Originally named Farwell after the first surveyor in the region, the city was later renamed Revelstoke to honour Lord Revelstoke, the London investor behind the implementation of the transcontinental railway. Early economic boom came from area mining as supplies and precious minerals were shipped to and from Revelstoke via rail and the Columbia River.
Today, outdoor recreational activities offer visitors to Revelstoke a plethora of choices in appreciating nature. During the summer months, sightseers love to walk the numerous trails and bike paths that wind through Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park. After a long day hiking though the forest, soak in one of Revelstoke’s mineral hot springs. Halcyon Hot Spring is located very close to town and offers an overlook of the Arrow Lakes.
Revelstoke is a premiere winter vacation spot, promising 14 to 20 metres of annual snowfall and the longest lift-accessed vertical ski run in North America. Ski and snowboard the slopes of Mount MacKenzie, or try its far-flung snowfields accessible to cat-skiing or heli-skiing. Backcountry skiing, snowmobiling and snowshoeing also allow you to get out on the trail and experience the majestic beauty of Glacier National Park. The Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the top hotel in the Revelstoke area and was once named one of the best resorts in the world by the United Kingdom’s Telegraph newspaper. There are a variety of other hotels in Revelstoke to choose from if you want to stay closer to the city.
Spectator sports such as hockey and snow sports competitions draw locals and newcomers to the area. Adults and teens, especially, enjoy watching the Grizzlies Junior Hockey League matches in season, and the Swatch Freeride World Tour ski and snowboard competition, which first included a stop in Revelstoke in 2012. Whatever your age, the Enchanted Forest, open May to October, will bring out your inner child. Families can tour the lush forest of 800-year-old cedar trees, and children can play on and around over 300 carved fairy folk figurines and the tallest tree house in all of British Columbia.
Visitors to Revelstoke wanting a break from outdoor activity will find plenty to do exploring regional culture and heritage. Three museums are located within walking distance of one another in Downtown. The Revelstoke Railway Museum displays the history behind the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway. Its atrium features a fully restored steam locomotive and passenger car. The Revelstoke Museum is a history museum and heritage garden that tells the story of the city of Revelstoke through art and artifacts. The Revelstoke Nickelodeon Museum houses a vast collection of mechanical musical instruments, some date back as far as the 18th century. More information on Revelstoke amenities, heritage walking tours and historical sights can be found at the Revelstoke Museum or the Visitor Information Centre.