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23 Things to do in Revelstoke in Summer (2024 Guide!)

23 Things to do in Revelstoke in Summer (2024 Guide!)

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If you’re looking for an awesome summer vacation in BC, look no further than Revelstoke! This epic town might be a ski haven in the winter, but the summer brings a whole different set of fun activities.

Revelstoke is part of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, and since summer brings blooming wildflowers and active wildlife, it’s safe to say visiting here is a feast for the eyes. The natural beauty alone keeps us coming back, but there are plenty of other reasons to visit during this time of year!

We’ve rounded up our favorite summertime activities in Revelstoke, including some lesser-known options we’ve discovered during our visits.

Things to do in Revelstoke in Summer

1. Explore Mt Revelstoke National Park

Bailey sits on a viewpoint in Revelstoke National Park, Canada
Views near Eva Lake!
Eva Lake in Mt Revelstoke National Park, Canada
Eva Lake!

What better way to enjoy a warm summer’s day than by going to a park? And when it comes to parks, Mt Revelstoke National Park is a clear choice given how easy it is to explore. You can even drive directly up to the summit of Mt Revelstoke!

We usually park at the summit parking lot before heading out to hike one of the trails. Some of our favorite hikes are the Eva Lake trail, a 16 km (10 mile) round trip through beautiful landscapes, and Heather Lake, which is a short 10-minute hike around a stunning lake with breathtaking reflections.

There are other hikes nearby that aren’t at the summit, like the Giant Cedars Boardwalk and the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk. Both of these are suitable for all fitness levels and are located along the highway towards Golden just outside of town.

We also love bringing lunch and having a picnic by the lake, or just admiring the beautiful scenery.

Note: You need a Parks Canada Pass to enter Mount Revelstoke National Park. This pass is $11 CAD per person per day or $22 CAD per group. You can also purchase the annual Discovery Pass which includes access to Mount Revelstoke National Park as well as many others in BC and Alberta.

2. Go mountain biking

Mountain biking

No matter where we travel, we’ve found that anywhere that offers skiing in winter has epic mountain bike trails in summer! The same holds true for Revelstoke, but the best part is that a lot of these trails are relatively empty compared to other towns and cities in Canada. Fewer crowds = more runs = more fun!

We usually go to the top of Revelstoke Mountain Resort as some of the best runs in the area start here. To get to the trails, ride up the Revelation Gondola before beginning the adrenaline-fueled descent. Day tickets for the gondola are pretty inexpensive starting at $39 CAD.

We suggest the famous ‘Fifty-Six Twenty’ which is the resort’s longest run, descending a whopping 5,620 feet (1,713 m) at 15 km (9.3 miles) long. It’s rumored to be the longest flow trail in the world, and it’s full of awesome tabletop jumps, step-ups, step-downs, and bermed corners, so it’s great for experienced riders looking for a challenge.

You can rent bikes directly from the Revelstoke Mountain Resort or in town at Skookum. If you’re worried about pedaling uphill, there are E-bikes available to rent as well.

3. Whitewater rafting

Daniel takes a selfie with the rafting crew in Revelstoke while white water rafting
But first, let me take a selfie!

Another outdoor activity that combines fun, exercise, and awesome views is this whitewater rafting trip in Revelstoke. While we’ve been whitewater rafting before, there isn’t any experience necessary, and everyone in our tour group had a blast.

The last time we went, our awesome instructor, Jay, happily threw fun challenges our way during our 2 hours on the Illecillewaet River. The rapids here are Class II and III, so they aren’t overly powerful. We saw some teens in another boat that looked like they were having the time of their lives, so it’s definitely fun for the whole family.

The river goes through Mount Revelstoke National Park, so the views along the way are very pretty. There was some downtime where we were able to just relax and enjoy the mountains as we floated by. When the ride was over, we were given fruits and pastries before heading back. It’s amazing how paddling through rapids can work up such an appetite. Luckily, when we got back to the hotel, we were given coupons for the River City Pub, and boy did we devour that meal!

This epic rafting tour costs $173 CAD and it’s a really popular activity that’s only available in summer, so we suggest booking well in advance.

4. Ride the sightseeing gondola

The Revelstoke sightseeing gondola travels up the mountain during summer in Revelstoke, BC
Views from the Revelstoke Mountain Resort gondola
Views from the Revelstoke Mountain Resort gondola

While hiking is admittedly something we both love, I’d be lying if I said I wanted to conquer steep trails all day, every day. Sometimes I want an easier option without sacrificing the views. On one such day, we took the sightseeing gondola to the top of the Revelstoke Mount Resort, and it did not disappoint!

The Revelation Gondola offers amazing views, so don’t forget to bring your camera. It took about 20 minutes in total to ride up and I gotta admit, taking the gondola was WAY easier than hiking up a mountain. It put me in a good mood so I could enjoy the trails when we reached the top! At the summit, there are plenty of hiking trails and viewpoints.

In the winter, this gondola is reserved for skiers and snowboarders, but in the summertime, anyone can go. Plus, there’s an awesome burger place at the top called Mackenzie Outpost. We actually think it’s the best burger in Revelstoke!

5. Walk around The Enchanted Forest

A house in the The Enchanted Forest near Revelstoke, BC
There’s so much to explore in The Enchanted Forest! Photo credit: The Enchanted Forest

About 30 minutes from Revelstoke off the Trans Canada Highway is a fairy tale come to life known as The Enchanted Forest. It’s been open since 1960 and it’s an absolute must-visit for anyone with kids.

This is the best place for children to let their imaginations run wild. They can climb the tallest treehouse in BC or paddle in a row boat in real beaver ponds. There are adorable structures like figurines and houses, along with nursery rhymes scattered around the property. There’s even a castle and 800-year-old cedar trees! Admission is $14 CAD for adults over 16, and $9 CAD for kids ages 3 to 15.

For even more family fun, head next door to the Skytrek Adventure Park. It has ziplines, a treetop obstacle course, climbing walls, and even jungle gyms for the little ones.

The Enchanted Forest and the Skytrek Adventure Park are open seasonally from May until October and make for an unforgettable summer day!

6. Sit back and relax on a River Float

Revelstoke River Float
Revelstoke River Float

For a relaxing way to enjoy a warm day on the water, we recommend this private Columbia River Float experience. I mean, talk about pure, uninterrupted relaxation for two whole hours! Revelstoke already felt like a step away from our busy lives, but this experience takes it to a whole new level. Dan and I were surprised by just how remote we were, and it honestly washed away a lot of stress.

Tickets for this tour are around $77 CAD. There’s a minimum of 4 people per tour, so grab some friends or family and head out for an amazing evening of relaxation. You can check dates and book this incredible experience online here.

Note: For summer 2024, the company has decided to close given a combination of factors including relocating their river access due to highway construction. They are preparing to reopen in 2025.

7. Explore Glacier National Park

Bailey smiles between trees on Hemlock Grove Boardwalk in Glacier National Park
Hemlock Grove Boardwalk
Hemlock Grove Boardwalk in Glacier National Park Canada
Hemlock Grove Boardwalk

No trip to Revelstoke would be complete without a visit to Glacier National Park! Around a 25-minute drive from Revelstoke, this wild and beautiful park is accessed by the Trans-Canada highway with all the hiking trails and campsites located in parking lots just off the road.

There is a range of trails to take a cool summer stroll in the park and if you love to go out and spot wildlife, you’re in luck! The area is home to one of the largest grizzly bear populations left in Canada, as well as mountain lions, elk, and bighorn sheep. Just remember to stay a safe distance away at all times, and carry bear spray with you.

One of our favorite easy hiking trails in Glacier National Park is the 1885 Rails Trail, which goes through wildflower meadows and past gorgeous lakes following the original rail line. We loved the Hemlock Grove Boardwalk pictured above, but it’s not always open so be sure to check the Trails Conditions page before heading out.

If you’re up for a bit more of a challenge, then we’d suggest trying the Avalanche Crest Trail, which features some steep inclines and stunning views. At 9 km (5.6 mi) long, this trail took us about 5 hours to complete (with the occasional photo stop of course!).

Note: You need a Parks Canada Pass to enter Glacier National Park. This pass is $11 CAD per person per day or $22 CAD per group. You can also purchase the annual Discovery Pass which includes access to Mount Revelstoke National Park as well as many others.

Related Read: Canada has some jaw-dropping parks, and another one of our favorites is Yoho National Park. Be sure to check out Emerald Lake during your visit!

8. Ride the Pipe Mountain Coaster

Bailey about to go down the Revelstoke Mountain Resort Mountain Coaster
Ready to go!
Revelstoke Mountain Resort Mountain coaster
On the way down!

For anyone wondering, the Pipe Mountain Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort is actually a really fun ride! I’ll be the first to admit when I first heard about it, I thought it was more geared toward kids. But in this case, I’m happy to be wrong!

This gravity-fed roller coaster is one of the top attractions in Revelstoke. In fact, it’s so popular that they opened a second track in the summer of 2023!

This coaster absolutely flies down the hills, gaining speeds up to 42 km/h (26 mph) along the way. It honestly felt way faster because the wind was whipping around my face and I was laughing all the way down. I was not prepared to label this as an adrenaline-inducing activity, but after riding it, it definitely is.

Oh – and those views?! They were some of the best we’d seen of Revelstoke! The coaster has brakes and you can choose your speed. There are also two-rider carts, so it’s perfect for little kids to go with an adult.

Tickets are only available in summer, and it’s strongly advised to buy tickets for the coaster in advance. It costs around $30 CAD which includes a ride up the gondola. Alternatively, you can combine other activities like the aerial adventure park, and axe throwing with the Play All Day Pass for around $75 CAD with two rides on the coaster, or $125 CAD for unlimited rides – and passes are cheaper online if you buy in advance. Sounds like a pretty epic way to spend a summer’s day if you ask me!

9. Go stargazing

You’ve never seen stars like the stars in Revelstoke! Because this small town is far from major cities, there is very little light pollution. It’s easy to get to an undeveloped outdoor area and see the starry night sky. And if you’re really lucky, you might even see the aurora borealis.

Lake Revelstoke is one of our favorite stargazing spots. The long, skinny lake has many recreation sites to use for a few hours or camp at. The lake is also pretty close to town, which is great because you have to stay up pretty late to go stargazing in the summer!

For a bit more adventure, you can head to Sale Mountain via the forest service road. There have been stories of UFO sightings and other spooky paranormal activity, but all we can vouch for is its incredible stargazing scene! Keep in mind that this is a forest service road, so you’ll want to have a car that can handle a bumpy terrain.

Really though, you can drive out of town just a bit and find tons of good stargazing spots. I love asking locals where their favorite spot is, that way you can find a hidden gem!

10. Explore Sutherland Falls

Sutherland Falls in Revelstoke, BC
Sutherland Falls in Revelstoke, BC

After visiting a few waterfalls in Revelstoke, my favorite by far is Sutherland Falls. It’s right off Highway 23, around a 20-minute drive from town, and is accessed by an easy 5-minute walking trail. Once there, all that’s left to do is relax and take in the falls in all their natural beauty!

Honestly, we’re sad we didn’t bring our camping gear when we visited because there is a campsite for vehicles and tents. The campsite and parking lot are only open in the warmer months (typically May – September), and the spot is right on the lake and unbelievably beautiful.

Entry to see the waterfall is completely free, but the falls are dangerous, so please don’t swim in the area. If you are itching for a swim, there’s a really nice spot at the Blanket Creek day-use area right next to the campground, so you can see the falls first, then enjoy a dip next door afterward.

11. Go stand-up paddleboarding

What better way to enjoy a summer breeze than on the water? One of our favorite activities is stand-up paddleboarding and this paddleboard rental is a great option if you didn’t bring a board from home.

What we really appreciate is that the company will deliver the board directly to the lake, which has been great when our car didn’t have the space. These are top-of-the-line boards too and are hard top which are WAY easier to balance on – take it from me!

The hardtop paddleboards cost $70 CAD for a full day of use, and you can add an extra day for another $50 CAD. Rentals also include life jackets, paddles, foam blocks, and other SUP necessities.

12. Have a few local drinks

A beer from Mt Begbie Brewery
Yummmm, beer!

Established in 1996, Mt. Begbie Brewing Co is Revelstoke’s very own craft brewery that has been shipping its award-winning beers across Canada for years. Onsite, Mt. Begbie has a retail shop and tasting room with a variety of brews available.

For fans of sweeter beers, I recommend the “Attila the Honey.” They also have seasonal options and specialty beers, so don’t forget to ask what’s new when you visit here. Tasters are priced around $2.50 CAD and a 20 oz pint is $7 CAD. If you can’t make it to the brewery, there are plenty of bars around Revelstoke that have their beer available on tap.

We also really enjoy River City Pub in downtown Revelstoke. They have a good beer selection and awesome happy hours. We especially like coming here when it’s warm out because they have a great outdoor patio. They also have live music so if you’re looking for a nighttime activity, this is the place.

Another Revelstoke gem is Monashee Spirits. It’s a distillery located downtown, and they offer a ton of unique craft cocktails. We had a lot of fun and the staff here were so friendly and very clearly masters of the cocktail world. The atmosphere and drinks were both 10/10.

13. Shop at the farmers’ market 

produce for sale at the farmers market in Revelstoke
Buying local fruit and veggies is a must at the farmers’ market!

When visiting Revelstoke in the summer, a MUST is going to the local farmer’s market.

There are two specific ones to enjoy in the summertime, the Revelstoke Farm & Craft Market (RFCM) and the Local Food Initiative Market (LFI). There are loads of stalls with souvenirs, handmade goods, and fresh produce, and both markets operate from May to October from around 8 am to 1 pm every Saturday.

We went to the RFCM the last time we were in Revelstoke, and everyone was so friendly. We even got some fresh fruits to enjoy on our road trip to Golden (which we’ll talk more about below!).

Related Read: We love taking a road trip from Revelstoke to Golden, and there are plenty of things to do in the summer in Golden too!

14. Walk the Greenbelt

You don’t have to go far to find hiking around Revelstoke. In fact, you don’t even have to leave the city! The Illecillewaet Greenbelt (or simply, the Greenbelt) is a walking path located right in town. It follows the Columbia and Illecillewaet rivers and is mostly paved, with some options to go on off-road terrain. 

There are multiple start points, but we usually start at Centennial Park because it’s pretty easy to find parking around there. The trail is flat and easy, doable for any fitness level. You can keep it shorter by staying on the paved section, or even continue to loop back around the river to make it longer. 

We love wandering the Greenbelt in the mornings or have limited time and want to get a hike in. We usually spend about 1 hour here, so it’s the perfect way to stretch your legs and then keep exploring the city.

15. Day trip to Golden

Bailey walks across the Golden Suspension Bridge in Golden, BC
Golden Skybridge
Golden Suspenion Bridge in Golden, BC with Bailey
What a place!

Golden is a little town in the Rockies about two hours from Revelstoke (via Rogers Pass and Glacier National Park). It’s surrounded by national parks, mountain ranges, and limitless outdoor activities, not to mention fantastic restaurants, one-of-a-kind stores, lively bars, and fascinating cultural sites.

Visiting Golden in the summer can be as exciting or relaxing depending on what you’re after. Here are a few of our favorite things to do in Golden:

  • Walk the Golden Skybridge – Why not start off with Golden’s newest attraction? The Golden Skybridge is Canada’s highest suspension bridge and it only just opened in the summer of 2021! We got such a thrill walking over it and taking in all the amazing views of the Columbia Valley. If walking along a suspension bridge is not enough for you, there is also a zipline experience, a ropes course, and an epic canyon swing! You can book your ticket online here.
  • Enjoy supper with a viewEagle’s Eye Restaurant is the finest location to eat while taking in the mountain views at Kicking Horse Resort! Located at the top of the picturesque gondola, the restaurant sits at 7,710 feet (2,350 m) above sea level, making it Canada’s highest restaurant (in terms of elevation) — how cool is that?!
  • Visit the Wolf Centre – Wolves are only one of the many magnificent creatures found in the Canadian Rockies. While you probably don’t want to run into any in the wild, the Northern Lights Wolf Centre in Golden is an excellent location to learn about the wolves and see some in person.
  • Go whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse – Whitewater rafting on the Kicking Horse River is such an adrenaline rush. With Grade 3-4 rapids, it’s one of the best rivers in Canada to go rafting. This rafting tour has hundreds of 5-star reviews and we can see why! An expert guide leads the way and all equipment is included, along with a buffet lunch!

While you can visit Golden on a day trip from Revelstoke, I recommend staying a night or two in Golden to properly explore the town. Check out our recommendations for hotels in Golden if you need a place!

16. Spend the night at the Three Valley Lake Chateau

Birds eye view of theThree Valley Lake Chateau in Revelstoke
We flew the drone from the hotel!

The Three Valley Lake Chateau is one of our favorite hotels in Revelstoke – just one look, and we’re sure you’ll fall in love too! Less than a 20-minute drive from central Revelstoke, it’s the perfect retreat that’s conveniently close to the Enchanted Forest and the Skytrek Adventure Park.

The hotel sits right beside the Three Valley Lake and between the Monashee Mountains – in many ways, it feels like its own little town in and of itself. The grounds are beautiful, and we’re all about that “treat yourself” life!

We first saw the hotel on our first visit to Revelstoke and instantly fell in love. After checking prices online, we realized it wasn’t actually that much more expensive than the accommodation in Revelstoke. In fact, a basic room starts at only $142 CAD a night. We recommend upgrading to the loft suite. It’s only $10 CAD more and trust us, it’s worth it.

17. Visit the Heritage Ghost Town

heritage ghost town bank near Revelstoke
The bank is just one of the many different historic buildings to explore. Photo Credit: 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town

While staying at the Three Valley Lake Chateau, we wandered over next door to check out the ghost town tour. This spooktacular miniature town was created by the original owners of the hotel, and includes 25 historic buildings including Revelstoke’s old 1865 saloon!

We had a great time exploring the old church, jewelry store, and even the jail! It was also super interesting to learn more about the gold rush of the late 1800s, which led to an increase in ghost towns as buildings became abandoned across the country.

This is definitely a fun place to explore and great for families with kids. Plus it only costs $16 CAD per adult, and kids under 5 get in free. There are also lower rates for families and seniors. The Ghost Town is open from 9 am to dusk every year from May to October. There is free parking available and you can grab your tickets on arrival.

18. Soak in some hot springs 

Bailey at the Canyon Hot Springs Resort in Revelstoke
Canyon Hot Springs!

Revelstoke is only a short drive from a few of our favorite hot springs in BC that are well worth a visit! While it’s nice to warm up in winter, we think soaking in the hot springs is a wonderful and relaxing activity in summer too. Some of the hot springs that are close to Revelstoke include:

Canyon Hot Springs

These are the closest hot springs to Revelstoke at only about a 20-minute drive from town. You’ll find them within the resort and campground where you can also stay a night or two if you’d like!

The mineral pools are filled from a nearby natural spring and they are the perfect temperature at 40°C (104°F). Open from mid-May to mid-September, it costs $16.50 CAD for a single swim or $25.50 CAD for a day pass. If you spend the night at the resort, then you can enter the hot springs for free (you must book a room/cabin, as campsite fees do not include this). You can visit their website to book.

Halcyon Hot Springs

Just over an hour’s drive from Revelstoke, you’ll find the beautiful Halcyon Resort and Hot Springs. This luxurious resort is home to some stunning hot springs which are said to have healing properties. They’re also available to both drop-in guests and in-house guests! Day passes are just $15 CAD. We think this is a super reasonable price for such a luxurious experience. Just remember to bring a towel!

St Leon Hot Springs

St Leon Hot Springs is just over an hour’s drive from Revelstoke. These springs feel super wild and are nestled in the forest, but it’s only a short 300-meter (980-foot) hike to reach them. A warning: It’s very humid in the summer, so get ready to sweat. 

Look for the turn-off along the St Leon Creek forest service route. Be warned, this route is unmarked so keep an eye on your GPS and look carefully for the turn! Then, drive for 9.9 kilometers (6.1 miles) until you reach a clearing where you can leave your car. 

There are a few things to note about visiting the St Leon Hot Springs. First of all, the route is technically closed and part of private property, but lots of people still venture here. It can also get pretty busy during the summer, and some people choose to bathe nude because it’s concealed by the trees.

Halfway River Hot Springs

About an hour and a half away from Revelstoke is Halfway River Hot Springs, a hidden gem that’s tucked away in the gorgeous wilderness between Nakusp and Revelstoke. These hot springs are completely natural and are run by BC Parks, which means they are free to visit! Yes!!!

From May 1st through to October 31st, you’ll also find a campground here, which costs $15 CAD per night. If you’re just visiting the springs, be sure to bring towels, appropriate footwear, and toilet paper for the outhouses, and don’t leave any litter behind.

19. Dine at Revelstoke’s best restaurants

pizza at Niceo's pizzeria in Revelstoke, BC
It was so good that we had to mention Nico’s as one of the best things to do in Revelstoke!

On one of our first visits to Revelstoke, Dan and I had a busy day of hitting the slopes and I was craving pizza. We stumbled upon Nico’s Pizzeria and dining here has been a tradition ever since!

They have awesome pizza and ice-cold beer, which is perfect on a warm day. For just $30 CAD, we shared a GIANT pizza and had enough leftovers for lunch the following day. Nico’s is a very small locally-owned restaurant in downtown Revelstoke. Nico’s was also voted the top place to have poutine in Revelstoke too, with a whole bunch of varieties. We’re looking forward to trying it the next time we’re in town!

While we’re on the topic of food, I just have to tell you about another amazing place to try in Revelstoke. Craft Bierhause in downtown Revelstoke has some super scrumptious food, but my personal favorite item is their mac ‘n cheese.

I am a self-professed mac and cheese lover, so it wasn’t hard to convince me to go here. And when I tell you it was good … it was GOOOOOOOD! When we arrived, the place was packed! It turns out it’s a local favorite, so we knew we were in the right place. Craft Bierhaus is open daily for dine-in and takeout, and dishes range in price from about $12-$21 CAD.

20. Visit the Railway Museum

A train at the Revelstoke Railway Museum
One of the trains inside the Revelstoke Railway Museum!

While we’d normally tell you to spend the good weather outdoors, a stop at the Revelstoke Railway Museum is a fun outing for all ages.

There are cool exhibitions including a diesel locomotive simulator, the stockyard, and so many interactive displays. Their newest exhibit, “Revelstoke is a Mountain Town”, tells the story of Revelstoke’s railway history which we actually found really interesting.

The railway museum is open Friday to Monday from 9 am to 5 pm, and Thursdays from 5-9 pm. Hours change seasonally, so be sure to check the website before you visit. It’s also a super affordable adventure, costing only $14 CAD for adults or $30 CAD per family of 5. If it’s raining outside or you’re simply looking for a fun activity to do downtown, be sure to give this museum a visit.

21. Day trip to Nakusp

ferry corssing the lake between Revelstoke and Nakusp
Upper Arrow Lakes Ferry on the way from Revelstoke to Nakusp.

One of my favorite road trips from Revelstoke is the drive to Nakusp! The trip is about 105 km (65 mi), winding through beautiful forests along the way, and includes a ferry ride across Upper Arrow Lake.

All in all, the drive itself is only about 1.5-2 hours, but be sure to allow extra time for the ferry. Also, it’s worth taking a look at the ferry website before you leave, so you can time your trip with the ferry schedule (you’ll be heading across from the Shelter Bay side).

Once you’re across the lake, it’s about an 11-minute drive to the next big point of interest, the Halcyon Hot Springs Resort! We’ve already covered this awesome location earlier in the blog, but this is easily one of our favorite places to relax and unwind. A drop-in day pass to the mineral pools is only $15 CAD.

In the summer when the sun is shining, it’s the perfect weather to take a stroll on the Waterfront Walk as well.

Honestly, this adorable town is worth spending a night in. If this is the direction you’re headed, be sure to check out hotels in Nakusp. It’s another small town, and it’s the perfect place to unwind for a summer getaway.

22. Go camping

Williamson Lake in Revelstoke, BC
Williamson Lake Campground is my favorite!

While hotels and resorts are great, sometimes we just like to get out into nature. The last time we took a road trip from Revelstoke to Nakusp, we came across Arrow Lakes Provincial Park before taking the ferry. The grounds are beautiful with views of the lake and mountains, and it’s ideal for anyone who enjoys camping and fishing.

We saw plenty of eager fishermen trying their luck out by the lake, but if you didn’t bring your gear, you can grab a rod and bait from Johnny’s Wild Outdoors in downtown Revelstoke before you head out. At the campsite, there’s also a swimming beach that is perfect for taking a refreshing dip on a hot day.

Facilities here are a bit sparse – there’s no running water and there are pits instead of flush toilets, but for one night out in nature, we think the views are worth the less-than-luxurious side of camping.

Open from May 1st to September 30th, there are 17 sites here in total, with one site costing $20 CAD per night on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t forget to check out their website to learn more about cool things to do in the area!

23. Go to a local event

Revelstoke comes alive during the summer and you can always find something going on. We love seeing the local side of areas we visit, so we try to find any events or festivals happening. For a small town, Revelstoke has a lot of fun and unique events!

Revelstoke Re-Fest is a community upcycle festival focusing on recycling and reusing. Here you can find lots of upcycled items for sale, or enjoy the unique art that is made. They also have workshops to teach you to recycle and reuse items, which I think is really neat. Of course, there are tons of thrift shop pop-ups, so be ready to score some vintage items!

Revy Live Outside is an easy event to catch, as there is live music almost every night of the week. It’s located in Grizzly Plaza (right downtown) and you’ll be able to hear the music long before you see it. 

There’s also Revy Paddle Fest, Revy Wildflower Festival, and more! Check the event schedule here to see what’s happening while you’re in town.

Summer Weather in Revelstoke

Summer runs from June through August in Revelstoke with average temperatures up to around 21°C (70°F), and lows averaging 9°C (48°F). In June, there is a higher amount of rainfall with a 44% chance of rain, while that number drops to 21-28% in July and August.

July and August bring clear, sunny days, and while there are higher amounts of humidity, it’s still cool enough to wear a light sweater. Because of the beautiful weather, there is an increase in tourists visiting during these months which can result in higher prices for lodging, so we recommend booking early for the best deals.

Where to Stay in Revelstoke, BC

Coast Hillcrest Hotel in Revelstoke hot tub
Photo credit: Coast Hillcrest Hotel

Despite not being anywhere near as crowded as Golden or Whistler, there are plenty of hotels on offer when it comes to choosing where to stay in Revelstoke! Here are some of our personal favorites:

Sutton Place Hotel – $$$

If you want to be close to the action, then the Sutton Place Hotel is one of your best options in Revelstoke. Located right at the base of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, the hotel offers 200 beautiful condo-style apartments and suites, with the largest three-bedroom apartment able to sleep eight people.

This pet-friendly hotel also has a fantastic heated outdoor swimming pool that’s open year-round – perfect for giving the kids some time to blow off some steam! The impressive Sointula Spa also offers manicures, pedicures, massages, and facials. Now THAT’S what I call luxury downtime.

Rooms at the Sutton Place Hotel start at $183 CAD and can be booked here on

Coast Hillcrest Hotel – $$

Located about a 6-minute drive from downtown, the Coast Hillcrest Hotel is a beautiful retreat that’s surrounded by nature and even has its own spa! After you’ve had a relaxing time in the on-site sauna and hot tub, you’ll have the option of dining at the Begbie Room, the hotel’s signature restaurant.

Rooms at the Coast Hillcrest Hotel start at $125 CAD but do book up quickly, so check your dates and reserve your stay here.

Stoke Hotel – $

The Stoke Hotel is one of our favorite budget options in Revelstoke which also includes breakfast in the rate! It’s just a few minutes walk from the boutique shops and restaurants downtown. The rooms also have a fantastic mountain view. Rooms start at $110 CAD and can be booked online here.

Parks Canada Pass Quick Info

If you plan on spending time in Canada’s national parks (including Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Kootenay, and more) then you’re going to have to pay for a Parks Pass.

Single Daily Admission:

This type of pass is valid for one person for one day. It is ONLY the best value if you are traveling alone and only plan to visit a national park for a couple of days.

  • Adult (ages 18-64) is $11 CAD
  • Senior (65+) is $9.50 CAD
  • Youth/Child (17 or younger) is FREE

Group Daily Admission:

If you’re traveling in a group or with family, you can buy a single-day admission for your entire vehicle (up to 7 people in one vehicle.)

  • $22.00 CAD gets your entire vehicle entry for one full day

Parks Canada Discovery Pass

The “Discovery Pass” is what Parks Canada calls their year-long (365 days from the purchase date), multi-park entry pass. This pass will give 365 days of access to all participating national parks in Canada. This includes the most popular parks like Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kootenay, Glacier, Mount Revelstoke, and so much more.

  • Adult (age 18-64) – $75.25 CAD
  • Senior (65+) – $64.50 CAD
  • Group/Family (up to 7 people in one vehicle) – $151.25 CAD

Hot Tip: Although more expensive up front, if you plan on spending more than 7 days in different parks in Canada within a 12-month period, then the Discovery Pass is actually the better deal!

Parks Canada Passes can be bought online here or at one of the Visitor Centers or booths at the entrance to many national parks.

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Daniel and Bailey pose for a photo at the top oif Whistler Blackcomb
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We think exploring Revelstoke in the summertime is a great idea! There are beautiful views, fun outdoor activities, and plenty of food and drinks to try. Even if you can only stay for a day or two, it’s worth adding Revelstoke to your list!

If you enjoyed this article, well, we’re so glad! We absolutely love exploring Canada and have written a ton of content on our travels through British Columbia. Here are a few more blogs we think you’ll like:

7 BEST Stops on the Drive from Revelstoke to Golden

22 Absolute BEST Places to Visit in British Columbia (Suggested by a Local!)

34 Things to do in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia