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14 Awesome Things to do in Revelstoke, BC

Stunning views in Revelstoke BC

When it comes to outdoor adventures, Canada really tops the list of best places to visit in the world. And if we’re being honest, it’s likely that you’re here for the mountains, lakes, glaciers, vast forests and oh, the friendly people!

Revelstoke is the perfect example of all of these things. It’s all about the outdoors, and for those who love nature, it’s a paradise just waiting to be explored.

But what are the best things to do in Revelstoke?

Well, if you’re like me and love the outdoors then the list is endless. From the hiking trails to the beautiful scenery it can be a little overwhelming when choosing what to do!

To make it easier, I’ve come up with this list of the 14 best things to do in Revelstoke!

14 Best Things to do in Revelstoke

1. Hit the slopes in winter

skiing in Revelstoke
Its all about that powder!
Location:Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Price:Prices depend on the pass but start at $159 for two days
in pre-season
Rating: 5/5 – One of the best places in Canada for winter sports!

Although I didn’t’ visit Revelstoke in winter, it’s not hard to see that this small mountain town is a winter paradise!

It’s famous for huge yearly snowfalls and steep mountainous terrain that could challenge even the most skilled. But, if you’re like me and are more suited to green or blue runs then they have that too!

The Revelstoke Mountain Resort is the closest ski field to Revelstoke. In fact, it’s literally right in town and from anywhere in Revelstoke you’re no more than a 5 to 10-minute drive from the chair lifts!

A winter of skiing in Revelstoke isn’t something I’ve done, but it’s sure on my bucket list!

Skiing is also one of the best activities in Banff, think about heading there too!


2. Go mountain biking

Downhill Mountain biking in Revelstoke
Photo credit – Bjorn Patterson
Location:Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Price:$35 for a day pass
Rating:4/5 – One of the most popular things to do in Revelstoke
in the summer

It doesn’t matter where you go in the world, if they ski in the winter then they downhill mountain bike in the summer!

Revelstoke is no different, but unlike other places in Canada such as Whistler, it doesn’t draw the massive crowds. This means more runs, fewer lines, and lots of fun!

Day tickets in Revelstoke are also very reasonably priced and will only cost $35!  Their longest run descends 5,620 feet and is 15km long and is perfect for more advanced riders. However, this huge run does require a 7km peddle up to the start of the trail after you get off the chair lift, but honestly, that 15km of fun is so worth it!

You can rent bikes in town at Skookum or directly from the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. If you are worried about peddling uphill, consider renting an E-bike to give you a little help!


3. Take the gondola up at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

The Gondola on the Revelstoke Mounts Resort
The ride up is just as stunning as the views from the top.
Location:Revelstoke Mountain Resort
price:$35 for adults or $20 for children for both gondola rides
Rating: 4/5 – Its a very affordable gondola ride with
spectacular views!

The first day we arrived in Revelstoke we weren’t exactly ready for a long hike. Instead, we chose to take the gondola up to the top of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

It’s easily one of the best views in Revelstoke with the added bonus of not having to walk up! Don’t get me wrong, I love hiking but sometimes you just want to take it easy.

There are two gondolas at the resort. The first takes you to the top of the mountain coaster. From here the views are nice but for the best views, you’ll need to take the second gondola too!

This second gondola is a good 10-minute ride, and at the top, you have breathtaking panoramic views of the valley!

There are also some hiking trails to explore that summit the mountain. Most only take half a day but there are longer trails geared towards more experienced hikers too!

Another highlight at the top is of the second gondola is the burger, which brings me to the next thing on my list…


4. Enjoy the best burger in town at the Mackenzie Outpost

The best burger in Revelstoke at the Mackenzie Outpost on the Revelstoke Mountain resort
Those were some tasty burgers!
Location:The top of the gondola
Price:Burgers are $7 to $13
Rating:5/5 – A must if you love amazing burgers!

It’s not often you eat a burger that’s literally so amazing it becomes a “must-do” thing in any city or town. But in Revelstoke, we tried a burger that was so good it simply had to make the list.

Funny enough, we found this burger at the top of the gondola on the Revelstoke Mountain Resort at a little restaurant called the Mackenzie Outpost!

The Mackenzie Outpost is a small mountain bar/restaurant that serves ice cold beer and burgers. The views from the restaurant are stunning and the best way to enjoy the view is with an ice-cold beer and arguably the best burger I’ve ever had!

The burgers at the Outpost start at only $7 for a classic beef burger. They also have a Portobello burger for any vegetarians or a combination of beef and portabello called “The Last Run” (my personal favorite!) They serve a few craft beers on tap and offer other Canadian favorites such as poutine!

Honestly, if you love burgers do yourself a favor and try this one!

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5. Ride the Pipe Mountain Coaster

Ready to ride the Pipe Mountain Coaster in Revelstok!
All set and ready to roll – literally!
Location:Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Price:$25 for one ride…or you can join 2 rides, the
gondola, axe throwing, mountain biking, and
the aerial adventure course for $69
Rating: 5/5 – It’s so fun, you have to try it at least once!

 Another activity that really surprised me was the Pipe Mountain Coaster.

In all honesty, I thought it was going to be more of a “kid’s thing” and that it may be a little slow.  Boy, was I wrong! If you want to, this coaster can fly down the hill and its actually super fun.

I wouldn’t know what speed I was hitting but it felt like a regular roller coaster! Of course, you can go as fast or slow as you want and the coaster actually has brakes – so it’s great for kids too!

The Mountain Coaster is located at the top of the first gondola at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort. You can buy tickets just for the coaster which includes a ride up the gondola.

Alternatively, you can combine all the things to do at the Mt Revelstoke Resort into one pass for $69.


6. Aerial Adventure Park

Te Arial Park in Revelstoke
Starting out on some of the easier obstacles!
Location:Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Price:$40
Rating: 4/5 – Its a fun activity, just be prepared for a workout!

If you’ve ever watched the television show Ninja Warrior on tv then you’ll be familiar with obstacle courses. And if you’ve ever sat at home thinking “I could do that”, well, the Ariel Adventure Park is the perfect place to prove it!

The Ariel Adventure Park is a 4 story obstacle course with all sorts of challenges to conquer from easy ‘green’ obstacles to hard (and sometimes seemingly impossible) ‘black’ obstacles.

The way it is set out means you can choose where you go and how hard you challenge yourself.

As you move higher on the course it tends to become harder. Not just because of the obstacles, but the fear of heights starts making things a little scarier. But don’t worry, you’re hooked up to a harness that cannot be unhooked while you’re on the course!  

It’s not just fun, but also a workout and it’s great to challenge yourself and see what you’re made of!


7. Go hiking in Mt Revelstoke National Park

Eva Lake in Mt Revelstoke National Park
Eva Lake in Mt Revelstoke National Park
Location:Mt Revelstoke National Park
Price:Parks Canada Pass is required to visit National Parks
Rating: 5/5 – You can’t come to Revelstoke without visiting its
National Park!

The main attraction in Revelstoke is, of course, Mt Revelstoke National Park. It’s a unique national park in the fact that you can actually drive right into the park and even to the summit of Mt Revelstoke. This makes it accessible to almost anyone!

Once at the summit carpark you can then venture out and hike one of the many stunning trails, have lunch by one of the lakes, or even take a short walk to see all the beautiful flowers and viewpoints.

Some of the best hikes at the summit are Eva Lake trail, a 12km round trip through beautiful landscapes great for spotting bears; or Heather Lake, a short 10-minute hike around a stunning lake with breathtaking reflections.

Other amazing hikes in the park ( but not at the summit) include the Giant Cedars Boardwalk and the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk. Both trails are along the highway towards Golden just outside of town.

Regardless of the trails you hike or viewpoints you enjoy, a day in Mt Revelstoke National Park is a must!


8. Explore Glacier National Park

Exploring Glacier National Park
Walking among giants in Glacier National Park
Location:Glacier National Park, 25 minutes from Revelstoke
Price:Parks Canada Pass required to go hiking or sightseeing,
however, you can drive through for free.
Rating:5/5 – If you don’t want to hike you should at least go
sightseeing here!

While you’re in Revelstoke a visit to Glacier National park is another must! Although not my personal favorite National Park in Canada, there’s still lots to explore!

The park is accessed by the trans-Canada highway and all the hiking trails and campsites are located in carparks just off the road.

There is a range of hiking trails in the park and the area is well known as a great place to spot bears and other wildlife.

From Revelstoke, it takes around 20-minutes to reach the start of the park and another 30-minutes or so to drive through the park.


9. White water rafting

White water rafting in Revelstoke
It’s a great activity when it’s raining because you’re going to get wet anyway!
Location:Illecillewaet River
Price:$130
Rating:3/5 – This is not for the experienced white water rafter,
but more a family activity

White water rafting is always a fun thing to do, especially in summer! But Revelstoke’s white water rafting is as much about the scenery as it is about tackling the rapids. The reason?

The white water rafting is actually done about 30 minutes from Revelstoke in Albert Canyon and runs down the Illecillewaet River through Revelstoke National Park.

The rapids on the river are class II and III so they aren’t the craziest but this makes it the perfect activity for families and those just wanting to enjoy the views!

You can book your white water rafting here in advance and secure your spot!


10. Sit back a relax on a River Float

Location:Revelstoke
Price:$70 per person
Rating: 5/5 – A relaxing but adventurous way to spend an hour.

White water rafting isn’t for everyone and for some (including me) a relaxing float down a river taking in the breathtaking views sounds like a great time!

In Revelstoke, you can join a scenic river float and let a guide do the paddling for you – of course, you can choose to help but you may as well let him earn his tip!

The best part about these tours is they only cost $70 for the 1 hour of relaxing fun. The tours include a snack and you’ll get picked up and dropped off at your hotel.

You can book your river float in advance online here!


11. Explore Sutherland Falls

Sutherland Falls Revelstoke BC
Location:Just off Highway 23, around 25 minutes
from Revelstoke
Price:Free
Rating:5/5 – A stunning waterfall well worth a visit!

I visited a few waterfalls in Revelstoke but my favorite by far was Sutherland Falls. The falls are located around a 20-minute drive from town and accessed by an easy 5 minute walking trail. Once there, you can sit back and enjoy the view.

At Sutherland Falls there is also a campsite for vehicles and tents. Honestly, if you’re going to camp this spot is really beautiful and located right on the lake!

Swimming isn’t recommended at the falls and can be dangerous so please keep that in mind!


12. Axe throwing

The axe throwing at the bottom of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort
The axe throwing at the bottom of the Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Location:Revelstoke Mountain Resort or Peak Axe
Throwing in town
Price:$10 for 5 throws or $30 per hour (only at Peak Axe
Throwing in town)
Rating:4/5 – It’s super fun and I recommend going for
an hour!

Axe throwing is actually super fun and once you’ve tried it once you’ll want to do it again! I had my first axe throwing experience in Kelowna and instantly loved it. Despite previous doubts, even Bailey and her mom loved it.

A great thing about axe throwing is that there’s plenty of ways to throw an axe so you can find the one that suits your strength and style. It’s also pretty cheap and only cost $10 per person for 5 throws at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort.

Alternatively, you can visit the Peak Axe Throwing in town and get an hour of throwing for $30 per person.

Honestly, give it a go – you won’t be disappointed!


13. Drive Rogers Pass

The views along the trans-Canada Highway near Revelstoke
Taken just outside of Revelstoke in Glacier National Park
Location:Between Revelstoke and Golden along the
Trans-Canada Highway
Price:Free
Rating:5/5 – One of the most beautiful stretches of highway in
Canada

The Trans-Canada Highway between Revelstoke and Golden through the Rogers Pass is easily one the most beautiful stretches of highway in all of Canada. From Revelstoke, you can enjoy stunning views of the mountains and make plenty of stops along the way.

Be sure to allow an entire day for the drive and stops. If you’re not heading to Golden or Banff then even consider just making the trip through the pass anyways, it’s gorgeous!


14. Spend the night at the Three Valley Lake Chateau

Three Valley Lake chateau in Revelstoke
Easily the most beautifully located hotels near Revelstoke!
Location:19 km from Revelstoke at Three Valley Lake
Price:$192 per night including taxes
Rating: 4/5 – Easily the most beautiful location I have stayed in
Canada

If you’ve ever wanted to spend a night in paradise then the Three Valley Lake Chateau is a great choice. The grounds of the hotel are stunning and the location in the valley even more so.

We first saw the hotel on our way into 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 $192 a night.

Of course, if you really want a special stay upgrade to the loft suite for only $10 more!

The hotel is also located right next to the 3 Valley Gap Heritage Ghost Town. This is a super fun place to explore and only costs $14 for an adult, or $6 for children. The Ghost Town is open from April to October every year and gives visitors a look back in time as they wander the many historic buildings and exhibits.

You should book your stay at the 3 Valley Lake Chateau in advance to secure a room! They often book up several days in advance! Tickets for the Ghost Town can just be bought upon arrival.


Where to Stay in Revelstoke

Cheap Stays

Frontier Motel – The Frontier Hotel is your cheapest option in Revelstoke. In all honesty, it’s very basic but the rooms only cost up to $74 a night for a queen room for two people.

Stoke Hotel – This hotel is a very good budget option that includes breakfast. It’s located right in town and has really good reviews!

Best Hotels

Ramada hotel – Ramada hotels are always a great choice around Canada. Their rooms are luxurious and well priced. the hotel in Revelstoke is close to town and a great place to stay during your visit.

Sutton Place Hotel – If you want to be close to the action in winter or summer then this is easily your best option in Revelstoke. Its located right at the base of the Revelstoke mountain resort and comes with a pool. They offer studio apartments or suites!

You can browse all the accomodation in Revelstoke here


Revelstoke is such a cute town! No matter what time of year you’re visiting you’re guaranteed to find something fun to do – and I hope my blog helps you do so!

-Daniel


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