Life is a little bit slower in this vibrant, small mountain town. “Gone skiing” signs dot the doors of quaint cafés and restaurants as the snow piles high. Trees are lined with holiday lights, and the smell of fresh baked bread rolls off the quiet streets. It’s a charming town with rich heritage and a vibrant mountain community. That’s how the locals describe Revelstoke, British Columbia, and they’re not wrong.
Revelstoke is a premiere destination for winter sports. Located on the Columbia River between the Selkirk and the Monashee mountains, Revelstoke has quickly risen to popularity as people have discovered its bountiful activities and small-town charm. With Mount Revelstoke Park close by and Canada’s Glacier National Park a mere 45 minutes away, Revelstoke is an outdoor paradise. Downhill and cross-country skiing, snowboarding, snowmobiling and many other winter activities can be found here. In town, gear shoppers will find everything they need.
For the young (and the young at heart), check in at the Revelstoke Backpacking Hostel where you will find a vibrant community and social atmosphere, as well as everything you need for your stay, including a private-room and dorm-style lodging options. Located in the heart of downtown, the hostel is a convenient and lively place to stay. If a hostel is not your style, other lodging in town and at Revelstoke Mountain Resort ranges from budget to luxury.
Wake up early and head to La Baguette, Revelstoke’s charming French café. There you will be welcomed with the smell of freshly baked bread and delicious artisanal coffee. Choose from their large selection of pastries or go for something more filling with one of their delicious breakfast options.
From there, head to Revelstoke Mountain Resort for a wide range of skiable terrain, all conveniently located ten minutes from downtown. Ride the gondola to the top to get spectacular views of the Columbia Valley and the towering Monashee Mountains. Get ready for a long day, as Revelstoke boasts North America’s greatest vertical. The area has an average snowfall of 40 to 60 feet per year, groomed Nordic trails, backcountry touring experiences for the hard-edged and an abundant helicopter, cat ski and snowboard operations. It’s hard to beat.
Grab lunch at the Mackenzie Outpost at the top of the mountain and enjoy the incredible view. Only a ten-minute drive from downtown, the mountain is well worth it. For more information, visit seerevelstoke.com.