Revelstoke is located 70 km (43.5 miles) east of Sicamous
and 148 km (92 miles) west of Golden on
the Trans-Canada Hwy 1.
Revelstoke is situated between the southern tip of Lake Revelstoke
and the northern end of Upper Arrow Lake. Surrounded by large mountains
and the wilderness from Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks,
Revelstoke is a good choice to stop and spend some time during your
travels around BC.
Revelstoke is very rich in heritage dating back from when the CPR
established a regional headquarters here in the late 1800's. Several
stately older homes and heritage buildings were built in this era
still exist. Lots of brick and stone masonry prevail throughout
in the architecture of these grand old structures.
The City of Revelstoke has done a fine job of establishing tree-lined
streets and ornamental brick paving stones throughout the town.
The ultimate character of Revelstoke is one of presenting a very
quaint city with lots of historical character.
The civic pride is felt throughout with the citizens taking an active
role in the restoring and preservation of character buildings on
a yearly basis with the total amount being over 70 buildings.
The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce has set up a number of excellent
self-guided walking tours all around Revelstoke. The nice thing
about these walks is that you will find it really easy to complete
most of the tours within a couple of hours, as most of the town
is located within eight blocks.
Make sure you go to either the Revelstoke Museum or the Visitor
Info Centre and pick up the free brochure that is available for
Spas and Hot Springs
For people who like health spas there are three excellent ones around
Revelstoke. Canyon Hot Springs is located east along Hwy 1 between
Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks at Albert Canyon. Halcyon
Hot Springs is 68 km (42 miles) south of Revelstoke on Hwy 23 just
past Galena Bay on Upper Arrow Lake. Then if you continue on Hwy
23 for 31 km (19 miles) further south you will find Nakusp Hot Springs.
of the Columbia River
Revelstoke is home to some of British Columbia's largest man-made
lakes. Lake Revelstoke, Upper and Lower Arrow Lakes, along with
Kinbasket Lake, located north of Revelstoke at Mica
Creek are all formed after the Columbia River was dammed.
This engineering feat was part of the historic partnership between
the USA and British Columbia during the 1960's with the provincial
utility BC Hydro accomplishing the task.
Make sure you take in the free tour of the Revelstoke Dam Visitor
Centre put on by BC Hydro from the May long weekend through to Labour
Day in September.
You're Visiting Revelstoke
Revelstoke has set up four museums to visit. They all have their
own themes and are all unique - there is the BC Interior Forestry
Museum, Firemen's Museum Revelstoke & District Museum and Archives
plus the Revelstoke Railway Museum.
Museum and Archives
You'll especially find the Revelstoke Museum and Archives interesting
as it is housed in the former Post Office and Customs building constructed
You can be offered some excellent backcountry adventures around
the Revelstoke area. Heli-skiing, cross-country skiing plus snowshoeing
and snowmobiling are all available in the winter. Powder Springs
Ski Resort on Mount MacKenzie provides excellent snowboarding and
During the summer there are excellent alpine hikes, exciting kayaking
or canoeing to great mountain-biking along scenic trails in the
mountains. There are also miles of backcountry roads for you to
discover on your ATV, motorcycle or 4x4.
Revelstoke also has an excellent golf course available at the Revelstoke
Golf Course featuring beautiful fairways along the mountain's edge.
Frontier Family Restaurant
Revelstoke is home to some really interesting places to eat or have
refreshments or even a coffee. A good recommendation is to visit
the Ol' Frontier Family Restaurant centrally located on the Trans-Canada
Hwy for a bite to eat.
There is also a good selection of motels and hotels for all budget
types if you would like to stay awhile.