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 Home > Travel BC > BC Cities and Towns > Kootenay Rockies > Revelstoke

Revelstoke
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.

Mountain Wilderness
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.

Heritage Buildings
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.

Historical Character
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.

Preservation of Buildings
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.

Self-Guided Walking Tours
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.

Free Brochure
Make sure you go to either the Revelstoke Museum or the Visitor Info Centre and pick up the free brochure that is available for your tour.

Health 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.

Damming 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.

BC Hydro
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.

Revelstoke Dam
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.

When 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.

Revelstoke 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 in 1926.

Excellent Backcountry Adventures
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 downhill action.

Summer Time Discovery
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 Golf Course
Revelstoke also has an excellent golf course available at the Revelstoke Golf Course featuring beautiful fairways along the mountain's edge.

Ol' 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.

Information on Revelstoke

Accommodation
There is also a good selection of motels and hotels for all budget types if you would like to stay awhile.

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Map of Revelstoke, British Columbia
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Mt Begbie
Mt Begbie

 

Heritage Buildings
Heritage Buildings

 

Canyon Hot Springs
Canyon Hot Springs

 

Revelstoke Dam
Revelstoke Dam

 

Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre
Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre

 

Railway Museum
Railway Museum

 

Revelstoke Museum and Archives
Revelstoke Museum and Archives

 

Railway Snow Plow
Railway Snow Plow

 
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