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Road tripping through Revelstoke with the Family Flock

The completion of the Trans-Canada Highway through Rogers Pass in 1962 revved up the arrival of the family road trip experience in Revelstoke. Ever since, we’ve built up our family-friendly options, and now have many must-see attractions. Here are a few suggestions, with a special focus on interactive, family-time experiences.

Downtown Revelstoke

Revelstoke loves its downtown heritage district, pictured here on the 2015 Canada Day parade. Photo: Aaron Orlando
Revelstoke loves its downtown heritage district, pictured here on the 2015 Canada Day parade. Photo: Aaron Orlando

Revelstoke has laid-back, heritage downtown hub, perfect for leisurely strolls with a touch of shopping. It’s a sanctuary for the friendly, creative, mountain-proud locals. Start out in Grizzly Plaza at the foot of Mackenzie Avenue, and explore the heritage district in the surrounding blocks.

After that, consider a drive to some of the surrounding experiences, like Revelstoke Mountain Resort where you can enjoy breakfast with a view and a gondola ride. Or the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre, a great place to relax or complete some laps. There’s enough here to tire the kids out and get some R&R yourself for a few days and leave with some valuable memories to look back on for years to come. We’ve outlined these in four local attractions below.

 

 

 

Revelstoke Aquatic Centre

The Revelstoke Aquatic Centre features kids' areas, a hot tub, sauna, waterslide and a climbing wall. Photo: MC Group image
The Revelstoke Aquatic Centre features kids’ areas, a hot tub, sauna, waterslide and a climbing wall. Photo: MC Group image

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Now this is one activity that the whole family will enjoy and get a little time to oneself within sight of each other. This modern aquatic facility is popular with visitors and locals, and is easy on the wallet.

Need to stretch the legs after sitting in the car for too long? The Revelstoke Aquatic Centre has a 25-metre pool with lanes set aside for swimming laps.

For the kids (and big kids at heart) there’s twisty lazy river to float down and a waterslide that will thrill even the surliest of people. And for a bit of unwinding after a long day, try the steam room, sauna and hot tub.

Residents of neighbouring communities are known to drive over 100 kilometres for a family day at the aquatic centre.

 

Details:
(Children under 7 must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older. Sauna and steam room users must be 13 unless accompanied by an adult.)
Where: 600 Campbell Avenue with a side entrance on Connaught Avenue
When: Open weekdays 8–9 p.m. (Tues., Weds., and Thurs., from 7 a.m.) and weekends from 12 noon–8 p.m.

 

SkyTrek Adventure Park

The high ropes aerial trekking course at SkyTrek Adventure Park. Photo: SkyTrek
The high ropes aerial trekking course at SkyTrek Adventure Park. Photo: SkyTrek

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A 20-minute drive west on the Trans-Canada Highway outside of Revelstoke will get you to this entertainment attraction with a difference. It’s a full treetop adventure experience that challenges everyone’s abilities. There’s the Aerial Trekking Course,

Adventure Tower and for the younger ones, the Kids Tree Adventure and Kids Jungle Gym.

Get the kids up on the climbing wall, safely harnessed into a mechanical belaying system. The SkyTrek Adventure Park will challenge your fears, your mental control in difficult situations and it’ll make the family work as a team to support each other and overcome the obstacle course high in the trees.

Details:
Where: 7060 Trans-Canada Highway
When: Open daily, August 9 a.m.–6 p.m., September and October 10 a.m.–6 p.m.
Cost: Aerial Trekking Course – Adult (16+) $42, Youth (under 15) $37.
Contact: 250-837-9477

 

 

Revelstoke Mountain Resort Gondola

The summer gondola at Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers views of Revelstoke and the Columbia Valley. Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort
The summer gondola at Revelstoke Mountain Resort offers views of Revelstoke and the Columbia Valley. Photo: Revelstoke Mountain Resort

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You and the kids can enjoy gliding through the treetops on the gondola for as long as your heart’s content with the Summer Sightseeing pass. But don’t forget to hop off and enjoy the sights the impressive Mount Mackenzie offers its visitors.

Based at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a ski destination sought out for its excellent conditions and longest vertical in North America, this tour will take you to Revelstoke’s most beautiful breakfast view at the mid-mountain RevelationLodge. From the patio, enjoy a sweeping view of the Columbia River winding through a lush valley below the towering Monashee Mountains.

Enjoy a buffet breakfast of pastries and fruit salad, waffles, made to order omelettes, sausages, bacon, scrambled eggs, hash browns and of course coffee, tea and juice, which you can enjoy indoors or out in the sunshine.

Afterwards, wander around and walk off a full belly with a short scenic trail from the lodge.

Details:
Where: 2950 Camozzi Road, Revelstoke.
When: Available until September 7. Open weekdays 7 a.m.–12 noon, breakfast until 11 a.m. and weekends 7 a.m.–2 p.m., breakfast until 1 p.m.
Contact: 250-814-0087
Cost: Sightseeing – adults $15, children $10. Plus buffet – adults $32, children $16.

 

 

Revelstoke Railway Museum

The Revelstoke Railway Museum offers historical rail stock inside and out, miniature trains and a dedicated kids' section. Photo: Aaron Orlando
The Revelstoke Railway Museum offers historical rail stock inside and out, miniature trains and a dedicated kids’ section. Photo: Aaron Orlando

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You can almost see the flutter of the eyelids as the kids fight to stay awake when you mention this. Museum? Oh no. But this museum aims to entertain and educate and the train simulator is particularly a hit with the younger kids, as is the children’s caboose play area. Overall, it’s a very kid-friendly experience.

Touring the museum will take a short hour to two to take in the local history of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It showcases a variety of visual and interactive displays, including photographs and films, while the proud staff are more than happy to divulge their special secrets and knowledge.

Housed in a modern facility that resembles a rail yard back shop, you can check out the full-sized rolling stock displayed outdoors, including a massive steam engine, diesels and lots of stock.

A recent TripAdvisor review from parents who took their kids aged 8 and 4 said it was surprisingly good:  “This attraction was loved by out two children. It was so much better than we thought it was going to be and they have worked hard to make this a very interesting interactive experience — our kids did not want to leave.”

Details:
Where: 719 Track Street West, Revelstoke
When: Open daily from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.
Contact: 250-837-6060
Cost: Family (2 adults, 2 youth) $22

 

Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre

The Revelstoke Dam. Photo: Aaron Orlando
The Revelstoke Dam. Photo: Aaron Orlando

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The massive Revelstoke Dam is about 10 minutes from downtown Revelstoke by car. It’s worth it even if it’s just for that oh-my-gosh moment when you see it for the first time and its sheer size awes you.

The 175-metre dam towers across the Columbia River Valley, holding back Lake Revelstoke behind it. The major facility is a cornerstone of BC Hydro’s generating capacity in this province.

We recommend you go inside and and check out the Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre, which has offerings for all ages.

Learn about the history of the dam, which was completed in 1984. The centre explores the ecological considerations of the dam system, cultural considerations, and features lots of interactive experiences for kids, like the build-your-own dam waterboard.

Details:
Where: 10 minutes north of Revelstoke on Highway 23 North.
When: Daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until Sept. 7.
Contact: 250-814-6697
Cost: Adults $6, Youth $5, Children free, Families $15

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