Not a Skier? No problem!
Revelstoke is all about adventure, but there are lots of options available for the non-skier as well. If you’re more about the apres than the activity, more indoorsy than outdoorsy, or just not after an adrenaline rush, this long weekend itinerary will give you some great ideas.
Book into one of our hotels right downtown as a base for your visit. We recommend the boutique Explorer’s Society Hotel, the classic Regent Hotel, or the budget-friendly Grizz Hotel as jumping off points for your Revelstoke vacation. If you are travelling with skiers, the downtown hotels offer access to the Resort Shuttle. You can enjoy charming downtown Revelstoke while your travelling companions hit the slopes.
Breakfast - it’s the most important meal of the day, so why not visit one of Revelstoke’s newest restaurants, Terra Firma’s Kitchen? They emphasize farm-to-table and locally sourced cuisine. You can even grab a few baked goods to go in case you get peckish during the day.
One you’re satisfied and caffeinated, get ready for a day that’s all about Revelstoke’s art scene. Start by strolling downtown and checking out Revelstoke’s Art Alleries. The Art Alleries feature outdoor art pieces displayed on the back walls of buildings. They transform our downtown spaces into a public art gallery.
For lunch we recommend the cozy Main Street Cafe where they are always serving up a delicious soup and have breakfast options all day.
Head to the Big Eddy and visit Big Eddy Glass Works, where you can participate in a glass blowing workshop (make sure you preregister). Make your own Revelstoke keepsake and check out glass blowing masters at work!
Don’t miss the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre, which displays exhibitions by artists from Revelstoke and the surrounding area. They also have a great gift shop featuring local art and gorgeous jewellery.
Enjoy coffee and breakfast at Dose. You can even order online and pick up your food to go through their mobile service.
Just south of Revelstoke there are a number of hot springs. Drive south on Highway 23 and stop in at Nakusp Hot Springs or Halcyon Hot Springs (check first to see if they are allowing day guests!). The drive is part of the experience - you’ll cross Upper Arrow Lake on the free ferry. The views are gorgeous and worth the journey.
If you’re not relaxed enough after soaking in hot water, book a massage with one of our many local providers. If you're feeling limber, there are also plenty of yoga and fitness classes offered in town. Check the schedules at Balu Yoga & Wellness and The Alchemy Studio.
Make sure to check out our thriving brewing and distilling scene. Revelstoke is home to two distilleries, Monashee Spirits and Jones Distilling, as well as two breweries, Rumpus Beer Company and Mount Begbie Brewing.
Fuel up for your day with a breakfast focaccia sandwich at The Modern and a great cup of coffee.
Today is all about Revelstoke’s history and heritage. First, stroll down and check out the Revelstoke Museum and Archives. You’ll find exhibits about the history of avalanche control, the original settlers in Revelstoke, skiing, and other topics. If the timing works out, you can join museum curator Cathy English for a fascinating historic tour of downtown.
For lunch, check out La Baguette. Grab a locals’ favourite BLT or BrieLT bagel.
Next, head across the road to the Revelstoke Railway Museum. The history of the Canadian Pacific Railway through the Mountains of Western Canada is one about great changes in geography, industry and the movement of people, playing a pivotal role in the creation of Canada as a nation. The museum plays a valuable and essential role in collecting, preserving and interpreting this history. The interactive exhibits are engaging, entertaining and educational.
For your everning's entertainment, book in a session at Peak Axe Throwing. You're guaranteed to have a blast and who knows, you might uncover a hidden talent.
Non-ski Outdoor Adventure
If you still want to get out and about and take in Revelstoke’s gorgeous scenery, here are our recommendations:
Snowshoeing - Head our for a guided snowshoe tour or rent a set of snowshoes and explore on your own - just make sure you are equipped and stay out of avalanche terrain!.
Dog sledding - Experience the landscape rushing by while you’re wrapped up and being pulled along by a team of dogs. Dog sledding feels like a truly Canadian winter adventure.
Snowmobiling - A snowmobile tour is a great way to get out and get views of Revelstoke. Tours often go up Frisby Ridge, which offers expansive views of the valley below. There are a number of tour options, as well as the option to double.
What to expect this winter.
Please refrain from visiting Revelstoke for non-essential travel at this time. The winter of 2020-21 is going to look a little bit different in Revelstoke. We're taking precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and following provincial health guidelines. That means that you may be required to wear masks, that restaurants and bars may have long wait times and that you will need to plan to accommodate changes in business operations. Please check current Provincial Health Orders before travelling.