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Take in the wonder of the universe.

Long autumn nights are the perfect opportunity to gaze upwards and wonder at the expanse of the universe. Revelstoke is far from any big cities and light pollution is minimal, making it the perfect spot to stargaze and, if you’re lucky, catch a glimpse of the aurora borealis or even some UFO activity.

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Photo: Steve Shannon
Revelstoke northern lights
Photo: Laura Szanto

Lake Revelstoke

The entire 130 km expanse of Lake Revelstoke is almost completely undeveloped, making it an ideal spot to pitch a tent or park your camper, cozy up, and take in expansive views of Revelstoke’s sky. There are a number of provincial recreation sites with camping available. 

Frisby Ridge

Drive to the Frisby Ridge parking lot, high above the valley bottom. The expansive views over the Columbia River and Revelstoke make this a perfect spot to get a night photo of the town of Revelstoke with Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Mount Cartier as a backdrop. 4x4 is recommended and high clearance is a must.

Columbia River Flats

The Columbia River Flats over wide open spaces for stargazing. Be sure to check river levels before heading out, but generally in the autumn a large area of the flats is accessible. Please note that you are not able to stay overnight on the flats.

Sale Mountain

Drive up to the top of the Sale Mountain FSR for a chance to get close to the heavens. In 2020, a documentary film crew set up on top of sale for a video about making contact with UFOs. Presumably there was some reason they identified Sale Mountain as a great spot to make contact - it must be a viable spot for UFO sightings! A local writer, Brennan Storr, has even written a book about strange happenings in Revelstoke.

Northern lights Revelstoke
Photo: @timminsphotos
Photo: Katee Pederson
Photo: Katee Pederson

Before you head out, make sure that you’re equipped to travel any logging roads, that you are adequately prepared for the weather, and that you let someone know where you’re going. We recommend downloading a stargazing app or getting a star chart to help you identify constellations. If you want to see the northern lights, there are forecasts available. Happy stargazing!

Follow the revy rules.

BC requires full proof of vaccination for people 12 and older to access some events, services, and businesses. There are currently additional Provincial Health Orders in place in the Interior Health Region:

  • Everyone 12 years of age and older must wear a mask in all public indoor spaces
  • Personal Gatherings: Outdoor personal gatherings are limited to no more than 50 people. Indoor personal gatherings are limited to five guests or one other household
  • Organized Events With Proof of Full Vaccination (two doses): indoor organized events can have a capacity of 50 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity (whichever is greater). Outdoor-organized events can have a capacity of 5,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity (whichever is greater).
  • High-intensity group exercise is now permitted, provided all participants and instructors are fully vaccinated with two doses.

If you are in Revelstoke, please ensure that you are taking precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and following provincial health guidelines.

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