revelstoke's hidden gem.
Lake Revelstoke might just be one of Revelstoke’s best kept secrets. Above the impressive Revelstoke Dam on Highway 23 North, the lake is a favourite hang out in the summer heat. Surrounded by stunning 360 mountain views, it’s an ideal spot for water sports, camping and other outdoor activities.
Here are just a few reasons why Lake Revelstoke should be at the top of your list this summer.
There are lots of places to camp right by the waterfront and we’re sure you’ll find a site you like, whatever your idea of camping looks like.
Need a full RV hook up, running water and activities for the family? Try Martha Creek Provincial Park. This is one of the most popular campsites on the lake and can get busy, so try to book ahead of time.
Looking for something a little more rustic but still maintained? Try Carnes Creek Recreation Site a little further up the highway.
Or, if that’s still a little too refined for you, look for the dozens of little improvised campsites to put up a tent by the water’s edge.
canoeing and kayaking
Perhaps the best way to see Lake Revelstoke is by water. The highway runs the length of the lake’s Eastern shore, but much of the Western shore is only accessible by water. Hop into your boat, or hire one from one of these providers, and explore the beautiful secret beaches or waterfalls that are inaccessible by land.
Stand up paddle boards are a fun way to explore the lake and keep fit at the same time. Try Wadey or Carnes Creeks for calmer waters to get started and then venture further afield. You can hire boards from these providers.
Fishing on Lake Revelstoke is a favourite pastime for many local residents. Hang out and soak in the views while you try to catch Kokanee salmon, Dolly Varden trout, Bull trout, Rainbow trout, Cutthroat trout or Burbot on the lake.
Be sure to get a fishing license and check restrictions and regulations before you head out.
unplug and unwind
There is no cell phone reception past the dam, making the lake the perfect spot for a digital detox. Take some time for yourself, leave the stresses of the modern world behind and treat yourself to a day or two by the water. Explore the “road to nowhere”, the abandoned highway next to shoreline, relax on the beaches and enjoy the dark nights without light pollution – you might even catch an aurora, if you’re lucky!
One of the best things about Lake Revelstoke is that you can combine your zen lake time with some world class adventure trails. Above the lake is the magnificent Keystone Standard Basin, which makes for a fantastic mountain bike trip, hike or trail run (if you’re feeling energetic). There’s also the Sale Mountain trails, including the Martha Creek downhill trail- a technical, steep trail, which ends at Martha Creek Provincial Park. Ideal for a cool down swim!
Both Keystone Standard Basin and Martha Creek are expert only trails. Backcountry skills and sufficient riding, running, or hiking skills are essential.
One of the most popular stops on the highway is Waterworld. It’s easily accessed viewpoint might be one of the most Instagrammed places in Revelstoke and some of the most challenging rock climbing in the area is immediately below. Look for it around 12km along the highway, there’s no designated parking and the sign is small so it can be easy to miss!
The climbing area is directly under the viewing area at Waterworld, and climbers can’t always been seen from above. Please keep everyone safe and don’t throw anything over the edge!