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How to Get to Revelstoke this Winter

The journey is part of the adventure.

Header image: Samuel Campbell

You’re coming to Revelstoke! Excitement is stirring in your chest, you can’t wait to get here and for good reason. While travel can sometimes prolong a planned adventure, this is far from the case when coming to Revelstoke. The journey is as much a part of the experience as the powder turns you’re waiting for. Your excitement will build as you ascend the highway and wind through mountain passes surrounded by impressive, snow capped peaks.

This article provides recommended routes, transport options and local tips on how to get to Revelstoke safely. 

Credit: Steve Shannon

If you’re coming from overseas, you’ll likely be arriving by air. While it is not possible to fly directly to Revelstoke, there are two nearby airports with convenient transport options to choose from.

Kelowna International Airport

Driving time – 2.5 hours (conditions permitting)
Kelowna International Airport is the closest airport to Revelstoke and our recommended arrival airport. It hosts regular flights from many Canadian hubs as well as Seattle, USA. If you’re flying via Vancouver, it’s less than an hour to connect to Kelowna.

  • Stoke Shuttle

    The Stoke Shuttle provides year-round transfers to and from Kelowna International Airport. It’s important to book ahead of time to ensure the shuttle meets minimum passenger requirements. For a slightly higher cost, arrange a private transfer which offers flexible schedules for larger groups.
  • Car Rental

    Kelowna International Airport has four different rental car companies located on site. Driving to Revelstoke from Kelowna is comparatively quick and beautifully scenic. You’ll pass many award winning wineries which, if you’re planning on spending the night, are definitely worth a pit stop! The portion of highway that stretches towards Revelstoke has few unplanned road closures which makes it an easier and more convenient trip by car. *Make sure to read to the end for driving tips. Winter tires are compulsory!*

Calgary International Airport

Driving time – 4.5 hours (conditions permitting)
Don’t let the distance dissuade you! The drive from Calgary to Revelstoke is one of Canada’s most scenic routes. Arriving in Calgary offers you the opportunity to add two stops to your road trip along the Powder Highway; Banff and Golden.

  • Everything Revelstoke Private Transfers

    This option is perfect for larger groups or those wishing to arrive in Revelstoke as quickly as possible from Calgary. An SUV, van or small bus can be privately reserved to avoid wait times at the airport. They cater to any itinerary. Dates and details must be arranged ahead of time in order to ensure they meet minimum passenger requirements.
  • Rider Express

    Rider Express offers daily transportation from Calgary to Vancouver and Vancouver back to Calgary, passing Revelstoke along the way. Book online to arrange a stop in Revelstoke. Prices and locations are subject to change, so make sure to check your booking at least 12 hours before departure. 
  • Car Rental

    Calgary International Airport offers an automatic search engine designed to find you the best rental car available depending on your itinerary. This route to Revelstoke is one of Canada’s most beautiful stretches of highway. You will stare in awe at the towering Rocky Mountains as you drive along Highway 1. With your own car, you have the flexibility to stop whenever you want and, with your camera ready, we guarantee that will be often. Keep in mind there are no fuel stations or food outlets between Golden and Revelstoke. *Make sure to read to the end for driving tips. winter tires are compulsory!*
Credit: Vincent Schnabl

Rideshares

Rideshare options continue to grow in popularity due to their convenience, environmental benefits and affordability. By using the following rideshare platforms, travelers can utilize local registered drivers and their vehicles in order to arrive in their chosen destinations (ie. Revelstoke!).

  • Poparide

    Poparide matches drivers who have empty seats with passengers heading the same direction. As the passenger, all you have to do is enter where you are departing from and what time frame you would prefer to leave and you will be matched with a driver who fits your needs.
  • Revelstoke Rideshare

    Facebook’s Revelstoke Rideshare is a popular forum when traveling in and out of Revelstoke. It’s as simple as posting 2 W’s in the group; When you want a ride and where you want to go. People traveling within that timeline and location will comment on your post and the two of you can privately arrange your pickup and drop off locations together.
Credit: Steve Shannon

Local tips: road conditions, weather and vehicle safety

We get a lot of snow here throughout the winter months. While that can sometimes cause road closures and delays, always remember the upside… there will be pow turns for days once you arrive!

  • Drive BC

    This is the best way to continuously stay up to date on planned and unplanned highway events. Their website and phone app offer reliable, real-time and clear information for all of BC’s major highways. Pro Tip  Check DriveBC as you pass through each town. If there is a spontaneous closure along your route, you will have the opportunity to explore a new town while you wait it out. It’s better than being stuck on the highway. Trust us.
  • Vehicle Safety

    When booking your vehicle, ensure that it has both winter tires and four wheel drive. Winter tires are mandatory in BC from October 1 until April 30. 4WD is not legally required but it does provide you with a higher level of safety. Pro Tip Consider purchasing roadside assistance – it is one of the only reliable ways to ensure rental companies will help you if you become stuck or stranded on the road.
  • Flexibility

    Remain flexible with your plans, know your accommodation’s cancellation policies and ensure you are comfortable driving through the mountains in winter conditions. Pro Tip Bring extra food, water and warm clothes (gloves, hats, boots and a jacket) in your car. If you do get stuck along your route, you will remain happy, fed, quenched and warm while you wait for the roads to open or assistance to arrive.

2 Comments

  • Have things changed in the past couple of years ?? We have family in Revy and have always had to pay extra for winter tires @ $20 a day. Not happy about that. When I tried to find out why, Budget @ Kelowna Airport told me that all season mud and snow tires are also legal. I’m guessing that M & S tires are considered winter tires. I personally don’t agree with that, but was told that that they work “just as well” as the snow tires… they don’t ! LOL So, we pay the extra because we feel it gives us an added level of safety.

    • mm

      Hi Sue, thanks for your comment. Rental companies do charge extra for full winter tires and we do recommend people upgrade to those due to the uncertainty of winter road conditions. We are working with our governing tourism body (Destination British Columbia) to lobby the car rental companies to make winter tires more readily available for travel in the province.

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