Make the Most of a Spring long weekend in Revy.
Because of the staggering snow load in the alpine, spring in Revelstoke is a time for valley bottom hikes, exploring rivers and waterfalls. Revelstoke locals think of spring as prime time for escaping to the outdoors and dusting off the winter cobwebs.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort closes in April, so if you time your visit right, you can see how many activities you can fit into a single day. Spring is the perfect time to get your fix for road biking, mountain biking, skiing, nordic skiing, trail running… whatever floats your boat!
Follow along with this jam packed itinerary to make the most of spring in Revy.
day one - From alpine to airport way
If you come in late March or early April and Revelstoke Mountain Resort is still open, start off your trip by hitting the ski hill. While Revelstoke is known for powder days, spring skiing is when locals get out and celebrate the end of a long, cold winter. Enjoy the warmer days, where the weather is prime for ripping a few groomer laps and enjoying a beer and a burger at the Mackenzie Outpost.
When you’ve had your fill at the ski hill, grab your road bike (or rent one locally!) and pedal down Airport Way in the late afternoon. You’ll be rewarded with incredible views of the sun over the Monashee Mountains, migrating water birds returning north, and the lush greens of spring.
Return to downtown Revelstoke via the Greenbelt for great views of wetlands and the Illecillewaet River. While downtown, enjoy a delicious beverage (or two or three) at one of our local breweries, distilleries, or pubs. If it’s a sunny day, the patio outside the Old School Eatery is a great place to take in views of the Monashee Mountains and enjoy a snack and cocktail.
day two - make the most of macpherson
Mount Macpherson is the home of the Revelstoke Nordic Club and many singletrack trails built by the Revelstoke Cycling Association. Depending on the snow levels, you may be able to hit the nordic trails and then the mountain biking trails. Lower Macpherson, which melts out fairly quickly due to its lower elevation, has a range of trails from mellow blues to challenging technical blacks, plus an opportunity to hammer up some climbs to build up your fitness for summer. For a fun flowy blue loop, try Hemlock Groove and Yew R Here. For something more challenging, climb up to Backside and descend Quarry.
The Macpherson trails also offer great opportunities from trail running or hiking. We recommend running the Sex on the Beach trail to get to a stunning view point across the river towards Mount Mackenzie and Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
When you’re done for the day, swing by The Big Eddy Pub for a legendary burger and a caesar en route.
day three - Experience the temperate rainforest
Whether by foot, boat, car, or bike, explore Revelstoke’s temperate inland rainforest. There are a number of great ways to experience Revelstoke’s lush and green forests, replete with fir, cedar, and spruce.
One of the most remarkable spots is the Giant Cedars Boardwalk in Mount Revelstoke National Park. Also in Mount Revelstoke National Park is the Inspiration Woods trail, a lovely ramble or short trail run. For a longer run, connect the Inspiration Woods trail to the Soren Sorensen loop.
If you are equipped for cold water, launch a canoe or kayak on Lake Revelstoke and explore the many streams and waterfalls lining the shore. There are a number of spots to launch, but some are not accessible if there’s snow on the ground. A favourite spot is Carnes Creek, half an hour from town on Highway 23 North. Canoes and kayaks can be rented locally.
Be sure to hit up Revelstoke's waterfall trifecta. These three waterfalls are accessible year round by foot or snowshoe. All three waterfalls are a quick walk and offer a stunning rainforest experience.
When you return to town, swing by one of Revelstoke’s favourite spots, La Baguette, for a beer or coffee on their patio and some legendary pizza.
Cheers to a long weekend well spent!
Follow the revy rules.
Please refrain from visiting Revelstoke for non-essential travel at this time. If you are in Revelstoke, please ensure that you are taking precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and following provincial health guidelines. Please check current Provincial Health Orders before travelling.