Come hike some of the best trails in BC.
Revelstoke is close to two national parks, Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park, which both offer hiking for any level, from short and (relatively) flat, to long, steep, ridge walks and summits. Experience the magnificent trees of the old growth rainforest in Mount Revelstoke National Park and discover the strange skunk cabbage and giant devil’s club plants. For a panoramic view, take the short hike from the top of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the summit of Mt Revelstoke and see the Selkirk and Monashee ranges in all their glory.
There are nice mellow walks leaving right from downtown Revelstoke along the Greenbelt River Trails. With multiple access and exit points, these trails are very accessible from most areas of town. They’re also great for birdwatching! If you’re looking for something slightly more off the beaten path, the Sutherland Falls trail at Blanket Creek is a great option. This short trail is an easy grade hike leading to a spectacular viewpoint that should take no more than 5 minutes to complete, one way.
For the recreationalist, we recommend the Begbie Falls/Creek Trails. From the parking area on Highway 23 south, this trail takes you through a beautiful forest, mostly following Begbie Creek. Keep to the main trail, away from the climbing at the bluffs and once you’ve arrived at the Recreation Site, you are a short and steep 15 minute hike away from the falls. We recommend heading down to the rocky beach and Revelstoke flats for a beautiful vantage point of the Columbia River and the Selkirk Mountain Range.
For advanced hikers, try Mount Begbie – Revelstoke’s iconic peak. The trail is steep, with few views most of the way but when the forest cover breaks, the views are spectacular. This trail is not for the faint of heart, but well worth the effort when you arrive at the foot of the glacier! Please be aware that mountaineering skills (and gear) are required to cross the glacier and complete the final ascent.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is also open for hiking and their gondola makes for easy access to alpine hiking trails. Try the Cupcake loop for a great family friendly trip, or Kill the Banker for a slog to the top- where you can relax at the Mackenzie Outpost with a well-earned drink!
If you don’t have a ton of time, here is a jam-packed Revelstoke Hiking Itinerary that takes you on the best of the best!
Revelstoke Hiking – via Helicopter
Imagine being dropped off high in the mountains to kick start your day of hiking. All heli hiking and mountaineering days can be tailored to individual groups; anything from wildflower carpeted meadows to glaciers and peak ascents to amazing family hiking days. Heli Hiking requires no special skills. It combines the thrill of a helicopter ride with a Revelstoke hiking or walking experience that you choose – from leisurely to challenging – and a range of alpine terrain that never fails to inspire.
Revelstoke Hiking FAQs:
Where can I find more information about Revelstoke hiking?
Grab a copy of the Revelstoke Hiking Map at the Revelstoke Visitor Information Centre, or download it HERE. There is also a great website that goes into greater detail of every possibly hike available: Revelstoke Hiking – Online Trail Guide
Will I see bears while out hiking in Revelstoke?
The Columbia Mountains and Revelstoke’s trails are home to lots of wildlife, including black and grizzly bears. Read Parks Canada’s bear safety primer here. Check with park staff when you arrive in the park about bear sightings and trail alerts. Ask park staff to learn more about reducing your risk of encountering bears when camping in the backcountry or what to do if you encounter a bear.
Revelstoke Hiking – Locals Tip
Visit when the subalpine wildflower meadows explode into colour! Depending on the season, this is usually the end of July to early September.