Whilst it’s true that BC has been hit again by wildfires this summer and over 1500 small fires are burning in the province- most of BC is unaffected and welcoming visitors. Although the number of fires looks shocking, much of BC is carrying on as usual. Of course, our hearts are with communities that have not been so lucky.
Here in Revelstoke, we’re grateful that the small active fires in the area are not affecting the fun activities we have to offer. It’s a little smokey and we’re keeping a close eye on the fires, but it’s safe to travel to Revelstoke and we are certainly open for adventures!
Here are some of our suggestions for great things do to in the area while you’re waiting for the smoke to clear…
1. Explore the forests
This is probably the best place to be! The trees help improve air quality and the shade keeps the temperatures down. Check out our Hiking Map for some inspiration, or see #8 for something a little more unique.
2. Check out our museums & galleries
If you’d prefer to stay indoors, there are so many options to explore! Check out the Revelstoke Museum & Archives, the Revelstoke Railway Museum, the BC Interior Forestry Museum, the Revelstoke Visual Art Gallery, the Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre, and the Rogers Pass Historical Centre to discover; it should take up at least a whole day to visit them all. Visit the guide here.
3. Visit Nels Knickers in Mount Revelstoke National Park
The smoke might hinder the view, but it won’t detract from the exhilarating experience of leaning into Nels Knickers to experience the ski jump first hand!
4. Get Wet!
Exploring the quiet shorelines of Lake Revelstoke by canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard is still an excellent way to spend the day. If you’re after more of a thrill, we’ve got two awesome white water rafting companies ready to take you for a ride! The fishing is pretty fantastic too, and we now have a new guided sport fishing charter in the area! Check out our Watersports page.
5. Ride The Pipe mountain coaster
Speed down the mountain on the Pipe coaster- and while you’re there, catch a lift to the top of the gondola to experience their new hiking trails. Learn more here.
6. Go shopping
Our historical, charming, downtown core is home to some incredible shops and local galleries. Outdoor sports shops, boutiques that feature handmade goods from Canadian artists, a specialty kitchen shop, a florist with a wide selection of succulents & air plants, and one of the best independent book stores in BC. Learn more here.
7. Eat, drink & be merry
With over 40 dining options, our food scene is not what you would expect for a small town. Pick from Japanese, Mexican, East Indian, German, Vietnamese, fine-dining, pizza… the list goes on. Or take yourself on a craft beer and cocktails tour – we even have one watering hole that has over 25 craft beers on tap! Check out our listings here.
8. Take to the trees at SkyTrek & The Enchanted Forest
Did you go to the Enchanted Forest when you were a kid? We did too. You know what? It’s still awesome! If you’re looking for something more active, get into the forest canopy on the ropes course at SkyTrek and that’s your adventure for the day.
9. Go chasing waterfalls
Another great way to beat the heat (and the smoke) is to visit Sutherland, Moses, and Begbie Falls. Bonus points if you find the hidden waterfalls in the inlets on Lake Revelstoke. Check out the Hiking Map here.
10. Dance the night away
The Revelstoke Street Festival brings free live music, every night of the week, outdoors in the Grizzly Plaza. Check out our weekly events calendar to see what live music the local pubs have lined for the night.
If you are currently visiting BC, or plan to, here is a link to official resources on the latest info:
Fire Conditions: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/safety/wildfire-status
Road Conditions : www.drivebc.com