August 8-16, 2020
Revelstoke's wildflowers are blooming, and we've lined up a week of activities to get you out and about in Revelstoke's incredible alpine meadows. Whether you're here all week or for just a day, make sure you take the opportunity to experience Revelstoke's iconic wildflowers.
While the wildflower bloom is difficult to predict year over year, it looks like the Revelstoke Wildflower Festival will coincide with the peak alpine bloom! August 8th - 16th is going to be your best chance of seeing the alpine in all of its summer colour.
Please remember to keep your physical distance while participating in any activities. We encourage you to follow The Revy Rules when visiting and wear a mask when you can't keep 6 feet from others.
Week long activities
COCKTAIL SPECIAL: Throughout the Wildflower Festival, Monashee Spirits will be slinging a special wildflower themed cocktail; don't miss out!
PHOTO CONTEST: Skookum Revelstoke will be hosting a photography contest throughout the week, with the final prize being drawn on Friday, August 14th. The winner will walk away with a $200 prize pack. All you have to do is post a wildflower photo to Instagram and tag @skookum.revelstoke and @seerevelstoke.
HELI HIKES: Heli Canada Adventures is hosting helicopter accessed wildflower tours and picnics. If you want a unique way to check out remote areas with an experienced local guide, this is it! Contact them for more details. Tours and picnics are available all week.
WILDFLOWER IDENTIFICATION CHALLENGE: Try to identify local wildflowers at the Okanagan Regional Library for your chance to win! Drop in any time during the festival.
Look for our pop up Visitor Information Centre downtown at Grizzly Plaza all week to pick up your kids' activity booklet and to learn more about the festival and the week's activities.
Saturday, August 8th
LIVE ART IN THE ALPINE: The festival will kick off with local artist Emily Beaudoin sketching at Revelstoke Mountain Resort at 9:00 am. You can check it out live on social media or head up to the resort to check out the action.
Look for the Tourism Revelstoke team at the Farmers' Market from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm. We'll have visitor information and activities as well as advice on the best places to see wildflowers. A local biologist will be joining us with an activity to identify plants around town.
The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society will have a booth at Revelstoke Mountain Resort with plant information and education.
Monday, August 10th
BIKE: Get out in the alpine by riding Frisby Ridge! Frisby Ridge is an iconic alpine mountain biking trail that offers incredible views and stunning wildflower meadows. Check out the Revelstoke Cycling Association's website for more informaiton.
Tuesday, August 11th
FREE DRAWING/PAINTING WORKSHOPS: From 9:00 am - 11:30 am, local artist Ariane Arbour will be hosting a free family drawing session at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. After the session, explore the Art Gallery and picnic in their gardens.
From 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm join us for a free outdoor painting workshop also at the Visual Arts Centre. Be inspired by the beautiful mountain scenery that surrounds you, and instructed by local artist Ariane Arbour. Paints, easels, canvas, watercolor paper and brushes will be available for use. Find more here.
At 5pm, the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society will be hosting an invasive plant walk on the greenbelt. Meet Kim in front of the Revelstoke Community Centre at 5pm to participate.
Wednesday, August 12th
MEADOWS IN THE SKY PARKWAY: We recommend heading up to Mount Revelstoke National Park to check out the bloom! Mount Revelstoke is incredibly easily accessible and offers a range of options for any ability. Whether you want to hike all day or view the wildflowers from your vehicle, you'll find something to suit you.
Thursday, August 13th
WILDFLOWER EDUCATION: Join the Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society for an invasive plant walk at 5:00 pm. Meet Kim in front of the Revelstoke Community Centre to participate.
Friday, August 14th
HIKE: Join the North Columbia Environmental Society at either 10:30 am or 12:00 pm for a plant identification walk at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Preregistration is required.
WIN: The Skookum Revelstoke photo contest closes today! Make sure to upload your best wildflower photos for a chance to win a $200 gear pack!
Saturday, August 15th
WILDFLOWER ART SHOW: From 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, head to the Revelstoke Museum and Archives heritage garden where they will be hosting a wildflower art show.
Come down to the Farmers Market and meet the tourism team from 8:00 am - 1:30 pm, where we'll be providing visitor information and activity packs.
The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society will be at Revelstoke Mountain Resort offering information about invasive species and wildflowers all day.
Sunday, August 16th
SIGHT SEE: Close out Revelstoke's Wildflower Festival by heading into the alpine at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. The Revelation Gondola will get you up into the alpine and allow you to explore Revelstoke's incredible wildflower array.
Looking for somewhere to stay during the festival? Many Revelstoke hotels and B&Bs still have availability and our varied offering means there's an a great option for every budget. Head to the link below to browse what's available.
Hot tip: If you stay two nights or more and book direct with one of these accommodators, you'll receive two FREE passes to ride The Pipe Mountain Coaster. Learn more here.
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Have you ridden the famous Pipe Mountain Coaster?
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