Revelstoke is a great stop for the whole family.
The completion of the Trans-Canada Highway through Rogers Pass in 1962 revved up the arrival of the family road trip experience in Revelstoke. Ever since, we’ve built up our family-friendly options, and now have many must-see attractions. Here are a few suggestions, with a special focus on interactive, family-time experiences.
Revelstoke has laid-back, heritage downtown hub, perfect for leisurely strolls with a touch of shopping. It’s a sanctuary for the friendly, creative, mountain-proud locals. Start out in Grizzly Plaza at the foot of Mackenzie Avenue, and explore the heritage district in the surrounding blocks.
After that, consider a drive to some of the surrounding experiences, like Revelstoke Mountain Resort where you can enjoy breakfast with a view and a gondola ride. Or the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre, a great place to relax or complete some laps. There’s enough here to tire the kids out and get some R&R yourself for a few days and leave with some valuable memories to look back on for years to come. We’ve outlined these in four local attractions below.
REVELSTOKE AQUATIC CENTRE.
Now this is one activity that the whole family will enjoy and get a little time to themselves within sight of each other. This modern aquatic facility is popular with visitors and locals, and is easy on the wallet.
Need to stretch the legs after sitting in the car for too long? The Revelstoke Aquatic Centre has a 25-metre pool with lanes set aside for swimming laps.
For the kids (and big kids at heart) there’s twisty lazy river to float down and a waterslide that will thrill even the surliest of people. And for a bit of unwinding after a long day, try the steam room, sauna and hot tub.
Residents of neighbouring communities are known to drive over 100 kilometres for a family day at the aquatic centre.
(Children under 7 must be accompanied by a person 16 years or older. Sauna and steam room users must be 13 unless accompanied by an adult.)
Where: 600 Campbell Avenue with a side entrance on Connaught Avenue
When: Open weekdays 8 am – 9 pm (Tues., Weds., and Thurs., from 7 am) and weekends from 12 pm – 8 pm.
SKY TREK ADVENTURE PARK.
A 20-minute drive west on the Trans-Canada Highway outside of Revelstoke will get you to this entertainment attraction with a difference. It’s a full treetop adventure experience that challenges everyone’s abilities. There’s the Aerial Trekking Course,
Adventure Tower and for the younger ones, the Kids Tree Adventure and Kids Jungle Gym.
Get the kids up on the climbing wall, safely harnessed into a mechanical belaying system. The SkyTrek Adventure Park will challenge your fears, your mental control in difficult situations and it’ll make the family work as a team to support each other and overcome the obstacle course high in the trees.
Where: 7060 Trans Canada Highway
When: Open daily, July and August 9 am – 6 pm, September and October 10 am – 6 pm
Cost: Aerial Trekking Course - Adult (16+) $45, Youth (under 15) $39.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort's summer offerings will keep the whole gang entertained. Their Play All Day Pass gets you access to all of Revelstoke Mountain Resort's top summer attractions.
The Pipe Mountain Coaster is an exhilarating ride - 1.4 km of twists and turns across ski runs, between glades and through a tunnel. You have the opportunity to travel up to 42 kilometres per hour but the power lies in your hands. This family-friendly ride allows you to control your own speed, making it ideal for people of all ages.
In the Aerial Adventure Park, challenge yourself on more than 50 different beginner, intermediate, and advanced obstacles. Make your way through this family-friendly ropes course at your own speed, making it ideal for people of all ages.
The Revelation Gondola lets you soar above the trees and soak in the spectacular views. This 20 minute ride brings you up to 5,500 feet and drops you off at several stunning view points, hiking trail heads and a mountain-top burger joint.
The Play All Day Pass also includes 10 chucks with Peak Axe Throwing and unlimited access the the Disc Golf Course!
Where: 2950 Camozzi Road Revelstoke.
When: See website for current hours and dates.
Cost: Adult - $59, Child $49 (savings apply when purchased online in advance)
Revelstoke Railway Museum.
The Revelstoke Railway Museum is far from a typical museum. This interactive museum aims to entertain and educate and the train simulator is particularly a hit with the younger kids, as is the children’s caboose play area. Overall, it’s a very kid-friendly experience.
Touring the museum will take a short hour to two to take in the local history of the Canadian Pacific Railway. It showcases a variety of visual and interactive displays, including photographs and films, while the proud staff are more than happy to divulge their special secrets and knowledge.
Housed in a modern facility that resembles a rail yard back shop, you can check out the full-sized rolling stock displayed outdoors, including a massive steam engine, diesels and lots of stock.
A recent TripAdvisor review from parents who took their kids aged 8 and 4 said it was a great experience: “This attraction was loved by out two children. It was so much better than we thought it was going to be and they have worked hard to make this a very interesting interactive experience — our kids did not want to leave.”
Where: 719 Track Street West, Revelstoke
When: Open daily from 9 am – 5 pm
Cost: Family (2 adults, 2 youth) $22