Revelstoke is a high-adrenaline travel destination. With options such as skiing, paragliding, hiking and river-rafting, this mountain town is an outdoor wonderland that gets the heart pumping.
But what do you do when you’re body is tired and you’re mentally exhausted?
As someone who relishes a down day on holiday and has explored her way around Revelstoke throughout the seasons, here’s a few ideas to make the most of your precious holiday relaxation time this spring.
You have your permission to sit back and do nothing more strenuous than sip a tasty drink, chat to friendly residents, and read the local rags.
For this goal, Revelstoke has a ton of options to suit your cafe style.
On Mackenzie Ave there’s the Main Street Cafe at the top of town, a cosy renovated two-story house with a scrumptious menu and table service.
Or line up for your double shot cappuccino and sample the irresistible goodies on display at The Modern Bakeshop & Cafe — a stalwart in Revelstoke’s cafe culture since the early 1900s.
Further across town is the French-styled La Baguette. Check out this popular cafe’s gelato section and peruse the attached gourmet grocery. If you’re stationed at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, there is a La Baguette there also.
Massage, Yoga and Hot Springs
I don’t know about you, but the only time I indulge in spa experiences and massages is as a holiday treat.
Revelstoke boasts a variety of day spas to pamper, relax and soothe sore muscles so they can be back in action sooner.
Refinery Day Spa at the resort is a luxurious experience that uses Aveda products. Or check out Wildflower Wellness, Repose Day Spa, and Diva Den Day Spa, each providing options for a sensational, reenergizing experience that will suit your specific needs.
If hot springs are more your scene and you’re keen to go further afield than city limits, you will be rewarded with stunning spots, both totally natural or maintained. You’ll have to cross the Columbia River by ferry, but that’s just part of the fun. Halcyon Hot Springs is the destination for mountain views from deliciously warm hot baths or if you’re an adventurer at heart (and the local roads are drivable), do a bit of research on the secret spots of Halfway and St Leon to find a natural hot springs that will really make your holiday one to remember.
Revelstoke’s stamp as a mountain adventure town is obvious with the number of outdoor stores we have, perfect to prepare you for the multitude of adventures waiting on our doorstep.
But we also have the unique only-in-Revelstoke boutiques where you will find special items to remember your time here.
For souvenirs that you can wear, check out the Love Making Designs shop for a printed tee or hoody. Trish and Kiley create and print their designs by hand at their home studio here in Revelstoke.
Similarly, Somewon Collective is a local brand that began here in 2007 and their line shows a passion for outdoor life through a collaboration of artists, musicians and athletes. You can find their gear at Society Snow and Skate or at the Integrated Apparel store.
Or shout out your visit to town with a retro ski style shirt or hoody with Revelstoke emblazoned on the front, at Selkirk Graphics.
For both men and women, Garnish is a jewellery store that sells the work of local B.C. artisans and each design is intricate and unique as its artist.
Lastly, check out the local art gallery for some gorgeous paintings or a print to hang on the wall at home or choose from hand-crafted mugs and jewellery.
Wander around Revelstoke
Revelstoke has a ton of magical trails, twisting their way past the Columbia River. If you’re based in town, hire a bike from one of the many bike shops here such as Skookum and get around like a local.
Cruise around town and sightsee all the cute mountain-town homes or pack a picnic and head out to enjoy it on the riverbank.
The greenbelt, is a long paved trail that the locals and their dogs love, especially on sunny days. You can ride the whole thing from the Revelstoke Library to the Fourth Street bridge, plus there are plenty of dirt track turnoffs along the way to explore.
Another idea is to head west from downtown towards the Big Eddy Bridge, a one-way bridge that has a footpath. It’s a fun experience passing over it and gives you excellent views of our great river. Once you get to the other side you can keep on riding through the Big Eddy residential area (there’s the Big Eddy Pub if you feel the need for a beer) or immediately head off the road either left or right and explore into the bushes. There is a dirt trail left off the bridge or to the right is a large expanse of riverbank.
For nature walks further afield, check out Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park.
Local museums and events
Revelstoke may seem like a small town but there’s a variety of events that keep this place ticking over. Open mic nights, performing arts, community evenings, you name it. Check out the event calendar to see what’s happening during your stay and get the feel for being a local.
Other typical Revelstoke ideas are to check out the Revelstoke Railway Museum and learn about our history as a rail town, tour the B.C. Hydro Dam, which powers Vancouver, or wander through the Revelstoke Museum where you can catch museum curator Cathy English’s fascinating history talks, called Brown Bag Lunches, biweekly on Wednesdays just after noon.
Don’t forget to check out the Revelstoke Visitor Centre for maps and quality information from locals on this wonderful mountain town.