Most of us spend the short autumn season patiently waiting for the snowline to creep down the mountains as we count the days until we can start our favourite winter activity. Fall here in Revelstoke may be known as “shoulder season” but it’s also a time when Mother Nature likes to show off with a spectacle of colours.
Here are six ways you can enjoy the fall colours in Revelstoke.
1. Watch the Kokanee salmon spawning at Bridge Creek.
Seeing the Kokanee turn from their usual bright silver to brilliant shades of crimson, green, and black is an amazing experience.
Disclaimer: this shot wasn’t taken at Bridge Creek – but you get the picture! Pretty Kokanee.
Getting there: The Bridge Creek Trail is located just off of Powerhouse Road in Revelstoke’s industrial park. A short walk will get you to the salmon spawning sight.
2. The Revelstoke River Pathway.
Walk, run, or bike this paved pathway that runs along the Columbia River. Just be sure to slow down every once in a while to enjoy the trees along the path displaying a brilliant array of fall colours. Bring the kids and stop at the Woodenhead Park playground before you continue across the Big Eddy Bridge just off Wilson Street. After a short walk across the bridge and road, the path reconnects on your left. Be sure to check out the connecting Big Eddy Trails as well. Another option is walking along the Greenbelt, starting at Centennial Park.
Getting there: The start of the paved trail can be accessed just off Jordan Road in Columbia Park, or take Campbell Road down towards the Columbia River where you will link up with the Greenbelt.
3. Take a drive to the South Revelstoke Flats.
The area now known as South Revelstoke was once home to a vast array of farms that incorporated everything from growing fruits and vegetables to exploring experimental dairy farming practices. Enjoy a scenic drive, walk, or bike ride along Airport Way. Both sides of the road are lined with large trees displaying an array of fall colours. Feel free to stop and explore the area known as “the flats” located on the right hand side of the road. There are a number of spots to pull your car over. Hiking shoes or rubber boots are recommended if you plan to explore the flats on foot.
Getting there: Follow along Fourth Street East and continue along as it turns into Airport Way.
4. Explore the Mount Macpherson Trails.
This self-maintained trail system is popular with both mountain bikers and hikers. Explore the fall colours as you journey along paths that take you across boardwalks, wooden bridges alongside lakes, creeks, and ponds.
Getting there: The main parking lot for the Mount Macpherson Trails is located off of Highway 23 South. Look for signs along the Highway.
5. Take a heritage walking tour.
Enjoy the fall colours in Revelstoke as you walk through the city and learn more about the many heritage buildings in the community. Self-guided tours include: the Courthouse Walk, the Mackenzie Walk, and the Selkirk Walk. A map of the self-guided walking tours can be downloaded here. The Revelstoke Museum and Archives also offers guided walking tours where you can hear fascinating stories about the heritage buildings along First Street and Mackenzie Avenue.
Getting there: For self-guided tours you can decide to start anywhere on the map! Just keep in mind that many of the heritage buildings listed are private property. For museum tours contact the Revelstoke Museum and Archives for details on tour dates and times.
6. Take the Amazing Trees Tour at Mount Revelstoke National Park.
Free entry to all National Parks in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday makes this one of the best years to explore all that Mount Revelstoke National Park has to offer. Enjoy a short self-guided tour along the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail or the Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk and be sure to keep an eye out for small animals as you explore. You can also explore the fall beauty along the Inspiration Woods Trail.
Getting there: Mount Revelstoke National Park is located off of the Trans Canada Highway. Look for signs along the highway.
Words: Revelstoke Mountaineer