Embrace our Canadian identity, Revelstoke style.
Revelstoke has existed as a community for over 135 years. It was established during the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway back in 1885 and incorporated as a city on March 1st, 1899. Throughout a century of development, we have managed to hold and strengthen our identity as an authentic mountain town. Visitors can walk uncrowded streets, eat in one-of-a-kind, locally owned restaurants and bars, and mingle with locals at events and everyday occurrences. Visiting Revelstoke is a true Canadian cultural experience with stereotypes naturally included in its authenticity.
Canadian stereotypes may be some of the more humorous, well known, and relatable generalizations that exist. From watching hockey 24/7, to guzzling Tim Horton’s coffee, sleeping in ice caves, slinging axes, adorning flannel, apologizing profusely, and eating poutine, Canadians are painted with a wide, rugged, northern, goofy brush. The funny thing about them? They have an underlying layer of relatable truth.
We don’t try to be stereotypical, we just are sometimes. So here it is. Your guide to the ultimate Canadiana experience, Revelstoke style.
1. purchase a flannel
It doesn’t have to be rough, stained with tree sap and have its sleeves torn off to display the muscular arms of a lumberjack. Plaid is a multi-purpose, multi-functional clothing item worn by many different people in many different settings.
Going to dinner? Dressed up plaid. Going skiing? Active plaid. Going to the bar? Laid back plaid. Drinking wine with your girlfriends? Casual plaid. Job interview? Professional plaid. Working outside? Insulated plaid.
(As the kids say these days.) Snowmobiling is one of Revelstoke’s biggest attractions and activities. Visitors come from all over the world to ride our extensive, impressive mountain landscapes.
We are also lucky to have the Revelstoke Snowmobile Club, one of Canada’s oldest and biggest clubs. Their website offers grooming and weather reports, important announcements and everything you need to know about Revelstoke’s snowmobile scene.
If you are looking to get your first taste of sledding or are curious about Revelstoke’s surrounding terrain, be sure to check out the different snowmobile rentals and tours our town has to offer!
3. THROW AXES
Not at the side of our buildings, not at our trees downtown and definitely not at your friends! Solely at the giant cedar bullseyes inside Peak Axe Throwing.
Their website claims to be the “#1 thing to do in Revelstoke” and they are not the only ones who think so. Get your Canadian on, get your agression out, perfect your aim and have fun all at once!
“Everyone wants to throw an axe, they just don’t know it yet.”
4. DRINK A CEASAR AND EAT POUTINE
Have you ever heard of “Canadian cuisine”??
Canada doesn’t have a national menu built and perfected over time. Our meals are an eclectic mix of different cultural influences. That being said, there are two items associated solely with Canada that are must tries while you’re here.
Every caesar and poutine carry their own, distinct identity. They can be consumed together, or at different times. They contain the same basic ingredients but have been interpreted differently across the country. Check out the different bars and restaurants they are available at here.
Caesar and poutine comparison?? Count us in!
5. watch ice hockey
Whether you classify yourself as a sports fan or not, this activity is serious fun for everyone.
We would argue that Revelstoke not only lives up to Canada’s national stereotype of ice hockey love, it surpasses it. The games are full of excited, engaged, boisterous fans. Just try to cheer louder than the person next to you. Just try!
P.S. That poutine we spoke about above? The Revelstoke Forum may have the best in town!
Follow the revy rules.
Revelstoke is currently welcoming visitors from across British Columbia. If you are in Revelstoke, please ensure that you are taking precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and following provincial health guidelines. Please check current Provincial Health Orders before travelling.