Revelstoke might not be the first place that springs to mind when you think of rainforests but we’re actually in the middle of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. With a mixture of old growth trees and a wealth of different species of plants, it’s a haven for all kinds of wildlife and we think this makes it a pretty neat place to explore and try out some rainforest adventures.
Mount Revelstoke is a great place to get out into the rainforest. It has beautiful hikes, historical monuments, stunning peak views and a kids bike park. The list of things to do in the park is long but here are some of our favourites:
Beaver Lodge Kids Bike Park
Suitable for small children, the bike park is a chance to learn new skills in a fun environment full of forest facts. Try the teeter-totter and learn about some of the local wildlife in one trip out!
This short trail takes you through the rainforest at its best. Hike through the lush green of the forest floor in spring and summer and enjoy the mushroom display in the Fall. This short trail feels like the wilderness but with the bonus of being accessible from the main Meadows in the Sky parkway.
Choose to challenge yourself with a hike up the steep former ski jump, or drive up to the take off area, and experience a true piece of Revelstoke history. This was once a world class ski jump destination where many records were set. Featuring a newly renovated attraction by Parks Canada, you can find out what it was really like to stand in the shoes of those early ski jump pioneers!
And Mount Revelstoke isn’t the only place to enjoy the rainforest. We also love these spots:
Mt Macpherson Trails
Mt Macpherson is a rainforest lover’s dream. Whether you’re into hikes, bikes, trail running, or foraging, Mt Macpherson has something for you. The miles of maintained trails are ideal for getting out into the forest however you choose to explore it. There are loamy single track dreams for the adventurous and wide open roads for those who prefer a more sedate path. In the summer and fall, there are also abundant blueberries and chanterelle mushrooms to collect.
Mt Begbie is Revelstoke’s iconic peak, but the rainforest that covers the lower mountain is just as beautiful and full of fun activities. Hike to the stunning Begbie Falls, or test your mettle rock climbing at the Begbie Bluffs. There you’ll find sport climbing routes that will take you from the forest floor to overlooking the canopy and the breathtaking valley below.
The Enchanted Forest and Skytrek
The Enchanted Forest is a Revelstoke landmark that has been delighting children since 1960. The trails through the old growth rainforest are full of fairytale figures, nature trails and treehouses to explore. For the bigger kids, Skytrek is just next door with aerial trekking courses, ziplines and a giant swing to get the adrenaline going!
You can find out more about the temperate inland rainforest and why it’s so special here.