Revelstoke is a beautiful mountain town in the Columbia river valley, located between the Monashee and Selkirk mountains. It is well known as a winter destination – with the longest vertical downhill skiing in North America – but there is still lots of adventure to be found in the summer and fall. We spent three nights in Revelstoke, and tried to sample as many different attractions as possible.
We had come to Revelstoke to attend a wedding, so this left us a day and a half to explore the city and its surroundings. We discovered the one downside to trying to visit the mountains during the shoulder season; many of the attractions we wanted to see were closed for the year. This included Takakkaw Falls (Yoho NP), Maligne Lake (Banff NP) and the Meadows of Sky Parkway (Mount Revelstoke NP). This meant that we only got to see a fraction of what we wanted to see during out road trip, but fortunately this means we have a reason to go back sometime soon!
We found lots to do in Revelstoke, and took full advantage of the two days we had. We were lucky that our first day was a Saturday, so after breakfast we walked around the town center which was holding their weekly Farmer’s Market. That afternoon, we took a short road trip outside of town, visiting Arrow Lakes Provincial Park, the Enchanted Forest and took in the sunset at one of the viewpoints on Mount Revelstoke.
On the day of the wedding, we had some time in the morning to explore town, and we found some great spots to take pictures along the Columbia River. We took a short trip to see the Revelstoke Dam, and got some pictures of Revelstoke Lake behind the concrete wall. The wedding was beautiful and the reception was held up at the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which meant we got to take the gondola up to the mid-station, where we were rewarded with some great views of the valley below.
Revelstoke was quite the adventure, and it would be the last stop on our 10-day road trip through Alberta and British Columbia. It was sad to see it come to and end, but we have already started making plans for our next trip! We hope you enjoy the following two videos – Exploring Revelstoke, BC and Four National Parks in One Day – and stay tuned for more videos coming soon! If you haven’t already, subscribe to our channel so you won’t miss a thing!
Exploring Revelstoke, BC:
We spent three nights in Revelstoke, and tried to sample as many different attractions as possible. We had come to Revelstoke to attend a wedding, so this left us a day and a half to explore the city and its surroundings.We found lots to do! We were lucky to be here on a Saturday, which meant that the town center had been turned into a Farmers Market. We took a drive outside of town, visiting Arrow Lakes Provincial Park and the Enchanted Forest, before finding a place to watch the sunset from above, inside Mount Revelstoke National Park.
The day of the wedding we spent the morning taking pictures around town, taking a short trip to the Revelstoke Dam and the man made reservoir behind it at Revelstoke Lake. The wedding reception was held at the mid-station on Revelstoke Mountain Resort, so we got to take a gondola ride up the mountain and enjoyed the views from the top. While it was a short trip, we made the best of it, and are excited to go back sometime to explore even more!
Bonus Video: Four National Parks in One Day:
We woke up in the morning, re-packed the jeep and got back onto the Trans Canada Highway. This would be our first day of driving west, as it was finally time to say goodbye to the Canadian Rockies. Today we were attempting to drive through 4 National Parks (Banff, Yoho, Glacier and Mount Revelstoke) on our way from Canmore, Alberta to Revelstoke, British Columbia. This is our Journey.
We made our first stop at Lake Minnewanka (Banff) before crossing the provincial border between Alberta and BC, enjoying our time in “no man’s land”. Now inside Yoho National Park, we made two quick stops at Emerald Lake and the Natural Land Bridge, and stopped for some food in Golden. By this point, we were running out of daylight, and breezed through Glacier National Park. Right before arriving at our final destination for the day, the Trans Canada Highway dips slightly into Mount Revelstoke National Park, and therefor technically achieving “Four National parks in One Day”.