Revelstoke, British Columbia. The City of Revelstoke, BC.

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Revelstoke, BC

A sense of history plus modern conveniences and activities describes The City of Revelstoke, nestled in the shadows of the imposing mountains of the Selkirk Range between Mt. Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park.

Revelstoke began in the 1880s as a transportation and supply center for BC's mining industry. This was soon bolstered by the construction of the trans-continental railway and the subsequent decision of the Canadian Pacific railway to establish its main operations offices and maintenance facilities. The railway played a large part in the area's development and its story can be viewed at the Railway Museum.

Today this vibrant community is developing into one of British Columbia's all season playgrounds. Outdoor adventures take advantage of the areas breathtaking scenery with back country hiking, ski touring, heli-skiing, snowmobiling, downhill skiing, snowboarding, camping, biking, river rafting, boating, rowing, canoeing and kayaking. The City of Revelstoke also has an 18 hole golf course, bowling lanes, fitness centres, tennis courts, skating arena, curling rink, and outdoor swimming pool. The area boasts two national parks, three BC provincial parks, several municipal parks, hot spring developments, and an abundance of camping opportunities.

From Revelstoke you can take short trips north or south to experience even more adventures. To the north on Highway 23 you can visit Downie Provincial Park, Martha Creek Provincial Park and the famous Revelstoke Dam; a journey south on Highway 93 will take you to Blanket Creek Provincial Park and the scenic Arrow Lakes.

The nearby Purcell and Selkirk Mountains are world renowned for their soft deep powder snow (average of 60 feet yearly) that attracts those who want to experience heli-skiing or cat-skiing, downhill or cross country skiing. These and other winter activities can be experienced while enjoying the spectacular mountain scenery in the "Powder Snow Capitol of Canada".

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City Information

Population:  9,000

Elevation: 457 metres (1499 ft.)

Main Industries: Forestry, Transportation, and Tourism / Hospitality

Access: Revelstoke is easily accessed from southern BC and Alberta on the the Trans Canada Highway. It is approximately 282 km (174 mi.) from Banff through spectacular Banff National Park.

From Kamloops, in the west it is approximately 210 km (130 mi.) through desert like terrain and wooded mountains to winding routes along the steep embankment of a river or lake. Access is also possible from the Okanagan Valley in the south using Highway 97C

Recreation Facilities & Activities: Fishing; hiking; horseback riding; mountain biking; photography; boat tours; whitewater rafting; 18 hole championship public golf course; snowmobiling; heli - cat - cross country - and downhill skiing

Revelstoke Railway Museum
CPR 5469 at Revelstoke Railway Museum.
Photos courtesy of Revelstoke Railway Museum

Local Attractions: Revelstoke Railway Museum; 3 Valley Gap historical site; the Enchanted Forest; glaciers; giant cedar stands; Revelstoke Dam (Canada's highest concrete dam at 175 metres), Mount Glacier and Revelstoke National Parks.

May to October - Farmers Market (Saturdays)
June - Mountain Beats and Blues Festival, Grizzly Bear Run, Mount Mac Challenge X-country Bike Race
July - Timber Days
July & August - Summer Street Entertainment nightly in Grizzly Plaza
August - Revelstoke Railway Days (an annual 10 day city-wide festival. see, Glacier Challenge Ball Tournament, Eva Lake Pilgrimage
September - Mountain Arts Festival

Area Weather: Weather in the region develops as a result of warm moisture-laden air from the Pacific being deflected upwards by the Columbia Mountains. The cooling of this air mass brings significant precipitation to the Columbia's, particularly during the winter months. The mean annual precipitation is 1278mm (50in) at Revelstoke, 1995mm (79in) in the subalpine zone. Variations in daily weather reflect the variety of topography throughout the Columbia Mountains. December and January are typically the snowiest months while July and August are the warmest months.

Accommodations: Revelstoke offers numerous hotels and motels, camping, bed and breakfast, world-class resorts & chalets, and hostels for summer and winter visitors (budget to deluxe accommodations). Full-service winter RV camping facilities are also available

For Information Contact:

Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce
206 Campbell Ave. P.O. Box 490, Revelstoke, B.C., V0E 2S0
Telephone (250) 837-5345

BC Rockies Tourism
P.O. Box 10, 1905 Warren Avenue, Kimberley, B.C. V1A 2Y5
Telephone: (250) 427-4838 • Fax: (250) 427-3344



BC Kootenay Rockies Tourism
1905 Warren Avenue, Kimberley, B.C. V1A 2Y5
Telephone: (250) 427-4838, Fax: (250) 427-3344
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