Revelstoke is a city of 6,700 people (2016) in the Columbia-Rockies section of the Kootenays in British Columbia.
Revelstoke's economy has traditionally been tied to the CPR, and it maintains a strong connection to that industry. However forestry, construction, tourism and retail have increased over the past decades. Today, telecommuters, freelancers, tech workers and entrepreneurs play an increasingly important role in Revelstoke's success.
Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was built through the area; mining was an important early industry. It was named Farwell, after a local land owner and surveyor. Until then, the spot was called the Second Crossing, to differentiate it from the first crossing of the Columbia River by the CPR at Donald. The city was named by the CPR in appreciation of Lord Revelstoke, head of the UK investment bank that saved the railway from bankruptcy in the summer of 1885 by buying the company's unsold bonds, enabling the railway to reach completion.
The construction of the Trans-Canada Highway in 1962 further eased access to the region, and since then tourism has been an important feature of the local economy, with skiing having emerged as the most prominent attraction.
Revelstoke BC is in prime black bear and grizzly bear habitat.
Revelstoke holds the Canadian record for snowiest single winter. 2447 cm (80 feet) of snow fell on Mt. Copeland outside town during the winter of 1971-72. The townsite received 779 cm and snow levels were higher than many roofs around town by more than a few metres.
By carRevelstoke is on the Trans-Canada Highway 1, midway between Calgary and Vancouver. It is most easily accessible by car.
Revelstoke AirportSeasonal charter from Vancouver.
Rider ExpressBus service along the Trans-Canada Highway from Winnipeg to Vancouver, twice daily. Service from: Salmon Arm, Kamloops, Hope, Abbotsford, and Vancouver (British Columbia); Calgary, Strathmore, Canmore, Lake Louise, and Banff (Alberta); Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Regina, Whitewood, and Moosomin (Saskatchewan); and Brandon, and Winnipeg (Manitoba).
phone: +1 250 837 6060address: 719 Track St WContains exhibits on the building of the railway, the workers involved and current operations.
address: Trans-Canada Highway, CraigellachieA plaque and display commemorate the site where the last spike in the Canadian Pacific (trans-continental) railway was hammered in.
phone: +1 250-814-0087address: 2950 Camozzi RoadOn the west side of Mt. Mackenzie 6 km from downtown Rossland, boasts the highest vertical run in North America at 1,713 metres (5,620 ft). The resort does relatively less grooming than other resorts but gets 12-18 m of snow yearly and has lots of terrain. The resort offers food and ski/snowboard rental services. The shuttle bus or hitchhiking are two popular alternatives for accessing the resort from town without a car. The resort also offers 3,121 acres of fall line skiing, high alpine bowls, 13 areas of gladed terrain and more groomed terrain.
- Mount Revelstoke National Park is just north of the town.
- Revelstoke is home to four heli-skiing and two cat-skiing operations.
- There are numerous backcountry skiing lodges in the area.
- Revelstoke is also a major snowmobiling destination.
- In the summer, mountain biking, rock climbing and kayaking are popular activities.
Universal Footwearphone: +1 250 837-3855address: Alpine MallTrue local shopping experience, offering great selection and unparalleled customer service. Brands include Clarks, Ecco, Josef Siebel, El Naturalista, Ms Moo, Scarpa, Dunham, Nike and New Balance.
OutaboundsOutabounds sports a rustic but relaxed atmosphere, with wood burl tables and cordovan leather couches. A great place for an appres ski.
Woolsey Creek Restaurantaddress: 604 Second Street WestCasual fine dinning with cozy atmosphere, Patio and fire places. Duck Confit, Jambalaya, chorizo pasta, Beef tenderloin, and a good selection of BC wines.
- Frontier Restaurant, Trans Canada Hwy #1, +1 250 837-5119. Western themed restaurant off the highway. Not the fastest, but good food, and a nice place to stop for lunch.
OutaboundsOutabounds sports a rustic but relaxed atmosphere, with wood burl tables and cordovan leather couches. A great place for an après-ski.
The Village Idiotaddress: 306 Mackenzie AveA bar offering good food and drink and retro ski decor, ideal for après or dinner after a day on the mountain. Their homemade pizza is a highlight.
address: 200 3rd St. WestAuthentic British-style pub with 17 beers on tap and excellent food. Cozy up to the couches by the fireplace after day of skiing or stop in at night and check out whichever band is on stage. Live music 4 nights a week.
Hotels & motels
phone: +1 250-837-2043address: 1925 Laforme Boulevard
phone: +1 250-837-3322address: 2100 Oak DriveFull-service hotel features two restaurants, outdoor Jacuzzi, game room, health spa, and fitness centre.
phone: +1 250-814-2553address: 1601 3 Street W
phone: +1 250-837-4741address: 1750 Trans Canada Highway
phone: +1 250-837-2107address: 112 1st Street EHistoric landmark hotel with boutique style rooms.
phone: +1 250-837-2181address: 601 1st Street WKing Room or Queen Room with 2 Queen Beds
phone: +1 250-837-5271address: 1901 Laforme Boulevard
phone: +1 250-984-7039address: 1700 Victoria Street W
phone: +1 250-837-4650address: 1101 Victoria Road W
phone: +1 250-837-4086address: 311 Campbell Ave.Booking by the room. Offers kitchen, ski lift ticket discounts, complimentary breakfast, ski shuttle pass.
phone: +1 250-814-2565address: 111 1st Street WRooms are a blend of timeless style and modern design. 1911 brick, elegant woodwork, locally made furniture, artisan headboards, and warm textiles. Private rooftop lounge.
phone: +1 250-837-5221address: 1911 Fraser DriveBoutique hotel with unique design and humble Canadiana style. Pet friendly.
phone: +1 250-837-2109address: Three Valley Gap200 spacious rooms and suites each feature a private balcony or patio. 2019 season: Apr 30 - Oct 1.
phone: +1 250-837-9192address: 313 First St. EastFeatures 5 rooms with multiple beds with a home-like feeling. Pay by the room. Includes laundry machine, shuttle bus, boot driers, gear storage shed, kitchen, two common areas, computer, TV, wifi, some parking, and a room & ski lift ticket package deal.
address: 400 Second St. West
Blanket Creek Provincial Park105 vehicle accessible sites, 7 of these are doubles. There are no pull-through sites or tent pads, but tents can be placed on the campsite gravel pad.
phone: +1 250-837-4420address: 3069 Trans-Canada HwyOffers full-service RV sites, "glamping", tenting, and modern cabins and suites with free fibre optic WI-FI.
phone: +1 250-837-2420address: Albert Canyon200+ RV and tent sites, cabins, chalets, hot springs and pet friendly
phone: +1 250-837-3385address: 1760 Nixon Road
Martha Creek Provincial Park46 vehicle accessible campsites, including 4 doubles.
phone: +1 250-837-2085address: 2411 KOA Road177 RV and tent sites, cabins, chalets, pool and pet friendly
phone: +1 250-837-9573address: 3287 Weird Woods Road
phone: +1 250-837-8806address: 1817 Williamson's Lake RoadFull service campground on Williamson Lake; 42 campsites.
- City of Revelstoke, official town website.
- The Stoke List, Revys classifieds.
- The Revelstoke Current, a local news source.
- seerevelstoke.com, a directory.