Revelstoke, situated in the southeastern part of British Columbia, Canada, is another town in the country which is a must-visit for travellers and tourists. It is known to be a gateway for a wonderful and thrilling mountain and national parks adventure. Revelstoke lies between two huge mountain ranges, the Monashee Mountains and the Selkirk Mountains. Visiting here will take you on a breathtaking vacation with close encounter of nature and wildlife.
One of the most popular parks for example, the Mount Revelstoke National Park, offers a wide array of outdoor activities for all. During summer, outdoor activities can include gazing at the breathtaking mountain view or smelling the fresh wildflowers in the meadows. Every winter, tourists can enjoy skiing in the park while looking at the snowcapped mountains. Another interesting park to visit is Glacier National Park, which got its name from the 400 plus permanent glaciers found in the park. You are free to take photographs of anything you see in the park but to enter these parks, you need a national park pass, available throughout the town and at the welcome stations of the park.
If history and museums are your thing or you simply want to know more about the history of the founding of Revelstoke, visit the Revelstoke Museum which has beautiful displays that tell a story of how the town was actually built around the 1880’s.
Another interesting thing to do is to take a free tour to the BC Hydro Revelstoke Dam and Generation Station and learn more about the facility, which is North America’s most modernized hydroelectric development. This will surely be fun when done with a group such as with friends, colleagues or your family.
If you are vacationing with kids and family, take them to the Enchanted Forest, found between Sicamous and Revelstoke on the Trans Canada Highway. This displays British Columbia’s tallest tree house, where you and your kids can enjoy the world of fantasy with more than 350 folk art figures. Other activities to enjoy are paddling in the pond or walking on the wetland boardwalk, which really spells fun and adventure especially for the younger ones.
If musical fun is your thing, visit the Nickelodeon living museum which features musical instruments from the 18th, 19th and 20th century that actually play on their own. You can join a 1 hour tour where about 20 instruments are played, including musical instruments like a self-playing violin or piano, a huge organ made of pipes, musical boxes and many more to create a wonderful melody. This will surely be extraordinarily fun and a really good reason to visit.
During hot summer seasons, popular activities in Revelstoke include mountain climbing, biking, hiking, kayaking, rock climbing, and golfing among many others. During winter seasons, the place turns into a skiing and snowmobiling destination. The heavy snowfall in the area makes all of these possible. In fact, the city holds Canada’s record of having the snowiest winter in 1971 to 1972.
Another notable destination in the town is the Revelstoke Mountain Resort, which opened in 2007. It holds North America’s greatest vertical descent and is the only resort in the world to offer lift, heli, cat as well as backcountry skiing.