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.
railway played a large part in the area's development and its story
can be viewed at the Railway Museum.
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. 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.
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.
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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metres (1499 ft.)
Industries: Forestry, Transportation, and Tourism / Hospitality
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.
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
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.
Events: 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 www.railwaydays.com.),
Glacier Challenge Ball Tournament, Eva Lake Pilgrimage September - Mountain Arts Festival
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.
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