Anchored by nearby Revelstoke Mountain Resort, the fast-growing outdoorsy town offers year-round thrills and family fun.
Not a skier? No worries. Summers in Interior BC offer just as much, if not more, adventure. World-class hiking, climbing, and dining await — here’s your ultimate summer in Revelstoke weekend itinerary!
Whether you’re visiting Revelstoke on its own or as part of a road trip from Vancouver to Calgary, there’s plenty to do in this charming town and neighboring National Park to fill 2-3 days, easily!
Your Perfect Weekend in Revelstoke: A 3 Day Itinerary
11 a.m. Explore Mount Revelstoke National Park
Pack a picnic lunch and head up Mount Revelstoke for the afternoon.
Access to the park is just off the Trans Canada Highway 3km outside of Revelstoke’s town center and parking is available after a scenic 26 kilometer drive up Meadows in the Sky Parkway.
Visiting the park is best during snow-free season of July through September when hikers can take full advantage of trail access. Shoot for July or August to catch the wildflowers in bloom.
Points of interest in the park include historic fire tower at summit, alpine lakes, and a memorial honoring Revelstoke’s rich history in ski-jumping.
4 p.m. Check-in at the Stoke Hotel or Poppy’s Guest House
Lodging options in the area run the gamut between car camping approved parking lots and the boutique Explorer’s Society Hotel.
If you are looking for something in the middle, try a room at the newly renovated Stoke Hotel or hostel-style Poppy’s Guest House.
Poppy’s tagline is “your gateway drug to Revelstoke” as it ends up being many traveler’s first stay in the area.
Each offers a walkable location to downtown and opportunities to meet other like-minded travelers.
5 p.m. Early dinner at Village Idiot Pizza
A meal at “the Idiot” is a must when traveling through Revelstoke. The menu has something for everyone but pizza and a caesar (Canadian for Bloody Mary, eh) is the way to go.
Grab a seat at the back porch railing and listen to passers-by to be in the know on happenings around town. Don’t skimp on the dipping sauces. Garlic aioli and the restaurant’s take on chalet sauce are crowd favorites.
6:30 p.m. Live Music at Grizzly Plaza
Pull up a plastic chair (they are provided by the city) and join literally everyone else in town for free live music. T
he Revelstoke Arts Council sponsors a new act each night during summer months and artists cover a full range of genres.
If you fancy an ice cream, there are several options by the bandstand including The Roxy and The Sugar Shack. Take a jacket as the weather gets pleasantly crisp during summer nights.
8 a.m. Bakery Breakfast
Breakfast and coffee options are plenty in the area and many spots bake their goods in house.
Dose and Modern Bakeshop are the easy places for a quick cup of coffee and meal to-go before the day’s outing. A croque monsieur (hot ham and cheese) is a Canadian staple worth waiting for in a brief line.
10 a.m. Downtown Farm and Craft Market
Meander through the closed-off streets near Grizzly Plaza and shop local selections of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, flowers, and local crafts.
You will find all the ingredients needed for a home-cooked meal if space allows at your hotel. If you do end up cooking yourself, supplement your picks with a meat selection from Ray’s Butcher Shop on nearby Victoria Road.
12 p.m. Head up to Revelstoke Mountain Resort for the afternoon
Revelstoke Mountain Resort (RMR) boasts the greatest vertical terrain in North America at 5,620 ft.
You’ll need to come back in the winter to access that descent, but you can still reach a good portion via the Revelation Gondola which operates year-round. A single gondola ticket can be purchased if you want to experience the view from mid-mountain.
From there, take your choice of mountain biking, hiking, or the mountain coaster for the way down. Grab lunch at the mountain base village before tackling your afternoon adventures. MacKenzie Tavern, La Baguette, and The Rockford are your go to’s there.
5 p.m. Cocktails and dinner
Hop into Quartermaster Eatery for some of the town’s best cocktails. Their barkeeps have perfected the smoky old fashioned.
If you are staying for dinner, the cote de boeuf is worth every Canadian cent and is meant to share. If you prefer something more casual, cross the street to Pam’s Kitchen. They have some of the best curry around and the restaurant was just remodeled in 2019.
8 p.m. Late night fun
After good fare, head over for drop-in curling at the Revelstoke Curling Club where the beers are cheap and the curling is cheaper. Get there early as the club caps capacity at about 40 people.
If you happen to be in town during the winter season, plan to attend a Grizzlies’ game. The local Junior B ice hockey team typically has sell-out crowds and games are a community event.
If you’re a late-night socialite, slide into Traverse, the town’s only nightclub. It usually gets geared up around 11 p.m. and is a great way to groove the night away.
10 a.m. Ease into Sunday
Sunday mornings are laid back in Revelstoke.
The regular coffee spots are buzzing and it’s the perfect time to window shop, visit one of the town’s several parks, or take a 30-minute walk on the Big Eddy Greenway or the Illecillewaet Bridge Trail, both walking trails near the city center with views of Mount Begbie and the Illecillewaet and Columbia Rivers.
Alternately, hop in your car and drive to Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail in Revelstoke National Park, a beautiful rainforest walk just outside the city.
12 p.m. Lunch in Big Eddy & McPherson Trails
Big Eddy Pub, across the Columbia River from Revy, has all one could want for Sunday lunch and they specialize in smoked meats. You’ll be sure to meet a few folks fresh off of the nearby McPherson mountain biking trails.
There is easy trailhead access if you venture over to the trails yourself to hike or bike. Make sure to take the detour to Begbie Falls.
5 p.m. Movie Night
Grabbing a movie at Roxy is a perfect way to wind down an epic weekend in Revelstoke. They usually have two different movies playing each week, and you can check their website or marquee for details.
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Originally from the Southern U.S., Katelyn Page currently launches adventures from Ketchum, Idaho and Revelstoke, BC. She spends most of the time when outside skiing, hiking, or cycling. As an Urban Planner by training, she understands the connection between cities and outdoor resources and the importance of getting out and exploring.