With its jaw dropping mountain location, Revelstoke Canada draws thrill seekers from around the world. In my mind a winter Revelstoke vacation conjured up images of deep powder skiing and snowmobiling up gravity defying mountain slopes. In summer climbing cliff faces and biking down trails surely made only for goats.
Frankly even for adventure-lover me, Revelstoke’s activities seemed too challenging for this new Grandma. Driving by this western Canadian mountain beauty many times, this autumn, pulling up my big girl pants, we took a weekend Revelstoke vacation.
With a sheepish grin I report that you actually don’t need to be 25 and wear a t-shirt with ‘EXTREME’ written on the front to have fun in this mountain mecca. In yet another humbling case of ‘I’ve been proven wrong’, a list things to do in Revelstoke that anyone will love, including grandmas.
What to do on a Revelstoke Vacation
Pipe Mountain Coaster
Not just for adrenaline junkies, riders of the Pipe Mountain Coaster control their own speed. While my hands were sweaty on arrival at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, the Dad and giggling wee girl in his lap on the coaster gave me confidence. Not to mention the white haired gentleman hooting and hollering right behind.
Nels Nelson Historical Site
Wonder what it might feel like to lean high over the edge of a ski jump? Scheduled to open in time for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation on July 1, 2017 is the Nels Nelsen Historic Area in Mt. Revelstoke National Park.
Boasting the largest natural ski jump in Canada many world records were set at Mt. Revelstoke between 1915 to the late 1960s. The most famous being Nels Nelsen in 1916 flying off this exact spot for 183 feet.
No actual ski jumping happens now but you can imagine how Nels felt leaping from this take off.
Not only is this historic site free but in 2017 all Canadian National Park entries will be waived. Happy 150th birthday to Canada!
Need to get away from it all? So much peacefulness on the still waters of Lake Revelstoke. Great Canadian Tours provides half or full day rentals of all equipment from their private dock. Head across the lake to mountain creeks and pristine waterfalls.
Beaver Lodge Kids Bike Park
Visions of happy grandchildren dance through my head upon arrival at the interpretive bike park in Mount Revelstoke National Park. Let’s be honest. Really I want to get on my own bike and try riding over the giant dragonfly wings and the double spiral snail shaped track. I may leave the ‘guess the animal poop’ display to the grand kids. Just saying.
Ride a Side by Side ATV
The last time I rode a dirt bike I was a teenager. Right about the time the last dinosaur roamed the earth. My skill level slightly rusty. Dirt biking is big fun in Revelstoke. Instead we hopped a side by side ATV. Bouncing and laughing through eye popping mountain scenery with our guide leading the way.
Meadows in the Sky Parkway
The only location in Canada’s National Park system where one can drive to the top of a mountain. Climbing 26kms through forests of cedar to the renowned meadows of wildflowers of Mount Revelstoke National Park.
During the snow free season, which is early July to late September, (this is Canada after all), a shuttle bus transports visitors for free from the parking area at Balsam Lake to the summit free of charge.
Museums of Revelstoke
All aboard for a ride in the diesel train simulator. Take an elevator to the top of a 175-metre high concrete dam and learn how water turns into electricity. Explore old logging machinery. Why does snow come crashing down the mountains in massive avalanches? Obviously not your usual collection of museums in Revelstoke.
My response to the suggestion of mountain biking has consistently been, “Are you mad? Do I look like I want to break my neck? All those roots and rocks are just waiting to leap out and throw me over the handlebars.”
Another slice of humble pie as Matt from Wandering Wheels gently guided us through a beginner lesson on a riverside path.
Even in the rain I had a big grin. I’m not ready to tackle any mountain slopes but I came away feeling proud as a peacock for having succeeded in learning the basics.
Didn’t bring your mountain bike or don’t own one like me? You can rent one at Skookum Cycle Shop
Want to see the beauty of Revelstoke for yourself? Click on our video below.
Where is Revelstoke Canada?
Located in Canada’s most western province of British Columbia, Revelstoke is 410kms (256mi) west of Calgary.
Thanks to Tourism Revelstoke and local business partners for hosting our Revelstoke vacation. All opinions, Grandma like and otherwise, are my own. Our gratitude to Tourism Revelstoke for Photo #1 and several photos within the video.