Brief: Revelstoke escape room business seeks zoning change

Based on “escape the room” style video games, escape games began gaining popularity in North America in the 2010s.

An aerial view of the location of the proposed escape room. Image: city of Revelstoke report.

The popular escape game could soon be making its way to Revelstoke.

Revelstoke city council will consider a proposed site specific text amendment for property at 1605 Victoria Road to permit “amusement and recreation services.” The property is home to a multi-tenant commercial building. Applicant Kyle Decker is proposing to build an escape room in one of the leased commercial units on the property.

A report to city council notes an escape room, also known as an escape game, is a physical adventure game where players solve a series of puzzles and riddles using, clues, hints and strategies to complete objectives. Inspired by “escape the room” video games, players are given a set time limit to unveil a secret plot hidden within the rooms. Escape rooms became popular in North America, Europe and East Asia in the 2010s.

The proposed use is not currently permitted on the Victoria Road property, located in the C6 zone, however staff said the proposed zoning amendment is consistent with Official Community Plan land use designation and policies. The site specific zoning is being recommended as comprehensive consideration of the proposed use across the entire C6 zone has not been undertaken.

Council will discuss the proposed amendment at the regular council meeting on Tuesday, July 10.