This quick visitor guide was first printed in the January 2018 issue of Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine.
Revelstoke is well-established as a world class winter adventure destination for sledders, backcountry enthusiasts and those wanting to access the long descents at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. What you may not know is that Revelstoke has a plethora of other activities happening during the winter months that are perfect for families looking to experience all our community has to offer.
Check these five family-friendly activities that won’t break your pocket book (Most are $10 and under per person).
1 Go swimming at the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre
Free passes to the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre are offered to guests staying at many local hotels and motels. Take advantage and enjoy the 25-metre pool with lane swimming, leisure pool featuring a lazy river, hot tub, sauna and steam room. Oh, and there’s also an incredibly cool water slide and a climbing wall.
Tourist tip: You may hear locals refer to the Revelstoke Aquatic Centre, the Revelstoke Community Centre, or the Revelstoke Rec Centre. It’s all the same place, located at 600 Campbell Avenue.
2 Give snowshoeing a try
Revelstoke offers plenty of opportunities for snowshoeing. Great places for families to give snowshoeing a whirl include the Revelstoke Golf Course, Greenbelt trails, and trails off the Big Eddy pathway. Those with more experience may want to check out the snowshoe trails at Mount Macpherson and Mount Revelstoke National Park. Tours are available at Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Rentals are available at a number of local ski shops as well as the Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club located at Mount Macpherson.
Tourist tip: Pop by the Revelstoke Tourist Information Centre for a map of trails. Note that some snowshoe trails are located in avalanche country, so be sure to check before you head out.
3 Check out the Turtle Creek Fun Park at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Family-oriented Turtle Creek Fun Park includes two tubing lanes, bungee bounce, and a gradual beginner slope.
Tourist tip: Minimum age for tubing is three-years-old. Children under 3’6” need to be accompanied by a paying adult.
4 Cheer on the Revelstoke Grizzlies
Experience Canada’s national winter pastime as you cheer on our local Junior B hockey team. Games usually begin at 7 p.m. and last a couple of hours. All games take place at the Revelstoke Forum, located at 1100 Vernon Avenue. Detailed schedule information can be found at www.revelstokegrizzlies.com.
Tourist tip: Hockey arenas can get cold. Plan to dress warm and bring a blanket to sit on.
5 Spend a day checking out Revelstoke’s museums
Explore Revelstoke’s rich history by exploring the Revelstoke Railway Museum and the Revelstoke Museum and Archives.
The Revelstoke Museum and Archives (open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m.–5 p.m. and Saturdays from 11 a.m.–5 p.m.) showcases Revelstoke’s history. The museum is located at 315 First Street West.
The Revelstoke Railway Museum (open Wednesday through Saturday from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.) is the place to head if you’ve got train enthusiasts in your family. Learn about the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway and check out the kids activity centre. The museum is located at 719 Track Street West.