Stoked on Revelstoke Riding

"I actually cannot believe I am finally headed to Revelstoke. Time to ride some of the best tree runs of my life."
Written by: Jacques

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Revelstoke was one for the books and a great way to end my working holiday in Canada. I think this trip made me realise that I am in no way done with Canada. How rude of me.. you probably have no idea where or what Revelstoke is. Lets get into some nitty gritty about this amazing town.

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Revelstoke is situated in South Eastern BC. The city itself is situated on the banks of the Columbia river just south of the Revelstoke Dam. Revelstoke is roughly 420km's away from Calgary, Alberta and over 600km's away from Vancouver, BC. Revelstoke was founded in the 1880's after the Canadian Pacific Railway was built through the area. The railway tracks and tunnels themselves are incredibly impressive as they carve their way through the steep cliffs and mountain ranges. The town also holds a record for the snowiest single winter. Snow levels were so high that most peoples rooftops were lower than the settled snow level.

How do I get there?
From Vancouver it is super easy. Get yourself onto Trans-Canada highway 1. Head towards Kamloops. Continue past Kamloops for 2.5 hours and you will hit Revelstoke. CLICK HERE for a break down.
From Calgary haha its even easier and quicker! Jump on the Trans-Canada highway this time you are going west. In 4 hours and 30 mins you will reach Revelstoke. CLICK HERE in case you are still lost.

A classic mid winter Canadian highway.

A classic mid winter Canadian highway.

Cool! Now where do I stay?
We stayed in an AirBnB which was easy, affordable and perfect for what we wanted. You have other options though.
If you want to go on the cheaper side try Revy Hostel! I have not stayed there personally but I have heard some really great reviews.
If you have a little bit more money set aside you could go for the on mountain option. Check out Revelstoke Mountain Resort. They have accomodation packages that you can include with your ski pass.
Hey worst case scenario you can always go for the ski-bum option and sleep in your car. Let's just hope you have a very warm blanket!

Adam just having a moment with the Dodge Durango on our way to Revi.

Adam just having a moment with the Dodge Durango on our way to Revi.

So what should I do in Revelstoke?
Alright so your first option is to spend your trip snowboarding and/or skiing to your hearts content. But there are other activities to tick off the list, it really depends how much money you have to spend...
-You could try backcountry Touring and even do an avalanche awareness  course.
-Heli Skiing! I really want to do this one day!
-Cat Skiing is a great option if Heli skiing is out of your price range.
-Fat Biking. Yep super fat grippy tires on bikes.. in snow! Yeah its fun.
-Dog Sledding. I loved dog sledding it is such a beautiful experience and the dogs are so cute.
-Snowmobiling because all of the yes!
-Snowshoeing if you just want a relaxing journey with a solid leg burn.
The best thing about Revelstoke is how well it is set up for tourists who want to do incredible activities. You can find all the providers and quotes through their TOURISM WEBSITE.

A bit of moral support for Adam during a pit stop.

A bit of moral support for Adam during a pit stop.

The tree runs were unbelievable.

The tree runs were unbelievable.

The services on the Mountain and around town are amazing. This is no Whistler but this small mountain town does an excellent job with what they have. My favourite part of riding at Revelstoke was the non existent crowds. It is so quiet that you can still get fresh lines at 3pm in the afternoon!

I will definitely be getting myself back to BC one day soon. This time Paulo is definitely coming with me! Let us know how your trip went in the comments below.. Oh and if you have any questions feel free to drop them in the comments to.
Happy travels
Jacques | Massie Bros
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