10 Must-Do Summer Experiences in Revelstoke, BC

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Are you ready to dive into the mountain adventure mecca that is Revelstoke, BC? This charming town offers a vast selection of thrilling activities for every type of adventurer. From adrenaline-pumping mountain biking to serene river paddleboarding, Revelstoke has something to make every summer day an unforgettable adventure. So pack your bags, grab your gear, and get ready to explore the top 10 things to do in Revelstoke this summer!

Mountain Biking

Explore pristine trails at Mount Macpherson, suitable for riders of all skill levels. For adrenaline-seekers, conquer the bike park at Revelstoke Mountain Resort, featuring endless downhill trail options. Rentals are conveniently available at the base of the mountain from Revelstoke Mountain Resort or Wandering Wheels.

Photo Credit: Destination BC/Ryan Creary

Whitewater Rafting on the Illecillewaet River

Get ready for a half-day thrill on the Columbia River with an exciting whitewater rafting trip, spanning approximately 4 hours of adrenaline-pumping adventure! With a minimum age requirement of 8 years old, this is an experience the whole family can enjoy together.

Rest assured, adventurers won't be tackling those rapids alone. Experienced guides will be right there every step of the way, ensuring safety and maximizing the fun.

And here's the best part: all equipment is included in the price from Apex Rafting! Whether you're an adult seeking an exhilarating challenge or a younger adventurer ready to conquer your first river, Revelstoke has you covered.

Prices start at:

  • Adult (Aged 17+): $165
  • Youth (Aged 13-16): $140
  • Child (Aged 8-12): $120

Looking for a more laid-back adventure? Choose the serene option of a relaxing float down the Columbia River. Drift at your own pace, immersing yourself in the awe-inspiring scenery that surrounds you spanning approximately 3.5 hours, you can trust Apex Rafting to guide you through the stunning landscape with expertise and care. 

Strolling Through the Revelstoke Farmers' Market

Slow things down a bit with a visit to the Farmers' Market. From May through October, Revelstoke hosts two bustling Summer Markets every Saturday morning. The Revelstoke Farm & Craft Market and the Local Food Initiative Market take place on First St. East, between MacKenzie Ave. and Orton Ave, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. These vibrant markets are the perfect place to sample local produce, artisanal goods, and delicious treats. Chat with friendly vendors, listen to live music, and soak up the lively atmosphere – it's a quintessential Revelstoke experience.

Ride the Pipe Coaster at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Take a thrilling ride on the Revelstoke Mountain Resort Pipe Coaster. This gravity-fueled adventure offers an adrenaline-packed experience as you twist and turn down the mountainside. Zoom through twists, turns, and tunnels while taking in breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes.

Prices start at:

  • Adult: $39 (one ride)
  • Child (Aged 3-7): $15 (one ride)

For those looking to make the most of their day, the Play All Day Unlimited pass offers unbeatable value at $125 per person. This pass includes unlimited access to the Pipe Mountain Coaster, Aerial Adventure Park, hiking and sightseeing via the Revelation Gondola, 10 throws at Peak Axe Throwing, and Disc Golf including rentals.

Photo Credit: Destination BC/Kari Medig


Revelstoke is surrounded by national and provincial parks, offering unmatched access to diverse hiking trails for all skill levels. Whether you’re seeking serene walks or challenging treks, the proximity to places like Glacier National Park and Martha Creek Provincial Park ensures a memorable outdoor adventure for all.

Martha Creek Provincial Park Trail

Explore the scenic Martha Creek Provincial Park Trail, offering picturesque views of Martha Creek Falls and the surrounding wilderness. The trail is well-maintained and suitable for hikers of all skill levels, with minimal scrambling involved.

  • Difficulty: Easy to Moderate
  • Length: Approximately 6 kilometers round trip
  • Time: 2 to 3 hours

Asulkan Valley Trail in Glacier National Park

The Asulkan Valley Trail is a favourite among experienced hikers, offering waterfalls and glaciers as it leads through the Asulkan Valley to the Asulkan Valley hut. The trail is located in Glacier National Park a short 30-minute drive from Revelstoke. 

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: Approximately 13 kilometers round trip
  • Time: 5 to 6 hours

Perley Rock Trail in Glacier National Park 

Experienced hikers, this one’s for you! The Perley Rock Trail takes you right to a glacier, offering stunning close-up views. Be prepared for steep climbs and rocky scrambles. Ensure you have the right gear and navigation skills for this demanding hike.

  • Difficulty: Difficult
  • Length: Approximately 12 kilometers round trip
  • Time: 6 to 8 hours
Photo Credit: Leigh Caporal on the Asulkan Valley Trail

Rejuvenate & Reflect: Visit Museums or Spas 

Combine relaxation and history for a perfect day in Revelstoke. Take a step back in time at the Revelstoke Railway Museum or the Forestry Museum, open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Discover the rich railway and forestry history with vintage locomotives and auto-motives and interactive exhibits. Admission for the Railway Museum is $14 for adults, with discounts for children and seniors. Admission at the Forestry Museum is $4 for adults, and free for those 12 and under.

Photo Credit: Revelstoke Railway Museum 

After exploring history, unwind at one of Revelstoke’s spas. Enjoy a soothing massage, a rejuvenating facial, or select from many aesthetic options at Mint Day Spa or Birch & Lace. These experiences provide a perfect blend of cultural enrichment and relaxation during your visit.

Photo Credit: Mint Day Spa / Spruce & Arrow 

Paddleboarding on Lake Revelstoke

For a more relaxed adventure, grab a paddle board and head to Lake Revelstoke. The calm waters are perfect for a relaxing afternoon, allowing you to soak up the sun and take in the stunning scenery. Don't forget to bring your camera – the reflections of the mountains on the water are absolutely Instagram-worthy. If you don't have your own gear, you can rent paddle boards at Fine Line SUP or Revy SUP Rentals. Full-day rentals are $89 + tax, and half-day (4 hours) rentals are $69 + tax, making it easy to get out on the water and start exploring.

Five other great paddle boarding spots in Revelstoke:

  1. Williamson Lake
  2. Lake Revelstoke Reservoir
  3. Columbia River
  4. Blanket Creek Provincial Park
Photo Credit: Tourism Revelstoke | Martha Creek

Chase Waterfalls

Revelstoke, BC, is a mecca for waterfall enthusiasts, boasting several captivating cascades to explore. Begin your journey with a hike to Sutherland Falls, a moderate trek spanning 5 kilometers round trip and taking about 2-3 hours. Admire this 40-meter cascading gem nestled in the Selkirk Mountains.

For a shorter excursion, head to Begbie Falls, just a short drive from downtown Revelstoke. This easy hike covers a 1-kilometer round trip, taking approximately 30 minutes. Enjoy a picnic with the backdrop of the falls thundering waters cascading over rugged rocks.

For a more challenging adventure, tackle the Eva Lake hike. This moderate to difficult trail spans 15 kilometers round trip, with an estimated time of 6-7 hours. Journey through old-growth forests and alpine meadows to reach the breathtaking alpine lakes nestled among the peaks of the Monashee Mountains.

Photo Credit: Jenna Serelo at Begbie Falls

Experience the Revelstoke Music Scene

Revelstoke's vibrant music scene offers a variety of live performances and events throughout the summer months, from outdoor concerts in Grizzly Plaza to intimate performances at local venues. Immerse yourself in the sounds of talented local musicians, ranging from folk and bluegrass to rock and electronic music, and discover the unique charm of Revelstoke's vibrant music scene.

Photo Credit: Arts Revelstoke 

Upcoming Music Events:

Revy Live Outside - July 1 to August 25, 2024

On The Lawn: A Night Of Music W/ The Steadies - June 15, 2024

Explore Revelstoke's Craft Breweries & Distilleries

Looking for a taste of local flavor in Revelstoke? Look no further than the town's thriving craft brewery and distillery scene. From hoppy IPAs to smooth spirits, Revelstoke offers a diverse array of libations crafted with care. So, gather your friends, raise a glass, and embark on a journey through Revelstoke's craft beer and spirits scene.

  1. Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.:
    • Nestled at the base of the Monashee Mountains, Mt. Begbie Brewing Co. is a must-visit for beer lovers. This award-winning brewery is known for its handcrafted ales and lagers, brewed using traditional methods and locally sourced ingredients. Take a tour of the brewery, sample a flight of their signature brews, and soak in the laid-back atmosphere of their tasting room.
  2. Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery:
    • Located in the heart of downtown Revelstoke, Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery is a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. This boutique distillery specializes in artisanal spirits made from organic, locally sourced ingredients. Sip on a handcrafted cocktail in their cozy tasting room, or take a bottle of their premium gin or vodka home to enjoy.
  3. Rumpus Beer Company:
    • For a taste of creativity and innovation, head to Rumpus Beer Company. This small-batch brewery is known for its experimental brews, from fruity sours to bold stouts. Pull up a seat in their funky tasting room, chat with the brewers, and sample their ever-changing lineup of unique and flavourful beers.
Photo Credit: Kootenay Rockies Tourism/Mitch Winton

Where to Stay?

Revelstoke, BC, is a paradise for adventure-seekers, offering a perfect blend of heart-pounding activities and relaxing moments. Whether you're hiking peaks, paddling on serene lakes, or exploring the town's rich history, there's no shortage of ways to make the most of your summer in this beautiful mountain town. As you plan your next Revelstoke summer adventure, don’t forget to explore our Revelstoke Basecamp properties for your perfect home-away-from-home. Enjoy discounts on adventures and exclusive rewards by signing up for our Explorer’s Club. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your gear and start your adventures in Revelstoke today! 

Are you ready to dive into the mountain adventure mecca that is Revelstoke, BC? This charming town offers a vast selection of thrilling activities for every type of adventurer. From adrenaline-pumping mountain biking to serene river paddle boarding, Revelstoke has something to make every summer day an unforgettable adventure. So pack your bags, grab your gear, and get ready to explore the top 10 things to do in Revelstoke this summer!

Photo Credit: Jenna Serelo at Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke
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