The Only 5-Day Revelstoke Summer Itinerary You Need

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Welcome to #TheRealStoke, the ultimate summer playground for adventure seekers, nestled amidst the breathtaking peaks of the British Columbia Interior. Whether you’re itching to conquer rugged trails or simply soak in the tranquility of mother nature, Revelstoke offers an unparalleled experience for every type of explorer. 

Join us as we unveil the ultimate 5-day itinerary, meticulously crafted to showcase the best of Revelstoke. From the adrenaline-fuelled rush of conquering mountain trails to the tranquil serenity of glistening lakes and cascading waterfalls, this itinerary promises adventures like no other. 

How to Get to Revelstoke 

For Travelers heading to Revelstoke, we recommend flying into Kelowna International Airport (YLW), just a scenic 2-hour and 30-minute drive away. During the summer, the journey offers a captivating transition from Kelowna’s arid climate to Revelstoke’s lush cedars and hemlocks. 

If you are planning to explore the provincial and national parks surrounding Revelstoke, we recommend renting a vehicle from agencies like Enterprise, Hertz, or Avis, conveniently located at Kelowna Airport. Having your own vehicle provides flexibility and gives you the ability  to venture further and uncover hidden gems.

If driving isn’t your preference, Revelstoke Transfers offers airport shuttle services and private transfers for individuals and groups. Additionally, Revelstoke Transit & Resort Shuttle operates daily within town, with complimentary fares included in your stay at any of our Basecamp Properties. 

Photo Source: Revelstoke Transfers

Day 1: Chasing Waterfalls & Exploring Downtown Delights 

Kickstart your day with a local coffee and a quick bite from Dose Coffee or Holm. Be sure to pack a lunch, snacks, and water for your adventures ahead, as this excursion can take as long as you desire.

First, you’ll want to embark on a hike to Begbie Falls, just a short drive from downtown Revelstoke. The 3 km trail offers stunning views of lush forests and Begbie Creek, culminating in the breathtaking sight of Begbie Falls. Plan for a round-trip hike with an estimated hiking time of around 1-2 hours, depending on your pace.

Next, head to Blanket Creek Provincial Park a short 10-minute drive down Highway 23 South. There you will find Sutherland Falls tucked away in the lush forest after a short 5-minute walk from the parking.

Photo Source: Leigh Caporal - Sutherland Falls

After your grand adventure, take some time to unwind by strolling along McKenzie Avenue and exploring the charming local shops and galleries. Revel in the unique offerings of Revelstoke's vibrant arts and culture, and perhaps find the perfect souvenir to commemorate your day of exploration. Consider grabbing a bite to eat at Chubby Funsters or Craft Bier House

Day 2: Alpine Exploration - Where Wildflowers Paint the Trails

Prepare for an exhilarating day as you journey into the alpine realm, especially captivating during the blossoming of the vibrant wildflowers in July. Revelstoke is surrounded by two magnificent National Parks - Revelstoke and Glacier National Park, each offering surreal hiking experiences. A Park Pass is required which you can buy online or at the Gates of either park. 

We’ve carefully curated a list of our top hikes in each park:

Mount Revelstoke National Park: 

  1. Nels Nelsen Trail - 1 km (0.5 miles) 81 m elevation gain 
  2. Upper Summit Trail - 3.1 KM (2 miles) 104 m elevation gain
  3. Eva & Miller Lake - 16 km (10 miles) 550 m elevation gain 
Photo Source: Leigh Caporal - Upper Summit Trail

Glacier National Park:

  1. Bear Creek Falls - 1.3 km (1 mile) 48 m elevation gain
  2. Meeting of the Waters - 1.3 km (1 miles) 53 m elevation gain
  3. Great Glacier Trail via Illecillewaet Campground - 6.4 km (4 miles) 411 m elevation gain
  4. Hermit Trail - 5.8 km (3.6 miles) 813 m elevation gain
  5. Asulkan Valley Trail - 13.7 km (8.5 miles) 971 m of elevation gain 
Photo Source: Haley McMinn - Hermit Trail

Before you set out on your adventure, ensure you’re equipped with essential items such as multiple layers of clothing for changing weather, a well-stocked first aid kit, plenty of water, snacks, and sturdy footwear. 

Day 3: Natural Hot Springs and/or Lakeside Leisure

After two days of thrilling adventures, treat yourself to a day of relaxation and rejuvenation amidst Revelstoke's natural wonders. A visit to Revelstoke is not complete without a soak in the soothing hot springs or a lakeside visit.

Option 1: Hot Springs Retreat

Choose between developed or natural hot spring experiences and enjoy a free scenic ferry across Upper Arrow Lake:

Developed Hot Springs - Halcyon Hot Springs

Nestled on Upper Arrow Lake with breathtaking mountain views, Halcyon Hot Springs boasts Lithia-rich Mineral Pools for ultimate relaxation. Indulge in therapeutic hot or warm pools, a cold pool for cryo-therapy, and a seasonal mineral pool with a splash park.

Photo Source: Halycon Hot Springs

Natural Hot Springs - Halfway Hot Springs

For the adventurous at heart, venture to Halfway Hot Springs. Tucked away along the Halfway River, these natural pools offer a rustic and secluded experience. Accessible via a 12-kilometer (7.5 miles) drive down a retired logging road (AWD or 4X4 recommended), followed by a short yet steep hike to the springs. Don't forget appropriate footwear for the trek.

Photo Source: Kyla Hunter | Where is the World

Option 2: Lakeside Leisure

For a day by the water, explore these serene lakeside spots:

Lake Revelstoke & Martha Creek Provincial Park

Just 15 minutes outside of town lies Lake Revelstoke, a haven with crystal-clear waters and stunning shoreline views. At Martha Creek Provincial Park, families can enjoy the sandy beach and playground facilities, all free for day visits. Rent a paddleboard from Free Spirit Sports or bring your own for a day of swimming and leisurely strolls along the tranquil shoreline.

Blanket Creek Provincial Park

Another option is Blanket Creek Provincial Park, a serene oasis 30 minutes outside of Revelstoke. Relax on the sandy beach of the small crystal-clear lake, which is often warmer than Lake Revelstoke. Enjoy picnics and playtime with the family. For a touch of adventure, hike to panoramic mountain vistas. 

Photo Source: Kootenay Rockies Tourism/Chris Wheeler

Day 4: Choose Your Thrill or Chill Adventure

On Day 4, Revelstoke beckons adventurers to tailor their experience to their preferences, whether seeking an adrenaline rush or a leisurely thrill. The options are endless. Select an activity that will captivate you for the majority of your day.

White Water Rafting

Plunge into an adrenaline-fuelled rafting adventure along the Illecillewaet River, enveloped by the Selkirk Mountains. Apex Rafting offers exciting excursions, including the Illecillewaet Whitewater Rafting trip, providing hours of excitement amidst breathtaking scenery.

Photo Source: Apex Rafting 

TIP: Guests staying at Basecamp Properties can save 30% on trips by booking directly through the front desk team

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 from Revelstoke Mountain Resort or Wandering Wheels.

Photo Source: Leigh Caporal - Macpherson Bike Trails

Side by Side Tours

Venture on an off-road escapade to hidden alpine lakes and secluded waterfalls with a Side by Side Tour from Great Canadian Tours. Half-day and full-day tours are available, offering 360-degree views of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain Ridges.

Photo Source: Great Canadian Tours

Golf at Revelstoke Golf Club

For a thrilling yet leisurely day, tee off at the Revelstoke Golf Club, nestled amidst stunning mountain scenery. This 18-hole championship course promises an unforgettable golfing experience, with challenges for all skill levels.

Photo Source: Claudio Frimmel - Revelstoke Golf Club

Day 5: Play All Day at Revelstoke Mountain Resort 

As your Revelstoke adventure nears its end, why not go out with a bang at Revelstoke Mountain Resort? With the Play All Day Pass, your final day promises to be filled with thrills and excitement, granting access to the resort’s top attractions.

Zoom down 1.4 km of exhilarating twists and turns on the Pipe Mountain Coaster, reaching speeds up to 42 km/h across ski runs, through glades, and even through a tunnel! Conquer the Aerial Adventure Park, where over 50 challenging obstacles await. Swing, climb, jump, and free-fall in a high ropes course setting for an adrenaline-packed experience.

Photo Source: Destination BC/Kari Medig

With the Play All Day Pass, Revelstoke Mountain Resort invites you to conclude your trip with some unforgettable experiences.. Be sure to cheers to some thrilling adventures and epic memories made during your Revelstoke getaway at the Rockford or Mackenzie Tavern!

Find Your Mountain Retreat at One of Our Revelstoke Properties 

Discover our unparalleled accommodations in Revelstoke: Basecamp Resorts and Basecamp Suites - both perfect for families and large groups, with multiple bedrooms and full kitchens (and so much more) But don't wait! Make sure to secure your accommodations early, as Revelstoke can get quite busy in the summer months. 

Basecamp Suites Revelstoke
If you're eager to immerse yourself in local culture and convenience, look no further than our newly built Basecamp Suites. Located in the heart of Downtown Revelstoke, Basecamp Suites offers a variety of room types, from Micro-Studios to spacious 3-Bedroom Suites, ensuring there is something for every type of adventure seeker. Each unit is thoughtfully decorated with local artwork and equipped with fully stocked kitchens.

Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke
If you're seeking a bit of seclusion and breathtaking turquoise hues, look no further than Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke. Nestled along the banks of the Columbia River, our Resort offers condo-style accommodations ranging from Micro-suites to expansive 5-bedroom Units. In every suite you will discover a range of amenities like full-size kitchens and living spaces, endless mountain view as well as washers and dryers. In addition to a range of in-room amenities, enjoy a soak in one of two outdoor hot tubs.

Photo Source: Claudio Frimmel - Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke

As you plan your next Revelstoke summer adventure, don’t forget to explore our Revelstoke properties for your perfect home-away-from-home. Enjoy not only discounts on adventures but also exclusive rewards by signing up for our Explorer’s Club. Your memorable summer journey starts with us. 

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