Top Winter Activities in Revelstoke for Non-Skiers

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Revelstoke is world-renowned for its epic ski terrain and champagne powder, but what many people don’t know is that it’s also a mecca for outdoor activities for people who don’t ski or snowboard, so ditch the routine and head to Revy where you can unlock a world of winter adventures! From guided snowshoe tours with epic views, to conquering greenbelt trails, and discovering hidden frozen waterfalls, there’s no end to the list of things to do. Dive into unique experiences like dog sledding, cross-country skiing, or even ice fishing. Then cap off your day at a local craft brewery and check out some of Revelstokes fine-dining establishments. With a few more hot tips we’ll help  you ensure that your winter escape in Revelstoke is nothing short of epic!


Revelstoke is renowned for its abundant snowfall, creating some of the best conditions in BC. While access to certain areas may be limited, snowshoes offer a practical solution. With the right gear, you can explore subalpine, riverside, backcountry, and densely forested areas. Always prioritize avalanche safety before venturing out. Whether you prefer guided tours or solo trips, we've curated the best ways to embrace the snowy landscapes through snowshoeing.

If you're new to snowshoeing, consider joining a tour with Revelstoke Snowshoe. They'll teach you how to use snowshoes, provide basic avalanche training, and take you through beautiful subalpine forests. The price includes snowshoes, resort access, and warm refreshments for a hassle-free experience.

For those with intermediate or advanced snowshoeing skills, we suggest exploring various trails in Revelstoke, such as the greenbelt trails for plowed areas that lead into the alpine with riverside views. Consider the Sutherland Falls trail, offering a secluded path to witness impressive frozen waterfalls. Another option is starting at the gate of Mount Revelstoke National Park, where you can explore Inspiration Woods or the Sorensen loop. Snowshoe and avalanche gear rentals are available at Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club and FreeSpirit Sports.

Avalanche Awareness

Avalanche danger is something to be aware of in the backcountry of Revelstoke. It’s important that if you plan to go past the city limits you check in with the local information center to determine if your plan for the day crosses over into avalanche terrain.

A great resource is to forecast danger levels, risk ratings, and how to mitigate the likelihood of one. Please ensure you educate yourself on proper avalanche gear. Most shops that offer ski rentals, will also offer avalanche equipment rentals. You can check out Great Canadian Tours and Revelstoke Powder Rentals for more information.

Photo Credit: Tourism Revelstoke

Dog Sledding

Discover the excitement of dog sledding in Revelstoke with the family-friendly options provided by Revelstoke Dog Sled Adventures. As a small family-run kennel, they prioritize the highest standards of dog care and guest satisfaction. Whether you want to take control and mush the dogs yourself or prefer to sit back and let someone else handle the hard work, the choice is yours.

Ensure you dress warmly and appropriately for the weather, with boots being a crucial consideration, especially as you venture into the alpine. Their knowledgeable guides will share insights about the dogs, local history, and dog sledding during the experience. Tours start at $299 per person, promising an unforgettable dog sledding adventure in the breathtaking Revelstoke scenery.

Photo Credit: Katee Pederson/Tourism Revelstoke

Cross Country Skiing

Rev up your winter with Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club! Whether you’re venturing out for the first time or a seasoned enthusiast, enjoy gliding on groomed trails day or night. With more than 30 kilometers (19 miles) of trails to explore, your days or evenings can be filled with snowy fun waiting to explore. Don’t miss the magic of cross-country skiing under the stars on beautifully lit trails, it’s an experience you won’t want to miss!

When you book two or more nights directly at Northwinds Hotel or Basecamp Resorts Revelstoke you’ll receive a free Nordic Pass and Cross Country Ski rentals.

Photo Credit: Revelstoke Nordic Ski Club via Website

Hot Springs

No trip to the West Kootenays is complete without a soak in a hot spring. Half an hour drive from Revelstoke is Crazy Creek Hot Pools, boasting four outdoor pools with temperatures ranging a soothing 40 degrees to an exhilarating 12-degree cold dip. Nestled in the woods, these pools provide a serene escape with a backdrop of spectacular mountain views. Check their website for single entry price, however, passes can only be purchased upon arrival.

Photo Credit: Crazy Creek Resort via Tripadvisor

If you're in search of a full day filled with adventure, look no further than Halfway Hot Springs – the most rugged gem among the nearby hot springs. Just 1.5 hours from Revelstoke, your journey commences with a ferry ride across Upper Arrow Lake. Thanks to milder winter conditions, vehicles with AWD or 4x4 and reliable winter tires can easily handle the trip. Get ready for a 12-kilometer (7.5 miles) drive on an inactive logging road, followed by a short yet steep hike down to the springs, nestled beside a breathtaking river. Kindly be aware that when snowfall occurs the hot springs are no longer reachable by car. Instead, a snowmobile, snowshoes, or skis are necessary for access.

Find the general directions here, and please be aware that there is no service once you disembark from the ferry.

Photo by Katee Pederson via Website

Fat Biking

Miss mountain biking and anxious to get back in the saddle? Dive into the world of Fat Biking! Rent a fat bike for just $40 from Tantrum Ride Co, right in downtown Revelstoke. Take on the Tantrum Ride Co. Fat Bike Loop - a 13.5 km (8 miles) groomed trail. Perfect for both newbies and enthusiasts, this loop treats you to breathtaking views of the Columbia River, Selkirks, and Monashees from the valley bottom.

Alternatively, explore the snowy trails of Mount Revelstoke National Park, where you can cruise along the Soren Sorensen 2 kilometers (1.25 miles) and 5 kilometer (3 miles) trails, as well as the Meadows in the Sky Parkway up to the Inspiration Woods trailhead. Keep in mind there’s no grooming, and furry friends must be on a leash.

Photo Credit: Tourism Revelstoke via website

Ice Fishing

Revelstoke boasts over 200 fantastic freshwater fishing spots within a short drive from town. Before you cast your line, make sure to secure a BC Recreational Freshwater Fishing License, starting at $39.56+. Register quickly on the British Columbia Government website.

In these waters, you'll find Rainbow Trout, Gerard Rainbows, native Yellow Fin Rainbows, Bull Trout, Brooke Trout, and Lake Trout in smaller lakes. Common fish types in surrounding lakes include Kokanee and Burbot.

AAA Guided Tours:

For hassle-free angling, consider AAA Guided Tours. They offer trips from 3 hours to a full day, providing all the gear you need, expert instruction, and stunning views. Prices start at $299 + tax.

Exclusive Savings for Revelstoke Visitors

Book directly through our website and stay 2+ nights in Revelstoke to save 25% on your guided fishing adventure. Don't miss out on the Revelstoke Stay & Play offer, available through Revelstoke Tourism’s website, to make the most of your fishing experience in this mountain paradise.

Photo Credit: AAA Guided Tours

Craft Brewing & Distilling

Rumpus Beer Co.

Reflecting the brewery's ethos of combining beer and enjoyment, the name Rumpus encapsulates their vision. Since opening its doors in June 2019, the brewery has become a local hotspot, attracting regular patrons who relish the beer and vibrant ambiance.

Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.

Mt. Begbie beer has become a local icon, nearly as recognizable as the peak it's named after. Established in 1996, it quickly became a beloved choice for both locals and visitors. In a remarkable achievement for a small-town brewery, Mt. Begbie was named Canadian Brewery of the Year in 2017. Recently, they relocated to a new, purpose-built brewery.

Monashee Spirits Distillery

A family-run distillery and cocktail bar, they're passionate about quality and community. Crafting all their spirits by hand with local ingredients and pure mountain spring water, they bring a taste of the mountains to you. Specializing in bespoke cocktails and award-winning spirits, their focus is on community, collaboration, and sustainability in their craft.

Photo Credit: Revelstoke Mountaineer via Website

Catch a Good Old Hockey Game

Cheer on Revelstoke’s Junior Hockey Team, The Grizzlies, at the Revelstoke Forum! Enjoy $5 local Mount Begbie Beer and Oakanagan ciders while soaking in the excitement. This promises to be an unforgettable hockey game with unbeatable energy. Tickets available at Skookum Bike & Ski and Save on Foods.

Photo Credit: Tourism Revelstoke via website

View the Grizzlies Schedule Here.

In Revelstoke, winter fun extends beyond skiing! Explore snowy landscapes with snowshoes, experience dog sledding, and glide through scenic cross-country ski trails. Enjoy winter with activities like fat biking and ice fishing. Wrap up your day at local breweries or catch a spirited hockey game with the Grizzlies. Secure your cozy stay at Basecamp Resorts for a true home away from home, or enjoy the convenience of Northwinds Hotel Revelstoke, just a stroll away from town.

Book your stay at Northwinds Revelstoke

Remember to join our Basecamp Explorer’s Club and begin earning rewards for your stays across all Basecamp properties. When you book directly on our website, you can receive up to 15% cash back in rewards.

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