Are you planning a trip to Revelstoke and looking for the best things to do in Revelstoke with kids?
We’ve just finished spending an amazing summer vacation in Revelstoke with our kids and have all the inside scoop on what you should plan for your trip. This post will give you everything you need to know about visiting Revelstoke with kids!
If you are considering a summer vacation to Revelstoke (or Revy as the locals call it) this is all the details you need to know to ensure your holiday in Revelstoke is fun-filled and kid-friendly!
Disclosure: Revelstoke Tourism graciously hosted us, but all views and opinions are my own.
What You'll Find in This Post
- Things to do in Revelstoke with Kids
- 1. Revelstoke Mountain Resort
- 2. White Water Rafting
- 3. Mount Revelstoke National Park
- 4. The Enchanted Forest
- 5. SkyTrek Adventure Park
- 6. Visit the Waterfall Trifecta
- 7. Giant Cedars Boardwalk
- 8. Big Eddy Glassworks
- 9. Alleyway Artwork
- 10. Mountain Biking
- 11. Golfing in Revelstoke
- 12. Revelstoke Railway Museum
- 13. Revelstoke Museum and Archives
- 14. Interior Forestry Museum
- 15. Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre
- Revelstoke Area Map
- 4 Day Revelstoke Itinerary with Kids
- Best Places to Stay in Revelstoke
- Revelstoke Family Friendly Restaurants
- Revelstoke Travel Tips
- How to get to Revelstoke?
Things to do in Revelstoke with Kids
1. Revelstoke Mountain Resort
Revelstoke Mountain Resort is a must-stop in Revelstoke British Columbia during the summer! They have everything from the Pipe Mountain Coaster, aerial adventure park, gondola, mountain biking, hikes, disc frisbee, axe throwing and more!
The Revelstoke mountain coaster was probably the highlight for all our family at the resort. With your All Day Pass you get a ticket to go on two rides on the coaster. It is so much FUN! I could go more, so now I understand why there is a limit on numbers.
The aerial park is a fun-filled activity for the entire family. Luca conquered the top and no fear with this guy! You can register as soon as you get into the park to start your online queue while you go either disc golf or hike around.
They allow a certain number of people on the ropes course at a time. They’ll provide the training and information when you enter and then you are free to go where you like on the course. Lots of cool games and creative ideas on this course to challenge yourself.
Revelstoke Mountain Resort has done an amazing job to incorporate a summer season into their famous winter ski resort. Some may even say it’s better in the summer if those activities are more of your interest. Mountain biking is a very BIG sport in this area and they have set up their resort to be champions in this area to offer a great way for downhill mountain biking.
You can also take the gondola up to the summit and enjoy the views of all the mountains that surround this resort. Start some hikes and go downhill from here, get off and walk around, have a bit to eat or drink at the top, or simply ride up and down!
Don’t forget to grab yourself a trail map before you head up so you have an idea of what hiking or biking paths you want to go on.
I would recommend you book tickets in advance and start the day early here to get the most of your day. You can also go early and then come back later in the day too! You’ll have all day to explore Revelstoke Mountain Resort so you will get your money’s worth with this place.
2. White Water Rafting
This is what to do in Revelstoke during the summertime! If you are looking for some adrenaline and fun for the entire family you have to go white water rafting trip!
We went with Apex Rafting Company, they are locally owned and operated with over 25 years of experience rafting. They also are able to accommodate taking kids out on the river, and providing a fun environment for the family.
We chose to do the morning rafting tour which was the right amount of time for us. Luca was keen on going full board and sat up in the front right away, while Sofia took some time to warm up to the idea but by the end of the trip she was all smiles sitting up front with waves splashing into her.
You’ll go down 26 km of the Illecillewaet River with stunning views and rapids along the way. They take you out on a bus to get to your drop-off location and then drive you back to the main office in the town of Revelstoke.
They provide everything you need, right down to the shoes so there is no equipment that you need to buy and everything is included. Even ALL these photos make it great for the family to be able to enjoy their time on the water without worrying about taking photos to capture the moments.
If you have any questions or concerns, just give Apex a call and they’ll give you all the information you need prior to booking. For us, our guide was amazing at making it fun for the kids and really able to make them relax and enjoy the ride.
All photos are from Apex Rafting and they have the copyright to all the above Apex photos. Such an amazing treat to get these photos to cherish this very cool experience for our family.
3. Mount Revelstoke National Park
One of the best things to do in Revelstoke is visit Mount Revelstoke National Park. Yes, just located a short drive from Revelstoke is a National Park of Canada!
Our recommendation would be to drive the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the top to see views, hike, see wildflowers and wildlife. The wildflowers are so beautiful here and get better in August.
There are great smaller hikes at the summit that are perfect for the family with some all-around views to check out. Be sure to check out the trail conditions from the Parks Canada website ahead of time to ensure they are open ad conditions.
There are also some backcountry overnight trails that you can take from the summit to some of the smaller lakes. This is on our list for next time for sure!
You might even get a chance to see bears in this area. The Parks Canada crew was very informational when the kids asked them a hundred questions about bears! Keep your distance and remember you are in their home.
4. The Enchanted Forest
One of the classic Revelstoke things to do with kids is to take them to The Enchanted Forest.
It’s a magical experience for the entire family as you walk through the old-growth trees into this forest where over 350 handcrafted fairytale figurines are among the 800-year-old trees.
They’ve created their uniquely crafted houses that make the fairytale come to life as you imagine all these characters living amongst the trees.
It will bring you back to being a child with all the fairytale stories of Three Bears, Three Little Pigs and more!
The Enchanted Forest has been around for over 60 years bringing magic to this area for kids of all ages.
5. SkyTrek Adventure Park
The SkyTrek Adventure Park is a fantastic Revelstoke ropes course that lets you get among the treetops to challenge yourself on the course.
They have different options for kids of all ages.
- Sky Course – Made with 4 levels inlcuding green, blue, black and double black diamond course. You go in one direction and have exit points along the way. Luca and I did this course.
- The Kids Sky Adventure is for kids 5+ and a smaller version of the Sky Course. Sofia did this course, she could have done the bigger course but was a little hesitant. Next time she wants to do the bigger course.
- Sky Gym for kids age 2-12, where they are gear free and all the course has safety nets for kids freedom to play.
The SkyTrek Adventure Park is located just beside the Enchanted Forest, so I’d recommend to visit these in the same day. They are also expanding with more things to come, so stay tuned for that.
6. Visit the Waterfall Trifecta
If you are looking for some amazing Revelstoke hikes, then we’d recommend you go searching for waterfalls and visit the Waterfall Trifecta in the area of Revelstoke. These are three different waterfalls around Revelstoke.
Either early spring or during the summer this can be a great thing to explore in Revelstoke.
- Sutherland Falls – 12m high waterfall with a short trail with easy grade to get to waterfall.
- Begbie Falls – This waterfall has a short but steep hike to get to the viewing platforms. You’ll find entry to this waterfall from the Begbie Recreational Trail.
- Moses Falls – This is short trail with steep sections to get down the base of the falls. Located just off of Highway 23 these falls aren’t visible from the road but offer a great view once you discover them.
These are all located within the same quadrant, but you’ll need to drive to the different spots. You can find the exact location on the map down below.
7. Giant Cedars Boardwalk
The Giant Cedars Boardwalk is a walk among the old-growth trees that lets you calmly enjoy these trees on the cedars boardwalk trail. You will need a Parks Canada pass to enter the boardwalk for any national park including Mount Revelstoke National Park or Glacier National Park.
I’d suggest you try to line up your days to go to this boardwalk trail the same day you visit one of these other parks to save some money.
Well worth the stop and very easy for families to walk on this cool path nestled in the trees.
8. Big Eddy Glassworks
One of the best parts of Revelstoke is all the local artisan, so be sure to discover what local artwork there is in Revelstoke!
We loved Big Eddy Glassworks, now who doesn’t want to see how glass is made with the glassblowing! They have workshops, a gallery, demos and more in this shop. Our kids did an upcycled sandblasting workshop for the Revy cups!
We also got our souvenir Christmas tree ornament here! We always get a tree ornament from every place we visit and this was the perfect place to get a beautiful blown glass ornament.
9. Alleyway Artwork
One of the things to do in downtown Revelstoke is to go check out their alleyway gallery. They have artists showcased down the back alley of their shops. Different artists, different techniques but all very cool. This was our favourite because it was made from old snowboards and skis!
A unique experience and a free thing to do in Revelstoke.
10. Mountain Biking
Revelstoke is the mecca of mountain biking so expect to see everyone either riding a bike or have a bike on the back of their vehicle. This is what the locals and everyone who loves to mountain bike live for in the summer. We didn’t bring our bikes this trip, but most certainly the next time we will bring them along to explore all the paths and routes Revelstoke has for mountain biking.
You can research all the Revelstoke mountain biking trails and figure out which are best for you with beginner, intermediate and advanced mountain biking trails everywhere. You’ll be sure to find many that work for you and your family.
Next time the bikes are coming with us!
11. Golfing in Revelstoke
So we drove by Golf Revelstoke and drooled over how beautiful this course is! It looks amazing as it lines the Columbia River with the mountain backdrop. If you have some time or a chance to golf Revelstoke definitely go check it out, we just ran out of days here.
There are some great rates for youth and kids too when accompanied by an adult. Compared to other British Columbia courses the green fees are reasonable.
Indoor Activities in Revelstoke
We had fantastic weather while we were visiting, so if you happen to run into some rainy or cooler weather these are some options that we have on the list for the next time we visit Revelstoke with kids. These are also some great ideas if you are travelling in the spring or fall time in Revelstoke. Or if you take a break from skiing in the winter these are some options too!
12. Revelstoke Railway Museum
One of the cherished Revelstoke attractions is the Revelstoke Railway Museum, where you’ll discover the history of the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) that emerged through these western Canadian mountains. If you have a kid that loves trains this would be a perfect paradise for them.
We didn’t have a chance to visit the railway museum in Revelstoke, but next time we will since our family has a huge heritage part with the CPR with our grandfathers both working on the rails. The Canadian Pacific Railway is part of the Canadian heritage that needs to be shared more, so if you have a chance to go and listen to the stories of these railroaders.
They also have a steam locomotive inside to check out!
13. Revelstoke Museum and Archives
You can really only understand where a community comes from if you know its history. And this Revelstoke museum and archives tell the tales of Revelstoke. Discover more with these interactive exhibits on the local history of the First Nations, skiing, mining, avalanches and more.
14. Interior Forestry Museum
Forestry is a massive part of the history and current life of the Revelstoke community. The Interior Foresty Museum will give you a new perspective on the foresty industry with the history behind it. They also have a 2.5 km easy walking path in the trees for you to visit too.
Plus, it’s beside the Revelstoke Dam if that interests you for a quick stop.
15. Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre
Stop by the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre to see the creations and exhibits of local artists. They have art classes and a gift shop too if you are looking for something to take home. You’ll be able to see and purchase some very unique pieces of artwork from here while supporting local.
Revelstoke Area Map
I always like to plan out and see the different locations of the activities or things to do in a place to be able to optimize my time in a place. So use this map as a way to plan out your days!
Things are spaced out in this area, so always have extra water and food with you along for the kids during the summer months.
4 Day Revelstoke Itinerary with Kids
Here is our 4 day itinerary for Revelstoke!
If you are looking for a quick and easy guide this is the perfect Revelstoke vacation for the entire family.
Day 1: Mount Revelstoke National Park, Giant Cedars Boardwalk & Waterfall Trifecta
- Go visit Mount Revelstoke National Park part of Parks Canada. Drive the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the top to see views, hike, see wildflowers and wildlife.
- Take a short drive and go see the Giant Cedars Boardwalk.
- Go check out the Waterfall Trifecta – Sutherland Falls, Begbie Falls & Moses Falls.
Day 2: Revelstone Mountain Resort & Artwork Alleyway
- Play all day at Revelstoke Mountain Resort with Pipe Mountain Coaster, aerial adventure park, gondola, hikes and more!
- Wander the streets of Revelstoke and check out the street art and galleries in the alleyways.
Day 3: White Water Rafting & Glassworks Local Artist
- Have some fun at Apex Rafting Company and go white water rafting. Let your adrenaline get amped up!
- Pop into Big Eddy Glass Works and watch them create some unique glass pieces or create your own at a workshop.
Day 4: Enchanted Forest & SkyTrek Adventure Park
- Go check out a fairytale magic of The Enchanted Forest.
- Zipline and climb in the trees at SkyTrek Adventure Park.
Best Places to Stay in Revelstoke
For our stay in Revelstoke, we want to try staying in a Bed & Breakfast and we absolutely love it! We stayed at The Copeland, which was a perfect location to explore everything in Revelstoke. It is located right on MacKenzie Avenue which has many restaurants, shops, cafés, and shopping. At the end of the day, we’d park our car and stroll down the street to find out where we are going to eat and drink.
We also enjoyed after the kids were in bed to sit on the balcony and enjoy the ambiance of MacKenzie street, where everyone seems to know everyone. Laughter filled the streets with people enjoying late evening strolls and dinner with their patios lights.
The Copeland also has a lot of history in these four walls. It was built in 1900 for the infamous Mayor of Revelstoke, Frank McCarty. They have all kinds of info and pictures scattered in the house that tells the tale of this home.
The place has 4 separate bedrooms with 2 1/2 baths, so if you are thinking about going with extended family or friends this could be a great option to consider for a group stay. You can’t beat their breakfast in the morning either!
There are plenty of other options as well to suit any budget in Revelstoke. You can check out the hotels in Revelstoke and options for accommodations.
Camping by Revelstoke
There are many campsites by Revelstoke and we’d recommend the campsite listing on SeeRevelstoke to figure out which camping to book in Revelstoke. There are National Parks, Provincial Parks, private campgrounds, recreational camping, backcountry camping and more!
So my best advice is to look at them and decide on the location you want with the amenities you need.
Revelstoke Family Friendly Restaurants
- The Village Idiot, Kawakubo Japanese Restaurant, The Taco Club, Chuby Funsters, Nico’s Pizzeria, La Baguette, and The Main Street Café are all great family friendly restaurants.
- Be sure to check out some of the local breweries too – Rumpus Beer Company and Mt. Begbie Brewing Co.
- We also fell in love Stoked Roasted Coffee Co. so be sure to try some local food/drink that is sold at the grocery store. Honestly, one of the favourite things we love to do in new places.
Revelstoke Travel Tips
- There is always something going on in this place, so keep your eyes open for any local farmers market or festivals going on too!
- Pop into the Revelstoke Visitor Information Center to get any info, maps or details you need when you arrive. They’ll help you out and clarify any questions you have.
- Don’t forget to ensure you have travel insurance for your trip to Revelstoke. We always use World Nomads for our insurance and you can read more about our review of World Nomads Insurance.
How to get to Revelstoke?
- By Air – You can either come from Calgary or Kelowna airports are the closest.
- From Kelowna, BC – 187 km, 2.5 hrs
- From Kamloops, BC – 224 km, 2.5 hrs
- From Banff, AB – 283 km, 3.5 hrs
- From Calgary, AB – 410 km, 4,5 hrs
- From Vancouver, BC – 565 km, 6.5 hrs
- From Edmonton, AB – 701 km, 7 hrs