How to Spend 4 Epic Days of Hiking in Revelstoke

Visiting Revelstoke as a base for your outdoor adventures is the best choice because it’s located beside 2 of Canada’s most impressive National Parks! I’m here to share our epic 4-day itinerary of hiking in Revelstoke for the first time and seeing the best Fall colours in Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park!

We spent 4 days in Revelstoke in collaboration with Tourism Revelstoke to share the best adventures, places to stay, eat and explore more in the Fall season. If you’ve ever been wondering about the best trails in Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, keep reading for our epic 4-day trip to Revelstoke!

When is the best time to visit Revelstoke?

Revelstoke is an awesome place to visit in any season and you’ll find all kinds of adventures in the Summer, Fall, Winter and Spring times. We decided to visit in the shoulder season this Fall and had an amazing time watching the Fall colours change in Revelstoke! I’ve always said that my favourite time of year to hike is in the Fall, and spending the beginning of Fall in Revelstoke reminded me why!

You’ll enjoy less crowded trails, cooler temperatures, less busy downtown and restaurants, and beautiful changing Fall colours. Make sure you’re always checking trail conditions at Parks Canada before you go out for a hike, as this is an active time for bears and part of being bear aware is knowing before you go! Trails open and close during this season as bears are on the move.

Free National Parks Day Pass at the Revelstoke Visitor Centre

Another bonus of visiting in the Fall (and in the other shoulder season of Spring) is that for a limited time, until the snow starts, Revelstoke Tourism is offering a FREE National Parks Day Pass when you visit Revelstoke Visitor Centre! Your free National Parks Day Pass is valid for 1 vehicle and will save you some money so you can explore more in the Fall.

This offer is only valid for Fall, make sure to check out the Fall in Love with the Parks Campaign with Revelstoke Tourism! Please note that you cannot purchase any Parks Passes at the Revelstoke Visitor Centre but for a limited time in the Fall they are giving away National Parks Day Passes to visitors.

How to get to Revelstoke, British Columbia

Revelstoke is in Southeast British Columbia tucked between the Selkirk and Monashee Mountain ranges and it is located on the territory of the the Sinixt, the Secwépemc, the Syilx, and the Ktunaxa First Nations. Getting here by car is one of the most beautiful drives in BC, and flying into Kelowna International Airport will only be a 2.5 hour drive or airport transfer until you’re in Revelstoke!

If you’re driving from the West from Vancouver or Seattle, it will take you 6-7 hours to reach Revelstoke and you will drive through the Okanagan Valley and through beautiful mountain passes. If you’re driving from the East from Calgary, it will take 4-5 hours and you will drive through at least 2 incredible National Parks!

Do I need a car to get around Revelstoke?

If you’re going to be heading to the National Parks, yes you will need a car because there is no public transit available to the Parks. It will take 5 minutes to drive to Mount Revelstoke National Park and another 35 minutes up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. This is a beautiful drive up the mountain! It takes about 45 minutes to drive to Glacier National Park from Revelstoke.

Getting around town is easy without a personal vehicle, and there is a shuttle to Revelstoke Mountain Resort daily during the summer and winter months. Most adventures in Revelstoke are within a 10 minute drive and in the summer it’s recommended to rent a bike to get around!

What to bring for hiking in Revelstoke’s National Parks

When you’re hiking in the National Parks (and everywhere you hike, really) you should be bringing the proper gear with you into the backcountry. Read more about what to bring on your day hike, and our beginner backpacking gear guide. This includes a good backpack, proper hiking boots/shoes, proper layers of clothing, a warm jacket, a rain jacket, food, water, navigation, first aid, sun protection, emergency/safety items and a communication/GPS device.

You will be hiking in bear territory in the National Parks and mountains surrounding Revelstoke, so it’s extremely important to carry bear spray with you in the case of a bear encounter. Make sure to check Parks Canada trail conditions before you go – wildlife are on the move and trail closures can happen!

Sustaining Revelstoke & Leave-No-Trace principles

As an outdoor adventure town, Revelstoke is dedicated to leaving nature better than how we found it. As part of their Sustain the Stoke campaign, Revelstoke aims to keep wildlife wild by keeping distance from wildlife, keeping campsites and picnic areas clean, not feeding wildlife, carrying bear spray, keeping our pets under control, and respecting regulations and closures. Learn more about how to Sustain the Stoke in Revelstoke.

Best Things to do in Revelstoke & 4-day Itinerary

What’s great about adventures in Revelstoke is that you’re right in the middle of the best things to do. You can spend a really great weekend, 5 days or over a week exploring with Revelstoke as your base! We had backcountry camping permits for a night and extended our trip to 5 days instead of 4. Keep reading for our full 4–day Revelstoke adventure itinerary!

Day One: Arrive in Revelstoke & check out the breweries

We had a pretty big travel day from Vancouver to Revelstoke, and we were excited to check into our cozy cabin at Alpha Mountain Lodging before heading to some local breweries! Our pet-friendly cabin at Alpha Mountain Lodging was in a perfect location just 10 minutes from downtown Revelstoke.

We first went to Rumpus Beer Co downtown Revelstoke and sat outside on their patio to try a couple of flights of their local beer! The craft beer selection is easy to choose from and a favourite was the hazy IPA! Mt Begbie Brewing was our next stop with the most beautiful patio with a clear view of Mount Begbie in the distance. A favourite from our flights here was the Okanagan honey brew!

For dinner, we headed over to Craft Bier Haus and were surprised when our server led us to the back patio! We had no idea it was here and it was a beautiful space! Craft Bier Haus surprised us again with their smoked meat plates by the pound and we ordered smoked brisket with a side of Haus made potato salad. This was a hidden gem and we loved our meal here!

Day Two: Hiking in Mount Revelstoke National Park

We’re hiking in Mount Revelstoke National Park on day three, and we started with coffee from La Baguette and brought delicious deli sandwiches with us for our day on the trails. We made our way to the trailhead for Miller, Eva and Jade Lakes trail and started on our 16KM round trip to Miller and Eva Lakes! If you have the time and are prepared, definitely hike all the way to Jade Lakes!

This trail is relatively easy, but long and make sure to be prepared to be on the trail for most of the day. Once you get back down from your hike, check out the Fire Lookout trail and the Nel’s Nelson Ski Jump at Mount Revelstoke for more views!

Post-hike in Mount Revelstoke, we went downtown Revelstoke to a local favourite that is always busy… because it’s so good! We snagged a seat on the patio at The Taco Club and ordered beef birria burritos with “dirty rice” and they were PERFECT after a day of hiking.

Day Three: Hiking in Glacier National Park

Our biggest hiking day of the trip starts in Glacier National Park! We start early and head to the trailhead for Abbott Ridge for a 17.4KM day with 1336M elevation gain. This hike is in prime grizzly territory, so we hit the trail with bear spray close by and head into the forest not knowing this would be one of the most beautiful trails we’ve ever hiked.

Glacier National Park is known for steep climbs but the views are worth the struggle. You’re met with the most beautiful, in your face mountain peaks and glaciers as far as you can see! We hiked both Abbott Ridge trail and Hermit Meadows in Glacier National Park and this park will be remembered to us as one of the most beautiful in Canada.

We were back in Revelstoke for brunch at Terra Firma’s Kitchen and had the best farm to table meal! The rest of the night consisted of enjoying the sauna back at our cozy cabin to relax our sore muscles and checking out Old School Eatery for dinner.

Day Four: Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Before leaving Revelstoke, we had to check out the Revelstoke Mountain Resort! We had a “Play All Day” pass! This gave us access to ride the gondola, try out axe-throwing and ride the mountain pipe coaster. Before you leave, make sure to head to Mac Tavern to explore their range of beers!

Where to stay in Revelstoke

For our 4-days of adventure in Revelstoke, we checked into Alpha Mountain Lodging and stayed in their pet-friendly Luna Cabin. Our cabin had two bedrooms and could sleep 4-6 people. We had one bathroom and a full kitchen stocked for cooking while you stay in Revelstoke. We loved being outside of the city but close to the action!

Final thoughts on how to spend 4 days in Revelstoke

Revelstoke is seriously one of the best little mountain town’s I’ve ever had the chance to stay at and we enjoyed every second of our time here. We loved hiking in the National Parks, adventuring around town, and trying the epic food scene in Revelstoke! If you’re looking to cross some hikes off of your bucket-list or just planning a casual trip to Revy, make sure you check out the places we recommended and here’s some bonus activities and restaurants for you to enjoy:

  • Halcyon Hot Springs
  • Revelstoke Farmer’s Market on Saturdays
  • Dose Coffee
  • La Baguette (we had sandwiches for lunch)
  • The Village Idiot (we had take out poutine)
  • Old School Eatery
  • Monashee Distilliing/Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery
  • Mac Tavern at Revelstoke Mountain Resort
  • Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk, Soren Sorenson, or Inspiration Woods for lower elevation trails in Mount Revelstoke National Park.
  • Hemlock Grove Boardwalk for a lower elevation trail in Glacier National Park.

For more Fall adventures in the Canadian Rockies, check out our blog on the 5 best Larch hikes in the Canadian Rockies! Thank you to Revelstoke Tourism for hosting and sponsoring this blog post, and make sure to check out See Revelstoke when planning your trip here. See you on the trails!

Comments (1)

  • Sandy

    September 20, 2023 at 11:46 am

    Awesome blog! Revelstoke is in my fall 2024 bucket list!

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