Updated: May 26
We had the opportunity to visit the beautiful town of Revelstoke and live like a local.
We had visited Revelstoke in the past but had only ever spent a night or two. This time around, we spent 5 nights in town and got to try different restaurants and cafes, walk around downtown and have fun as a family, including our pup Buni.
We drove 3.5 hours from Nelson and arrived in Revelstoke around dinner time.
We will preface that this drive from Nelson is stunning, with lots of little cute towns to drive through and then you arrive at the Upper Arrow Lake Ferry. This 20-minute ferry ride (which is free to ride) is also beautiful and we encourage everyone to get out of the car and take in the views because it’s worth it. Once you drive off the ferry, you head down Highway 23 for about 40 minutes and you arrive in Revy!
After we checked into the Best Western Plus Revelstoke, we went to our dog-friendly room to unpack and freshen up. Wow, this room was so perfect for us and they even had dog bowls in the room, we love thoughtful touches like that at accommodations.
We started to get hungry so we went to Old School Eatery for ‘sophisticated comfort food.”
Mike ordered a burger with polenta fries and Cierra got the steak with fries.
Everything was really good and we liked the overall vibe. We will note though, if you’re coming in with little kids, don’t sit in the corner by the speaker, it was a tad bit loud for our family.
After dinner, we went back to the hotel and hung out.
The next day, we took it really easy and went to dinner at the Big Eddy Pub for all-you-can-eat chicken wings. We are HUGE fans of chicken wings and these wings were really really good. They also had a dozen sauces to choose from.
Cierra also tried their poutine and was very impressed.
Overall we had an amazing time at the Big Eddy Pub.
After dinner, we went and played at the park to run off some steam.
The next morning we woke up and went to a long-time local favourite, La Baguette for coffee and a treat. This spot is great for pastries, fresh-baked bread and gelato. They also have a dine-in restaurant for more options.
Next up we drove up to the Revelstoke Mountain Resort for a ride on the 20-minute lift to the top of the mountain, this experience was so cool. Our son really enjoyed this experience too.
After the gondola ride and walking around Revelstoke Mountain Resort, we worked up an appetite and headed for round two at the Big Eddy Pub for their Burger night.
Their burgers were delicious but make sure if you dine in, get there early, Burger Night is a local favourite and can get a tad busy.
Once we enjoyed our burgers, we took our dog Buni for a walk on the Big Eddy Bridge and went down to the water. We just love how walkable Revelstoke is.
On Friday, we started our day at Terra Firma's Kitchen, an organic and intentional ingredient cafe that serves lunch, coffee and freshly baked sourdough bread.
Cierra had a chicken sandwich, Mike had the soup and we also tried an iced maple latte.
After lunch, we had the opportunity to visit the Revelstoke Railway Museum walking distance from the downtown area.
We immersed ourselves in Canadian Railway history and got to tour the old trains, awe at the model train display and go outside to view all the different train cars. This museum is perfect for all ages and is super engaging.
There is also a hidden gem in the museum which our son loved and it was the train simulator where you could press buttons, pull on the horn and see what the inside of the train looks like. It was a loonie to experience so make sure to bring change if visiting with family.
After the railway museum, we took a walk downtown and enjoyed all the little shops, cafes and wall murals. There are so many great shops for the entire family in Revelstoke including a children’s boutique, gift shops and outdoor adventure stores. There is something for everyone. The cafes downtown all have their own style and uniqueness, giving any visitor lots of variety.
There’s also a cinema downtown so if it’s raining or you need a relaxing activity, you can go see a movie at the Roxy.
In the summer, the Revelstoke Farmers Market is also downtown on Saturdays which is another local gem, you can thank us later.
For dinner on Friday, we brought Kawakubo Sushi back to our room, which was delicious.
On day 4, we headed over to Crazy Creek Resort about 15 minutes from downtown. This family and dog-friendly spot is a great attraction and has a variety of activities to do depending on the season. Crazy Creek offers hot pools, camping, lodging, a waterfall and a suspension bridge. We got to visit the waterfall and suspension bridge and it was awesome. This wasn’t our first time visiting but this time was even better in the spring vs visiting in the summer because the falls were heavily flowing due to mountain spring melt.
Walking to the falls from the parking lot is very accessible (we brought our stroller) and it’s a nice little walk to the falls. In the summer, they do have another entrance where you have to walk up a few staircases so if you need an accessible route, let them know at the office and they can accommodate you.
Once you walk up to the platform, you cross the suspension bridge to view an incredible waterfall called Crazy Creek Falls. There are a couple of other viewing points that you can enjoy so we recommend you follow the signs and enjoy the sights.
In the summer, they do have a patio area on one side of the bridge with ice cream and snacks. To learn more visit crazy Creek resort.ca
After a blast at Crazy Creek, we went to Queen Elizabeth Park for some playground fun. Everest is at an age now that he loves to climb the stairs up to the slide on his own so he really enjoys doing that at the park. This park has a variety of playground equipment including a climber for toddlers which was so cool to see.
Once E was tired at the park, we placed an order for dinner at the River City Pub at the Regent Hotel.
We brought food back to the hotel because our son was exhausted which means we had a good day!
Cierra ordered the steak meal with fries and Mike ordered fish and chips.
We really enjoyed our dinner from River City Pub.
Well, we’ve come to our last day in Revelstoke and we were sad to leave. We had our last breakfast in our hotel, packed up the car and visited Terra Firma's Kitchen once last time for lunch on the road back home.
Our drive home was smooth and it took us about 3 hours.
Living like a local in Revelstoke was awesome, we really loved spending lots of time in the area and enjoying all the activities, trying the local food favourites and enjoying all the green space in the area.
Revelstoke was incredibly walkable, there was lots of parking (keep in mind we were visiting during a shoulder season so it could get busier when you visit) staff at every place we went to were kind and welcoming and we appreciated how family and dog-friendly places were including parks and paths.
We highly recommend everyone to put Revelstoke on their must-visit list, no matter what season you choose, you will have a fantastic time but just beware, the small town might steal your heart, don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Until our next destination,
C & M