Weekend road trips where you can camp, find an inexpensive cabin and discover something new are what we live for. Finding a new destination to explore over the summer months just got easier, because we’re sharing a few reasons that you’re going to want to add Revelstoke to your list of places to explore this summer – or, to your places to stop, as you explore even more westward.
Walk the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail | At under a half hour (and half a kilometer) the Giant Cedars boardwalk trail was a great stop on the way into Revelstoke, to get the kids through the last bit of driving before we got there. We went during the week, late in the evening, so we avoided the hoards of people – in fact, we only met one couple going down the trail as we were going up. It’s easy enough for even the smallest of children, and the trail loops around to bring you back to the day use area. It’s easy enough for the smallest of kids and was one of my favorite walks of the trip with so much to see.
Run Through the Enchanted Forest | You can’t plan a visit to Revelstoke with little kids without going to the Enchanted Forest. Open 8 am to 8 pm, seven days a week, the Forest is filled with magic that’s begging to be explored. Bring comfortable walking shoes for everyone, insect repellent and plan for about an hour to walk through the Enchanted Forest. Admission for adults is $11, and children are $8. After you’ve finished at the Enchanted Forest, tackle the nature walk. The easy boardwalk is a 2km hike through the wilderness, easy enough for little kids, and earns you a diploma at the end of the self-guided walk.
Soak in the Hot Springs (and Cross a Suspension Bridge) | We spent the day at Crazy Creek Hot Springs, where Jamie took the plunge and went on the suspension bridge while we played in the water. There are four pools of varying temperatures, two hot, one warm and one freezing cold plunge pool that I think was the favorite of the kids to jump in and out of. Bring your own pool toys and floaties, as there are none available at the pool and come early to grab a spot in the shade under a couple of the gazebos. Admission for the entire family is $29 (Extra for the suspension bridge) but you’re going to want to go on the bridge to see the amazing view of the falls.
Grab a Burger at the Nomad Food Co. | You have to try the Farm burger (if you’re really hungry) when you go there. The kids loved the kids meals, and the regular burger was very well seasoned. The kids are going to love the food and the maps on the tables where they can point out just how far they’ve traveled from.
Hike to Begbie Falls | The short 10 – 20 minute hiking trail leading downhill from the parking lot is full of twists and turns eventually connecting to a series of wooden stairs leading to a viewing platform located at the base of the falls. Remember what hikes down, must hike up.
Try the Skytrek Adventure Park | The sister attraction to the Enchanted Forest, the $20 admission for children to play on the jungle gym is well worth it. For children 5+ or adults, there are tree courses that the kids can climb through – a must-do experience if you’ve got an adventurous kid like we do. You can get the details for Sky Trek Adventure Park, here.
The Modern Bakeshop + Cafe | You’ll know you’re in the right spot because of the line coming out the door at the Modern Bakeshop and Cafe Don’t worry, it moves fast. You’re going to want to try the delicious cookies while you’re there and grab a snack or sandwich to eat outside (there are some steps perfect for sitting on, down the block from the bakery). Try the Veggie Samosa Roll and the Jamaican Patties, the pastry is perfection. For snacks for the entire family and Jamaican patties for everyone, the total was just under thirty bucks. It’s a must-stop before you get on the road to leave.
For a quick two days overnight, we stayed at the Revelstoke KOA campground. The small cabin was the perfect size for the four of us (though two kids could have shared one of the bunks if you’ve got smaller children). For the price of $70/night with the swimming pool, swan pond and playground on-site, and close to everything in Revelstoke, it was a fun stop on a road trip without a plan.