Revelstoke is a winter wonderland on the banks of the Columbia River in southeastern British Columbia. The city of 7,000 is a popular destination for snowboarding, snowmobiling and heli-skiing, as Revelstoke consistently has one of Canada's highest annual snowfalls. The powdery snow, usually between 40 and 60 feet per year, makes Revelstoke the ideal first stop of the annual Freeride World Tour.
But the city isn't all about winter recreation. Mountain biking, golfing, river rafting, rock climbing and kayaking are all popular exercises in the surrounding mountains, lakes and national and provincial parks during summer months. Like many cities in this region of the province, Revelstoke got its start as a transportation and supply hub for the mining industry in the 1880s, before the railway gave the area a boost. A forest industry soon sprung up to meet the needs of railway construction, and Revelstoke developed at a steady pace. Forestry and transportation remain important to the city's economy today. Government services, tourism and hospitality round out the list in this small but active community with endless amusements.