Hotel at a Glance: Glacier House Resort
Deer, bears, and hummingbirds will be your neighbors at this rustic resort set amid 360-degree views of the Columbia Mountains and Mount Begbie. By day, you can can hike through pine forests and bird-watch at nearby Mount Revelstoke National Park. At night, sit outside and and gaze up at the starry sky, or warm up by the enclosed gas fireplace in your lodge room, medium cabin, or large family cabin.
- Go biking: The resort has its own bike park, Reveloution, open 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily.
- Warm-weather activities: Take advantage of the resort’s direct access to biking and hiking trails, or explore the spectacular mountain scenery at nearby Glacier National Park of Canada and Mount Revelstoke National Park.
- Where to dine: The Gallery Restaurant serves burgers, salmon, steak, and classic Canadian fare (open for dinner Thursday–Sunday outside of peak season).
- Indoor pool with large windows that look out toward Begbie Glacier.
- Soothe sore muscles in the eight-person hot tub, or sweat out stress in the sauna. Medium and large cabins have their own private hot tubs.
- Downtown Revelstoke is just a ten-minute drive away.
Revelstoke, British Columbia: Hiking Trails and Art Galleries in the Columbia Mountains
Nestled between the Columbia River and Mount Revelstoke, this former railroad town is ideally situated for outdoor adventure year-round. Much of the activity centers around Mount Revelstoke National Park, where hiking trails meander past groves of old-growth cedar trees and fir trees that stretch skyward for several stories. Make your way up to the summit in warmer months to see arctic lupine, white mountain heather, and other colorful wildflowers in full bloom. Diverse wildlife, including black bears, eagles, beavers, and porcupines, can be spotted throughout the year. For a view from the water, rent a canoe, kayak, or stand-up paddle board on Lake Revelstoke.
Once your adrenaline settles, you can head to downtown Revelstoke. The town got its start as a stop on the Canadian Pacific Railway back in the 1880s. Century-old brick buildings help preserve a historical feel, and many have been newly occupied by brewpubs and art galleries.