Revelstoke Road Rides
Highway 23S (Revelstoke to the Shelter Bay Ferry) – About 50km 1 way, with rolling hills leading to a high point (725m/2400ft) mid-way. The traffic comes in short bursts, either departing the ferry, or heading to the ferry. 3.5 to 4 hours round trip.
Highway 23N – This beautiful road climbs out of town to the top of the Revelstoke Dam and undulates along Revelstoke Lake for 130km (one way), to dead-end at Mica. Lots of short climbs that accumulate by the end of the day. Not up for 260km? try riding to Martha Creek return (35km), Jackass Hill return (75km), the Keystone Standard turn-off return (100km), or Downie return (160km). Ride visibly as the shoulders tend to be thin and much of the traffic is logging trucks or campers with boat trailers. Closer to Mica the road is reportedly getting a bit rough.
Trans-Canada Highway – The TCH has some great riding, as long as you go during low traffic periods, such as early in the morning, on a weekday, during shoulder season! Revelstoke to Rogers Pass (TCH east) climbs about 900m/3000ft over 70km (one way), and involves a hike around the snow sheds or a precarious sprint through them. The TCH west towards Sicamous (70km) is twisty and gently rolling and involves a hike or precarious sprint across numerous bridges without shoulders.
Mt. Revelstoke Parkway – A world class climb right in our back yard, the Parkway is 27km in length and climbs a steady grade from 425m/1500ft to 2100m/7000ft through cedar/hemlock forest, then sub-alpine fir forest, and then into the flower filled alpine. Traffic is always light and slow moving. Even at the warmest of times take extra clothes, if it’s cool or raining prepare well for the descent. A tooth rattling, finger numbing, hypothermic descent is quite unpleasant. The road was repaved in 2015 and is now gloriously smooth and a delight to ride! Check in at the Parks Canada info kiosk at km1 for the latest on wildlife sightings and more. The ride takes 1.25 to 3 hours up.
Airport Way – Out to the end of the pavement…an evening standard, 25km return along the beautiful Columbia River flats. May include a variation with a short climb to the base of Revelstoke Mountain Resort.
Westside Road – A short, undulating ride on the north-west edge of town that gives good hill sprints in both directions. At the TCH/Hwy. 23S junction, turn north and you are on Westside Road. 45 minutes round trip.
Bruno’s Hill Climb Circuit – Spin the flats and sprint the hills! From town hit the Eastern Access, then up to the Parkway Kiosk, over to 23N and up to the dam, cross the Columbia River and out to the end of Westside Road, pick up 23S to Begbie Falls road for the steep Clough Road hill. Turn around and do it again in reverse! It adds up 100km with 18 climbs takes 3.5 to 4 hours but you’re never more than 10km from town.
Regional Road Rides – Revelstoke also provides access with a 1-2 hour drive, to the beautiful roads of the West Kootenays (Nakusp, New Denver, and Kaslo area), as well as the outstanding rural back-roads cycling of the North Okanagan (Salmon Arm, Armstrong, and Vernon areas). They are hard to come by, but Tourism BC does produce a great map with the North Okanagan cycling routes on it, try the Tourist Info Centre.