Revelstoke offers wonderful road cycling on several quiet roadways that are highlighted by stunning views and little traffic. Warm up on Airport Way, enjoy the amazing scenery along Highway 23, then test your climbing legs on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.
Airport Way – 32km round trip
Dust off the cobwebs on a mellow ride along Airport Way. Cruise along the east side of the Columbia River past Revelstoke Mountain Resort and Mount Cartier. It’s a beautiful pedal with little elevation gain and minimal traffic once you get out past the airport.
Highway 23 N (The Road to Nowhere) – 150km one way
The highway was paved to facilitate construction of the Mica Dam and rerouted when Lake Revelstoke was filled up behind the Revelstoke Dam. It’s 150 kilometers of paved bliss, with almost no traffic to speak of and amazing views most of the way. Numerous short climbs and descents will get the legs pumping and the adrenaline flowing. The road’s primary purpose is to get to and from Mica Dam, but it also accesses a number of recreation sites and trails.
Meadows in the Sky Parkway (Mount Revelstoke National Park) – 26km one way
Wind your way up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, a 26 km paved route that climbs 1,500m to Mount Revelstoke’s 2,000m summit that Canadian Cycling Magazine dubbed the best hill climb in Canada. Your journey begins at the Revelstoke Railway Museum and takes you through the world’s only inland temperate rainforest, past old-growth stands of cedar and hemlock, and culminates in stunning wildflower meadows – from the glacier lilies and marsh marigolds of early summer to the red Indian paintbrush, yellow arnica and purple lupine that leave the fields awash in colour by August.
Highway 23 S (Revelstoke – Arrow Lakes Ferry) – 52km one way
A paved highway takes you along the west side of the Columbia River valley, with the towering Selkirk and Monashee mountain ranges on each side. The highway is quiet except for ferry traffic, which passes by every hour. At the terminus (Shelter Bay Ferry Terminal), Shelter Bay Provincial Park offers camping and a place to jump in the Upper Arrow Lake. Twelve kilometres further south down a dirt road, the Eagle Bay recreation site offers lakeside camping with beautiful morning sunrises, mountains and forest to explore, and water-based recreation opportunities.