Mountain towns are different than other towns. It seems people choose to live tucked away in a place like Revelstoke because they are either seeking to capture one type of lifestyle or escape from another. Maybe it’s a little bit of both. In any case, timing is everything. The two major seasons around here – for work and for play – are summer and winter. That’s when we all hunker down and make our money via the ski industry, forestry or tourism in general. It’s also when we knock things off the personal to-do list in terms of getting after the peaks that taunt and tease us all year-round.
The shoulder seasons, however, are a time of transition. Spring sees a pretty quick turnaround, with ski bums clearing out and RVs rolling in almost simultaneously. Fall, on the other hand, is our big break. We exhale, say hello to neighbours we somehow haven’t seen all summer, and slowly wrap our heads around what comes next. It’s all cardigans and potluck dinners. I love it. Here are a a couple of ways the locals spend fall in Revelstoke:
1. Get fit for the ski season
As everyone starts to look toward winter, getting ski fit becomes a priority depending on how many days were spent hiking, biking or trail running this past summer versus entire weekends lost floating on the lake or drinking Tall Timbers on a patio. Fortunately, there is no shortage of options to get/keep the blood pumping between seasons. October is a great time to get outside because the trails are virtually empty and still in great shape.
While it can be tricky in summer to fight the heat and the crowds on our local hiking and mountain bike trails, muddy midday laps are where it’s at right now. Even a simple walk with the dog ends up taking twice or three times as long as it should thanks to the photo ops and, you know, moments. Whether it’s a hike around Mount Revelstoke National Park, Mt MacPherson for some cross-country mountain biking, or a stroll along the green belt on the banks of the Columbia and Illecillewaet rivers, it’s tough not to fall for autumn in Revelstoke (I’m sorry, I tried to resist and I honestly just could not).
October is also a great reminder of the fun we can have indoors, starting with our local community centre. They’ve got a large pool with lap lanes and a small gym, but there are also diving boards so you can get your double back-flip dialed before opening day at the hill, and a hot tub where you can enjoy some much needed quiet time before the winter rush.
Yoga is a smart move because it’s warm, dry and still considered a workout. Balu Yoga has just reopened after extensive renovations and is about to launch their 30-Day Challenge. They’ve got classes geared toward nordic skiers, beginners, teachers-in-training and just about everything in between.
Another relatively new and locally owned option is Revelution, a group fitness gym that offers pilates, spin classes and all manner of strength and conditioning using TRX Suspension exercises. It’s very sweaty and slightly demoralizing because you thought you were in fairly decent shape and it turns out no, you’re not. But that’s a good thing, right?
2. Get cozy at a Revelstoke restaurant or coffee shop
This is also a town that understands the importance of a good coffee shop, so on days when the low-hanging clouds roll in to put snow on our mountains and rain in the valley, it’s the perfect opportunity to pull on your cute rubber boots (not the industrial, insulated ones you will wear all winter long) and grab a seat in your very best cords/scarf/sweater combo.
Pick the place with the best coffee (The Modern) or the best food (La Baguette) or the coziest couches (Sangha Bean) and plan on staying for a very long time. But don’t be surprised if you stay even longer. This is the kind of day that can lead to a week and, the next thing you know, you’re buying a season’s pass and renting a place for the winter. It’s called getting Revelstuck and it happens to the best of us. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Have you visited or lived in Revelstoke during the fall? I’d love to hear your favourite things to do! Share in the comments below.
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