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Some ski towns just feel like home. They get under your skin and into your bones and have you perusing the real estate section dreaming of your return. Revelstoke may be known for North America’s biggest vertical (1713metres), but this small town has a heart as deep as the annual snowfall (10.5metres). You may come for the mountain but you’ll stay for the town and all it brings.

BY RACHAEL OAKES-ASH

BIG SPIRIT: This historic railway town is the home to some of the most creative artisans in British Columbia including the coolest mountain brewers and distillers. Try the tasting flight at Mt Begbie Brewing Co and take in big mountain views from the deck. Head to Monashee Spirits Craft Distillery for gins, vodka, and liqueurs, all distilled by hand and infused with local ingredients and pure mountain spring water. The ‘speakeasy’ vibe bar is not to be missed. SMALL SCALE PRODUCE: Dine in one of Revelstoke’s independent restaurants and know you’re doing good by supporting regional produce from the likes of Fraser Valley duck farms, BC Sturgeon, and First Light Farms. Revelstoke’s farmers market operates year-round providing locals and visitors access to quality ingredients.

When you source local, you reduce your footprint, support local families, and contribute to local food security. Win win. BIG CITY FLAVOURS: Revelstoke may be far from the city, but you’ll find a variety of urban-standard flavours fit for foodies who like to ski. Quartermaster Eatery in the Explorer’s Society boutique hotel boasts fresh, local, seasonal, and sustainable fare and Terra Firma’s Kitchen is true farm-to-table with produce, meat, and eggs direct from their farm. Aussies will also be happy to know that DOSE Coffee is as good as any Melbourne back lane for a caffeine fix before first tracks. SMALL INTIMATE “ART ALLERIES”: Local artists have used upcycled materials to transform Revelstoke’s alleyways into thriving public art spaces. Wander these

lanes and experience the Monaskisa, an artwork constructed from over 120 pieces of old skis and snowboards once destined for landfill. The town’s “Art Alleries” are displayed year- round and reflect Revelstoke’s thriving arts scene. BIG ADVENTURE FOR ALL SIZES: From après axe throwing in flannel shirts with Peak Axe Throwing to 500,000+ acres of heli and cat skiing terrain, there’s an adventure for everyone. Train spotters will love the Revelstoke Railway Museum for a glimpse into the town’s industrial past and present. Fair weather skiers will enjoy a soak in the hot springs on cloudy days and families will enjoy dog-sledding and guided snowshoe tours. But wait, there’s so much more. Discover all that Revelstoke has to offer from small town charm to big mountain terrain, here.

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