I Love Revy
This is a summer ode to the small, mountain town that has changed much in recent years – a wonderful place to stop and climb, bike, hike, take in good restaurants or chill coffee shops.
If you want to get away from the crowds of Banff or even Jasper, well your next option is Field, Revelstoke or Golden. Everybody has an opinion about all those mountain towns, the good and the bad, but since I have a childhood friend whom has lived in Revy for nearly two decades and has shown me some neat places I have closer appreciation to exploring this neat town.
There is obviously loads of climbing and bouldering in and around Revelstoke(and a great guidebook available) a recent trip allowed only for a visit to a good, chill, family-friendly bouldering area just north of town called The Big Eddy Boulders.
To get there, drive north 1+km from the intersection on Hwy #1 and the highway south(where the massive truck parking/rest area is). You should now having that truck parking lot behind you as the road curves along and the Columbia River – which looks like a northern Amazonian cousin in girth alone- and soon on your right, or east, is a small pullout and a dirt track hooking back hard right to the bouldering area. Either park here or on the dirt track next to the steep slabs.
Use a bouldering pad here. You can walk off all the topouts. There is a bit more steeper rock found closer to the river and a picnic bench as well. Have fun.
Another area to explore is found 7km or so (go to the Revy boulding website for accurate info and topos) west of town and is called Eagle Pass. Included are some photos below of the wooded area and extensive bouldering.
For rest days, try a walk or bike along the river pathway which can be easily started near the Recreation Center and follow it south past a lumber mill, swampy land, foot bridge and good views of glaciated Mt.Begbie to the west.