What’s up for Revelstoke’s annual Welcome Week

Revelstoke's annual Welcome Week returns with an action-packed week of festivities designed to learn about the town's history, meet people in different social circles, and understand what makes the community so great in 2022.

Revelstoke's annual Welcome Week returns from November 25 - December 3, 2022. Photo: Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce

The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce will host its annual Welcome Week from Nov. 25 – Dec. 2, 2022. The week is jam-packed with activities hosted by various Revelstoke businesses and organizations. With many new residents arriving in town for the winter season, the event serves as an opportunity to meet new people, kick off the winter season and “understand what makes the community so great in 2022.”

Multiday events accompanying the week’s festivities include free transportation provided by the REVY Resort Shuttle and BC Transit shuttle from Nov. 26 – Dec. 2, sponsored by Revelstoke Mountain Resort and the City of Revelstoke. The Revelstoke Chamber of Commerce will host Ambassador Program drop-in training sessions at the Revelstoke Visitors Centre from Nov. 28 – Dec. 1. The Revelstoke Museum and Archives will offer admission by donation throughout the week. Raffle tickets available at Welcome Week events give participants a chance to win a 5-run day of Heli-Skiing with Selkirk Tangiers.

Friday & Saturday, November 25 &26

The event series kicks off on Friday evening, Nov. 25, with Moonlight Madness Downtown. Followed by a spirited Revelstoke Grizzlies hockey game against the Castlegar Rebels on Saturday, Nov. 26. Arts Revelstoke will also host a REVY.Live performance event in honour of Welcome Week. Mînowin, Dancers of Damelahamid will perform at the Revelstoke Performing Arts Centre Saturday, Nov. 26, at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 27

Sunday, Nov. 27, will feature the Chili Waxathon, presented by the Revelstoke Snowboard Club at The Village idiot from 1 – 6 p.m. The event invites participants to prepare their snowboards for opening day and support the Revelstoke Snowboard Club with an offer of $10 wax and chilli.

The Alchemy Studio and Balu Yoga and Wellness will offer free yoga classes throughout the week beginning Nov. 27.

Monday, Nov. 28

On Monday, join the Rumpus and Run group run with Revelstoke’s weekly run club for an after-dark mid-pace run with minimal elevation followed by casual beers at Rumpus Beer Co. Choose a longer run (8-10 kilometres) or a shorter distance (6-8 kilometres).

Tuesday, Nov. 29

On Tuesday, Parks Canada will virtually host Rogers pass 101, a 30-minute virtual crash course on what makes Rogers Pass unique. Topics include the world’s most extensive mobile avalanche control program, the Winter Permit System for ski touring, and winter driving tips.

Wednesday, Nov. 30.

Welcome Week participants can get acquainted with Revelstoke’s colourful history as presented by museum curator and local history expert Cathy English on Nov. 30 at the Revelstoke Museum and Archives. Work BC will also host a Job and Career Resource Fair on Wednesday.

Outdoor enthusiasts can start their seasons with a free night of avalanche safety presentations by local outdoor and snow safety experts. Avalanche Canada presents Staying Alive at the Revelstoke Community Centre. Doors open for the trade show at 5 p.m., and speakers begin at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 1

The event’s final days will feature a Revelstoke Ambassador Tour followed by a “History of Skiing in Revelstoke” presentation by Revelstoke Museum & Archives curator Cathy English. After the presentation, free drinks and festivities will be hosted at Chubby Funsters, with Revelstoke swag included for each participant.

In honour of the week, the Hospital Auxillary Thrift Store will dedicate its half-price Thursday sale to welcoming new Revelstoke residents.

Friday, Dec. 2

Friday’s Winter Market hosted by the Revelstoke Local Food Initiative at the Revelstoke Community Centre will help introduce newcomers to a staple of community food resilience in town. The market brings together farm and craft vendors from Revelstoke and beyond from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.

The final event of the week is a film screening and panel hosted by Open Mountains Project. The “For The Love Of” film screening screens three films that explore the topics of place and colonialism in Revelstoke and winter outdoor recreation, followed by a panel discussion.

For more information on Welcome Week events, visit: seerevelstoke.com/event/welcome-week/

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Nora Hughes is a recent graduate of the Thompson Rivers University Interdisciplinary Program, where she combined her passions for Adventure Tourism, Communications and Journalism. With a strong interest in community news, Nora is passionate about giving a voice and face to the people of Revelstoke through storytelling.