Wildflower blooms focus of new Revelstoke festival

The week-long festival celebrates Revelstoke’s alpine wildflower bloom with an array of activities.

Check out the wildflowers at the summit of Mount Revelstoke while you're there. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Revelstoke’s first ever Wildflower Festival kicks off this Saturday, August 8. Spearheaded by Tourism Revelstoke, the festival is part of an initiative intended to help bring the community together as we continue to navigate life in the midst of COVID-19. The week-long festival celebrates Revelstoke’s alpine wildflower bloom, and there are a number of activities on offer including an opportunity to see the flowers by bike, foot or gondola.

Keep your eye out for the pop up Visitor Information Centre located downtown at Grizzly Plaza,where you can pick up a kids’ activity book and learn more about the festival. You can also download the Wildflower Bingo card, and RSVP to the Facebook Event for up to date information on activities happening during the festival.

Here’s a look at what’s happening during the festival:

The wildflower bingo card will help you identify the many wildflower blooms in Revelstoke. Photo: Tourism Revelstoke

ALL WEEK

Kids activity booklet

@ Visitor Information Centre

Pick up a kids activity booklet and learn more about the festival and activities at the pop up Visitor Information Centre, located downtown in Grizzly Plaza.

Photo contest

@ Various locations 

Skookum Revelstoke is hosting a photography contest with a grand prize of $200. To enter post a wildflower photo to Instagram and tag @skookum.revelstoke and @seerevelstoke. The final prize will be drawn on Friday, August 14.

File photo: Wildflowers in the Revelstoke near Revelstoke. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Heli hikes

@Heli Canada Adventures 

Heli Canada Adventures hosts helicopter accessed wildflower tours and picnics all week long. Check out remote areas with an experienced local guide.

Wildflower identification challenge

@Okanagan Regional Library

Try to identify local wildflowers at the library for your chance to win. Stop by any time during the festival.

Cocktail Special

@ Monashee Spirits 

Enjoy a wildflower themed cocktail.

Mountain biking on Mt. Cartier during the wildflower season. Photo: Steve Shannon/Tourism Revelstoke

SATURDAY, AUGUST 8

 Live art in the alpine

@ Revelstoke Mountain Resort · 9 a.m.

Local artist Emily Beaudoin sketches at Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Catch it live, or watch on social media.

Tourism Revelstoke

@ Revelstoke Farmers Market· 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Visit Tourism Revelstoke at the farmers’ market for advice on the best places to see wildflowers. A local biologist will be on hand with an activity to identify plants around town.

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society

@Revelstoke Mountain Resort

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species will have a booth with plant information and education.

File photo: Wildflowers at the Mount Revelstoke Steamer. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

SUNDAY, AUGUST 9

 Photography workshop

@ Sign up for location details · 5 p.m.

Renowned local photographer Zoya Lynch hosts a wildflower photography workshop. Space is limited. Email events@seerevelstoke.com to sign up. Cost is $25. There is also a workshop on Monday, August 10 at 5 p.m.

Wildflowers in bloom. Revelstoke Mountaineer file photo

MONDAY, AUGUST 10

Bike

@ Frisby Ridge alpine

Frisby Ridge is an iconic alpine mountain biking trail offering incredible views and stunning wildflower meadows. Visit Revelstoke Cycling Association’s website for more information.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 11

 Free drawing/painting workshops

@ Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre · 9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. & 12 p.m. – 3 p.m.

Local artist Ariane Arbour hosts a free family drawing session at the Revelstoke Visual Arts Centre. Be inspired by the beautiful mountain scenery.

Invasive plant walk/Wildflower Education

@ Revelstoke Greenbelt trail · 5 p.m.

The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society hosts an invasive plant walk on the greenbelt. Meet Kim in front of the Revelstoke Community Centre at 5 p.m. to participate. A walk will also take place on Thursday, August 13 at the same time and location.

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 12

 Meadows in the Sky Parkway

@ Mount Revelstoke National Park

Head up to Mount Revelstoke National Park and check out the wildflowers in bloom. Mount Revelstoke is easily accessible and offers many options for any ability. Hike all day or enjoy viewing wildflowers from your vehicle.

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