Between the snowy peaks of British Columbia, Canada, lies a town called Revelstoke – a small mountain town that prides itself on its “small town charm and big mountain terrain”. It is a 6 hour drive from Vancouver, 2.5 hours from Kelowna and 4.5 hours from Calgary. It’s a skier’s paradise in the winter and a hiker’s playground in the summer. A Revelstoke elopement is perfect for any adventurous couple looking for a unique way to celebrate their marriage.
This guide will tell you everything you need to know to elope in Revelstoke, BC – the best places to elope, things to do, and more!
The Best Places to Elope in Revelstoke, BC
Waterfalls, mountains, forests, and more – there are endless incredible places to say your vows and tie the knot in Revelstoke. Here are some of the best elopement locations in Revelstoke!
Hanging over the blue waters of Revelstoke Lake are three steep cliffs known as Waterworld. The cliffs are accessible with a short walk (or a paddle across the lake if you bring your rock climbing gear!), and Waterworld Lookout is an incredible clifftop spot to elope. You’ll have incredible sweeping views of the water below, and the gorgeous cliff sides that surround you.
This is a popular spot for rock climbers – so if that’s your thing, pack some extra adventure into your day and climb the craggy cliffs!
Sutherland Falls is an easily accessible waterfall, and one of the best places for a Revelstoke elopement. The walk from the parking area is short – Blink twice and you’re there! You’ll be greeted with a gorgeous waterfall that cuts through the rocky canyon and flows into Blanket Creek. If you continue up a short but steep trail, you can also spot a second waterfall! Due to the accessibility, this waterfall can be visited by many tourists, so a sunrise ceremony would be a great choice for this elopement to beat the crowds.
Giant Cedars Boardwalk
One of the best places to elope in the forest of Revelstoke is the Giant Cedars Boardwalk. The trail is an easy 0.5 kilometre walk through a towering old-growth forest. You’ll be right in the middle of the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. The well maintained boardwalk makes this accessible for couples eloping with family or guests. The woodsy views and lush green forest floor will make you feel like you’re walking through a story book filled with all kinds of wildlife.
Meadows in the Sky Parkway
In Revelstoke, you can drive or bike the Meadows in the Sky Parkway for some of the most breathtaking views. Beginning from the Trans Canada Highway, it winds through mountain views, forests, and wildflower meadows all the way to Balsam Lake.
There are several trails, ranging from short strolls to long hikes, that begin at Balsam Lake, so you can choose your adventure!
Things to Do When You Elope in Revelstoke
Your elopement is an adventure – so plan some exciting things to do! Make sure this day is the best day ever, and that your wedding day is everything you dreamed of. Here are a few of the adventures you can have during your Revelstoke elopement.
Soak in a Hot Spring
There are four different hot springs near the town of Revelstoke. The closest is Crazy Creek Resort, which is conveniently located off of Hwy 1, yet makes you feel as if you’re in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by trees and mountains. Canyon Hot Springs features pools surrounded by trees. Halfway Hot Springs is perched on the side of a river and remains the most rugged hot spring in the area. You’ll have to hike in to reach these springs, but the serenity is worth it! Halcyon Hot Springs are the most luxurious springs, offering fine dining and five star accommodation at the resort.
Revelstoke Helicopter Elopement
Some of the most epic adventures in Revelstoke are just a helicopter ride away! What better way to see the mountain peaks, lush valleys, icey glaciers, and alpine lakes than from up above? In Revelstoke, you can take a helicopter tour to a remote location for your elopement ceremony. Some tours offer picnics, camping, hiking, and more!
If you really want to beat the crowds, soak in Revelstoke from the front row seat on a guided paraglide tour. This is a great option for adrenaline seeking couples, who don’t have the budget for a helicopter tour but still want unparalleled views. The gorgeous sight of the Selkirk and Monashee Mountains are a true feast for the eyes.
Go Dog Sledding
Being pulled by a team of dogs through the trails of Revelstoke is a once in a lifetime experience. Get cozy in the sled as the dogs run through the scenic forests and hiking tails, and learn the history and unique role of dog sledding! Don’t worry – with a reputable company that ensures the health of each pup, dog sledding is an ethically sound sport. The Alaskan huskies need a job to do, and they love working together and being part of a team. Book your dog sled tour adventure here!
The Best Time for a Revelstoke Elopement
Revelstoke has something unique to offer any time of year, so the best time to elope will depend on what you want to do!
Winter Elopements in Revelstoke
Revelstoke is considered to be one of Canada’s best winter destinations! Sitting in the mountains, it’s an incredible place to elope in the winter if you’re looking for some fun in the snow – whether it’s skiing, snowshoeing, or building snowmen. There are ski resorts for those who want a cozy retreat, and backcountry trails to amp up the adventure. Revelstoke’s “Waterfall Trifecta” is made up of three beautiful falls: Sutherland Falls, Begbie Falls, and Moses Falls. All three can be accessed on foot (snowshoe) during the winter.
Spring Elopements in Revelstoke
In the spring, Revelstoke is a great place to elope if you want to hike and see the temperate rainforest or wildflower meadows. Higher elevation spots will be snow covered late into the season, so you can even ski this time of year! The trails will be muddy with spring snow melt, but this is the best time to see the waterfalls.
Summer Elopements in Revelstoke
A Revelstoke elopement in the summer is perfect for couples who want to hike or explore the beauty of Canada’s mountains. The weather is warm and great for outdoor adventures!
Fall Elopements in Revelstoke
Fall can be a great time to hike, as you’ll avoid some of the summer crowds. In early fall, you can experience mild temperatures, and see the leaves change! Snow can start piling up early, so if you plan to hike, elope in September or early October.
Getting Legally Married in Revelstoke
To get legally married during your Revelstoke elopement, you’ll need a marriage license from the province of BC. One of you will need to go to a Vital Statistics Agency office with a photo ID for both of you. You’ll get your marriage license, which is valid for three months.
To get married, you’ll need a licensed marriage commissioner to perform your ceremony. They, along with two witnesses, need to sign the marriage license, and your commissioner will send the completed marriage registration form back to the Vital Statistics Agency.
Revelstoke Elopement Packages
If you’re ready to start planning your elopement, contact me! I can’t wait to help you plan a day that’s true to you, and that focuses on what really matters – your unique love. As your elopement photographer, I’m here to help you plan and to cheer you on in creating the wedding day of your dream!
Get in touch to start planning, and to learn more about Revelstoke elopement packages.