Plans are moving forward to build a 793-acre outdoor recreation playground in Revelstoke in the BC interior following the provincial government’s approval of the project earlier this month.
Revelstoke Adventure Park will be located in the Greely Creek area – about 10 kms northeast of Revelstoke, 13 kms from Revelstoke Mountain Resort, and 400 kms from Calgary – and features tens of kilometres of both multi-use and separated trails for hiking, mountain biking, and horseback riding.
There will also be gravity-propelled mountain roller coasters, tree top ropes courses, rock climbing, a bungee jumping and sky swings centre, natural spring hot pools, golf driving range, and 10 zip-lines, including a giant zip-line approximately 1.5 kms in length.
Ski and snowboard facilities are not planned, given that Revelstoke Mountain Resort is located nearby – just on the other side of the mountain.
A new large man-made lake with beach area will be built next to the base area, where there will be a main adventure park building and visitor centre, visitor parking, RV park, and campgrounds.
Access across the adventure park is supported by a road up the steep mountainside and two chairlifts or gondolas, including one long chairlift leading to the bungee jumping and sky swing centre, mountain lodge, and the top of the various trails. A shorter chair lift provides mid-mountain access to tree top ropes courses and the mountain roller coasters.
All of this fits into a site roughly 80% the size of Stanley Park in downtown Vancouver or an area about four times the size of Hastings Park in East Vancouver. Approximately 635 acres of the park will occupy crown lands through a 30-year agreement with the provincial government while the remaining 158 acres are private lands, which is the planned area for the lake, visitor centre, driving range, and parking lot.
“We are thrilled with the plans for the Revelstoke Adventure Park at Greeley,” said Jason Roe, CEO of Illecillewaet Development Limited Partnership, the proponent and operator of the park, in a statement.
“Outdoor adventure has always been an integral part of living in or visiting Revelstoke. This epic park will excite adventure seekers, create jobs and bring visitors to town. We are excited to break ground and begin phase one of this venture.”
The adventure park will be built in four phases, with construction beginning on the first phase later this year for an opening in 2018. The final phase will be ready by 2022.
Elsewhere in BC, a number of new resorts and existing resort expansion projects are proposed, such as the new Garibaldi at Squamish ski resort and Whistler Blackcomb’s plan to add an indoor water park with a wave pool and deep water surf simulator, mountain roller coasters, night skiing, tree-top ropes courses, and a mountaintop suspension bridge.
Just last summer, the provincial government approved a new major ski and sightseeing resort at Valemount Glacier near Jasper National Park. It will be one of the few resorts in the world where visitors can ski at anytime of the year, even summer. Skiing access includes terrain with a vertical drop of 2,050 metres, the largest in North America and man-made snow is not necessary as the ski terrain is above the natural snow line.