In the summertime, you can do a solid hiking mission up the Jordan River to overlook some cool river gorges. In the wintertime when the snow comes, you can do a shorter version of this on snowshoes for a nice chill winter experience. It is often possible to just hike it in the winter because the trail gets pretty packed down from other people.
The trail is short at 3.5km return, and popular with dog walkers. Unless there has been a huge dump of snow right before you head out, there will be obvious tracks in the snow to follow. The trail mostly sticks to the river, cutting into the forest on occasion to get around the big river bends. The river is likely to be partially or fully frozen, giving it some winter-cool shades to soak up. The forest, humbling and magical, with majestic cedar, douglas fir and hemlock to keep things grounded.
RAD adventure tip: bring a pair of microspikes or nanospikes, this trail is super popular for dog walking and gets tracked out pretty quickly after fresh snow! You might not even need snowshoes!
When to go: When snow is on the ground in Revelstoke, usually early December to early April.
Distance: 3.5km return.
Trip rating: A1
Access: Turn off the Trans-Canada highway on Westside Road, just on the western side of Revelstoke, and head up Westside Road about a couple k’s to reach the bridge crossing the Jordan River. It’s the first bridge that you get to, the trails starts on the far side of the bridge on the left hand side. The shoulder of the road is plowed quite widely on both sides of the road at the trailhead, so you can just pull over and leave your car inside the right there.
Trailhead: N51° 00.753′ W118° 14.195′