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Introduction

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Revelstoke is a city in the southeast of British Columbia, Canada, with around 7,000 inhabitants. During the winter, Revelstoke takes on the atmosphere of a small ski town. During the summer, hiking and mountain biking become the major attractions.

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Sights and Activities

The major attractions of Revelstoke are the outdoor activities. During the winter, nearby Kicking Horse Mountain Ski Resort draws crowds from around British Columbia.

During the summer, mountain biking is a major attraction. Nearby Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park (Canadian part) offer challenging hiking, scenic walks and amazing views.

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Weather

Summers are relatively warm, with around 20-25 °C during the day from late May to mid September. Nights are chilly though, generally around10 °C during this time. Winters are cold with daily temperatures around zero from late November to February and nights between -5 °C and -10 °C. Nightly frost is common from November to March though and snow is common during this time as well. The average annual precipitation is over 950mm with much of it falling as snow, but summers are not dry either.

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Getting There

By Car

Revelstoke lies of Highway 1 (Trans-Canada), so it is easy to get to. From Vancouver, take highway 5 (Coquihalla) to Kamloops, then Highway 1 from Kamloops. From Calgary, take Highway 1 directly to Revelstoke.

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Sleep

PropertyAddressTypePopularity
Poppi'sPO Box 202, 313 First St. East Revelstoke, BCHostel83
Revelstoke - SameSun Backpacker Lodge400 Second Street West Revelstoke, BCHostel78

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Keep Connected

Internet

Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.

Phone

See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.

Post

Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [1]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.

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