Floodless and fun in Revelstoke — UPDATED

The Trans-Canada Highway between BC and Alberta has been reopened after being washed out near Canmore during last week’s spectacular floods in southern Alberta.

The highway was re-opened to two-lane traffic on Wednesday afternoon.

That’s monumentally good news for Revelstoke businesses that had been twitchy about the impact of the closure on local tourism.

In a news release designed to encourage people to come here despite the floods in Alberta and the subsequent cutting of the TCH, the Chamber of Commerce maintained that “Revelstoke has not been affected by the recent flooding throughout Alberta.”

That’s not to say businesses weren’t worried about the after-effects of the floods. Many were but hoped for the best. Hence the Chamber of Commerce news release from Tourism Coordinator Megan Tabor with information about alternative routes visitors could use to get here.

“Travellers wanting to continue east from Revelstoke can take scenic routes down through Radium Hot Springs (Highway 93S) or up through Jasper (Highway 93N). En route, check out Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, and Yoho National Parks, all open with summer operations well under way,” she said. “Another popular route for those looking to alter travel plans would be the Kootenay Circuit, traveling through the Slocan Valley from Revelstoke down through Nakusp, New Denver, and Nelson (Highway 23 S and Highway 6S). The route continues over to Creston and Cranbrook (via Highway 6S and Highway 3E).”

Reopening the TCH makes all of that un-necessary unless you want to try something different.

While we had our share of rain here in Revelstoke we all know that June is probably the one of the rainiest months of the year while July and August are usually hot and sunny — perfect for the events held here this summer:

June 28 — Summer Street Festival Begins with live music in Grizzly Plaza every night from 6:30-9:30 pm. Best of all, it’s free;

June 29 — Revelstoke Farm & Craft Market is held every Saturday until Thanksgiving from 8:30 am until 1 pm; and the Mount Begbie Brewing Seasonal Launch;

July 1 — Canada Day celebrations starts with a multi-cultural parade, kids’ Bike Decorating, a community party at Queen Elizabeth Park and an outdoor movie;

July 6 — Revelstoke honours its forestry heritage with Timber Day at Centennial Park;

July 20-21 — The ever-popular Last Drop Beach Volleyball Tournament. Have a beer and enjoy the action by registering your own team or just coming downtown to watch the action;

July 21 — Stoked To Get Spanked Mountain Bike Race;

August 2-5; The annual Glacier Challenge Slow-Pitch Tournament at Centennial Park;

August 9-11 — Revelstoke Bike Festival;

August 16-18 — Revelstoke Railway Days.

Please go to the Revelstoke Events Calendar to see all upcoming events.