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The population of bears that had been feeding at the dump turned to town to forage for food and many were destroyed as 'nuisance bears'.The destruction of so many bears led to the creation of an education program meant to keep bears wild and the community safe.South of the community down the Columbia River are the Arrow Lakes and the Kootenays.

The construction of Revelstoke Mountain Resort, a major new ski resort on Mount Mac Kenzie, just outside town, has been underway since late 2005, and first opened during the 2007-2008 ski season. Revelstoke BC is situated in prime black bear and grizzly bear habitat.

In 1994 the Revelstoke garbage dump was fenced with an electric fence excluding bears from feeding on the garbage.

Revelstoke was founded in the 1880s when the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) was built through the area; mining was an important early industry.

The name was originally Farwell, after a local land owner and surveyor.

Revelstoke holds the Canadian record for snowiest single winter. Copeland outside town during the winter of 1971-72. The townsite received 779 cm and snow levels were higher than many roofs around town by more than a few metres.

Revelstoke's economy has traditionally been tied to the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) and it still maintains a strong connection to that industry.

However forestry, construction, tourism and retail have increased over the past decades.

Today, telecommuters, freelancers, tech workers and entrepreneurs play an increasingly important role in Revelstoke's success.

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