Gateway to serious mountains, Revelstoke doesn't need to toot its own horn – the ceaseless procession of trains through the center does all the tooting anyone needs. Built as an important point on the Canadian Pacific transcontinental railroad that first linked eastern and western Canada, Revelstoke echoes not just with whistles but with history. The compact center is lined with heritage buildings yet it's not a museum piece; there's a vibrant local arts community and most locals take full advantage of the boundless opportunities for hiking, kayaking and, most of all, skiing. It's more than worth a long pause as you pass on Hwy 1, which bypasses the town centre to the northeast. The main streets include 1st St and Mackenzie Ave.