Grizzly Plaza

Revelstoke, British Columbia

Public Space

Introduction
Grizzly Plaza is in the heart of Revelstoke’s historic downtown. This entertainment hot spot, sports venue, Farm & Craft Market hub, and all around awesome gathering spot is the icon of downtown Revelstoke. Surrounded by quaint shops with charming storefronts, this is a picturesque spot to linger. The pedestrian-only plaza is a great place to shop, have lunch or simply soak up the mountain ambience. Located on Mackenzie Avenue, you are greeted by life-like statues of three grizzly bears as you stroll through the entrance!

Events and Festivals

Farm & Craft Market
Saturdays (from late April to mid-October), Grizzly plays host to the Revelstoke Farm & Craft Market. Purchase fresh fruit, preserves, crafts and more – the area is filled with colourful awnings and crowds of shoppers, creating a fun, community-focused atmosphere.

Summer Nightly Live Music
Grizzly Plaza is the only place in North America (and possibly the world!) to offer over sixty consecutive nights of free music performances throughout the summer. Each evening (from approximately the end of June through to the end of August), the Revelstoke Arts Council provides free live music in Grizzly Plaza. With a diverse range of unique artists, the Summer Street Festival is fun for the whole family. Frequently you will find locals and visitors mingling, sharing ice cream, dancing, and making new friends. This family-friendly event has achieved iconic status in our small town.

Sporting Events
-SingleTrack 6 Mountain Bike Race starting point (August 2014)
-Rail Jam (February 2010)

Other Events
-Vancouver Olympics Torch Relay (January 2010)
-Revelstoke Annual Show & Shine (each year in June)

History

Grizzly plaza has short term historic and heritage value, it was created as a downtown revitalization project in the mid 1980’s. The plaza was created as the focal point of the downtown revitalization project. Before the creation of Grizzly Plaza, our downtown was pretty tacky!

Development
Approximately 4-5 years ago The City of Revelstoke extended the plaza down to 3rd street, widening the sidewalks and adding ornamental features and the sculptures at Mackenzie and 3rd as the “entrance” to the downtown from the west.The plaza was initially created as part of a downtown revitalization project.

Accessibility
Grizzly Plaza is accessible by walking, cycling, and public transit. In the winter, it serves as a Ski Shuttle bus stop for those wishing to get up to Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Free parking is plentiful right adjacent to Grizzly Plaza.

Demographics
On any given day, you will see all demographics enjoying Grizzly Plaza. From the events and farmers market, to the free live music in the summer downtown where grandparents dance with their grandchildren in the street, this is an area enjoyed by all. You will often see children running around the gazebo on a busy Saturday morning, or climbing on the life-like grizzly bear statues.