Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to visit Snow White in the tiny cottage of her dwarf friends? Have you dreamed of skipping down the yellow brick road? Are you brave enough to descend a spooky staircase into a castle dungeon? We were! And you can do all these things and more at The Enchanted Forest in Revelstoke, BC!
The Enchanted Forest is a labor of love created by Doris & Ernest Needham. Doris was an artist who created figurines from cement by hand, a skill that didn’t use any molds or forms to help her. Completed in the 1960’s, the Needhams wanted a place where visitors could step into another world full of fairy tale fun. They purchased a 40 acre property and began to clear trails by hand, eventually turning The Enchanted Forest into a tourist spot for those traveling through Rogers Pass.
Here you will find no real life characters to chat or animatronics to impress you. There are few buttons to press and no music to hear. Instead, you’ll be completely enveloped by giant ferns and trees, making you feel as though you’re walking through a real life fairy tale.
You only need about an hour to tour The Enchanted Forest, although there is an optional Nature Walk and the Sky Trek next door. Our children, aged five, four, and one, we’re completely enthralled in the surrounding creatures and tiny homes! We spent the entire visit running from one door to the next and trying to pull our daughter away from the figurines she considered her new best friends.
Parents should be prepared to spend a lot of time ducking and crouching in order to follow your children inside the various houses and buildings. And although the terrain is stroller friendly with obvious paths from one sight to the next, i’d advise you leave yours in the car. If your child is of walking age they won’t want to be in there anyways and there are a lot of stairs and tiny doorways. If you have a child too young to walk, this is a great place to babywear!
BC largest treehouse is located towards the center of The Enchanted Forest. My kids refused to go up because of how high it was and we were not allowed to carry them for safety reasons. If you have a child who scares easy you may also want to avoid the castle dungeons. I was feeling brave and approached each of the darkened jail cells and was given quite the spooky surprise. It was a lot of fun for us adults!
My kids considered The Enchanted Forest one of the highlights of our road trip. I believe at one, four, and five, our children were the perfect age to visit. Both the young and young at heart would enjoy this magical forest located just outside of Revelstoke.
The Enchanted Forest was just one stop out of many we made on our Canadian Rockies Roadtrip. For more of our adventures, check out our Canadian Travel section on this site.