Deep in the ancient rainforests in Canada’s west end lies a place that looks like it’s been taken straight out of a storybook.
The Enchanted Forest is a unique attraction near Revelstoke, B.C. that features real-life characters and locations from classic fairytales. Created by Doris and Ernest Needham as a retirement project in the 1950s, the forest is “a magical place where visitors can see, touch and step into the homes of fairytale heroes, villains and creatures that hold so many memories for all of us.” The Needhams entertained over one million people up until 1970, and eventually sold the forest.
Today, it is owned and operated by a new family who continue the legacy of the Needhams. There are over 350 handcrafted figurines and sets throughout the trail, including the cottage from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, the clubhouse of Winnie The Pooh, the iconic houses of The Three Little Pigs, and much more.
There forest is also home to the largest treehouse in B.C., which rises 50 feet into the forest canopy, as well as a variety of mythical buildings including a stump house, a giant mushroom, a candy cane hut, a castle and even a dungeon (complete with its own dragon).
Those looking to spike up their adrenaline levels can also visit the SkyTrek Adventure Park, which is right beside The Enchanted Forest. Visitors can try out a slew of cool outdoor attractions, including treetop trekking, zip lining, obstacle courses, giant swings, and much more.
This year, The Enchanted Forest opens in May 2018 and will run until mid-October. Make sure to pack a lunch with you as there are several places in the forest where you can have an good, old-fashioned picnic. Dogs are also allowed on the trail, but they must be leashed.
For more information, visit EnchantedForestBC.com.