Mount Revelstoke National Park
Mount Revelstoke National Park is located in the southeastern part of British Columbia, Canada. The park covers an area of 100 square miles (260 sq km). Canada’s Glacier National Park is a neighbor.
The national park is part of the Selkirk Mountains, which is a range that extends from Idaho and eastern Washington of the United States up into the southeastern part of British Columbia. It is part of the same corridor that aligns with Banff National Park and Yoho National Park.
The park features one of the globe’s few temperate rain forests that are inland. The old-growth forest includes Western Red Cedar and Western Hemlock. It is hard to find any place that is geographically diverse and naturally pristine wilderness.
Visitors can drive through much of the park and see some of the amazing landscapes the park has to offer. There are a number of places where you can have impressive views of the Monashee and Selkirk Mountains that make up much of the park.
The forested, subalpine, and alpine ecosystems serve as home to an array of abundant wildlife. Some of the popular species include black bear, cougar, coyote, fox, grizzly bear, lynx, moose, mountain goat, and wolverine.
This is a place where people come for the day to picnic and take day hikes as a way to engage the clean air and stunning facets of nature that are easily accessible. The winter months give way to skiing and other winter-related activities. The park offers breath-taking picturesque winter landscapes that are hard to beat.
Mount Revelstoke is a year-round attraction that draws people during the summer months for park exploration and in the winter for snow-driven activities. There are many highlights of the park, but here are some that are among the most popular.
Trails out to Eva Lake are one of the most popular hikes and the landscape around the lake does not disappoint.
Mount Revelstoke is the tallest mountain in the park with a peak of 6,375 feet (1,943 m). A road allows visitors to reach the peak along with a short hike to the actual summit. The view from Mount Revelstoke is spectacular.
There are three mountain ranges that include Monashee, Purcell, and Selkirk which are all part of a striking panoramic view from atop Mount Revelstoke.
Meadows in the Sky Parkway
The Meadows in the Sky Parkway is a 16.1-mile (26 km) scenic drive up Mount Revelstoke toward the summit. The road comes close to the peak creating only a short hike for visitors to reach the actual summit.
The drive is a scenic drive providing views of the mountain as well as several vista lookouts over the surrounding area. The paved road travels through the rainforest, sub-alpine forests, and among wildflower meadows. It really is an incredibly scenic drive.
Mount Revelstoke National Park Trails
Hiking is one of the leading ways to explore the national park. Many of the trails are challenging because of the terrain and altitude.
Balsam Lake Trail
This is an easy short 1,640-foot (500 m) loop trail off the main road to see wildflowers and the picturesque Balsam Lake. The waters are crystal clear.
Giant Cedars Trail
This is a short 0.3-mile (500 m) boardwalk trail that meanders amongst the giant old-growth western red cedar and western hemlock trees.
Skunk Cabbage Trail
This is another short 0.75-mile (1.2 km) trail that follows along the valley rainforest and wetlands. There is a chance you may see beaver, bear, or muskrat.
Eva Lake Trail
This trail is a 4.4-mile (7.1 km) one-way trail with an elevation change of 587 feet (179 m). It takes about 2.5 hours to reach the lake. The trail meanders through fir, mountain hemlock, and Engelmann spruce as well as meadows and wildflowers.
Miller Lake Trail
The majority of the trail follows the same path as the Eva Lake Trail. It is a nice short jaunt off the Eva Lake Trail to see Miller Lake as well. It does not add much time to explore this lake at the same time you are pursuing Eva Lake.
Jade Lake Trail
This is a challenging ascent up to the Upper Jade Lake. The trail features a 1,404-foot (428 m) elevation change. It is particularly steep when you enter into the treeless alpine tundra. However, the highlight of the trail is the jade-green lakes. The trail covers a distance of 5.8 miles (9.4 km) and takes about 3.5-4 hours to reach the lakes.
Mount Revelstoke Highlights
- Mount Revelstoke
- Meadows in the Sky Parkway
- Eva Lake
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