DescriptionOn the western edge of the Selkirk Range in southeastern British Columbia, Mount Revelstoke National Park is 260 square kilometres (100 sq. mi.) of sharp peaks, heavily timbered slopes and flowering meadows. The Selkirk Range, flanked on the east by the Purcell Range and on the west by the Monashee Range, are distinguished by their height and geologic complexity.
Erosion by glaciers and the heavy rainfall of the region have carved the rock of the Selkirks into jagged forms. Complementing the park's dense green forests and lush wildflower meadows are glacier-fed streams and lakes as well as the deep snows that blanket the slopes until late June.
Deer inhabit the lower slopes; black and grizzly bears and mountain caribou also may be seen in the park. Most mountain species of birds are represented, including Fox Sparrows, Hermit Thrushes and Northern Hawk Owls.
The Trans-Canada Highway (Hwy. 1) passes through the southeastern portion of the park for 13 kilometres (8 mi.) and parallels its southern boundary for 18 kilometres (11 mi.).
General InformationVisitor facilities and accommodations are available in the city of Revelstoke at the western park entrance. Park passes are available at the park kiosks at the base of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway and Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail as well as the Rogers Pass Discovery Centre in Glacier National Park. Phone ahead for schedule.
From Hwy. 1, the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, a 26-kilometre (16-mi.) hard surface road that is open only in summer leads to the summit of Mount Revelstoke and provides an excellent panoramic view. Along its length are 16 switchbacks and several viewpoints. Picnic areas are available at Monashee, the 8-kilometre (5-mi.) viewpoint on this road, and at Balsam Lake, 1 kilometre (.6 mi.) from the summit. Other picnic areas and nature trails are along the Trans-Canada Highway.
Recreation includes subalpine hiking, mountain climbing and catch-and-release fishing. August is the best time to view wildflowers. More than 60 kilometres (37 mi.) of hiking trails lead to such sites as Miller and Jade lakes. Voluntary registration for backcountry travelers is available. Fishing is by permit, available at the park kiosk at the base of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway or the park administrative office in Revelstoke.
ADMISSIONADMISSION to the park is free in 2017 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Otherwise admission is $7.43; $6.48 (ages 65+); $3.71 (ages 6-16); $18.67 (all occupants of a private vehicle with up to seven people). An annual pass, valid at most Canadian national parks, marine areas and historic sites, is available. Buses and trailers are not permitted on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. Class A motor homes are not recommended as parking is extremely limited at the summit of the mountain.
PETSPETS are permitted in the park provided they are on leashes at all times.
ADDRESSADDRESS inquiries to the Superintendent, Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks, P.O. Box 350, Revelstoke, BC, Canada V0E 2S0; phone (250) 837-7500.