Come adventure in our mountain parks.
Revelstoke’s mountain parks offer something for everyone. Revelstoke is the gateway to two breathtaking National Parks: Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park. As part of Canada’s 150th birthday celebration, all Canadian National Parks are free in 2017! Pick up your free park pass at the Revelstoke Visitor Information Centre.
Drive up 26km of switchbacking pavement (with plenty of photo stops along the way!) into the stunning alpine in Mountain Revelstoke National Park on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, where you’ll find short and long hikes for the family. Love alpine wildflowers? Plan your visit while they are in season from the end of July through to September. Check out our blog post on all the wildflowers you might see along the way. New this year, you can feel the wind in your hair at the Nels Knickers interpretive display at the Nels Nelsen Historic Ski Jump site at the base of Mount Revelstoke. You may also visit at the aptly-named Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail for an awe-inspiring half-kilometre stroll through an ancient cedar forest, or stop for a picnic at the Skunk Cabbage Picnic Area and then walk the 1.4km Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk Trail.
Glacier National Park has excellent options for camping and hiking, and you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views on every hike. Founded in 1886, Glacier National Park is a year round mountain park paradise. It’s a hiker’s dream in summer and a ski touring mecca in the winter, with snow-capped peaks as far as the eye can see all year long.
Want to check the National mountain parks out in advance? You can now peruse Street View for Google Maps! Explore Mount Revelstoke National Park and Glacier National Park from the comfort of your own home!
Other mountain parks which provide excellent camping options in the Revelstoke area are Martha Creek Provincial Park situated north on Highway 23N, Blanket Creek Provincial Park located south of Revelstoke on Highway 23S, and Shelter Bay Provincial Park, also south of Revelstoke on Highway 23S just before the Shelter Bay to Galena Bay ferry.
Mountain Parks FAQ’s
Which mountain parks have the best camping?
All of the mountain parks offer some camping options. Mount Revelstoke National Park has no vehicle-accessed camping, but there are two backcountry camping areas to hike into. Glacier National Park has a total of 95 sites at three campground areas. Martha Creek Provincial Park and Blanket Creek Provincial Park each offer gorgeous campsites and full services, and Shelter Bay Provincial Park has accessible sites and no services.
Will we see bears in the mountain parks?
The Columbia Mountains and Revelstoke’s mountain parks are home to lots of wildlife, including black and grizzly bears. Read Parks Canada’s bear safety primer here. Check with park staff when you arrive in the park about bear sightings and trail alerts. Ask park staff or read Bears and People to learn more about reducing your risk of encountering bears when camping in the backcountry or what to do if you encounter a bear. Here are some of our tips for Happy Hiking in Bear Country!
Mountain Parks – Locals Tip
Abbot Ridge in Rogers Pass is a locals’ favourite. Find the trailhead at the Illecillewaet campground and then hike 6.8km one way up 1,029m of elevation gain for unsurpassed views.
Feeling fit? Challenge yourself by road biking up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway in Mount Revelstoke National Park. It’s 26km of fresh asphalt and blooming wildflowers – what’s not to love?