Whatever your idea of an awe inspiring hike might be, Revelstoke has you covered.
Wander your way through ancient rainforests, explore the miniature landscape of the subalpine, stroll the alpine meadows and experience beautiful high alpine lakes. From the family friendly to the rewardingly challenging, there are so many fantastic trails to choose from in the area, but here are 5 of our favourites:
The Waterfall Trifecta
Sutherland Falls– less than 1 km.
This stunning waterfall might be Revelstoke’s most accessible. Head to Blanket Creek Provincial Park and look for the Sutherland Falls parking area. From there, take the flat trail to the look out area. Find a map of the area here.
Begbie Falls– 1 km each way.
Begbie Falls can be accessed by a short trail, which is steep in places, from the Mount Begbie Forest Service Road. The trail follows a series of switchbacks through the forest to the falls and a beach with beautiful views across the valley when the river level is low. Find more information on this route here.
The falls can also be accessed from the Begbie Bluffs parking area for a longer hike of around 3km one way. You can find this parking area by Highway 23S, just after Mt Macpherson Nordic Lodge. This trail winds through the forest, past the climbing area, to the falls. Find a map of this trail here.
Moses Falls– 500m each way
Moses Falls is another accessible waterfall. Head down Westside Road, accessed from the junction of Highway 1 for 6.1km until you see the parking area on the right. Park here and head down the road until you reach the river and the bottom of the falls.
Nels Nelsen Ski Jump
This short hike (500 m each way) offers amazing views over the town and Columbia Valley and a little slice of Revelstoke history in Mount Revelstoke National Park. Discover the dizzy heights of Revelstoke’s historic ski jump at the top of this hike with the Nels Knickers sculpture which lets you experience the old ski jump first hand. The trail for the Nels Nelsen monument can be accessed from town by foot, look for the trail head immediately behind the railway museum and follow the signage through the rainforest to the jump area. This trail is not technical but the climb is steep in places
EVA AND MILLER LAKES
The beautiful alpine hike to Eva and Miller Lakes (7.1 km one way to Eva Lake) begins at the summit of Mount Revelstoke National Park. Drive up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway to the Balsam Lake parking area and then choose to begin your hike on the 1km summit trail or take the shuttle to the trailhead. From there, the trail rolls through sub alpine rainforest with its stunted trees and into the alpine meadows, which are home to wildflowers in late July and August. Hike for 5.4kms until you reach the junction with Miller Lake, a short detour to a small alpine lake. Straight ahead is the stunning Eva Lake, one of Revelstoke’s iconic landmarks. Experienced hikers may also want to continue to Jade Lakes but be aware, this is a more complex hike. Be sure to take bug spray- the bugs like the lake too!
Camping is available at Eva Lake by permit. Be sure to read all regulations before setting out to camp there.
Asulkan Valley Trail
This moderate trail (6.9 km each way) takes in mountains, waterfalls and glaciers as it leads through the Asulkan Valley to the Asulkan Hut. The trail head begins at the Illecillewaet campground in Glacier National Park and passes the ruins of the old Glacier House mountain resort before heading through the rich rainforest and into the alpine valley. The first part of the trail is mellower, becoming steeper 4km in and ends with a steep climb into a glacial moraine. Marvel at the Illecillewaet Glacier and enjoy the spectacular views over the valleys below.
Mount Begbie is Revelstoke’s iconic peak. The double crown is visible anywhere in the town and dominates the skyline of the area. The hike to the toe of the glacier on Mount Begbie is not one for the faint hearted, but it is one for the books! The trail begins 2.5kms after the Mount Macpherson Nordic Lodge, look for the signs on the right. The trail climbs steeply through the forest for most of the ascent into the alpine, with the first lookout opportunity being around 5km into the climb. Once into the alpine, see the tarn below the glacier and experience amazing views over the town and Columbia valley. There is a camping area near the toe of the glacier for overnight stays.
Be aware, summiting Mt Begbie requires advanced glacier travel and rope skills. Also be aware that avalanche danger from above can persist after the trail is clear of snow.
What to expect this winter.
Please refrain from visiting Revelstoke for non-essential travel at this time. The winter of 2020-21 is going to look a little bit different in Revelstoke. We're taking precautions to limit the spread of COVID-19 and following provincial health guidelines. That means that you may be required to wear masks, that restaurants and bars may have long wait times and that you will need to plan to accommodate changes in business operations. Please check current Provincial Health Orders before travelling.