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.
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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 FAQs:
When are the wildflowers in bloom in Mount Revelstoke NP & Glacier NP?
Plan your visit while they are in season between mid-July to September. Blooms may vary depending on weather and snowpack.
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 yet but its coming in late 2019. Until then, 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. Find out more about camping in Revelstoke here.
Will we see bears in the mountain parks?
The Columbia Mountains 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.