Come out of hibernation - redeem your free national park pass.
Revelstoke neighbours two epic national parks, featuring iconic low elevation trails like the Nels Nelson Trail, Inspiration Woods, and Bear Creek Falls. Around here, spring is a great time to experience natural solitude, bathe in the temperate rainforest and stretch your legs after a long winter.
From May 12 to June 30, 2023, we're giving away a free family/group national park day pass when you visit Revelstoke's Visitor Information Centre. Valued at $21, the pass allows up to seven people arriving in a single vehicle to roam Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks for the day.
During spring, many of our higher elevation trails will be snow-covered. Before planning your day, make sure to check the latest trail conditions.
Redeem this offer
Visit us at the Revelstoke Visitor Information Centre to pick up your free national park day pass for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks.
Please note you will not be able to redeem this offer at any national parks office, entry gate, or online.
Top National Parks Activities in Spring.
Revelstoke is famed for having huge snowfalls in the winter, which means that our spring melt-out is epic. Spring is the best time of year for waterfalls, rainforest hikes, and many Revy locals' favorite pastimes - trying to cram as many sports as possible into a single day. Here are some great ideas for what to do with your FREE national park pass as the trails become snow-free:
1. Visit the historic Nels Nelsen Ski Jump.
You can step into "Nels' Knickers" in an interactive art piece erected on the site of the historic ski jumps. Parking is at the Nels Nelsen Historic Area. Not up for a steep walk? After the May long weekend, the upper trailhead is at km 4 on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.
2. Hike the Inspiration Woods Trail.
In lower Mount Revelstoke National Park, the Inspiration Woods Trail lives up to its name and offers an outstanding forest bathing experience. Before the Meadows in the Sky Parkway opens on the May long weekend, parking is at the Parkway welcome kiosk (adds 1 km round trip).
3. Admire the views.
The Meadows in the Sky Parkway offers 7 unique viewpoints of the surrounding valleys. These can be accessed by car, foot, or bike (if you’re up for a workout!). The parkway opens gradually as it becomes snow-free (view status here).
The lower section of the parkway generally opens in May each year, the closure point is dependent on snow conditions.
4. Experience Bear Creek Falls Trail.
Bear Creek falls is normally the first snow free trail in the area, offering a short steep adventure to a secluded glacial waterfall. Around here, spring is a great time to vibrate to the sound of water coming down the creeks, experience natural solitude, connect to the temperate rainforest and stretch your legs after a long winter.
The 1km return trail begins on a downward slope, bring proper footwear because the hill climb back up to your vehicle may get your heart pumping! View the trail status.
The trailhead generally opens mid-May, although trail conditions may be variable.
5. Picnic at The Skunk Cabbage Day Use Area.
Listen to the roar of the Illecillewaet River in its spring flood while you eat lunch. The picnic area opens in late May or early June. The boardwalk itself is closed until further notice for maintenance.
*Giant Cedars Boardwalk in Mount Revelstoke National Park closed in 2023 due to significant damage from fallen trees. A re-opening date has not yet been confirmed
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Step into history.
Before visiting the Park, learn about Mount Revelstoke National Park and its history and significance to Revelstoke.
Giant Cedars Boardwalk is currently CLOSED
Giant Cedars Boardwalk in Mount Revelstoke national park closed in 2023 due to significant boardwalk damage. There are many other trails to discover! Don't forget to check trail conditions before you go.Check Trail Conditions