Mount Revelstoke National Park
On our drive back to BC from Alberta at the end of August, we planned to break up our trip with an overnight stay in Revelstoke. We got an early start and arrived in Revelstoke shortly after noon. We debated, should we carry on, or stop as we had originally planned?
We decided to stop even though it was early. Fortunately we were able to check into our motel when we got there and so we spent the afternoon exploring Mount Revelstoke National Park.
The road up Revelstoke Mountain is called the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. It is a 1600 meter climb over a 26 km. stretch of switchbacks. It took us past several stunning lookouts. The day was overcast so our views looking down over Revelstoke were somewhat obscured by fog and clouds. Even so, it was a gorgeous drive.
Part way up the mountain we came to a sign board titled “Mountain Revelstoke Internment Camp.” It told us about a sad chapter in BC history when, in 1915 during World War I, 8,000 Ukrainian and other European immigrants, considered enemy aliens, were sent to internment camps on the mountain. (Click on the photo to enlarge.)
When we got to the top we found a camper’s shelter, picnic tables and meadows of moss and alpine flowers.
We followed two easy trails at the top as well—the Balsam Lake and Eagle Knoll trails. They led us to more amazing vistas.
All in all, we were so happy we took the afternoon off to explore Revelstoke. I’d love to go back someday and drive that Meadows in the Sky Parkway again. Hopefully next time it will be a clear, sunny day.