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.   

Revelstoke from a lookout on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway

Revelstoke from a lookout on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Revelstoke from Meadows in the Sky Parkway

Revelstoke grows more distant as we climb the highway up Revelstoke Mountain (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

View from Meadows in the Sky Parkway - Revelstoke, B.C.

A view of the Columbia River from the Meadows In the Sky Parkway – Revelstoke B.C. (Photo © 2913 by. V. Nesdoly)

The town of Revelstoke juts into the Columbia River.

The town of Revelstoke juts into the Columbia River (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

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.)

Internment Camp signboard - Meadows in the Sky Parkway, Revelstoke, B.C.

Internment Camp signboard – Meadows in the Sky Parkway, Revelstoke, B.C. (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Internment Camp Signboard (2), Meadows in the Sky Parkway, Revelstoke, BC

Internment Camp Signboard (2), Meadows in the Sky Parkway, Revelstoke, BC  (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

When we got to the top we found a camper’s shelter, picnic tables and meadows of moss and alpine flowers.

Mossy meadows at the top of Revelstoke Mountain

Mossy meadows at the top of Revelstoke Mountain (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Alpine flower meadow - Mount Revelstoke, B.C.

Meadows of alpine flowers (Paintbrush, pink Subalpine Daisy, and yellow Mountain Arnica) (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Sitka Valerian - alpine flowers, closed to keep out the rain  (Ph

Sitka Valerian – alpine flowers, closed today keep out the rain (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Fireweed

Fireweed (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Brilliant red paintbrush

Brilliant red paintbrush (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

We followed two easy trails at the top as well—the Balsam Lake and Eagle Knoll trails. They led us to more amazing vistas.

Vista from the top of Mt. Revelstoke.

View from the top of Mt. Revelstoke.
Oh for a sunny day!  (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Another stunning valley - Mount Revelstoke, B.C.

Another stunning valley – Mount Revelstoke, B.C. (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Ernie N. with the Columbia River

Hubby Ernie,  Columbia River in the background (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

V. Nesdoly on Mt. Revelstoke

Me against the Columbia River  (Photo © 2013 by E. Nesdoly)

Ernie N. on Mt. Revelstoke, B.C.

Ernie, doing a little off-the-trail climbing – Mount Revelstoke, B.C. (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

Rainbow on Mt. Revelstoke, B.C.

It was raining on and off and I managed to capture a rainbow (Photo © 2013 by V. Nesdoly)

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.

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7 thoughts on “Mount Revelstoke National Park

    • Thanks so much, Tracy and Laurel. Frankly the trip up the Revelstoke Mountain was an altogether unexpected blessing. It felt like a gift from a generous Heavenly Father, who knows what thrills us and loves to give us good things. And how can one not take photos of such scenes?

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  1. That’s too bad, Marja… although I can see how this road would be closed in winter and spring until the snow has melted. You’ll have to make another visit. I’m thinking the alpine meadows might have more flowers blooming a little earlier in the season (end of July to early August perhaps). And of course, a sunny day and clear skies would make for a spectacular drive.

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