Length of stay: 1 day
Visited: July 2022
Mount Revelstoke National Park is situated next to the city of Revelstoke in British Columbia. It is a relatively small national park, but it offers a variety of hiking trails and overlooks, most of which are located along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, a 26 km scenic drive to the top of the mountain.
We spent the morning in Glacier National Park and arrived at Mount Revelstoke in the early afternoon. We drove to our campsite to set up our tent and eat some lunch before hitting the trails. Similar to Glacier, hiking options were limited at Mount Revelstoke given the abundance of snow near the summit.
We started with Nels’ Knickers. There are two access points to the trail, one at the Nels Nelsen parking area, which is slightly longer and steeper and the other at the 4km park of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. We had already done quite a bit of hiking earlier in the day, so we went with the shorter and easier route. The trail leads to the top of a former ski jump. Along the way there were a number of signs that tell the history of skiing in the area and about Nels Nelsen, a famous ski jumping champion. At the top of the ski jump, there’s even a pair of metal pants and a platform to stand on, which overlooks Revelstoke.
We continued our drive along the Meadows in the Sky Parkway and stopped at the Revelstoke Viewpoint for a panoramic view of the town below and the Rainforest Viewpoint, which overlooks a mountainside creek in the interior rainforest.
We then hiked along the Broken Bridge Trail (2km round trip, rated easy), which leads to a broken wooden bridge that has seen better days. It was a pleasant stroll through the forest and we were thankful for the shade. At the broken bridge, we walked a bit further up to get a better glimpse of the river and found a series of small cascades and falls. We took a break here and enjoyed the cool breeze from the river.
We then drove to the Columbia Viewpoint (at the 12km mark), which provided a nice overlook of the Columbia Valley. Because of all the snow at the summit, the rest of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway was blocked off past this point.
So we turned around and drove back to our campsite at the Snowforest Campground. Since our campsite was in the full sun, we instead made dinner and hung out in the sheltered picnic area by the Campground Information Centre.
The next morning we went for a hike along Inspiration Woods (2.5km loop, rated easy). It turns out that the Meadows in the Sky Parkway is gated overnight and doesn’t open until 8 a.m. Since the trailhead for the Inspiration Woods is just under a kilometre from the gate, we decided to just walk it rather than wait around for 30 minutes for the gate to open. The trail weaves through the interior of a cedar-hemlock rainforest in the Columbia Mountains.
We passed many small piles of burnt wood scattered throughout the forest. A few years ago, the park conducted tree clearing and brushing in the area to reduce the risk of wildfires along the base of the mountain.
Once we looped back to the trailhead, we returned to our campsite to eat breakfast and pack up. It was then time to hit the road again.