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Just north of the British Columbian town of Revelstoke, Mt. Revelstoke National Park is nestled between some of Canada’s most pristine mountain ranges, giving it the feeling of being far-removed while it’s actually a mere five-minute drive from the nearest town. The area's bright bursts of seasonal wildflowers in spring and summer make it a favorite for nature lovers. Hikers also come here to explore the region's beautiful mountain vistas. This area is also culturally significant, as some of the indigenous ethnic groups, like the Inuit, are still thriving here.
One of the best ways to experience this scenic swathe is in an RV rental. Because the park is relatively remote, you may need to source a rental from Calgary or Vancouver. You can also search for an RV in British Columbia. Spokane is another convenient place to rent an RV if you're traveling from the United States.
Hiking is a unique experience in this park, with Mt. Revelstoke offering an extensive trail network with a variety of experiences and views. For a short walk, hit the Giant Cedars Trail, a half-kilometer-long loop that takes you along a boardwalk through old-growth cedars. The Fire Lookout Trail is the same length and leads to an observation tower with sweeping vistas of the park. For those who wish to climb to new heights without actually walking, there’s a unique opportunity to do so on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway, which allows you to drive your rental RV to a staggering height of 1,835 meters (6,020 feet).
Another popular activity in the park is fishing. Keen anglers are free to enjoy the lakes; however, you'll need a national park fishing license to cast your line. The turquoise waters offer a wonderful venue for a fun family day outdoors, as well as an abundance of trout species.
The park also hosts artist programs, and it’s easy to see how creative spirits find inspiration in this wilderness park with bright starry skies and crystal-clear waters. The Art In The Park retreat takes place in the summer alongside the Caribou Cabin, which is a residency program. Skiing and snowshoeing are also favorite pastimes in the winter.
If you're planning to camp at Mt. Revelstoke National Park, you're out of luck. There are no campgrounds available at Mt. Revelstoke. Fortunately, the town of Revelstoke and nearby parks offer a multitude of campgrounds for those camping with an RV or with a tent. The most popular campgrounds are located at Glacier National Park.
Campers can choose one of 95 sites spread across three campgrounds in Glacier National Park. In terms of amenities, you can expect flushing toilets, showers, kitchen facilities, and potable water. These sites also permit campfires if you hold a campfire permit (if not, you can purchase one on-site). Hookups aren't available, but generator use is allowed during designated hours.
Boulder Mountain Resort is only five minutes away from the park and comes with all the standard motorhome camping facilities you'll need for a comfortable stay. Seventy full-hookup sites are available alongside all the comforts of home, including showers, toilets, picnic tables, laundry facilities. The sites offer 50-amp power, and all sites are pet-friendly. Guests can enjoy the hot tub at the campground and unwind after a day of outdoor fun at the neighboring Mt. Revelstoke National Park.
When you're ready to explore British Columbia in your campervan rental, you'll find no shortage of activities to enjoy in the area. The town of Revelstoke is just down the road from the park and offers all the provisions you may need, such as fuel, grocery stores, entertainment, dining, and shopping. If you're hungry, you'll find a few restaurants in town, serving up everything from traditional pub grub to Asian and German fare.
Take your time wandering around the quaint town center set against the breathtaking backdrop of snow-capped mountain peaks. History buffs will want to peruse the artifacts on display at Revelstoke Museum and Archives. Learn about the community's indigenous peoples and how the arrival of the railroad shaped this community. If the kids in your group are feeling antsy after their history lesson, treat them to a little time at the designated kids' play area. Those keen to learn more about the community's railroad heritage should take some time to explore Revelstoke Railway Museum.
If museums aren't your cup of tea, you might want to explore the adventure park. Zipline through the forest, test your abilities on the climbing wall, or simply wander among old-growth cedars. This fun-filled park has an exhilarating activity for visitors of all ages. If you're seeking even more thrills, you'll find several adventure companies in Revelstoke offering adrenaline-boosting experiences like whitewater rafting and even ax-throwing.