We Were Glad We Got To the Summit Of Mt Revelstoke
When we stayed in Revelstoke on our road trip from Toronto to Vancouver, we were happy we got to the summit of Mt Revelstoke. There were so many great views from the mountain top.
Our visit to Revelstoke started with amazing views of the waterfalls of Revelstoke. We watched the skies clear and headed up Mt Revelstoke. There were amazing views on the way up. And then we got blinded by a snow storm. But when the snow cleared we continued and explored the summit of Mt Revelstoke. And even got sunset views and a new moon on the way back down.
These mountain views were a great tease for our visit to British Columbia (BC).
Our First View Of Mountains
After we left Calgary, we got our first views of the Rocky Mountains. The sun shone on the great mountain vistas.
We stopped in Banff for our coffee stop. The town was as beautiful as we remembered, ringed with mountain views. We wandered in town for a bit before we headed back on the road.
There was one more stop planned for the mountains in Alberta. We took the exit to Lake Louise and planned to hike around the lake. But every parking lot was full. So there was no way to stop and experience this outdoor beauty on our drive through Alberta.
We hoped to spend more time in Banff and Lake Louise on our return trip from Vancouver to Toronto.
Driving Into The Mountains In British Columbia
After we left Lake Louise, we continued on the Trans Canada Highway and entered the mountains in British Columbia. We enjoyed more mountain views. And then passed over the summit at Rogers Pass. With higher avalanche-prone mountains, we went through several large tunnels (or sheds) that protected the highway from damage.
As we drove along, we saw many construction spots that impacted our road trip travel times. A major project was underway to expand the highway over the mountains. The Drive BC site provided up-to-date road status. We did not check the road closures in advance of planning our BC entry date. But luckily the main highway was open. On our return trip from Vancouver to BC, we again missed checking the site in advance. And ended up with a major detour on our road home!
We did our first drive through the Rocky Mountains when the roads were open and traffic moved well. But this stretch of our road trip between Toronto and Vancouver required a little more attention.
A Quick Stop At The Golden Skybridge
On our drive into Revelstoke, we passed through the town of Golden. When we saw the sign on the road for the Golden Skybridge we wanted to check it out. We thought it was a suspension bridge we could walk across. But when we pulled into the large parking lot, we knew it was much more.
When we entered the building, we saw that this experience needed far more than the short stop we had on a long road trip day. We wandered outside and got a view of the suspension bridge in the distance. And even further out we saw the zipline. If we also wanted to enjoy the hiking paths, we needed at least a half a day.
We left disappointed that we missed the Golden Skybridge experience. But we put it on a list for another visit to BC
Staying In Revelstoke
Our 2 night hotel stop at the Fairfield Inn and Suites in Revelstoke gave us a great view of Mt Revelstoke. But it was also located right next to the train tracks. Our room literally shook when the train passed by. And we were warned they went past once an hour or more!
We found a good local spot for dinner and had a tasty bison burger at the Chubby Funsters Kitchen. And a homemade apple pie with more apple than we ever saw. We were now in British Columbia and we provided proof of vaccination when we ate inside.
It rained the first night in Revelstoke and was grey again in the morning. But when the sky cleared at noon, we packed our day bag and headed out to explore.
Heading To Mt Revelstoke National Park
As we visited the waterfalls in Revelstoke, we watched the weather closely. When the grey skies cleared, we knew we had the chance to go up to the summit of Mt Revelstoke. We headed to the Meadows In The Sky Parkway.
When we entered the Mt Revelstoke National Park, we had to make a decision about the park cost. There were a couple of options. One option provided us with entry to only Mt Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks. The other option was to buy a broad National Park Pass that covered all parks across the country. We ultimately decided that we would make good use of the much broader pass.
Viewpoints On The Way To The Summit
The road up the mountain was a twisty one filled with hair pin turns. We drove slowly up through the trees. There were several viewpoints as we climbed. We stopped and looked out over the town of Revelstoke and the winding Columbia River. Across the river we saw the area where we enjoyed the waterfalls of Revelstoke.
Other viewpoints gave us a view of the other mountains that surrounded Revelstoke. The skies were largely blue but some clouds moved in.
There were so many great views as we headed up to the summit of Mt Revelstoke.
We Drove Into Snow
As we climbed higher we first lost the blue skies. Then rain started and as the temperature dropped to freezing, the rain turned to snow. And the snow became a blinding wall.
We made it to the summit parking lot and the snow continued to fall. We stopped briefly but decided we were not dressed to tackle a snow storm.
So we headed back down to the next viewpoint. And were surprised when the snow slowed and then stopped. So we turned around and headed back up to the summit. By the time we hit the parking lot at the summit, the snow storm had passed but the ground remained snow covered.
A Walk In The Snow To The Summit Of Mt Revelstoke
We headed out for the walk along the Upper Summit Trail. The sign said the hike was only 1km. But we did not expect it to be uphill all the way on a rough path covered in snow.
But we trudged on and finally came out at the summit trail network. We saw there were still several hiking paths to different points on the summit!
Following the Koo Koo Sint Trail, we continued higher. We found a lookout point with bright red chairs and a clear view out. Different spots gave us different perspectives.
From this point we kept climbing to the panoramic viewpoint. The sun was moving down and we got great reflections on a small pond. And as we climbed we saw mountains in the distance.
We hit the summit of Mt Revelstoke at the Fire Lookout at an elevation of 6360 feet (~2000 m). There were paths from here to the North Parapet and the South Parapet. But we had our views from the summit and it was time to head back down.
We were so glad the snow cleared and we made it to the summit of Mt Revelstoke. The views were most definitely worth the climb.
Heading Back Down As The Sun Set
From the summit, we walked back to start of the summit trails. We had the choice to go back along the hiking path or to walk down the road used by the shuttle bus. It was getting dark so we decided that the road was a safer choice.
We arrived at the parking lot and got in the car. We were amused when we saw that all the snow had melted on the car. But the temperature was still right at the freezing point so we drove down with caution. As we headed down Mt Revelstoke, the sky filled with colour. At each turn in the road, we got a different view of the setting sun on the mountains.
When we hit the lower viewpoints, we pulled in and caught the last sunset views. We were delighted when we saw the new moon rising at the same time.
Our last views from Mt Revelstoke were stunning.
A Great Day Heading Up To The Summit Of Mt Revelstoke
On our road trip from Toronto to Vancouver, we were so happy we planned a two night stop in Revelstoke.
We started our full day in Revelstoke with amazing views of the waterfalls of Revelstoke. When the skies cleared, we headed up to the summit at Mt Revelstoke. So many great views on the way up. And even a snow storm did not stop us from hiking to the summit.
We were excited by all of our outdoor adventures in Revelstoke and looked forward to more great fall adventures on this visit to BC.
Have you headed up to the summit of Mt Revelstoke? Did you get amazing views on your visit?
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