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Mount Revelstoke National Park is a Wonderful British Columbia Camping Destination!
Mount Revelstoke National Park is located in the Selkirk Mountains in British Columbia near the city of Reveltoke. Covering more than 160 square miles, the park was established in 1914 in order to protect the diverse and beautiful land found within. For example, the dense old-growth rainforests found in the park are steeply declining in unprotected areas. Subalpine forests, tundra meadows, mountains, rivers and lakes can also be found in the park, making it a beautiful, rugged and diverse British Columbia camping destination!
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The weather in Mount Revelstoke National Park is greatly influenced by the warm moisture-laden air from the Pacific being deflected upwards by the Columbia Mountains. The rapid cooling of this air leads to a lot of rain, and heavy snow during winter. January is the snowiest month of the year and daily temperatures are below freezing at every elevation. By March, temperatures start increasing and snow gives way to sleet and rain. April sees sunnier days and snow starts disappearing from the lower elevations. By May, rain is the dominant form of precipitation and there is a lot more sunshine. June is the wettest month of the year. July is when summer weather prevails throughout the park. August, on average, is the driest month of the year. September and October bring colder weather and snow starts falling in the higher elevations by the end of October. By November, the whole park is covered in snow and December sees heavy snow accumulation. A daily entrance fee is required when visiting the park and it costs CA$7.80 for adults, $6.80 for seniors, $3.90 for kids, and $19.60 for a family, up to seven people traveling in one car. A seasonal pass costs $39.20 for adults, $34.30 for seniors, $19.60 for kids and $98.10 for a family.
The diversity of the park leads to a diverse amount of activities. You can hike through an alpine meadow or explore an ancient rainforest. You can hike up a steep mountain side or down into a deep valley. The Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail is a boardwalk trail that takes you through the heart of the park’s old-growth forest. Examine the beauty of trees that may be as old as half a millennium! The Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk Trail leads you over a swamp inhabited by beaver, muskrats, many birds and skunk cabbage. Meadows-in-the-Sky Trail is only open about 3 months of the year and takes you through a subalpine meadow that sees as much as 9 months of winter every year. The Icebox is a shaded rock cleft is the one spot where snow persists all summer long. The best time to hike this trail is in late July and early August when flowers are in full bloom. Winter activities include skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, and Mount Revelstoke was home to the very first ski jump and many world records have been set here. Mount Revelstoke National Park is a great place to get in touch with nature and to bird and wildlife watch. With so much to see, do and explore, this really is an unforgettable British Columbia camping destination!
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