Historic fire observation tower Mount Revelstoke's historic firetower crowns the summit
© Parks Canada / Rob Buchanan

Mount Revelstoke National Park offers you the extraordinary experience of driving a good paved road from an elevation of 470 metres on the Trans Canada Highway, to 1835 metres at Balsam Lake.

Winding 26 kilometres uphill, the Meadows in the Sky Parkway takes you through forests of cedar and hemlock, spruce and fir to the renowned subalpine wildflower meadows of Mount Revelstoke National Park.

During the brief snow-free season (usually early July to late September), the Summit Shuttle Bus transports visitors between the parking area at Balsam Lake and the summit area, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm during peak season, and from 10:00 - 4:30 during shoulder seasons. The summit offers rare mountain-top hiking, strolling, picnicking and photography opportunities. A historic firetower crowns the summit.

Easy strolls as well as longer hikes begin at the Balsam Lake parking area and the summit. To prevent damage to this mountain-top environment, you are asked to stay on the system of marked trails only. The subalpine vegetation of the Meadows area is extremely fragile and the growing season is very short.

The parkway is narrow and has tight switchbacks that are unsuitable for vehicles over 7.9 metres (26 feet) in length.

The following vehicles are not permitted on the parkway:

  • Buses and recreational vehicles (RVs) over 7.9 metres (26 feet) in length
  • Towed trailers or towed vehicles: these may be dropped off at the Nels Nelsen Historic Area, 0.5 km up the parkway from the Trans-Canada Highway.

A map showing the roadside viewpoints on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway
A map of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway viewpoints
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 Visitor looking at the view from the summit of Mount Revelstoke
Incredible views from the summit of Mount Revelstoke
© Parks Canada / Jacolyn Daniluck