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Mount Revelstoke National Park is located in southeastern British Columbia, a six-hour drive from Vancouver or 4.5-hour drive from Calgary, Alberta, along the Trans-Canada Highway. The town of Revelstoke is located adjacent to the western entrance and serves as a convenient base for exploring the park.
The park is open year-round but its upper reaches can be snowbound into July. Many facilities are closed from October to May.
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Access to Mount Revelstoke National Park of Canada is by highway. The community of Revelstoke, 0.8 km southwest of the park, is located almost halfway from Calgary, Alberta, to Vancouver, British Columbia. It is serviced by small (charter) aircraft and by commercial bus lines. The Trans Canada Highway (Highway #1) is the point of access for visitors. It runs just inside the park's boundary for 13 km along the southeast perimeter of the park.
Entry and service fees are charged at most national parks and national historic sites, where revenues are kept to support visitor services and facilities.
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Mount Revelstoke National Park is located in southeastern British Columbia adjacent to the city of Revelstoke. It is Canada's eighth national park, and was established in 1914. The park is made up of 260 km2 of mountains, glaciers, alpine lakes, tundra, and deep valleys. The park protects a representative sample of the Columbia Mountains Natural Region. Mount Revelstoke is located in the Montane Cordillera Ecozone.
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Moist Pacific air releases a large amount of precipitation over the Columbias. Heavy snowfalls, combined with steep terrain, render the park an active avalanche zone. January sees the greatest amounts of snow (150 - 200 mm) while July is both the warmest and driest month. There is only a loose seasonality associated with the precipitation, making it quite possible to experience rain in the winter and snow in the summer. Maximum average temperatures for January and July are -4ºC and 27ºC respectively.
The Columbias are massive steep-walled mountains with deep, narrow valleys. Water and ice continue to carve the ancient igneous and metamorphic rocks. A number of fault lines run through the park and there are extensive alpine glaciers. The avalanches that occur in these mountains can be both awe-inspiring and frightening. The mountain that the park is named after rises 1 938 m above sea level.