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A Hike To Eva Lake, Mount Revelstoke National Park, BC

A Hike to Eva Lake, Mount Revelstoke National Park, BC

I have driven past the entrance to Mount Revelstoke National Park without stopping at least a dozen times. When I finally made the park my destination I was sorry I hadn’t stopped sooner. The park is known for its exceptional wildflower displays and there is some excellent hiking – as we found out on the hike to Eva Lake.

I had planned for a visit in early August specifically to try and catch the wildflowers. I’d say they are at their peak about then and over the next couple of weeks. 

2020 update: A reader pointed out that dogs are no longer allowed on this trail. It was perfectly legit when I did it.

It's a beautiful hike to Eva Lake
It’s a beautiful hike to Eva Lake

How to get to the Eva Lake Trailhead

Access to the beautiful, turquoise coloured Eva Lake is via a trail at the top of the 26 kilometre Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

The road switchbacks over 10 times as it climbs up the side of a mountain, gaining 1,600 metres (5,249 ft). Pop out at a parking lot by Balsam Lake, in a beautiful landscape of sub-alpine tundra. From there you have the option of hopping on a shuttle beginning at 10 AM but it’s an easy one kilometer walk to the actual Eva Lake Trailhead via the Upper Summit Trail.

All told it’s a 12 kilometre return hike to Eva Lake. Add an extra two kilometres if you don’t take the shuttle. (Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle bus.)

Initially the hike is a mix of forest and meadows
Initially the hike is a mix of forest and meadows

What does the hike to Eva Lake Look like?

The trail to Eva Lake changes character as you hike. Initially, it takes you through forest broken by meadows filled with wildflowers.  There are intermittent views of the Columbia River, thousands of feet below.

Masses of wildflowers on the hike to Eva Lake
A wildflower that's new to me 
A wildflower that’s new to me
This marmot let out an ear piercing whistle - so loud it made me jump
This marmot let out an ear piercing whistle – so loud it made me jump
Mt Revelstoke National Park is famous for its wildflowers
Mt Revelstoke National Park is famous for its wildflowers

After you pass though the last of the meadows, you enter a world of rock and boulders, home to marmots and pikas. At the 5.4 kilometre mark, look for the first trail intersection.

Option to hike to Jade Lake

You have the option of doing a short (0.4 km) side trip to Miller Lake. One minute later there’s another intersection – with the option of doing the longer, harder hike to Jade Lake. But if you continue then in roughly 15 minutes you’ll arrive at the stunning Eva Lake.

Hiking through a rocky section - and yes dogs are allowed on a leash
Hiking through a rocky section – and yes dogs are allowed on a leash
August is such a great time to hike the Eva Lake Trail for the wildflowers
August is such a great time to hike the Eva Lake Trail for the wildflowers
Everything about Eva Lake is beautiful
Everything about Eva Lake is beautiful
Log hopping to get to an island in the lake
Log hopping to get to an island in the lake
Looking across to a cabin built for the park ranger in 1928
Looking across to a cabin built for the park ranger in 1928

Camping at Eva Lake

It’s possible to camp overnight at the lake although there are only four backcountry campsites available on a first come, first served basis. Prices are $9.80 per person per night.

Looking down the length of the lake
Looking down the length of Eva Lake
The view outside the old ranger's cabin
The view outside the old ranger’s cabin
The dog is counting the steps till she can catch up on her sleep in the car
The dog is counting the steps till she can catch up on her sleep in the car
The Columbia River can be seen thousands of feet below
The Columbia River can be seen thousands of feet below
Overview of the hiking trails in Mount Revelstoke National Park
Overview of the hiking trails in Mount Revelstoke National Park

Even without the wildflowers, the hike to Eva Lake is a pretty one.

And cyclists who like a good leg burn might want to bike up the Meadows in the Sky Parkway. The downhill would be worth the effort.

The Meadows in the Sky Parkway is accessed off the Trans-Canada Highway, a few kilometres east of Revelstoke. Revelstoke is roughly halfway between Vancouver and Calgary.

Visit the Mount Revelstoke National Park website for more information.

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A few things I like to take on my mountain hikes

For any wildflower lovers out there, you might want to pick up a copy of the book Popular Wildflowers of Alberta and the Canadian Rockies.

For my lunch time stop I swear by my almost weightless inflatable seat cushion

If you’ve got creaky knees or you just like poles for better balance, I recommend a pair of hiking poles that are lightweight and collapsible. You really do pay for what you get!

Where to stay near Eva Lake

Revelstoke is the closest city with Golden a distant second. In Revelstoke there are loads of B&B’s including Holten Heritage House where I stayed for a couple of nights in July 2019. If you want to stay on the mountain, the Sutton Place Hotel Revelstoke Mountain Resort would be a great choice. You can cook there too.

The Regent Hotel is another option (called fabulous by hotel reviewers) with an excellent in-house restaurant. It’s downtown and within walking distance of lots of good restaurants.

Further reading on hiking in British Columbia

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A Hike to Eva Lake, Mount Revelstoke National Park, BC

Leigh McAdam

Leigh McAdam is a Calgary based writer, author, photographer and social media enthusiast with over 61,000 followers. Her blog: HikeBikeTravel is frequently cited as one of the top travel and outdoor adventure blogs in Canada.

Author of Discover Canada: 100 Inspiring Outdoor Adventures
Co-author of 125 Nature Hot Spots in Alberta

This Post Has 35 Comments
  1. Stunning hike, most lush, vibrant wildflowers I’ve seen anywhere! A real underappreciated gem in Canada’s national park system.

  2. Thanks so much for reminding me what a marvellous place Revelstoke Park is. It’s been a long time since my last visit, but your pics make me want to return.

  3. I said that I had showed the picture to Phoenix of his Alberta buddy and he was very happy! Eva Lake reminds me so much of Woods Lake which is at the top of the Carson Pass on Highway 88. It’s right above the Kirkwood Ski Resort in Northern California. We backpacked to it as a kid but now roads drive right up to it so it’s just not the same 🙁 I had said something else…trying to remember from earlier. Ohhh!! You’ve been a blogging machine lately, Leigh!! Great job!!! 🙂

    1. @Mike Torrie loved most of the hike as she could go swimming or lie in cold water on multiple occasions.
      I have been a blogging machine as I’ll be offline again quite a bit over the next 3 weeks. Makes my time at home VERY busy.

  4. The view from the Old Rangers Cabin is oh so beautiful. I would love to stay there and wake to that view. It would be so hard to leave. Beautiful photography 🙂

  5. I am so used to thinking wildflowers in the spring, that this is a refreshing reminder that they do have their seasons and it depends on their location. Beautiful hike this one, Leigh.

  6. Picture after picture here looks like a postcard. What a gorgeous hike and so colorful with all those wildflowers. Those reflection shots are just stunning and love love the marmot photo. Lucky you to live within a reasonable driving distance to this gem of a park.

  7. Love the view of the flower fields. Ideal for a picnic with family. Plus the rivers quite nice too. A cabin near that place would be a perfect getaway for me. Thanks for sharing this!

  8. Since I started blogging, I have stopped at several places that I previously passed by at 65 mph many times before. Each time I was pleasantly surprised and glad I finally made the detour. This park looks gorgeous and the wildflowers are tremendous.

    1. @Suzanne I don’t think Mount Revelstoke NP is on the radar of many Canadians but it’s definitely worth a visit. especially as it’s only a few hours from Yoho and Banff National Parks.

  9. Thanks for the great trail info.do you think it will be worth just to do a part of the trail, like 3 km and then return? Will there be nice mountain views on the first 3 km or is it just through forest?is there a lot of uphill walking?

  10. I see a dog in one photo; note that dogs are not currently permitted in the summit area (including all the Eva Lake hikes) in Revelstoke NP. The rangers will turn you around. Other than that, the hike is spectacular, as advertised. There are lots of side trip options and scrambles to get higher in the area of the lake. Not very many hikes in the Rockies have easy auto access to such a high elevation starting point.

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