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Eva Lake Hike, Mount Revelstoke National Park

Reflection in Eva Lake
Reflection in Eva Lake, Mount Revelstoke National Park
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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 summer 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

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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 km Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

The road switchbacks over 10 times as it climbs up the side of a mountain, gaining 1,600 m (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 km 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 Eva Lake hike is a mix of forest and meadows
Initially the hike is a mix of forest and meadows

Eva Lake hike description

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.

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.

Masses of wildflowers on the hike to Eva Lake
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

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.

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

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 moderate hike to Eva Lake in Mt. Revelstoke National Park, BC

 

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