Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park – Hiking British Columbia

 

Lake Revelstoke in British Columbia, Canada offers a paradise of recreational opportunity.

 

 

The day begins with orientation at Rogers Pass for the long hike over Balu Pass into Cougar Creek Valley for the guided cave tour into Nakimu Caves. 

The fascinating lecture provides a better understanding of the long, arduous day for future reference.  The intent is to return another year to tour the caves and hike additional trails in this outstanding park.

 

Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada A misty, warm day on Lake Revelstoke in Mount Revelstoke National Park

 

A day of kayaking will follow a short stop in Revelstoke to purchase fresh British Columbia grown fruit in the open-air market as part of the day’s provisions prior to the drive to Martha Creek Provincial Park nestled on the shore of Lake Revelstoke and created by Canada's highest concrete dam (174 m; 571 ft).

Mélanie's kayaks are launched and the objective is a blind canyon located along the far shore.

 

Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

After kayaking across the lake the kayaks are guided as far as possible into the incredibly beautiful canyon with a small waterfall at the end to wile away time chatting and relaxing while waiting for sun to fill the space.

 

Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

The return across Lake Revelstoke to the launch site for food and beverage occurs prior to launching the kayaks again in search of a private beach among the many options along the wilderness shoreline.  

The kayaks slalom through large, dead tree stumps, in water so crystal-clear the sandy bottom appears close enough to touch.  Nearby there is an opportunity to beach the kayaks to wander a private section of incredibly remote and beautiful sandy beach.

Shoreline water is warm and perfect for wading.  Mist on the lake creates ethereal qualities.

 

Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada

Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada Shallow water slalom around shoreline tree stumps on Lake Revelstoke

 

Lake Revelstoke – Mount Revelstoke National Park, British Columbia, Canada

 

The relaxing day is a fitting end to the brief time spent at Rogers Pass before the return drive east on the TransCanada Highway to Calgary, Alberta, Canada. 

Within a few days the first experience hiking at a different Glacier National Park will begin in Montana, USA.

 

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