The best camping near Revelstoke, British Columbia.
Get stoked to camp around this funky hot spot for skiers and hikers near Mount Revelstoke National Park.
In the Selkirk Mountains of central British Columbia, midway between the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Coast, Revelstoke is a popular road-trippers’ stopover and gateway to two national parks. Mount Revelstoke National Park is just outside town, and Glacier (not to be confused with the US national park of the same name) climbs into the jagged peaks 15 kilometres to the east.Read more...
In the Selkirk Mountains of central British Columbia, midway between the Canadian Rockies and the Pacific Coast, Revelstoke is a popular road-trippers’ stopover and gateway to two national parks. Mount Revelstoke National Park is just outside town, and Glacier (not to be confused with the US national park of the same name) climbs into the jagged peaks 15 kilometres to the east. Both parks have summer camping areas accommodating tenting and RV campers, and commercial campgrounds and RV parks around Revelstoke give campers more options. A 10-minute drive from town, Revelstoke Mountain Resort attracts skiers and boarders in winter, while hiking and mountain biking are draws in the warmer months.
Where to Go
Mount Revelstoke National Park
The park’s signature adventure is a drive up the switchbacks on the 26-kilometre Meadows in the Sky Parkway, which twists up the mountain toward numerous hiking trails with views across the peaks. The park’s 62-site Snowforest Campground sits at the Parkway’s base, walking or cycling distance from town.
Glacier National Park
The Trans-Canada Highway runs directly through Glacier National Park; this 7,800-kilometre roadway that crosses the country was completed at Rogers Pass in what is now the park’s center. The park’s visitor center tells the highway’s story, its 140 kilometres of hiking trails lead into the glacier-covered mountains, and its 60-site Illecillewaet and 20-site Loop Brook camping areas, both near the Rogers Pass summit, let you sleep nearby.
British Columbia’s main wine-making region has more than 200 wineries, and its northern reaches, between Kelowna and Vernon, are within a couple of hours’ drive southwest of Revelstoke. Go wine-tasting, obviously, but you can also swim and paddle the lakes, and pick up fresh produce from the many farmstands.
The Shuswap Region
Explore the lakes of the Shuswap, about an hour’s drive west of Revelstoke, with popular family-friendly camping areas, sandy beaches, and places to kayak, SUP, or fish. In October, you can watch one of North America’s largest salmon runs in Tsutswecw Provincial Park, when the fish thrash through the rapids to spawn.
When to Go
July through early October are the best months for a Revelstoke camping adventure. Snow can linger in the mountains through June and can start again in October. The Meadows in the Sky Parkway in Mount Revelstoke National Park is usually open from June into October, although the summit area has a shorter season – generally mid-July through September. Revelstoke is busiest in July-August and during the winter, when you can ski from late November into April.
Know Before You Go
- Keep your gas tank topped up when you’re driving through this BC region. There are no gas stations or other services on Highway 1 between Revelstoke and the town of Golden, 150 kilometres to the east on the other side of Glacier National Park.
- If you’re traveling east toward Revelstoke from Vancouver, the city of Kamloops, along Highway 1, is a good place to stop for supplies, with big box stores, gear sellers, and local shops.
- Revelstoke itself has several outdoor gear shops, grocery stores, and several fun cafes, where you can pick up coffee, baked goods, sandwiches, and other snacks.