Curiosity takes me to Meadows in the Sky Parkway
Meadows in the Sky Parkway; a name that caught my attention the first time I drove by it many years ago. Normally, Revelstoke is a quick stopping point between Calgary and Kelowna, and I have always wondered where that road went. It is amazing that along the way I saw a rainforest, a tribute to a WW1 internment camp and alpine meadows, all in one 26km drive with sixteen switchbacks and 1,600 metres of elevation. Now I have a taste and will definitely be back next summer to further explore. Sadly I missed the wildflowers which peak from mid-July to the end of August, but I still had some wonderful views. It is well worth the time to stop at the viewpoints along the way up or down (and also to try to take pictures into the sun, even though I know that is not the best). For those readers not from Canada, the Trans Canada Highway winds its way through the valley in the middle of this picture, and this section is a beautiful drive.
The road is closed in the evening (last entrance is at 5:30 pm and exit times vary depending on the month), partly to protect the Coeur D’Alene salamander, a nocturnal amphibian which is in the park but listed as a species of special concern. I thought I saw one on the way up and pulled over to find out it was only a branch, oh well. What I think was a long-tailed weasel ran across the road on the way down – too fast to get a picture, but it was interesting to see.
Walking into the rainforest was an assault on my senses. There is nothing like the smell of cedars and moss, with the sound of a small river cascading over rocks and fallen trees.
From the parking lot, I walked the Upper Summit Trail to Heather Lake. A few blogs I have read mentioned the horse flies and one was relentless for part of the way. Bug spray would be a necessity for a longer hike as those guys can take a chunk out of you. There were a lot of warning signs for grizzly in the area, so I only walked a short way on The First Footsteps loop to see this beautiful sculpture.
I liked this view of the Columbia river winding its way through the valley south from Revelstoke.
Although it added about an hour and a half onto the seven hour drive, Meadows in the Sky was a very worthwhile stop.
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