Mount Revelstoke National Park protects 64,247 acres of mountains and rainforests in British Columbia, Canada. The park is home to the world’s only inland temperate rainforest. The forest floor was carpeted with ferns.
The Giant Cedars Trail walks through a cedar rainforest similar to what one might see in the Pacific Northwest. The trail was on an elevated boardwalk which kept our feet dry and gave us a higher view of the lush forest.
The Columbia River circles half of the park.
The marsh was full of hummingbirds, which were slightly larger and fatter than the ruby-throated hummingbirds that we frequently see in Kentucky.
Skunk cabbage is a plant found in swamps and wet woods. Its leaves can grow up to 4 feet long and are one of the largest of any native plant in the area. The plant grows rhizomes up to a foot long and 2 inches in diameter. Skunk cabbage emits a noxious “skunky” odor that attracts pollinators such as flies and beetles.
There were large patches of skunk cabbage all along the aptly-named Skunk Cabbage Trail. This was a really pretty trail, one of our favorites on our trip. It was warm in the sun, glowing green with blooming foliage, buzzing with the sounds of bees and hummingbirds, and wafting with an odd mix of perfume from white wildflower bushes and stink from skunk cabbage.
Dandelions may be classified as a weed, but when they’re not on your lawn, they’re simply a pretty yellow flower. The park was carpeted with dandelions.
Mount Revelstoke National Park was much greener than we expected it to be. This is due to the wet Pacific air flow that keeps this area quite temperate even in the depth of winter. The valley was in full spring bloom on this late May day.
The 16-mile-long Meadows in the Sky Parkway climbs one mile high up Mount Revelstoke to a beautiful subalpine wildflower meadow that explodes with color in August. However, on our trip in late May, only about 7 miles of the road was open, as the rest was still under deep snow. We drove as far as we could, then got out and walked for a bit along the snow-packed road. The dogs love snow, so we let them off their leashes so they could run around and wrestle in the snow.
We stopped at Mile #5 on the Meadows in the Sky Parkway for a picnic lunch and a great view of the Monashee Mountains. This was one of just a few times on our trip that we had lunch on a table. It seemed quite civilized, as normally we are sitting on our behinds in the dirt on the edge of a cliff.
This 10-inch-long salamander startled our dogs while we were having our picnic lunch. Fortunately the dogs were leashed together, otherwise this lizard might have been a tasty doggie dessert.
Here is another view of the Monashee Mountains and the Columbia River Valley from the Meadows in the Sky Parkway.