If you love hiking and find yourself out in western Canada, I suggest heading up Mt Revelstoke, located in British Columbia. Situated in the middle of the Columbia Mountain range, which is made up of the Monashee's, Selkirks and Purcells, sits the tiny mountain community of Revelstoke. Located at the edge of Mount Revelstoke National Park, it’s a suburb destination for hikes with incredible views of both the Columbia Mountains and the Columbia River set deep in a mountain valley. If I can suggest just one hike that will take you to not one, but two high altitude lakes and give you amazing views of the river valley and mountain peaks, then head out on the trail to Eva and Miller Lake.
To get to the trailhead of this hike, start by driving the beautiful 26 km Meadows In The Sky Parkway from the base of the mountain to the Balsam Lake parking lot near the top. This is as high up as cars are allowed. From this parking lot, there’s a choice to either hike the 1 km to the top via trail or take the paved road. There's also the option to take a free ride on the Summit Shuttle Bus to the top from the Balsam Lake parking lot.
At the top you can consult a wonderful, large map that illustrates the various hikes from this starting point. The trail to both Miller and Eva Lake are the same until less than 1 km out from each of them, at which point the trail splits and you choose which lake you want to hike to.
As you begin the hike, you’ll pass through forest with picturesque meadows on fairly flat terrain, with small ups and downs. Soon the trail transitions from the gentle meadows into a more rough and rugged terrain. You’ll find yourself on a steep and jagged landscape as you hike along the base of the mountains. As you have to maneuver around the giant boulders from past rock slides, be sure to take in the views of steep, intimidating cliffs above our heads and wide open expanse that the rock slide cut out of the side of the mountain.
As the map promises, you’ll eventually reach a fork in the trail with a sign pointing to the closer Miller Lake to the right, and Eva Lake further off to the left. At this point it’s time to choose your own adventure!