Parks Canada announces partial reopening of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks on June 1

File photo: A new metal sculpture on the path from Revelstoke to Mt. Revelstoke national park. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer

Parks Canada has announced a partial reopening of Mount Revelstoke and Glacier parks starting on June 1, following a mid-March COVID-19 closure.

The announcement came on May 27.

Parks Canada says they will be offering limited visitor access and basic services, including some day-use trails, picnic areas, road access to viewpoints, and the Meadows in the Sky Parkway in Mount Revelstoke. As usual, the parkway opens in stages as snow melts and is usually open to the summit area in late June or early July.

Not all services will be available and Parks Canada advises checking its website for available services before going to the park.

All camping facilities in Glacier National Park are closed until late June, as usual.

A temporary closed sign on the kids bike park in the Nels Nelsen Ski Jump area on Mount Revelstoke. Vehicle access and services in the park are closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. Photo: Aaron Orlando/Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine

Parks Canada has built a new campsite, the Snowforest Campground, on the lower portion of Mount Revelstoke National Park, and had planned to open it this year. In a statement, Parks Canada said it hasn’t yet decided whether it will open this year: “Final touches are being completed by Parks Canada staff in preparation for welcoming campers to the new Snowforest Campground. Planning is currently underway to determine whether and how camping may be offered in these parks for 2020. Group activities and public events are suspended until further notice.”

Parks Canada requested that visitors to the parks abide by all provincial COVID-19 restrictions, including travel restrictions, maintaining social distance, and bringing your own supplies, such as hand sanitizer and face masks.

For more details, visit the Mount Revelstoke or Glacier national parks websites.

Aaron Orlando is a Revelstoke-based journalist who serves as creative director of and Revelstoke Mountaineer Magazine. He's been on the news beat in Revelstoke for the past 14 years, serving in senior editorial roles. If you have or call/text him at 250-814-8710.