Landslide threatens Meadows in the Sky Parkway

The Meadows in the Sky Parkway is closed to vehicles at the 14 kilometre mark due to a landslide below the road just beyond that point.

The Meadows in the Sky Parkway is closed to vehicles at the 14 kilometre mark due to a landslide below the road just beyond that point.

“There is a landslide just beyond Bridge Creek at kilometre 15.5,” said Rick Reynolds, the visitor experience manager for Parks Canada. “For that reason we have the road closed until we are sure that it can be made safe. The road is closed beyond kilometre 15 or Bridge Creek.”

The landslide occurred downhill from the road along an unnamed creek that passes through a culvert below the road. Pictures provided by Parks Canada show the slide washed away a swath of land below the road, including a chunk of the shoulder, but the roadway itself remains intact.

“The land has slumped adjacent to a culvert and the culvert was freeflowing prior to the landslide,” he said.

A geo-technical engineer from the firm EBA Engineering Consultants inspected the stability of the slope on the weekend and a report is expected in the coming days, Reynolds said.

“He’s working with our road engineers to determine the next step and determine what kind of engineering solution might be available.”

The landslide has taken out the shoulder of the road but the roadway itself is intact. Photo by Alan Polster/Parks Canada.

Reynolds said that so far the landslide hasn’t impacted normal operations because the snowline currently sits at about kilometre 17. “Even without the landslide the road would only be open to kilometre 15 right now,” he said.

He said that there are three areas where landslides occur above the road and need to be cleared off before the parkway is open but a slide has never happened at the current location.

“There has not been any evidence of any slope instability there before,” Reynolds said.

The Meadows in the Sky Parkway is a major tourism draw in Revelstoke in the summer. According to Parks Canada, about 35,000 people visit the summit area each year in the short period during which it’s open.

“Visitor safety is our top priority so the road will be closed until we can be sure it is safe,” Reynolds said.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Interior Health reports three additional COVID-19 cases in region

The number of cases in the region since the beginning of the pandemic are now at 492

COVID-19 minimizes Okanagan Regional Library budget increase

Library adapts to pandemic fiscal disruptions

Interior Health continues to tackle COVID-19

IH president Susan Brown says don’t become complacent about pandemic

Conservative opposition critic tours through Kootenay riding on listening tour

Pierre Poilievre, the Tory finance critic, gathering local feedback on pandemic supports, recovery issues

Liam’s Lowdown: Food is everywhere

Turn your garden scraps into tasty treats

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

Stranger in truck grabs boy walking home from school in Kelowna

The 11-year-old boy escaped the incident, RCMP are investigating

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

‘This is a very difficult sentencing’; Judge delays Okanagan manslaughter trial to next week

The courts heard Friday that Bourque “did not intend to cause harm” but that her actions were “reckless”

Emaciated grizzly found dead on central B.C. coast as low salmon count sparks concern

Grizzly was found on Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw territory in Smith Inlet, 60K north of Port Hardy

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

CHARTS: Beyond Metro Vancouver, COVID-19 cases in B.C. haven’t increased much recently

COVID-19 case counts outside of Metro Vancouver have been level since July

Most Read