Last Saturday, I finally made the pilgrimage to Eva Lake in Mount Revelstoke National Park. I always felt somewhat ashamed of the fact that through almost five years in Revelstoke, during which I’ve hiked or biked most trails in the area, I’d never been to Eva Lake – one of the most easily accessible ones in the area.
I mention this, because this year marks the 100th anniversary of Mount Revelstoke National Park and we’re asking people to submit their memories of time spent in the park to coincide with Homecoming in two weeks time.
It could be a memorable hike through the wildflowers or a wildlife encounter. Maybe it was witnessing a celestial event from the summit area, or biking along the Soren Sorenson trail. Perhaps you remember skiing on the old rope tow or jumping off the old ski jump.
My most memorable trip into the park was last October, when the city was buried under a layer of clouds, and Jacolyn at the Parks’ office was kind enough to give me the key to the gate so I could drive up the parkway and take pictures of the sunset above the clouds.
I went with my friend Rob and we drove up the parkway, into the thick clouds, the visibility almost nil. Eventually we emerged into a clear sky, with the clouds at our feet. We continued to the summit and walked up to the historic fire tower. We were greeted by an endless sea of clouds stretching endlessly above the valleys, covering Lake Revelstoke and Eagle Pass. The sun cast a glow on the Clachnacudainn Range as it slowly descended into the west.
We plan on including these memories in a special issue of the Times Review that will be published on Wednesday, Aug. 13, in time for Homecoming. We ask that you keep them short (100-200 words). If you have a photo, feel free to include that as well.
Please e-mail your contribution to firstname.lastname@example.org by Thursday, Aug. 7. If you’re not e-mail inclined, drop them off at our office at 518 Second St. West. Parks Canada has donated a park pass that will go to a lucky contributor.