The path brings you through varying landscapes for the next 2 km as it passes through more meadows, crosses a stream, rises onto a boardwalk, heads back into a forest of Engelmann spruce and opens up to a series of wide, steep rockslide slopes. The openness of the rockslide slopes yields absolutely amazing panoramas of the Selkirk Mountains to the north, with the Monashees dominating the west. Peaks of note to the northeast are mounts Dickey and Coursier, nearly 7 km distant. This is a rare trek that grants such diverse, substantial gifts with such minimal effort. Do not take it for granted.
About an hour into the hike, with 4.8 km behind you, you’ll see a remnant of the imperial system of measurement in the form of a three-mile marker. Soon after, the previously flat, easy trail reminds you that you are in the mountains by presenting a short, five-minute burst of switchbacks. Signage at the summit of the switchbacks shows a branching of the route, to the right to Jade Lakes and left to Eva Lake. Fork and sign are at the 5.6-km mark, so only a quick 400-m stroll remains.
The level track to Eva Lake proceeds leftward, quickly crossing a wide open avalanche hill that reveals vistas of the Monashee Range. You then duck back into the forest, climbing slightly, just before reaching the lake and the campground. In the midst of this tranquil setting is an historic log cabin.
Eva Lake history
Eva Lake was discovered by Eva Hobbs in 1910 during a three-week camping trip to Balsam Lake with her two sisters and two other women. Hobbs had joined the newly formed Revelstoke Mountaineering Club the previous year, and during the women’s stay at Balsam Lake, five gentlemen from the club arrived to build a cabin at the lake. In exchange for a day’s labour and a cooked meal, the women asked the men to take a day to go exploring with them. As this large party crested a ridge, Hobbs was in the lead and was first to spot the undiscovered lake that would bear her name.
Hobbs was a schoolteacher in Revelstoke and became an avid hiker at the urging of the school principal, A.E. Miller, for whom nearby Miller Lake is named. Miller would have four or five of his teachers join his explorations into the Mount Revelstoke area, and many would climb to the summit with him long before a trail was cut. One of his first companions on those hikes was C.R. Macdonald, the local druggist, for whom Macdonald’s Bluff, on Mount Revelstoke, is named.
Construction of the route to the summit of Mount Revelstoke was completed in 1908, by the hard work and perseverance of local residents. The network of trails to the various lakes would take many more years to finish, as the exploration of this mountain was quite gradual compared to the rapid growth of mountaineering in nearby Glacier National Park. Citizens lobbied provincial and federal governments to get Mount Revelstoke declared a national park, and in 1914 their efforts succeeded. During the push for a park, the locals also convinced the governments to pave the route they had broken to the summit. The Meadows in the Sky Parkway took 16 years to finish, becoming complete in 1927. The reason for the name of the parkway is evident, with an abundance of wildflowers in the alpine region of the mountain. This truly is a wondrous place to hike. owers in the alpine region of the mountain. This truly is a wondrous place to hike.e to hike.