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Follow the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail, a very accessible walk through native forest that allows people of just about all levels of fitness to see British Columbia’s mighty cedar trees. The boardwalk is part of the expansive Mount Revelstoke National Park, so enjoy the opportunity to see one of its most awe-inspiring features without having to hike far.
When driving northeast out of Revelstoke, you’ll be following the Illecillewaet River, a popular whitewater rafting destination. Turn off at the car park for the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail. From here, follow the 1,600-feet (500-meter) forest loop. As you go, take a seat on one of the benches and gaze up at the trees,but make sure you bring mosquito repellent or wear protective clothing.
You’ll feel dwarfed by the massive western red cedars that tower overhead like true giants of the forest. These trees may well be over 500 years in age. The other main tree that makes up this lush environment is the western hemlock.
Read the information boards along the way to learn about the ecosystem, which helps you appreciate the finer aspects of this ecologically amazing environment. Part of a huge band of old-growth forest, this cedar forest is unique in that it is part of the world’s only temperate inland rainforest.
While easy to navigate, there are some stairs along the way, making access trickier for those pushing strollers and wheelchairs. Those who can’t manage the walk can relax in the tranquil picnic area at the start of the boardwalk. Restrooms are available near the entrance too.
Find the Giant Cedars Boardwalk Trail along the Trans Canada Highway, about 18 miles (30 kilometers) northeast of Revelstoke. The boardwalk is usually open from June through September. Prearrange a National Park Pass at the Canada Parks office in Revelstoke. This allows visits to the Giant Cedars Boardwalk and other national park areas. A kiosk that also sells park passes near the carpark is usually open in summer. There is a visitor center at the Rogers Pass summit too, if you are approaching from the west and want to pick up your national park pass along the way.
Located in the heart of Revelstoke, this spa hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Columbia Mountains and within 3 miles (5 km) of Grizzly Plaza and Revelstoke Railway Museum. Revelstoke Aquatic Centre is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.
Situated in a provincial park, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Revelstoke Golf Club. Revelstoke Railway Museum and Revelstoke Museum and Archives are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in a national park, this family-friendly cabin is within 9 mi (15 km) of Revelstoke Golf Club, Mount Revelstoke National Park and Revelstoke Museum and Archives. Revelstoke Aquatic Centre and Revelstoke Dam Visitor Centre are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Situated in the mountains, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Revelstoke Railway Museum. Revelstoke Museum and Archives and Grizzly Plaza are also within 15 minutes. Revelstoke Station is 18 minutes by foot.
Situated in the mountains, this spa resort is within a 5-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Revelstoke Mountain Resort. Conifers of Gnarnia Glades and Separate Reality are also within 6 miles (10 km).
This family-friendly Revelstoke hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Columbia Mountains, Revelstoke Railway Museum and Revelstoke Golf Club. Revelstoke Aquatic Centre and Revelstoke Museum and Archives are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in the heart of Revelstoke, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Revelstoke Museum and Archives and Revelstoke Aquatic Centre. Revelstoke Railway Museum and Revelstoke Golf Club are also within 3 mi (5 km). Revelstoke Station is 6 minutes by foot.
Situated in Revelstoke, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Columbia Mountains and Revelstoke Railway Museum. Revelstoke Museum and Archives and Revelstoke Golf Club are also within 1 mile (2 km). Revelstoke Station is 25 minutes by foot.