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New Campground For 2020

Snowforest Campground:
Be among the first to experience Mount Revelstoke National Park’s brand new frontcountry campground. Snowforest Campground features 62 campsites, ranging from walk-in tenting areas to sites suitable for campers and RVs, as well as three MicrOcube units. Nestled near the base of the Meadows in the Sky Parkway and a five kilometre drive from downtown Revelstoke (2 km by bike or on foot), Snowforest makes a perfect base camp for exploring Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, as well as the surrounding area.

A couple play cards outside of a Parks Canada MicrOcube accommodation.
Snowforest Campground offers Three of this Microcube units A window for two with a nature view
Get super-cozy in a MicrOcube, the designer way to score a window into the wilderness, while sleeping with a roof over your head and a floor beneath your feet.

Parks Canada’s newest front-country campground officially opens in mid-July.

Located in Mount Revelstoke National Park, Snowforest Campground is the first new campground in the Mountain National Parks since the 1960s. The campground is located next to hiking and biking trails that connect the Nels Nelsen Historic Area, Beaver Lodge Kids’ Bike Park and the start of Meadows in the Sky Parkway.

“ It provides opportunities for visitors, including families, youth, and newcomers, to stay longer, experience the diverse natural and cultural heritage of Mount Revelstoke National,” said a statement from Parks Canada.

The $6.1 million campground features 62 campsites, including pull-through serviced sites for large motor homes, unserviced back-in sites for smaller campers and tents, and walk-in tenting sites. There is also three MicrOcubes offering alternative two-person accommodation.

Amenities at Snowforest Campground include a new washroom and shower building with outdoor dishwashing stations, visitor services, and group campfire area for interpretive programs. In its statement, Parks Canada said design of the new campground minimized environmental impacts by using a previously disturbed area at the base of Mount Revelstoke, and renovating the former superintendent’s house into the new welcome centre.

Snowforest Campground opens for camping on July 15, 2020. The campground will operate at a 50 per cent capacity, with 36 sites open, in order to ensure COVID-19 physical distancing measures and the health and safety of visitors and Parks employees. New universal access washrooms will be available, but shower facilities will remain closed. Reservations for the campground will be available on the Parks Canada Reservation system starting July 7, 2020 at 8 a.m. The campground is scheduled to open for full capacity in 2021.

For more information about Snowforest Campground visit www.pc.gc.ca/revelstoke-camping.

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Lake Agnes Hike

Lake Agnes Banff National Park

Lake Agnes Hike in Banff National Park Alberta, Canada. Photo gallery with comments, reviews, trail maps and local information.
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Walk a short distance past the front of the chateau towards the Lake Agnes signed trail marker, northwest side of Lake Louise. Follow the trail as is winds it’s way up several switch backs with nice views of Lake Louise below. As you gain elevation you’ll notice a mountain on your left called

Lake Agnes Banff National Park
The Bee Hive.

The Bee Hive named after it’s Bee Hive shape. Just below Lake Agnes, the trail turns into a section of wooden steps climbing up a short rock face. A small water fall that flows from the lake tumbles down the head-wall on your right.

Once you arrive at the lake, you’ll see

Lake Agnes Banff National Park
Lake Agnes Tea House

the Lake Agnes Tea House and several

Lake Agnes Banff National Park
Log Benches

log benches resting on a rock slate patio. Lake Agnes is a classic Rocky Mountain tarn lake. Expect to see hordes of people here during the summer months. You can enjoy a cup of tea while admiring the views of

Lake Agnes Banff National Park
Lake Agnes

Lake Agnes and the surrounding peaks or keep going to the top of the Bee Hive. It’s well worth the effort to explore the lakes shoreline by hiking the trail along the north side of the lake.

Once you reach the end of the lake, the trail starts to climb up a steep set of switchbacks towards the summit of the Bee Hive. When you arrive at the summit follow the trail to your left towards the end of the ridge and the top of the Bee Hive. Here you will find a wooden pagoda with excellent views of the Bow Valley Parkway, Lake Louise and Chateau Lake Louise below. Another option is to descend the marked Beehive trail down to Lake Louise or towards the Plain of Six Glaciers.

Lake Agnes Banff National Park
Pagoda Top Of Bee Hive
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Alberta’s campgrounds will open next month with 50% occupancy, no out-of-province campers

Online reservation system will reopen on May 14

CBC News · Posted: May 05, 2020 8:04 AM MT | Last Updated: May 5

Alberta’s summer camping season has been delayed and restricted by the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wallis Snowdon/CBC)

The good news? Albertans will have a monopoly on provincial park campsites when the season reopens in June.

The bad news is that there will be half as many spots, you may get bumped from the perfect site that you’ve prebooked — and you still can’t have a campfire.

In an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, Alberta Parks campgrounds will operate at 50 per cent occupancy to start the 2020 season, parks officials said in an email Monday.

Due to ongoing travel restrictions, sites will only be available to Albertans, and all existing reservations made by out-of-province campers will be cancelled.

In parks that have been already booked beyond the 50 per cent occupancy limit, reservations will be cancelled by random selection, said the email.

The restrictions will encourage physical distancing and reduce the number of campers using trails and shared facilities, parks officials said.   

June 1 opening date 

“Alberta Parks continues to assess COVID-19 impacts to the summer camping season,” reads an email from parks management.

“We are working hard to make our campsites available as soon as possible. We hope to open as many as possible by June 1 so Albertans can enjoy our parks while adhering to current public health orders.

“We anticipate opening more campsites on June 15 as we get more staff in place with the proper protective gear.” 

Group camping areas and comfort camping sites, including yurts and cabins, will not be offered this season.

The reservation site Reserve.AlbertaParks.ca will relaunch on May 14, accepting bookings for June 1 onward at select campgrounds. A list of those campgrounds will be posted online on May 13.

Before cancellations are done, any reservations that can be moved to an alternate campsite will be moved. Customers will be notified of their new site number by email. If campers wish to cancel, a full refund — including reservation fees — will be issued.

Not only will campgrounds will be emptier than usual, another time-honoured camping ritual will also be prohibited.

A sweeping fire ban, intended to reduce the risk of forest fires during the pandemic, is in place in provincial parks and in Alberta’s Forest Protection Area — meaning campfires will be a no-go until further notice.

“We apologize if this impacts your summer plans and thank you for your understanding as we navigate this situation,” reads the email to campers. 

Canada closed its national parks to visitors on March 25 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Highways through national parks have remained open but all parking facilities and associated services for visitors — including washrooms, day-use areas, visitor centres, and mooring — are closed until further notice.

All national park reservations up to May 31 have been automatically cancelled and Parks Canada won’t be taking any new reservations until at least June 1.