Mount Revelstoke and Glacier National Parks

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Are you inspired by the beauty and history of the Columbia Mountains region? Help shape the future of this special place.

Three significant places – one comprehensive plan!

Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, and Rogers Pass National Historic Site

Have your say! Guided by input received in 2019 through public and stakeholder engagement, a draft management plan for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, and Rogers Pass National Historic Site has been developed. Now is your opportunity to let us know how we did. Contribute as much or as little as you like – we value all your feedback!

Are you inspired by the beauty and history of the Columbia Mountains region? Help shape the future of this special place.

Three significant places – one comprehensive plan!

Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, and Rogers Pass National Historic Site

Have your say! Guided by input received in 2019 through public and stakeholder engagement, a draft management plan for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks, and Rogers Pass National Historic Site has been developed. Now is your opportunity to let us know how we did. Contribute as much or as little as you like – we value all your feedback!

Ways to contribute:

  • Have your say: Review and comment on the plan's strategies and objectives that will guide park management over the next 10 years. The management plan is divided up into five comment forms: one for each of the four key strategies and one for the three management areas (see descriptions below). We invite you to comment on one or all five depending on your time and interests.
  • Forum: Join the discussion on the plan's vision - what should the parks and site look like in 15 - 20 years?
  • Map it: take a look at the zoning map for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks and leave your comments.
  • Ideas or Q & A: have additional thoughts or questions? Pop them in here.

The management plan lays out the future direction for the parks including a vision, key strategies and objectives to achieve over the next 5 to 10 years. It is developed in collaboration with Indigenous partners, stakeholders and interested Canadians.

Four key strategies frame the management direction for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks and Rogers Pass National Historic Site with specific focus on management priorities:

  • Conserving Natural and Cultural Heritage for Future Generations
  • True to Place Experiences
  • Strengthening Indigenous Relations
  • Assets, Infrastructure, Travel and Transportation

The four key strategies include elements of landscape-scale conservation and climate change, both important factors influencing the future of the mountain parks.

Area management focuses on specific areas of the national parks that have complex management challenges including important natural and/or cultural values, high visitation, public interest, significant infrastructure and multiple visitor experience opportunities. Three areas have been identified that require specific management objectives and targets in this management plan:

  • Meadows in the Sky: From Columbia River Valley to Alpine Headwaters
  • Rogers Pass National Historic Site
  • Beaver Valley

Input from Indigenous partners, stakeholders and the public during the first phase of engagement in 2019 supported development of the draft management plans for all the mountain national parks. Coordination across the mountain parks demonstrates our commitment to key priorities and a landscape-level approach. Common themes and priorities included in the plan for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks and Rogers Pass National Historic Site are:

  • Conserving Natural and Cultural Heritage for Future Generations
  • True to Place Experiences
  • Strengthening Indigenous Relations
  • Regional Connectivity and Landscapes, and
  • Climate Change and Adaptive Management.

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Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks protect and present examples of the unique Columbia Mountains Natural Region, characterized by steep mountain terrain, glaciers and dense vegetation. The area’s precipitation supports the world’s only inland cedar-hemlock temperate rainforest, and in winter results in heavy snowfall and unique avalanche challenges.

In Mount Revelstoke, Glacier and Rogers Pass, nature and culture are intricately linked. From Indigenous peoples to early explorers and railway builders to motorists on the Trans-Canada Highway today, the most direct route from east to west led through the formidable Columbia Mountain ranges. The natural landscapes and terrain have sustained, inspired and challenged those who travel through.

** A “what we heard” document from the first phase of public engagement is available for review in the document library. **

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Park Zoning: Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks

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This map shows the proposed zoning for Mount Revelstoke and Glacier national parks. Please note: zoning layers may take a moment to load. 

Highlights include refining boundaries of zone III and IV resulting in a 5% increase in Zone II Wilderness Area, and the designation of three new Zone I Areas for Special Preservation.

Parks Canada’s national park zoning system is an integrated approach to the classification of land and water areas in a national park and designates where particular activities can occur on land or water based on the ability to support those uses.  The zoning system has five categories: 

Zone I - Special Preservation: Zone I lands deserve special preservation because they contain or support unique, threatened or endangered natural or cultural features, or are among the best examples of the features that represent a natural region. Preservation is the key consideration. Motorized access and circulation are not permitted. 

Zone II - Wilderness: Extensive areas which are good representations of a natural region and which will be conserved in a wilderness state. The perpetuation of ecosystems with minimal human interference is the key consideration. 

Zone III – Natural Environment: Areas which are managed as natural environments, and which provide opportunities for visitors to experience a park's natural and cultural heritage values through outdoor recreation activities requiring minimal services and facilities of a rustic nature. While motorized access may be allowed, it will be controlled. Public transit that facilitates heritage appreciation will be preferred.

Zone IV - Outdoor Recreation: Limited areas which are capable of accommodating a broad range of opportunities for understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of the park's heritage values and related essential services and facilities, in ways that impact the ecological integrity of the park to the smallest extent possible, and whose defining feature is direct access by motorized vehicles. 

Zone V - Park Services: Areas within the parks which contain a concentration of visitor services and support facilities. Major park operation and administrative functions may also be accommodated in this zone.