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Strathcona Provincial Park

Open Now: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Open today: 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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Great hikes here!

We stopped at the wilderness center to get a little more info. We hike out to Cruikshank Canyon. We... read more

Reviewed November 2, 2018
Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Fall Day Hikes

The trails are well marked, you can pick and choose any length of hike. From board walk loops to... read more

Reviewed October 23, 2018
Nanaimo, Canada
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Strathcona Provincial Park, designated in 1911, is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Located almost in the centre of Vancouver Island, Strathcona park is a rugged mountain wilderness comprising more than 250,000 hectares. Mountain...more
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Westmin Rd, Comox-Strathcona D, British Columbia V0P 1G0, Canada
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Reviewed November 2, 2018

We stopped at the wilderness center to get a little more info. We hike out to Cruikshank Canyon. We had a beautiful day and a great hike in a gorgeous area. The couple miles nearest the center are well traveled. I highly recommend the hike...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed October 23, 2018 via mobile

The trails are well marked, you can pick and choose any length of hike. From board walk loops to walking in Alpine meadows the trails beckon. These are easy to intermediate as far as difficulty goes. On a rainy day be prpared to get mucky....More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank GRK5335
Reviewed September 26, 2018

Several short trails from the highway lead to waterfalls. There are signs in the parking areas providing a trail map and brief commentary which I found inadequate. Lady Falls: Allow 30-40 minutes for leisurely round trip. Trail has a moderate uphill grade to the Lady...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank mountainoutin
Reviewed September 16, 2018 via mobile

Hiked the beautiful trails from the trail head near Mount Washington ski resort. They have helpful people to talk to you and look at the trail map before departing. Trail we hiked was 8.6km out and back, through alpine meadows and west coast forest. Also...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank brianmG4882QD
Reviewed September 5, 2018

Four of us trekked a ten-kilometre loop, pausing mid-way for lunch at Helen MacKenzie Lake. Naturally, the uphill trek (around fifty minutes) took a little longer than the downhill walk, although we took many more photos on the second leg. Trekking poles assisted us uphill,...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 20, 2018

We just did the Paradise Meadows loop which was just a gorgeous flat hike through sub alpine meadows and forest. Much of the trail is on a wide boardwalk, with special steel ramps made for the special hiking wheelchairs. I would have thought though that...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Gelli550
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This huge park is located right in the centre of Vancouver Island. We as a group of photographers visited this wonderful place to take in the unspoiled natural beauty and were not disappointed at all. It has many beautiful camp sites, lakes ponds hills mountains...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank JamesKMTan
Reviewed July 16, 2018 via mobile

Our family, our youngest almost 3 years old, walked (and raced as our boys do) around the paradise meadows loop. Wonderfully maintained boardwalk, in the heart of beautiful mountain meadows. We didn’t bring a stroller as didn’t think that would work but it would have...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Fizzle80
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Strathcona Park is one of the most beautiful places on the whole island. I started coming a few years back, and keep returning for the natural beauty. I do the Paradise Meadows/Battleship Lake/Lake Helen Mackenzie loop (about a 8 km/2-2.5 hour hike), and it is...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank GreatDarkWonder
Reviewed July 11, 2018

Buttle Lake Campsite - We drove in Monday evening and was able to find a first-come-first-serve campsite immediately. The camp grounds were well maintained, with outhouses and water pumps easily accessible. The grounds keeper came by for our fees ($20/night, $9/bundle of wood CASH ONLY)...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Tim Y
February 23, 2017|
Response from cdnIriegirl | Reviewed this property |
Great question! We did not swim there. It was swampy. We went to buttle lake. The landscape around the campground bordering the water is not conducive at all to walking into the water....there's no beach or even rocks... More
January 26, 2017|
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Response from cdnIriegirl | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, I'd say skip it. There are far more beautiful places all over the island... to see "majestic" you need to hike out of the easy. Hope that helps! Check out the group "take a hike Vancouver island" on Facebook... More
July 25, 2016|
Response from SallieBC | Reviewed this property |
Hi Christian - you can rent a boat/canoe at Strathcona Park Lodge along highway 28 just before reaching the campgrounds. I just googled it, haven't rented from them.