Strathcona Provincial Park

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Strathcona Provincial Park
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
About
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 peaks – some perpetually mantled with snow – dominate the park. Lakes and alpine tarns dot a landscape laced with rivers, creeks and streams. To see and enjoy much of the scenic splendour means lacing up your hiking boots to backpack through the dense forests, stunning sub-alpine and alpine regions. While the high mountain peaks and deep shaded valleys of Strathcona Park are dramatic, it is easy to forget that beneath your feet lays a history stretching back 380 million years. Two areas – Buttle Lake and vicinity and Forbidden Plateau – offer a variety of visitor-oriented developments. The rest of the park is largely undeveloped and appeals primarily to people seeking wilderness surroundings.
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Westmin Rd, Comox-Strathcona D, British Columbia V0P 1G0 Canada
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Billy Big Rig
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Jul 2021
Just got back from a week long camping trip at Ralph River Campground with my wife and our two grown children. What a beautiful place. We were blessed with great weather and spent the week hiking, swimming, fishing, and just generally recharging.

Ralph River Campground was in great condition and the young man from the Parks Operator that came around was most pleasant to talk to. He seemed like a hard working young man and seemed very knowledgeable and informative about the area. He was even able to suggest a few short hikes for my elderly wife and myself.

My only complaint and it is quite trivial is that in all the outhouses the toilet paper was hung backwards. For most people this wouldn't be a big deal but I lost an arm in an industrial accident and so it is very difficult for me when the paper gets stuck on the backside of the roll.

All in all a most enjoyable trip and we will be back.

Bill
Written July 22, 2021
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Critical Guy
Comox, Canada29 contributions
Mar 2021
There’s a ton to observe here, much of the scenery is the same, but botanists, aviophiles, and entemophiles will appreciate the diverse number of flora and fauna that call this place home. Lots of lakes of various sizes for swimming, clear water, and even some places to camp.
Written June 10, 2021
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Larry D
Victoria, Canada112 contributions
Oct 2020
We spent 5 days in a waterfront cabin at Strathcona Lodge. We used it as a base camp.
We explored Myra Falls, both upper and lower. To get to the falls, you have to drive to the south end of Buttle Lake. Very pretty, and a nice paved road. To get to upper Myra, you have to check in at the copper zinc mine. They take your first name, and number of people in the car, then check you out to make sure no one is lost at the end of the day. The hike into upper Myra Falls is through old growth forest. To me it surpassed the falls. One of the prettiest hikes I have ever done.
We also checked out most of the waterfalls nearby, then drove to Gold River to see what it had to offer.
Written October 9, 2020
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sherrielis
Victoria, Canada420 contributions
Aug 2019 • Couples
The hike starts out along the bay and heads up the side of a small mountain to the view of Maud island. Ripple rock is the site of the largest non-nuclear explosion to remove pinnacle's of rock in the channel to make it safe for boaters. Take a lunch, lots of water and your time. It's a bit of a challenging hike but worth the view at the top.
Written August 10, 2019
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shenn09
County Meath, Ireland296 contributions
Jul 2019 • Family
Wonderful hikes with beautiful scenery and plenty of wildlife to see. Bring cranberry’s for the whiskey jacks and a camera. Easily accessible and fun for kids
Written July 3, 2019
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midwesterner5
midwest118 contributions
May 2019
You'd think a park with 500,000 acres (national park size in the U.S.), mountains, alpine meadows, and deep valleys would be over-run with visitors. It's not, though the alpine meadow (Forbidden Plateau) near the ski lodge on Mt. Washington probably gets a fair number of visitors. If you go to the center of the park -- the only other area developed a bit for humans (trails and a couple restrooms) -- it's definitely a quiet experience.

Key differences from Olympic National Park -- which is not so different in forest ecology, altitude, or types of hiking trails: no visitor's center, no hiking maps, no entrance fee (except for camping). It's a set-aside of nature, probably heavily logged around 1900, with some places for humans to go too. There are sightings of cougars and bears.

To get to the main valley for visitors, drive up from Victoria to Campbell River. You then take a good road southwest, maybe 30 miles from Campbell River to our trailhead at Daisy Ridge. It's about 4 hours total from Victoria to a trailhead.

The Forbidden Plateau I mentioned is much closer. Drive to the Courtenay area on Route 1, follow signs to the Washington Ski resort. There are good signs up top to get you to the trailhead, which has detailed maps on billboards you can look at. Know that until mid-summer you'll be hiking on boardwalks with a fair amount of old snow drifts on them, packed by human feet. Not easy walking on that trail. Forbidden Plateau is maybe 2.7 hours from Victoria.
Written May 31, 2019
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S A
Pittsfield, MA178 contributions
Sep 2018 • Couples
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 to the canyon. it is a pretty full day. I believe around 12 miles. So many great views along the way you want to take your time.
Written November 2, 2018
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Rick K
Vancouver Island, Canada121 contributions
Oct 2018 • Couples
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.

There are many lakes to explore along the way.
Written October 23, 2018
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mountainoutin
Irvine, California307 contributions
Sep 2018 • Friends
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 Falls viewing platform. Very scenic trail through the forest, and stunning view of the falls from the viewing platform.

Lupin Falls: Allow 30 minutes for a round trip on the direct route to the falls, or 40 minutes for the loop trail. Direct route is path to the left at trailhead. Longer loop route is the trail to the right. There are no signs to indicate this. Wispy falls are very photogenic, cascading down the mountain face. Direct route is easy; circle route is a bit more strenuous with moderate uphill grade to the falls. Nice forest views either way

Lower Myra Falls: Trail map is very misleading. Very short trail to falls overlook over rocks and uneven terrain. This portion is worth taking. Allow 20 minutes round trip. Beware that there are no guard rails between the trail and the sheer drop into the canyon, so children should be very carefully monitored. From this initial falls viewpoint, the trail continues over rocks and boulders along the cliff edge, which I considered too dangerous to follow (the rocks were wet from rain). This trail continues downhill joining a direct trail from the parking area to another viewpoint of the lower falls (a different cascade from the one viewed closer to the parking area.) This direct trail, while easy to navigate, is moderately steep. Returning uphill to the parking area is a real workout. Don't attempt it unless you are in moderately good physical condition. DO NOT allow unaccompanied children on the loop trail which runs along the cliff edge.
Written September 26, 2018
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Brian M
St. Catharines, Canada65 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
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 2 lakes where you can take a break and have a swim. Verg enjoyable.
Written September 16, 2018
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