Strathcona Provincial Park
The playground of the Strathcona Regional District, Strathcona Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia and the largest provincial park on Vancouver Island. Founded in 1911, this awe-inspiring 250,000 hectare park stretches from the glaciers of Forbidden Plateau up to the northern peaks beyond Buttle Lake, offering up recreational activities for all tastes and abilities.
Kick back on a sandy beach, or do a gut check at the top of a double-black diamond ski run at Mount Washington Alpine Resort. This majestic wilderness can challenge the most extreme outdoor enthusiast, or delight a senior and grandchild as they take a nature walk together. Strathcona has it all. Mountain peaks, some perpetually capped with snow, dominate the park. Lakes and alpine tarns dot a landscape laced with rivers, creeks, streams, waterfalls, and an extensive network of trails. By land or air, the park’s vast ruggedness will take your breath away.
Although it is a provincial park, Strathcona Park benefits from excellent adjoining commercial facilities that offer educational opportunities, skills training, safety, food and accommodations.
Follow the sweeping curves of Strathcona Parkway to Mount Washington Alpine Resort and Paradise Meadows on the eastern approach to the Strathcona Park wilderness. Enthusiastic skiers and snowboarders have turned the resort into one of the most popular winter sports destinations in BC. Summer visitors can ride the chairlift and access the mountain top. The resort provides access to unlimited hiking in alpine meadows, downhill mountain biking, bungee trampoline, disc golf, mini golf, bike rentals, restaurant and pub, gift shop, and overnight accommodation, including luxurious condo suites. Those with limited mobility will love the wheelchair accessible boardwalks of Paradise Meadows.
To the north, Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Recreation Centre is poised on the shores of Upper Campbell Lake, offering customized holiday adventures for all ages, including summer camps for youth, wilderness leadership training, outdoor weddings, outdoor education for schools, health and fitness workshops, guided expeditions and more. Almost every outdoor activity imaginable is encouraged here, including canoeing, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, backpacking, and snowshoeing.
Strathcona Provincial Park is also full of treasures for families and adventurers who seek a quieter and simpler experience, far away from crowds and timelines. Within the park’s boundaries there are hundreds of campsites, marked trails for everything from strolling to mountaineering, and lakes and rivers with excellent fishing.