August Walks in Paradise

Summer Flowers in Paradise Meadows
Summer flowers and insects in Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Provincial Park.

Summer is in full bloom at Paradise Meadows, and the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre has a full schedule of guided nature walks and hikes to enhance your appreciation of the natural splendor of Strathcona Park – BC’s first provincial park.

The Wilderness Centre building located at the Paradise Meadows trailhead, adjacent to the Raven Lodge, is open to Sept. 12, 2010, on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays from 9 am to 4 pm.

Strathcona Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows
Strathcona Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows

The Centre is operated by the Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI), a non-profit Society, which is continuing to offer guided summer programs for all ages and abilities during August & September.

Nature Walks are about 2 hours for all ages, with a guest expert on a nature theme. Level 1 Hikes are 3-4 hours with a guide, for all ages. Level 2 Hikes are 4-8 hours with a guide, for intermediate hikers. Level 3 Hikes are multi-day trips in partnership with Island Alpine Guides.

Sat. July 31, 10 am
Level 1 Hike: Lake Helen Mackenzie

3-4 hour hike with Catherine Watson of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society (no pets please)

Sun. Aug. 1, 10 am
Level 1 Hike: Lake Helen Mackenzie

3-4 hour hike with Mandy Vaughan of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society (dogs on leash o.k.)

Mon. Aug. 2, 9 am
Level 2 Hike: Mount Elma

5-6 hour hike with Heather & Rolf Kellerhals of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society (no pets please)

Sun. Aug. 8, 1-3 pm
Nature Walk: Mid-Summer Flowers

Experience the beauty of a sub-alpine meadow with botanist Fred Constabel

Paradise Meadows Pond
Paradise Meadows Pond

Sun. Aug. 15, 9 am
Level 2 Hike:  Croteau Lake

5-6 hour hike with Robin & Jennifer Harrison of the Comox Valley Naturalists Society (no pets please)

Sun. Aug. 22, 8 am
Level 2 Hike:  Lake Beautiful & Cruickshank Canyon Lookout

8-9 hour hike with Evan Loveless of the Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Sun. Aug. 22, 1-3 pm
Nature Walk: “I the Tree- We the Forest”

Explore the working of an individual tree & the collective energy of the forest with forester Harold Macy

Paradise Meadows Boardwalk
Paradise Meadows Boardwalk

Sun. Aug. 29, 9 am
Level 2 Hike:  Divers Lake

4-5 hour hike with Steve & Marlene Smith of the Strathcona Wilderness Institute (dogs on leash o.k.)

Sun. Aug. 29, 10 am
Level 1 Hike:  Lake Helen Mackenzie

3-4 hour hike with Evan Loveless of the Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Sat. Sept. 4 – Mon. Sept. 6
Level 3 Hike: Castlecrag Circuit

With Island Alpine Guides in partnership with Strathcona Wilderness Institute. $375/ per person. Register by Aug. 14. Contact IAG: 250-400-2870  info@islandalpineguides.com

Sun. Sept. 5, 1-4 pm
Art & Nature Walk: Image Hunting with Pencils & Brushes

Bring the media of your choice for an excursion into the meadows with Cumberland watercolour artist Clive Powsey

Sun. Sept. 12, 1-3 pm
Art & Nature Walk: Great Photo-Ops in Paradise Meadows

Look for interesting subjects & compositions (no camera needed) with nature photographer Chris Carter

Mount Washington from Paradise Meadows
Mount Washington from Paradise Meadows

For all activities: dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, water, bug spray and sun protection. Guided nature walks and day hikes are free, although a donation of $5 –10 is appreciated to help with the Institute’s ongoing activities. All walks and day hikes start at the Wilderness Centre. 

For more information and the full summer program schedule, visit the SWI website at www.strathconapark.org or contact SPWC 2010 Summer Coordinator Krista Kaptein at 250-338-9962.

For up-to-date information on activities & conditions, visit the blog at http://strathconapark.blogspot.com

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