A Mountain Tree: Yellow-cedar

Guest Post by Jocie Brooks On a sunny Saturday during the recent cold-snap I took a morning off to do some cross-country skiing at Mt. Washington, gateway to Strathcona Provincial Park. The smooth, creamy-white snow glistened in the morning light, studded with troops of frosted trees. They call this “Paradise Meadows” for a reason; it’s a spectacular place and feels …

Fall in Paradise

Red blueberry leaves add a touch of colour in Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Provincial Park. We’ve had a glorious fall weekend here on Vancouver Island and I’ve been up to Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Provincial Park for the second time this week. At this time of year, the fall colours in the meadows are spectacular and with a couple of frosty …

Northern Bedstraw

Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale) has leaves that are arranged in whorls of four. In early September, I did a day hike in Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Provincial Park. While walking the new section of boardwalk back to the trail head I kept an eye out for Northern Bedstraw (Galium boreale). This native bedstraw has three-veined leaves that are arranged in …

Fall Fluff

Narrow-leaved Cotton-grass (Eriophorum angustifolium) creates a sea of white in the meadows of Strathcona Provincial Park. Fall hiking in Paradise Meadows on Vancouver Island, British Columbia provides an excellent opportunity for one last glimpse at late blooming flowers and the seed heads from plants that flowered earlier in the year. By far the most obvious plant in seed in the …

August Walks in Paradise

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, …

Summer Hikes Begin at Paradise Meadows

The new Strathcona Wilderness Institute centre at Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Provincial Park. Summer will officially begin in July in Paradise Meadows, when the new Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre opens for the summer season. The beautiful new building located at the Paradise Meadows trailhead, adjacent to the Raven Lodge, will be open weekends from July 3 to Sept. 12, 2010. …

Spring Snow at Mount Washington

A brilliant blue sky and sun make for an excellent day of cross-country skiing at Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Provincial Park. There’s been so much snow this winter at Mount Washington Alpine Resort on Vancouver Island that “spring” skiing conditions are still quite good. I got up to the mountain on Thursday this week and did some cross country skiing. The …

Copperbush

Copperbush | Elliottia pyroliflora showing new buds Yesterday was a brilliantly sunny day so I decided that a quick trip up to Paradise Meadows was in order. I don’t usually go up to the Meadows at this time of year – it’s the transition time between summer and fall hiking, botanizing, and birding and winter cross-country skiing. At Paradise Meadows …

Puddling in Paradise

Zephyr Anglewing | Polygonia zephyrus Zephyr anglewings (Polygonia zephyrus) have been fairly regular in the parking lot at Paradise Meadows, Strathcona Provincial Park this week. Anglewings belong to Nymphalinae which is a subfamily of the family Nymphalidae. The genus name Polygonia (Greek – many-angled) refers to the shape of the wings of this butterfly. The distinctive angles and indentations produce …