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. The Centre will be staffed on Saturdays, Sundays and holiday Mondays (including July 5) from 9 am to 4 pm.
The Centre is operated by the Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI), a non-profit Society, which has organized a full schedule of summer programs for all ages and abilities.
Nature Walks will be 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.
Sun. July 4, 10 am:
Level 1 Hike: Paradise Meadows loop or Lake Helen Mackenzie:
2-3 hour hike with Kate Pierce of the Comox District Mountaineering Club
Sun. July 4, 1-3 pm:
Nature Walk: Lichen it!:
Explore lichens around the meadows with Registered Professional Forester Margaret Symon
Sun. July 11, 10 am:
Level 1 Hike: Lake Helen Mackenzie or Battleship Lake:
3-4 hour hike with Pam & Don Munroe of the Comox District Mountaineering Club
Sun. July 11, 1-3 pm:
Nature Walk: Spring Flora & Fauna:
Early plants & birds of Paradise Meadows with expert naturalist Betty Brooks
Sat. July 17 :
Celebrate Strathcona Park at the newly completed Wilderness Centre. More details TBA at http://strathconapark.blogspot.com
Sun. July 18, 1-3 pm:
Nature Walk: Ethnobotany:
Interesting and useful plants of Paradise Meadows with local ethnobotanist Gwyn Sproule.
Sun. July 25, 9 am:
Level 2 Hike: Croteau Lake:
5-6 hr. hike with John Waters of the Strathcona Wilderness Institute.
Sun. July 25, 1-3 pm:
Nature Walk: Insects:
Identify & explore sub-alpine ecology with naturalist Tyler Johns
Fri. July 30 – Mon. Aug. 2:
Level 3 Hike: Mount Albert Edward to Augerpoint Traverse:
with Island Alpine Guides in partnership with Strathcona Wilderness Institute. $500/ per person. Register by July 9. Contact IAG: 250-400-2870 firstname.lastname@example.org
For all activities: dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, water, bug spray and sun protection. 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. For up-to-date information on activities & conditions, visit the blog at http://strathconapark.blogspot.com.
FMI: Contact Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre Summer Coordinator Krista Kaptein at 250-338-9962.