February 26, 2014
Strathcona Wilderness Institute is excited to host (for the first time!) the ‘Best of the Fest’ of the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival, celebrating mountain sports and culture. The film evening will be on Friday March 28 at the North Island College theatre in Courtenay. Films will range from environmental themes to skiing, climbing, biking, kayaking & surfing, including several award winners & people’s choice favourites. Doors will open at 6:30, films start at 7 pm.
The film evening will be a fundraiser for SWI as we begin a year of expanded outreach & fundraising activities. Admission for the event is $15 , & advance tickets are available by contacting email@example.com . Remaining tickets will be sold at the door. More details to follow!
February 18, 2014
Intrepid snowshoer & photographer Tim Penney has ventured up to Paradise Meadows several times recently, experiencing the gamut of weather conditions.
Sunday Afternoon at the Nordic Rd Junction
“Three of us broke trail out to Battleship Lake yesterday (Sunday) in some rather miserable weather. By the time we got back to the Raven Lodge it was snowing heavily and steadily got worse as the wind picked up. We left the Lodge at around 2:00 PM in blizzard conditions with visibility not much more than a few feet. The traffic was almost bumper to bumper to the junction with lots of delays to merge with the cars from the downhill area. We were lucky to get away when we did as the road was closed after we left. On the way down the hill there were numerous vehicles stuck in ditches or beside the road. Luckily none were blocking the road completely so we eventually made it to the bottom.”
Start of Battleship Trail
“I was up there today (Monday) as well and 2 of us broke trail out to Battleship Lake again. The weather was so much better today and with all the fresh snow the scenery was about as good as it gets.”
Outflow Creek from Battleship Lake
“The Wilderness Centre has a lot more snow on and around it than a week ago, but nothing that should present any problems.”
Wilderness Centre on Monday
More of Tim’s photos here.
February 17, 2014
With the past few days of flurries there is now enough snow in Paradise Meadows that Mount Washington Ski Resort has opened nordic ski trails in the Park. The snow level has to be 6′ (1.8m) before they can groom trails in the Park, in order to protect the sensitive habitat of the meadows.
Park visitors can access the Park freely at any time, but if using the trails established by Mount Washington Resort there is a fee.