Strathcona Wilderness Institute

2012 Volunteer Gathering

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Strathcona Wilderness Institute hosted a volunteer appreciation gathering yesterday – thanks again to all the 2012 Wilderness Centre staff, nature walk & talk and hike guides.

Highlights from the 2012 season at the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre:

10,281 visitors assisted: 
Centre was staffed 104 days, from June 23 to Oct. 13 = overall average 99 visitors to the Centre per day.

In June,  277 visitors (8 days staffed=average 35 visitors/day);
in July, 2482 visitors (28 days=average 89 visitors/day);
in August, 3519 visitors ( 30 days=average 117 visitors/day);
in September, 3420 visitors (29 days=118 visitors/day);
in October, 860 visitors (9 days=average 96/day).

As in previous years, these numbers include those who attended walks, talks & hikes, as well as groups such as students who visited the Park & whom we assisted.

Other groups & visitors who use the Park without visiting the Centre are not counted in these totals. Total numbers of Paradise Meadows visitors are recorded by the Parks Facility Operators, and will be available at a later date.

Visitors at SPWC came from:
Comox Valley: 45%
North Vancouver Island : 8%
South Vancouver Island : 22%
Rest of BC : 6%
Rest of Canada : 6%
USA : 3%
UK/Europe/Western Asia : 8%
Other Countries : 2%

While absolute numbers in all categories were higher compared with 2011, there was a higher % share of Comox Valley visitors, with a smaller % from across Canada, the US and Europe; while the % share of both other Vancouver Island visitors and other international visitors remained almost the same.

Countries represented:
Canada: 12 provinces/territories
BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, NWT, Yukon.
USA: 27 states
Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York.
Europe/Western Asia: 18 countries
England, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Belgium, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Israel.
Other countries: 23 countries
Australia, New Zealand
Japan, China, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, Vietnam, India
South Africa, Tanzania
Mexico, Argentina, Uruguay, Columbia, Peru, Brazil
Trinidad, Bermuda, Cayman Islands, Honduras.

Compare with last year’s SPWC visitors here.

Stats for the Buttle Lake Info Hut, from volunteer operator Gerry Roberts, will be posted shortly.

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