Strathcona Wilderness Institute

2013 Volunteer Gathering & Visitor Stats

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Strathcona Wilderness Institute hosted this year’s volunteer appreciation gathering yesterday – a great success, with about 2/3 of the volunteers from the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre attending – 32 people in all, including volunteer staffers, walk & hike guides, & presenters; several SWI directors, and a couple of BC Parks staff!

Visitor stats from the 2013 season at the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre:

8,895 visitors assisted:
Centre was staffed 109 days, from June 13 to Oct. 13 = overall average 82 visitors to the Centre per day.

In June, 578 visitors (15 days staffed=average 39 visitors/day);
in July, 2672 visitors (30 days=average 89 visitors/day);
in August, 2860 visitors ( 31 days=average 92 visitors/day);
in September, 2171 visitors (24 days=average 90 visitors/day);
in October, 614 visitors (9 days=average 68/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. In general we assist between 1/3 to 1/2 of all visitors to this area of Strathcona Park.

Visitors at SPWC came from:
Comox Valley: 41%
North Vancouver Island : 5.5%
South Vancouver Island : 22%
Rest of BC : 6.5%
Rest of Canada : 7.5%
USA : 4%
UK/Europe/Western Asia : 10.5%
Other Countries : 3%

Total visitors were less than 2012, when there was great weather right through September & into October. The weather changed in mid-August this year, affecting the visitors numbers from then on. This year, numbers per day & percentages were more comparable with 2011. International visitors do seem to be slightly increasing & the range of countries & states of the US is also increasing.

Countries represented:
Canada: 11 provinces/territories
BC, Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, PEI, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, NWT, Yukon.
USA: 35 states
Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Texas, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Louisiana, Wisconsin, Illinois, Kansas, Nebraska, Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, New York.
Europe/Western Asia: 23 countries
England, Scotland, Ireland, Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, Switzerland, Germany, Austria, Spain, Portugal, Italy, Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Russia, Estonia, Bulgaria, Croatia.
Other countries: 20 countries
New Zealand, Australia (including Tasmania)
Japan, China (including Tibet), Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, India
Iran, Israel, Jordan
South Africa, Mauritius
Mexico, Argentina, Columbia, Brazil
Bermuda, Dominican Republic

Compare with last year’s SPWC visitors here.

Thanks to BC Parks for the gifts for volunteers & for gift cards to purchase some of the refreshments. And thanks to all the volunteers for another great season!

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