Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Buttle Lake Programs

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For the first time in many years, guided nature walks and hikes are being offered around Buttle Lake in the heart of Strathcona Park, by Strathcona Wilderness Institute. SWI is excited to offer these and other expanded programs and initiatives this year, thanks to support from Mountain Equipment Cooperative.

Buttle Lake & Ralph River Area from Augerpoint

Buttle Lake & Ralph River Area from Augerpoint


On the August long weekend, a series of guided nature walks will explore the short creek and waterfall trails around Buttle Lake. On Friday Aug. 1, meet at 10 a.m. at the entrance to the Ralph River campground, for a naturalist-led walk around the Shepherd Creek & Wild Ginger Trails. In the afternoon , meet at 1:15 p.m. at the trailhead to Karst Creek for an interpretive walk looking at limestone features.

Karst Creek Waterfall

Karst Creek Waterfall


On Saturday Aug. 2, meet at 10:15 a.m. at the Lupin Falls trailhead for a short nature walk to the first waterfall of the day. In the afternoon, meet at 1:15 p.m. at the trailhead to Lady Falls for a walk to another beautiful cascade. Pre-registration is not required for the nature walks, which will go rain or shine. Click here for a map of the trailhead locations.

Lupin Falls

Lupin Falls


For all SWI activities, dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, water, bug spray and sun protection. All activities are by donation, $5-10 suggested. For more information contact coordinator(at)strathconapark(dot)org

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