Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Easter in Paradise

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The latter half of the Easter weekend has been sunny- worth a trip up to Paradise Meadows to check on conditions.

Boardwalk with Jutland View

Boardwalk with Jutland View


Much of the boardwalk is free of snow although icy patches still persist.

Meadows with Jutland View

Meadows with Mountain View


More snow is gone from the meadows , and with the blue skies the views of Mt Allan Brooks, Mt Regan & Jutland Mountain were excellent.

Marsh Marigold Leaves

Marsh Marigold Leaves


A few leaves of Alpine White Marsh-marigold are emerging through the ice & remaining snow. Otherwise, only a few swamp lantern (skunk cabbage) are blooming in the wooded areas. Temperatures were around the freezing mark but rapidly warming in the sun.

Whiskey Jack on Ice

Whiskey Jack on Ice


Half a dozen Whiskey Jacks followed us on the Paradise Creek boardwalk. The Whiskey Jack (also known as Canada Jay or Gray Jay) is a strong contender for Canada’s National Bird – if you haven’t participated in this project yet, you can vote here!

Other birds of note in the meadows: lots of juncos, chickadees, a couple of robins & ravens, and the sounds of Sooty Grouse & Red-breasted Sapsucker.

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