Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Hot Day for a Hike

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It was a beautiful hot sunny day yesterday up at Paradise Meadows, above the fog that blanketed the Comox Valley all day. Not a cloud in the sky for the guided hike to Cruickshank Canyon – a long strenuous day with a rewarding view at the destination.

Cruickshank Canyon

Cruickshank Canyon

From the canyon viewpoint the cloud in the valleys contrasted with the hot sun above.

Overlooking the Canyon

Overlooking the Canyon

The panorama of mountains includes part of the Comox Glacier, Aureole Icefield, and spectacular Castlecrag Mountain, with Mt. Frink, the shoulder of Mt. Albert Edward, and Jutland Mountain farther to the north.

Amanita muscaria

Amanita muscaria

Fall colours are just starting to happen, but mushrooms have been prolific, including the beautiful but poisonous Amanita muscaria. Familiar from fairy tales as the spotted toadstool, this mushroom has hallucinogenic properties (noted by Alice in Wonderland!) The common name fly agaric is in reference to its fly & bug-killing properties. Symptoms of ingestion can vary widely, with unpredicable effects.

Contractors are working on boardwalk & bridge replacement at Murray Meadows, between Croteau Lake & Kwai Lake, however the trail is open for hikers.

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