Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Information Centres

Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows: 2017 Hours
Daily 9-4

Buttle Lake Information Hut: 2017 Hours

Open BC day and Labor Day Weekends

Dates & hours at both Centres may vary depending on availability of volunteers. Check the Calendar page for details.

Strathcona Wilderness Institute operates two visitor information centres in Strathcona Park – one at Paradise Meadows and one at Buttle Lake. Both of these facilities are made possible through fund-raising by the SWI and by donations from the public.

Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre


The SWI facility at Paradise Meadows is the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre. This is now their premises through a 15 year lease agreement with BC Parks. As well as an information centre it is also the home for SWI’s summer educational programs.

Come see our facility and have a chat. Our wish is to help park visitors have a safe and enjoyable outing and to return home with the same love for the area as we have.

If you think you would occasionally enjoy meeting park visitors and volunteering at the Wilderness Centre please contact SWI. There are also many other ways you can become involved such as leading a hike, giving an educational talk on outdoor subjects, writing articles, management, programming, publicity, preparing displays, sales and (of course) fund-raising! – clearing snow off our decks in the winter is another way to help! The building is a ‘community enterprise’ and we would love to see more of our local outdoor enthusiasts getting involved with us.

Special guests (local experts) will lead some of the Sunday walks and/or special activities based from the Centre. Anyone interested in getting to know the park and its many plants and animals is welcome.

Buttle Lake Information Hut
The Institute is also continuing the weekend information service hut at Buttle Lake (300 m. past the bridge for the Gold River turn-off).

This has been an entirely voluntary service. Hikers have been assisted in choosing alternate routes due to adverse conditions or even closure of some trails. Some years there are extreme late snow conditions on all the higher trails.