Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Lots of News!

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It’s been a busy week at Paradise Meadows with the Wilderness Centre opening on Friday May 22. Visitors have already come from Holland, Germany, Czech Republic, and the UK. As of Friday May 29, the Centre will be open every day, staffed by our summer student & volunteers.

Bog-laurel Meadow

Bog-laurel Meadow

Lots of pink western bog-laurel is now blooming in the meadows. Magenta Jeffrey’s shootingstar & mauve marsh violet are increasing.

Rosy Twistedstalk (Streptopus roseus)

Rosy Twistedstalk (Streptopus roseus)

New flowers just starting include mountain arnica, Drummond’s cinquefoil, three-leaved goldthread, rosy twistedstalk, pink mountain-heather, bunchberry, and buckbean.

Drummond's Cinquefoil (Potentilla drummondii)

Drummond’s Cinquefoil (Potentilla drummondii)

Campers are already well out into the Park , at Lake Helen Mackenzie & Kwai Lake campsites. Hikers from the Comox District Mountaineering Club have gone as far as the shoulder of Mt Albert Edward & up Jutland – reports are here. The CDMC has planned a camp at Kwai Lake this weekend- no camping fees yet! – not until June 15.

Canoe on Battleship Lake

Canoe on Battleship Lake

Even a canoeist was out, on Battleship Lake! He must have portaged in at least a couple of km.

Boston Lake Overlook

Boston Lake Overlook

At the Wood Mountain end of Forbidden Plateau, Mt Becher has been free of snow for more than a week. Spreading phlox & paintbrush are blooming, and the rare Olympic onion should be out soon.

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The latest SWI publication is the Trail Map for the Buttle Lake area of Strathcona Park – you can get it online here or at the Buttle Lake Information Hut when it opens on Saturday June 6.

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