Strathcona Wilderness Institute

September Hikes

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The next Strathcona Wilderness Institute guided hike is scheduled for Saturday Aug. 30 . Meet at the Wilderness Centre at 9 a.m. for a dog-friendly hike to Croteau Lake lookout with Jana Tomanek. Pre-register at coordinator(at)strathconapark(dot)org for this 14 km, 6-7 hr. slowly-paced hike. Leashes are required for pets in this area, and well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

Kwai Lake & Castlecrag

Kwai Lake & Castlecrag


Several hikes have now been added to the schedule for September, thanks to volunteer guides! On Saturday September 6, join Mary Finnan for a guided hike around the Kwai Lake Loop, an 8 hr, 16 km long hike. Registration is limited to 12 people – contact coordinator(at)strathconapark(dot)org No pets please on this outing which will start at 8 a.m. from the Wilderness Centre.

Woolly Chanterelle

Woolly Chanterelle


On Sunday September 7 starting at 1 p.m., expert naturalist Alison Maingon will guide a Mushroom ID Hike around the Lake Helen Mackenzie Loop. “I will give a short intro to mushrooms outside the Centre then set out to Battleship Lake,” says Alison. “The forested slopes above Paradise Meadows have a wealth of fall mushrooms potentially visible along the trails to Battleship Lake and around to Helen McKenzie- for example the Gypsy mushroom (Rozerites caperatus) or the Woolly chanterelle ( Gomphus kauffmanii).” The round trip is about 8.5 km and will take about 3 hours including stops.

More hikes are on the schedule – check the calendar or sign up for our E-news for upcoming details.

For all SWI activities, dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, water, bug spray and sun protection. All SWI activities are by donation, $5-10 suggested. Donations are appreciated to help with the delivery of the programs & the staffing of the Centre.

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