Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Sunny Busy Canada Day

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Another hot sunny day for the Canada Day long weekend! Lots of hikers including visitors from Germany, Ireland, Russia, Australia & the USA have been enjoying the trails.

Hikers report that it is possible to find the trail to Cruikshank Canyon , although there are some wet spots & a tricky stream crossing at Lake Beautiful. Several hikers have gone up Mt Albert Edward, though report sinking through some soft snow – extra caution is required. Hikers also reported that tent platforms at Circlet Lake are free of snow.

A reminder that the bridge near Murray Meadows is damaged – there is no sign, but the alternate route is down through the small gully below the bridge.

Damaged Bridge near Murray Meadows

Damaged Bridge near Murray Meadows

Jocie Ingram & family visited the meadows – Jocie is guiding the Spring Flora & Fauna Nature Walk next Sunday at 10:30 a.m. from the Wilderness Centre. Jocie found another new bloom, alpine speedwell .  She thought the fragrance in the meadows might be the Jeffrey’s shootingstar, which is contributing to a great display of pink flowers in the meadows right now.

Volunteers planting plants donated by CV Nature

Volunteers planting plants donated by CV Nature

Volunteers from the Comox Valley Naturalists Society planted several native species yesterday on the disturbed slope on the west side of the Wilderness Centre building. Plants were donated by CVN with funds raised from the annual members auction – the donation is greatly appreciated!

Stream Violets

Stream Violets

Thanks to Wilderness Centre volunteer & hiker Jana for all the above photos including this beautiful display of yellow stream violets on the west side of Lake Helen Mackenzie!

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