Strathcona Provincial Park map. Detailed map of Strathcona Park
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Strathcona Provincial Park map. Detailed map of Strathcona Provincial Park, British Columbia, Canada
Located almost in the centre of Vancouver Island, Strathcona Provincial Park is a rugged mountain wilderness comprising more than 250,000 hectares. Mountain peaks - some perpetually mantled with snow - dominate the park. Lakes and alpine tarns dot a landscape laced with rivers, creeks and streams. Two areas - Buttle Lake and vicinity and Forbidden Plateau - offer a variety of opportunities for visitors. The rest of the park is largely undeveloped and appeals primarily to people seeking wilderness surroundings. Buttle Lake is the major body of water in the park and,along with many other lakes and waterways in the park can provide good trout fishing. Delia Falls with a drop of 440 meters over three cascades is one of the highest waterfalls in Canada and is located in the southern section of the park. Standing almost in the centre of the park is Golden Hinde (elevation 2,200 metres), the highest point on Vancouver Island.
Three roadless tracts within the park - Big Den, Central Strathcona and Comox Glacier - have been designated as nature conservancy areas. Each tract contains outstanding examples of scenery and natural history that remain uninfluenced by human activity. The three areas, totalling 122,500 hectares, are dedicated to the preservation of the undisturbed natural environment.
Canoeing and kayaking are popular on Buttle and Upper Campbell Lakes and mountain biking opportunities are available on the west side of the park through Gold River. Strathcona Provincial Park offers unlimited opportunities for nature appreciation and wildlife viewing. Buttle Lake campground offers 85 vehicle accessible campsites set in a second-growth Douglas fir forest. Buttle Lake has a developed sandy beach; some sites are located right on the lakeshore. Wilderness camping is also available.
Strathcona Provincial Park benefits from excellent adjoining commercial facilities such as the Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre which offers outdoor education and wilderness skills training. The nearby communities of Campbell River, the Comox Valley, Gold River, Tofino and Port Alberni offer a full range of visitor services.
Ralph River Campground
Cross Country Skiing