Strathcona Provincial Park British Cloumbia, Canada

Strathcona Park - picture by Dylan ParkerThe Strathcona Provincial Park is spread over 250,000 hectares of land. The park, established in 1911, is the largest park on the Vancouver Island and oldest park in the British Columbia. The park is triangular in shape and spans almost entire Vancouver Island. Some eternally mantled snow mountain peaks, river laced landscapes, lakes, creeks, alpine tarns and streams in the park add to the beauty of the park. There are old forests, old even when James Cook, Captain of Royal Navy first time invaded the area in year 1778.

Della Falls which has reputation of being the highest waterfall (drop of 440meters) in Canada is located at the southern section of park. The waterfalls are created by fall of Della Lake waters that fall on the edges of rocky cliff and flow into the Drink water creek. Alpine streams and glaciers provide the crystal clear appearance to the waterfall. Della Falls are about eight times higher that the Niagara Falls and considered as one of the world’s ten highest waterfalls.

Then there is another attraction of the park called Forbidden Plateau. There are number of small lakes in the plateau area which provides opportunity for fly fishing especially for rainbow trout in summers. It is believed that the plateau was inhabited by some evil spirits those consumed children and women entering the area.

Golden Hinde, the highest point in Vancouver Island with height of 2,200 meters, is another place of tourist attraction in the park. The Golden Hinde is located almost in the centre of Strathcona Provincial Park.

There are number of plants and forests as the park is spread from sea level to elevation of height of about 1,800 meters. Trees like Western red cedar, Amabilis fir, Douglas fir and grand fir are found in the lower mountain slopes and valleys and Mountain hemlock, subalpine fir and creeping juniper are found in subalpine areas. The park obtains spectacular beauty with flowers like monkey flowers, heather, violets and lupine during the summers. Other flowers like moss campion, Indian paintbrush and phlox are also found in different areas of the park.

The park is also rich in wildlife. Wildlife species such as Roosevelt elk, marmot, wolf and black tail deer are found in the park. The park also provides opportunity for the birdwatchers to view birds like red-breasted nuthatch, chestnut-backed chickadee, kinglet, winter wren, Steller’s jay, band-tailed pigeon, gray jay, white ptarmigan, ruffed grouse and blue grouse.

Buttle Lake, named after Commander John Buttle, explorer of the area (in 1860s) is another place in the series of attraction in the Strathcona Provincial Park. You can enjoy the fishing in Buttle Lake and other lakes in the park.

The Strathcona Provincial Park is a good place for wildlife, marine life and bird watching. You can undertake various adventurous activities like water sports, fishing, cross country skiing, hiking, wilderness camping etc during your visit to the Strathcona Provincial Park.

How to get to Strathcona Provincial Park From Victoria Bed & Breakfast _ Amethyst Inn: Strathcona Provincial Park is located on central Vancouver Island BC near the communities of Campbell River and the Comox Valley, which are the primary access points to the park. From South Island Victoria go on Highway 1 towards North Pass Nanaimo. Before Nanaimo, Highway 1 becomes Highway 19. After Nanaimo, follow Highway 19 pass Qualicaum to Campbell River than turn to Highway 28, then follow Hwy 28 west for 48 km. Hwy 28 passes through the northern section of the park and provides access to Buttle Lake. The distance from our Victoria B&B to Nanaimo is about 2 hours. From Nanaimo to Campbell River is another 2 hours. From Campbell River to Buttle Lake is one hour, so total from our Victoria B&B to Buttle Lake is 5-6 hours.
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Picture by Dylan Parker.