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Activities Available at this Park
Facilities Available at this Park

Park Contact

This park proudly operated by:
43K Wilderness Solutions
Phone: 1-844-43K-WILD

Fire Restrictions in Effect for this Park
Smoking is prohibited
During a campfire ban, smoking is restricted in all public areas of a park or protected area. Please read this Information Bulletin.

Strathcona Provincial Park

Important Notice Attention Visitors – Important Notice!

  • November 16, 2018: Boat launches open

    The Buttle Lake boat launch and the Karst Creek boat launch are now open again for public use.

About This Park

Strathcona Provincial Park - The Golden Hinde Strathcona Provincial Park, designated in 1911, is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Located almost in the centre of Vancouver Island, Strathcona 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. Summer in Strathcona is usually pleasantly warm, while winters are fairly mild except for the higher levels, where heavy snowfalls are the norm. From November through March, snowfalls can be expected on the mountain slopes and alpine plateaus. Snow remains all year on the mountain peaks and may linger into July even at moderate elevations. Summer evenings, as elsewhere in the coastal regions of B.C., can be cool and rain can be expected at any time of the year.

Two areas – Buttle Lake and vicinity, and Forbidden Plateau – offer a variety of visitor-oriented developments. The rest of the park is largely undeveloped and appeals primarily to people seeking wilderness surroundings. To see and enjoy much of the scenic splendor requires hiking or backpacking into the alpine regions.

Buttle Lake, named for Commander John Buttle who explored the area in the 1860s, is the major body of water in the park. It and many other lakes and waterways in the park can provide good fishing in season for Cutthroat, Rainbow and Dolly Varden trout. Della Falls, whose drop of 440 metres over three cascades makes it one of the highest waterfalls in Canada, is located in the southern remote section of the park with the trailhead only accessible by boat at the northwest end of Great Central Lake. And the highest point on Vancouver Island, the Golden Hinde (elevation 2,200 metres), stands almost in the centre of Strathcona to the west of Buttle Lake.

Three roadless tracts within Strathcon Provincial 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.

While the high mountain peaks and deep shaded valleys of Strathcona Park are dramatic, it is easy to forget that beneath your feet lays a history stretching back 380 million years. It is a history of violent volcanic eruptions on ancient seafloors and quiet interludes when gardens of sea lilies waved in gentle ocean currents. It is a history of rocks torn and folded by the extraordinary forces that can move continents, and of mountain ranges sculpted by the immensely thick ice sheets, which only vanished a few thousand years ago. No matter how long your visit, or whatever your interest, a knowledge of the geology of Strathcona Park will enhance your enjoyment of this spectacularly beautiful area.

Strathcona 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. Mount Washington Alpine Resort, located adjacent to the park, offers extensive alpine and nordic skiing opportunities, as well as a variety of winter and summer recreation facilities.

The Megin-Talbot addition in Strathcona Provincial Park was identified for protection in the Clayoquot Sound Land-Use Decision in 1995.

Date Established: March 1, 1911
Park Size: 248,669 hectares (247,961 hectares of upland and 708 hectares of foreshore)

Know Before You Go

  • Camping is not permitted in day-use areas

    Please be advised that there is no camping permitted in any day-use area within Strathcona Park, including the Crest Creek Crags and Crest Lake day-use areas. Anyone contravening this regulation is committing an offence and is subject to eviction and/or charges under the Park, Conservancy, and Recreation Area Regulation.

  • Snowmobiles are not permitted within Strathcona Provincial Park.
  • Vehicle Break-ins

    Due to an increase in vehicle break-ins at trailhead locations, visitors are reminded to not leave any valuables in their vehicles.

  • Comox Lake logging road and glacier trail access

    During the year, if there are logging operations occurring, this area, TimberWest restricts access with a gate and security personnel.

    • For up to date information, please contact TimberWest.

Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee (SPPAC)

The next meeting date will be Friday November 16, 2018 at BC Parks, Black Creek/Miracle Beach Office (6pm-10pm).

Current Trail Conditions:

Please be advised that most trails are snow covered from late October/November until at least June, and for higher elevation trails, often until mid July. For those exploring the park during the snow cover season, you should be well equipped for changing conditions and check avalanche reports prior to heading out.

The rugged wilderness areas, glaciers, snowfields and mountains of Strathcona Park require that visitors who wish to venture off maintained trails and away from developed areas be entirely self-sufficient, properly equipped and experienced. Anyone contemplating an extended or overnight hike should inform a responsible person or agency of their intention. This information should include estimated departure and return times and precise location of intended hike.

Campfire Regulations

Visitors are reminded that fires are not permitted anywhere or at anytime (all seasons) within Strathcona Park except in an authorized BC Parks steel fire ring. This regulation is in effect at all times of the year. No open fires are allowed in any backcountry areas.

Snowmobiles and internal combustion engines

The use of snowmobiles in all of Strathcona Park is prohibited. For detailed information please read the Snowmobile Ban – Information Guide. Internal combustion engines are prohibited in the backcountry areas of Strathcona Park.


All campsite and group site reservations must be made through Discover Camping. When reservations are not available all campsites function as first-come, first-served.

Make A Reservation

Campsite Reservations

Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

Group Camp/Picnic Reservations

Group campsite reservations are accepted at this park through Discover Camping.

As of April 10, 2018, visitors will be able to make reservations for the new Croteau Lake Backcountry Group Campsite and day-use yurt facility. This is a remote hike-in site only, located on Forbidden Plateau within Strathcona Provincial Park. Facilities at the site include a yurt for socializing and eating, 12 raised wooden tent pads, two bear-proof food caches, a small dock for accessing water, and a state-of-the-art composting toilet. Please visit Discover Camping to make reservations.

Location and Maps

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Strathcona Park is located on central Vancouver Island near the communities of Campbell River and the Comox Valley, which are the primary access points to the park. Day users of Strathcona will be interested in two areas: Buttle Lake and the hiking opportunities afforded by Forbidden Plateau.

Buttle Lake: The main access to Strathcona Park is via Highway 28, which connects with Gold River on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Follow Hwy 19 north past Courtenay to Campbell River, then follow Hwy 28 west for 48 km. Hwy 28 passes through the northern section of the park and provides access to Buttle Lake. Gas and services are not available between Campbell River and Gold River.

Forbidden Plateau: The main access route to Forbidden Plateau from Courtenay and Campbell River is via the Paradise Meadows Trailhead at Mount Washington. From Highway 19 follow signs to Mount Washington Ski Resort via exit #130 (the Strathcona Parkway) for 20 km. Turn left onto the Nordic Lodge road for 1.5 km to the Paradise Meadows parking lot.

Maps and Brochures

Please note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.

Nature and Culture

  • History: Strathcona Park, designated in 1911, is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. In the valleys and lower regions of Strathcona are forest stands that were already old when Captain James Cook of Britain’s Royal Navy landed at Nootka Sound in 1778, on the west coast of Vancouver Island a few kilometres from what is now the western boundary of the park.

    Strathcona Park was named for Donald Alexander Smith, First Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, a Canadian pioneer and one of the principals in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway. On November 7, 1885 Lord Strathcona drove the last iron spike into the twin ribbons of steel that united Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific at Craigellachie in BC’s Selkirk Mountains.

  • Conservation: Western red cedar, Douglas fir, grand fir, amabilis fir and western hemlock cover much of the park’s valleys and lower mountain slopes; this gives way to sub-alpine fir, mountain hemlock and creeping juniper in the sub-alpine areas. Throughout the summer months the park offers a spectacular floral display in various areas from sea level to above 1,800 metres elevation. Found at varying heights are varieties of heather, lupine, monkey flowers and violets as well as Indian paintbrush, phlox and moss campion.

  • Wildlife: Vancouver Island’s separation from mainland British Columbia by Johnstone and Georgia Straits means that many mammal species common to other parts of the province are not found on the Island. Species such as the Roosevelt elk, the currently-endangered Vancouver Island marmot, the Vancouver Island wolf, and the coastal black-tailed deer are different from their mainland relatives. The park has a large deer population and a significant number of Roosevelt elk while wolves and cougars, though present, are seldom seen. Resident birds include the chestnut-backed chickadee, red-breasted nuthatch, winter wren and kinglet, as well as the gray jay, Steller’s jay and band-tailed pigeon. The park also supports numerous blue grouse, ruffled grouse and a limited number of unique Vancouver Island white-tailed ptarmigan.

Management Planning

Strathcona Provincial Park Management Plan

The master plan for Strathcona Park was approved in 1993. There have been two subsequent master plan amendment processes. The amendment documents are to be used in conjunction with the 1993 master plan.


Centennial Trail Opening

After 14 years of volunteer dedication through the planning, design, fund raising, and a 5 year construction period, the Strathcona Provincial Park Wilderness Centre and the Paradise Meadows wheelchair accessible Centennial Trail loop has been completed just in time for the BC Parks centennial.

Strathcona Park and Strathcona-Westmin Park Public Advisory Committee

The Strathcona Park and Strathcona-Westmin Park Public Advisory Committee was established in 1993 to ensure public participation in the ongoing operation and management of Strathcona Provincial Park and Strathcona Westmin Provincial Park. Get more information about the SPPAC

Activities Available at this Park



Canoeing and kayaking is popular on Buttle and Upper Campbell Lakes. Buttle Lake is subject to strong afternoon winds that may be very hazardous to small craft. Canoeists and kayakers should exercise caution at all times.
Climbing / Rapelling


Crest Creek Crags offers more than 150 climbing routes for various skill levels. Please ensure you and your climbing partner have the skills, equipment and experience to climb safely. Crest Creek Crags is accessed via Hwy 28 from Campbell River; approximately 11 km east of Gold River.


Some mountain bike opportunities exist on the west side of the park through Gold River in the vicinity of Kunlin Lake. Bicycles must keep to roadways. Bicycle helmets are mandatory in British Columbia.


Angling can be rewarding on Buttle Lake and on the other lakes and waterways in and near the park. Cutthroat and Rainbow trout are the primary catch. Tributaries to Buttle Lake are closed to angling. The Elk River is open to catch and release fly fishing only. All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing for other restrictions. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.


Visitors to Strathcona have numerous hiking trails to enjoy, ranging from 20-minute ambles to arduous, multi-day hikes and mountaineering adventures. Click on the following links for more information on the Buttle Lake hiking trails, Forbidden Plateau Area hiking trails, nature walks and short trails and other hiking trails, nature walks and short trails and other hiking trails.

  • Paradise Meadows Barrier-Free Centennial Trail [PDF 3.6MB] – an easily accessible sub-alpine trail which is suitable for everyone.
  • The wood burning stove in Sid’s cabin has been permanently removed due to deteriorating conditions and public safety concerns.
  • School groups planning to hike in Strathcona Park are asked to register with the Vancouver Island Region.
  • For your own safety and the preservation of the park, obey posted signs and keep to designated trails. Shortcutting trails destroys plant life and soil structure.
Horseback Riding

Horseback Riding

No horse use is allowed in Strathcona Park unless authorized by BC Parks.


Hunting is only permitted in the McBride Creek and Megin-Talbot areas of Strathcona Park for specific species in season. Hunters must have valid licences and tags. Please refer to the current Hunting and Trapping Regulations Synopsis publication for closures and regulations.
Interpretive Programs

Interpretive Programs

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute, the non-profit society who manages the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre, has a great program lined up for the summer: nature walks, talks, and hikes, including several new themes. The Wilderness Centre building is located at the Paradise Meadows trailhead in Strathcona Park, adjacent to Mt. Washington’s Raven Lodge, the nordic ski lodge. The Centre provides visitor information, maps, books, refreshments, and more.

Check the calendar on the website for the most up-to-date schedule The centre is staffed entirely by volunteers for the Strathcona Wilderness Institute.

The Freshwater Fisheries Society of BC has a fun, hands on, Learn to Fish Program that teaches basic angling skills to youth under 16 years old. Check back to this page or ask the Park Operator for information.

Pets on Leash

Pets on Leash

Pets/domestic animals must be on a leash and under control at all times and are not allowed in the beach areas at Buttle Lake and Driftwood Bay. Dogs must be on a leash at all times in the Forbidden Plateau core area (Paradise Meadows). During the winter season, dogs must be on a leash as well and in addition, are not allowed on the groomed Nordic Ski Trails. You are responsible for their behaviour and must dispose of their excrement.

Backcountry areas are not suitable for dogs or other pets due to wildlife issues and the potential for problems with bears.



Good swimming is available in Buttle Lake, near the Buttle Lake and Driftwood Bay campgrounds. Buoys mark the designated swimming areas. Although the water is cold, swimming is permitted in all the lakes in the backcountry except for Kwai Lake. There are no lifeguards on duty at provincial parks.


Waterskiing opportunities exist on Buttle Lake.
Wildlife Viewing

Wildlife Viewing

Strathcona Provincial Park offers unlimited opportunities for nature appreciation and wildlife viewing. These range from developed facilities to pristine backcountry experiences. Observation platforms to view various waterfalls can be found at Lupin Falls, Lady Falls, Karst Creek and both Lower and Upper Myra Falls.

In the backcountry, adventurous visitors can see beautiful Della Falls, whose drop of 440 metres over three cascades makes it one of the highest waterfalls in Canada. Opportunities to see wildlife exist throughout the park. Visitors may see black bears, Roosevelt elk, black-tailed deer, cougars, Trumpeter swans, Bald eagles, whiskeyjacks, squirrels, tree frogs and white tailed Ptarmigan, to name just a few of the species inhabiting this wilderness park.



Windsurfing opportunities exist on Buttle Lake.
Winter Recreation

Winter Recreation

Backcountry skiing and boarding exist in the park. Developed ski facilities can be found at Mount Washington Alpine Resort, adjacent to the park. Mount Washington often boasts one of the highest snowfalls of any ski resort in North America. Ski rentals are available from Mount Washington or from various commercial outlets in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

Cross-country skiing is a popular activity in Paradise Meadows during the winter. More than half of the Nordic trails set by Mount Washington are within Strathcona Park. Ski rentals are available from Mount Washington or from various commercial outlets in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

Snowshoeing is popular in Paradise Meadows during the winter. Mount Washington sets some snowshoes trails for beginners; more adventurous visitors can snowshoe at any point in the park. Rentals are available from Mount Washington or from various commercial outlets in the Comox Valley and Campbell River.

Snowmobiles are not permitted in Strathcona Provincial Park [PDF]. Opportunities for snowmobiling are available at Mount Washington Alpine Resort.

Facilities Available at this Park

Boat Launch

Boat Launch

Two boat-launching ramps are located on Buttle Lake at the Buttle Lake boat launch and the Karst Creek boat launch. Boaters should exercise extreme caution at all times because the lake is a reservoir and submerged stumps may be encountered, particularly close to shore. Boaters must keep clear of swimming areas.
Cabins / Huts

Cabins / Huts

Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre, located 5 km east of the park entrance at Buttle Lake, offers outdoor education and wilderness skills training and accommodation.

Croteau Lake Backcountry Group Site includes a newly constructed state-of-the-art yurt facility for day-use. It is available only to camping groups with a reservation for use of the new group site. Reservations can be made via Discover Camping.



Due to new regulations, fires are now only permitted in Strathcona Park where facilities (a steel fire ring) are provided for campfires.
No open fires are allowed in any of the backcountry areas.

In the areas where fires are allowed, (steel campfire rings are provided at each campsite in the Buttle Lake and Ralph River campgrounds), we encourage visitors to conserve the environment by minimizing the use of fire and using stoves instead. Firewood can be purchased from the Park Operator at the Buttle Lake and Ralph River campgrounds. Fees for firewood are set locally and may vary.

To preserve vegetation and ground cover, please don’t gather firewood from the area around your campsite or elsewhere in the park (this is a ticketable offence under the Park Act). Dead wood is an important habitat element for many plants and animals and it adds organic matter to the soil. You can conserve firewood and air quality by keeping your campfire small. Limited burning hours or campfire bans may be implemented. Be prepared to bring a portable stove for cooking.

Drinking Water

Drinking Water

Drinking water hand pumps are located at the Buttle Lake, Ralph River and Driftwood Bay campgrounds. In the backcountry, drinking water comes from a variety of sources. Boiling, treating or filtering surface water prior to consumption is recommended.

Annual Drinking Water System Reports
Group Camping

Group Camping

There are three group campsites in the park:

  • Driftwood Bay Group Site, located on Buttle Lake, offers exclusive group camping with wheelchair accessible pit toilets and a covered picnic shelter with wood stove. This site is available by reservation only, from May 11 to September 29.
  • Croteau Lake Backcountry Group Site offers 12 tent pads and a day use yurt facility. This site is available by reservation only, from June 15 to September 15.
  • Karst Creek Group Site, located near the south end of Buttle Lake (near Ralph River Campground), offers exclusive group camping with picnic tables, fire pits, wheelchair-accessible pit toilets, and direct access to the lake shore. The site is also immediately adjacent to a public boat launch. This site is available by reservation only, from May 11 to September 29. Note: Campers should be self-sustaining. There is no drinking water (well) on site at this time. Well water can be obtained from Ralph River campground, located approximately 3 km south.

Youth group camping charges per night are $1/person (6+), with a $50 minimum and $150 maximum. Read the Youth Group policy about Criteria for Youth Groups.

Regular group camping charges per night are the base rate for the site, which is $80.00/group site/night, plus $5/adult (16+, minimum charge for 15 adults), plus $1/child (6-15). Children under 6 are free!



The Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI) in partnership with BC Parks, provides a park information service during the summer months. SWI operates information huts both at the Paradise Meadows Trailhead/parking lot (adjacent to the Mount Washington Alpine Resort – Raven Lodge) and at the Buttle Lake, old park headquarters site (east side of lake, just south of the Highway 28, Gold River intersection). For information about SWI, the programs they offer and annual operating hours, please visit their website at:
Picnic Areas

Picnic Areas

There are a wide range of picnic/day-use opportunities throughout this park. Picnic/day-use facilities are available at Elk Portal, Buttle Lake boat launch, Lupin Falls, Auger Point, Karst Creek, Lady Falls and Crest Lake. Please refer to online maps for more details on locations. Paradise Meadows is a popular day-use area although no picnic tables are available. This area offers a variety of trails suitable for day hikes.
Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit or Flush Toilets

Pit toilets are located at designated camping, day-use sites and trailheads throughout Strathcona Park.


An adventure playground is located at the Buttle Lake campground.
Vehicle Accessible Camping

Vehicle Accessible Camping

Please be advised that there is no camping permitted in any day-use area within Strathcona Park, including the Crest Creek Crags and Crest Lake Day-use areas. Anyone contravening this regulation is committing an offence and is subject to eviction and/or charges under the Park, Conservancy, and Recreation Area Regulation.

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. Campsite reservations are accepted and first-come, first-served sites are also available.

Ralph River Campground, located 35 km south of Buttle Lake along the Buttle Lake (Western Mines Road) offers 75 vehicle accessible campsites set amongst towering old-growth Douglas fir. The campsites at Ralph River are first come first served with some reservable sites available.

Vehicle Accessible Camping Fee: $20.00 per party / night
BC Senior’s Rate (day after Labour Day to June 14 only): $10.00 per senior party/night. Read the User Fees Policy for information on Senior Camping Discounts.
Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Walk-In/Wilderness Camping

Please be advised that there is no camping permitted in any day-use area within Strathcona Park, including the Crest Creek Crags and Crest Lake day-use areas. Anyone contravening this regulation is committing an offence and is subject to eviction and/or charges under the Park, Conservancy, and Recreation Area Regulation.

There are designated backcountry sites located at Bedwell Lake Trail, Elk River Trail, Della Falls Trail and the Forbidden Plateau core area. (Lake Helen Mackenzie, Kwai Lake and Circlet Lake campsites are accessed primarily from the Paradise Meadows trailhead).

Camping fees are applicable in the following backcountry sites only: Bedwell Lakes/Cream Lake Trail, Elk River Trail, and the Forbidden Plateau core area.

Backcountry Camping Fee: $10.00 per person / night (persons 16 years of age and older)
Backcountry Camping Fee: $5.00 per child / night (persons 6 - 15 years of age)

BC Parks Backcountry Registration System allows you to purchase a backcountry camping permit before leaving home. Although the system does not reserve a campsite, the system provides visitors the convenience of prepaying for their trip and not having to carry cash. We encourage all visitors to register online so we can reduce the need to collect fees in the field.

If sites are all full, you will be directed to approved overflow sites, or refunded through the Park Operator should you choose not to camp.
Backcountry Registration System

Backcountry Fee Collecting Area Maps

Shows areas where fees will be collected:

Pit toilets and food caches are located at most of these camping locations. Fires are not permitted at the Forbidden Plateau core area, nor anywhere in the backcountry area of this park. A backcountry fee is charged; self registration vaults are located at trailheads or pre-pay online. Campers must use designated camping sites in these areas. Free-standing tents are recommended as many locations have tent pads and pegging your tent may not be an option. If the designated area is full and unable to hike to the next designated site, check with the park operator. If no operator available, you are allowed to camp in a non-designated site for one night only while practicing “Leave No Trace” Ethics. As well, you are still required to pay the backcountry fee if in the core areas.

Wilderness camping is allowed in other areas of the park including the Della Falls Trail where there are designated backcountry sites. However there are no fees associated with these areas and few or no facilities are provided. Random camping is not permitted within 1 km of main roads or in designated fee collection areas.

There are designated marine/backcountry camping opportunities at 5 marine campsites on Buttle Lake and Upper Campbell Lake. Overnight fees apply from June 15 to September 30. Self-registration fee stations are located at boat launches (Buttle/Karst) and day-use areas (Karst/Lupin/Auger Point), or visitors can pre-pay online. All marine sites have tents pads and tables.

Wilderness/Backcountry Campground Dates of Operation
All dates are subject to change without notice
Opening and Closing Campground Dates:
(campground is accessible but may not offer full services such as water, security, etc.)
year-round for Buttle Lake Marine, Elk River, Forbidden Plateau, Bedwell and Baby Bedwell
Campground Dates with Full Services and Fees: June 15 – September 30
Campground Reservable Dates: Not applicable
Total Number of Wilderness/Backcountry Campsites: Buttle Lake Marine = 20
Elk River = approximately 20 sites in 2 designated campgrounds
Forbidden Plateau = 45
-- Helen Mackenzie lake: 10
-- Kwai Lake: 15
-- Circlet Lake: 20
Bedwell = 12
Baby Bedwell = 9
Number of Reservable Campsites, if applicable:
Not applicable
Note: The park is open year-round unless inaccessible due to weather conditions, especially during the off-season. If the park or campground are closed for other reasons, information is noted in the Attention Visitor Notice at the top of this page.
Wheelchair Access

Wheelchair Access

Paradise Meadows Barrier-Free Centennial Trail [PDF 3.6MB] – an easily accessible sub-alpine trail which is suitable for everyone.

Wheelchair accessible facilities are available at the Driftwood Bay group site, Buttle Lake campground (pit toilets only), Elk Portal entrance (pit toilets only). The Crest Creek day-use area offers wheelchair accessible picnic tables and a pit toilet. The new Paradise Meadows trailhead at Mt Washington now offers a wheelchair accessible trail that is suitable for most types of wheelchairs and battery powered scooters.

New Strathcona Park TrailRider Wheelchair Program

BC Parks, in partnership with The Strathcona Wilderness Institute, now offers a Strathcona Park TrailRider Program [PDF 1.5MB], based out of the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows trailhead (adjacent to Mount Washington’s Nordic Lodge). The one wheel unit, best described as a cross between a rickshaw and wheelchair, now makes it possible for everyone (seniors, disabled, or others  with mobility restrictions) to access the spectacular backcountry of Strathcona Park’s Forbidden Plateau area.

Winter Camping

Winter Camping

Winter camping opportunities exist throughout the park. Backcountry camping is permitted year-round; no fee is charged during the winter. Please camp near toilet facilities where possible and follow “Leave No Trace” camping ethics. Fires are not allowed in the backcountry areas of this park; bring a portable stove for cooking.