Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park has a significant black bear population. It is common to encounter bears along the trails and roadsides. Visitors should use caution around bears and not approach. Keep pets on a leash. For more on bear safety click here.
Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park
Strathcona Park Public Advisory CommitteeNext Meeting: BC Parks, Parksville office (Rathtrevor Park), on Thursday, March 27th 2014, 5pm to 9:30 pm.
For more information about the Strathcona and Strathcona-Westmin Public Advisory Committee and meeting minutes click here.
About This ParkStrathcona-Westmin Park is surrounded by Strathcona Provincial Park on central Vancouver Island. This park is unique in that it incorporates a working mine, the Myra Falls Operation of Boliden-Westmin Resources Ltd. This mine produces ore containing zinc, copper, gold and silver and has a capacity of 1.4 million tons annually.
Aside from mining, this rugged forest environment offers a variety of recreational opportunities for visitors - particularly hiking and backcountry camping. Routes range from 15-minute walks to more than 8 hour hikes. A short trails lead from the Boliden-Westmin mine to beautiful Upper and Lower Myra Falls – scenic waterfalls located deep in the forest. Other longer trails lead to the lower Thelwood Valley - a great place to see Roosevelt elk and other wildlife - and access the backcountry at Price Creek, Philips Ridge, Tennent Lake and Mount Myra.
Park Size: 3,328 hectares
- Bring your own water as no potable water is available.
- Campfires are not permitted; please bring your own camp stove.
Location and MapsPlease note: Any maps listed are for information only – they may not represent legal boundaries and should not be used for navigation.
Nearby communities include: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Courtenay, Gold River
Nature and Culture
- History: Strathcona-Westmin Class B Provincial Park covers the area permitted for Boliden-Westmin resources to carry out mining operations. The land was given special designation because of mineral values and the decision by the provincial government to allow exploration and mining in this area. This park was separated out of Strathcona Park in 1965 and designated as a Class B provincial park. Mining began in 1966 and will continue dependant on reserves and commodity prices.
- Conservation/Wildlife: The lower portion of Thelwood Creek has spawning beds for Rainbow, Dolly Varden and Cutthroat trout, as well as char. These spawning areas are essential to maintaining the fishery of Buttle Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park. The park also protects important habitat for Roosevelt elk and beaver. Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park has a significant black bear population. It is common to encounter bears along the trails and roadsides. Other wildlife in the park includes the red-listed Vancouver Island wolverine, as well as cougars, deer, wolves and a variety of birds and amphibians.