I spent 6 days in British Colombia’s 1st Provincial Park on Vancouver Island, my first time to the main part of the attraction.
Cycled first to Buttle Lake Campground. Fantastic. I highly recommend it for car camping.
Next day I cycled towards Gold River to try the Kings Peak hike.
It didn’t go so well. But the cycling was excellent.
From there I headed for Flower Ridge – 2 days, 1 night. Much better.
As Strathcona has no electricity and no mobile phone service, I relied on solar power.
My best hike was Bedwell Lakes trail.
I do recommend Strathcona for one and all. In fact, I want to return for some longer hikes after August 1st when there will be less snow and easier navigation up high.
Strathcona Provincial Park (1911) contains the highest peaks of the Vancouver Island Ranges. Some notable mountains located within the park boundaries include:
- Golden Hinde (2198 m)
- Elkhorn Mountain (2166 m)
- Mount Colonel Foster (2129 m)
- Mount Albert Edward (2093 m)
Exploring Strathcona Park is the best guidebook. It’s not inexpensive, but worth it. Great maps. Colour photos. Comprehensive coverage.
Author Phil Stone is truly an expert.
I’ll be carrying a dead tree copy on my bike.
And I plan to be spending quite a bit of time in Strathcona over coming years working towards establishing a possible coast-to-coast Vancouver Island route.