Friends of Strathcona hosting five-day hike though Bedwell Valley

Hike will take place from Aug. 1-5

The Friends of Strathcona Park will be hosting a hike for the public through the beautiful Bedwell Valley this summer.

The hike, which will take five days and four nights, will follow a wild route through the valley which was discovered by the Friends several years ago. The hike will take place from Aug. 1-5.

“This is one of only three valleys within the park that go from the alpine all the way out to the ocean,” says Kel Kelly, a director with the Friends.

The hike will require two groups, one coming down the valley from Bedwell Lake and another coming up from the Pacific, launching at Tofino. The groups will meet halfway, exchanging car keys to allow everyone to get back home.

The Bedwell route goes through a variety of fascinating ecosystems, including alpine meadows, a rare high elevation maple forest, old growth cedar and fir groves, and past several magnificent waterfalls.

The river itself is never far away. Swimming at the end of a hot day of hiking is an exhilaration beyond description

There are still spaces available.

Hikers must be experienced and fit, and are expected to carry everything they need for shelter, food, clothing and comfort in their backpack.

Participants will be asked to cover the costs of transportation, including the water taxi in and out of Tofino.

For more information contact Kelly at 778-992-0246 or at kelkelly55@yahoo.ca, or Jack Welsh at 250-334-2321 or  jackw_1@telus.net