Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre opens for summer

Summer has arrived at Paradise Meadows, and the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre has opened for the season.

THE POPULAR STRATHCONA Park Wilderness Centre's programs begin for the summer this weekend.

Summer has arrived at Paradise Meadows, and the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre has opened for the season.  The centre is located at the Paradise Meadows trailhead in Strathcona Park, adjacent to Mount Washington Resort’s Raven Lodge. Volunteers staff the centre every day for visitor and trail information.

The centre is operated by the Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI), a non-profit society which has organized a full schedule of summer programs. SWI also operates the Information Hut at Parks Headquarters at Buttle Lake.

Summer programs at Paradise Meadows start with an easy hike on  Saturday July 6.  Meet at 10 a.m.at the Wilderness Centre for a 4 hour Nature Hike to Battleship Lake & Lake Helen Mackenzie.

On Sunday, July 7 at 10:30 a.m. explore the ‘Spring Flora & Fauna’ of Paradise Meadows on a Nature Walk with expert naturalist Jocie Ingram.  SWI has installed many plant signs around the meadows to help identify the many sub-alpine flowers, and has produced a new Interpretive Nature Walk brochure, which will be useful for this program.

The next hike will be a Nature & History  Hike  on  Saturday, July 13. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Wilderness Centre for a six-hour hike to Croteau Lake.

On Sunday, July 14 at 1 p.m.  join Allen Wells for an Introduction to geocaching.  All are welcome on this talk and walk around Paradise Meadows and beyond. Pre-register with the coordinator at  coordinator@strathconapark.org or 250-650-4304.

SWI nature walks and hikes continue through the summer – for the full schedule please visit the website at www.strathconapark.org/”www.strathconapark.org.

For all activities: dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, water, bug spray and sun protection. No pets please on SWI nature walks and hikes unless otherwise noted. SWI programs are free, although a donation of $5 to $10 is appreciated to help with the Institute’s ongoing activities. All programs start at the Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows.

– Strathcona Wilderness Institute

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