Thursday 1 August 2013

Summer Beauty in Strathcona Park

Vancouver Island has an abundance of natural spaces to explore, including a number of provincial parks. Strathcona Park stands out as the oldest provincial park in BC. It straddles the mountains of the central island and provides a variety of opportunities for those wanting to explore a more rugged and remote wilderness. There are also great campgrounds and lakes to enjoy for a more relaxed adventure, as well as small hikes and roadside rest stops.

Upper Myra Falls is about a 1.5 hour hike round trip, through a mountainside forest. There are some tricky bits along the trail where trees have come down. The falls are viewed from a platform built onto the opposite side of the ravine.

Lower Myra Falls empties into Buttle Lake, and are one of the most spectacular falls around. It is a short, but very steep, walk to the viewing area and the middle rocks.

Buttle Lake is a long, narrow lake framed by high mountains. It is popular for those with power boats and kayaks/canoes and is also a wonderful place to swim and enjoy a day.

There are nice trout in the lake, and a morning or afternoon fishing is a great way to spend time in this stunning park.

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