Courtenay, BC – Outdoor enthusiasts are invited to check out the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Best of the Fest Tour hosted by Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI) on April 28, 2017.

This fundraiser event will feature a selection of top picks from this years’ critically acclaimed mountain film series from around the world. Films to be screened include:

  • “The Accord”, a journey through Iceland searching for that rare, yet significant, compromise between Icelandic surfers and the North Atlantic wind
  • “Flashes of the Altai”, where three childhood friends set out for the far western corner of Mongolia to combine mountain biking and packrafting in a self-supported adventure into the unknown.
  • “Doing It Scared”, following a British climber who suffered a severe head injury at the Totem Pole in Tasmania, only to return eighteen years later to attempt the climb again.

This event will include a variety of excellent films celebrating mountain culture and also offer participants a chance to win great door prizes generously contributed by local Comox Valley businesses. SWI Board member John Waters said “This is going to be a fun, family friendly evening to get together with like-minded outdoor enthusiasts and support a great local charity doing important work in our local wilderness park.”

The event is happening Friday, April 28 at the Stan Hagen Theatre (at North Island College), 2300 Ryan Road in Courtenay. The doors open at 6:30pm, and the films will run from 7-9:30pm.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under – they can be bought at the door or online.

Visit for more details and online ticket sales.

SWI is a registered charity organization with a mission to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation. It serves as the interface between the general public and the Strathcona Provincial Park, providing information and programming for park visitors and operating both the Strathcona Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows and the Visitor Information Centre at Buttle Lake. “Getting people excited and engaged with the beauty of the outdoors is a key step in promoting responsible stewardship of the environment,” said SWI Board Chair Judy Norbury.

For more information about SWI’s mission, events and programs please visit or follow us on Facebook @StrathconaWildernessInstitute


Nathan Kwan

Outreach and Fundraising Coordinator, Strathcona Wilderness Institute

Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival Best of the Fest Tour

Friday, April 28 at the Stan Hagen Theatre (at North Island College). The doors open at 6:30pm, and the films will run from 7-9:30pm.