The winter snowpack in Paradise Meadows has gone and flowers are blooming in the subalpine.  Strathcona Wilderness Institute is happy to announce that it will be opening the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows on June 30th for the summer season, with normal operating hours of 9am-4pm.  Summer programmes include Nature Walks and Hikes with expert naturalists and guides every weekend through July, August and September, starting on the Canada Day weekend  – the first Nature walks will be on July 2nd ( see below) and the first hike will be on July 8th ( the full schedule will be out shortly). These are free events, guided by volunteer experts, as Fundraisers for SWI.   Self-guiding brochures can be obtained at the Centre for the Boardwalk loops in Paradise Meadows, and wheelchairs and the Trailrider are available for those whose mobility is restricted.

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire awareness, appreciation and stewardship of the natural world through education and participation.  The Institute works through a cooperative agreement with BC Parks at two locations in Strathcona Park – the Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows and the Buttle Lake Information Hut – offering a range of programmes and publications for visitors to the Park.  Last year the Wilderness Centre saw over 11,000 visitors, about 70% of which were from beyond the Comox Valley, including 8% from overseas.  All activities are conducted by volunteers, with some help from students employed through the Canada Summer Jobs for Students programme. All walks, hikes and public presentations are free, but we greatly appreciate donations, since fundraising is crucial to keeping the Centre open.  And we would warmly welcome those who enjoy being in the Park to consider joining our crew of volunteers.

For more information on SWI please visit our website at or email

Strathcona Wilderness Institute