The Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI) is once again hosting the Vancouver International Mountain Film Festival – Best of the Fest Tour on April 27, 2018. This fundraiser event will feature a selection of top picks from this years’ critically acclaimed mountain film series. Films to be screened include:

  • Hunting Giants”, following a thrill-seeking explorer who wants to find and climb the biggest tree in Canada.
  • Coconut Connection”, the story of a group of adventurers approaching a big wall free climbing expedition by skis along the coast of Baffin Island.
  • Foodless Odyssey”, a bike-packing journey through hundreds of kilometers of wilderness on the remote Island of Haida Gwaii living entirely off the land.

SWI Board chairperson Judy Norbury said “this event is a fundraiser for the work of SWI, but also a chance for the local outdoor enthusiast community members to engage with each other.”

The event is happening Friday, April 27 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 Norbury.

Strathcona Wilderness Institute