Winter is receding at Paradise Meadows, and it is time to start planning summer visits to the Strathcona Provincial Park. Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be opening the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows on June 15 for the summer season, with normal operating hours of 9am-4pm.  Summer programmes include Nature Walks, Talks and Hikes with expert naturalists and guides on weekends through July, August and September.

The first interpretive walk of the season will happen on Sunday June 16, starting at 9.30 am with a 2.5 hour tour of the Meadows loop to identify subalpine flowers in bloom. The first guided hike will happen on Saturday June 29  with a 4 hour easy hike around the Battleship Lake/Helen Mackenzie loop.  Both of these offerings will be meeting at the Strathcona Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows. For more information or to preregister, please email  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 SWI recorded saw over 12,000 visitors, about 70% of which were from beyond the Comox Valley, including 8% from overseas.  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.

More information about SWI, program schedules and volunteering opportunities can be found on their website:


Anna Heiter

SWI Outreach Coordinator, Strathcona Wilderness Institute