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Strathcona Provincial Park

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Strathcona Parkway, Comox-Strathcona C | Vancouver Island, BC, British Columbia, Canada
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Oldest provincial park in British Columbia contains more than 210,000 hectares of scenic wilderness with many hiking trails ranging from short walks to several-days-long expeditions into the parks interior.
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Strathcona Parkway, Comox-Strathcona C | Vancouver Island, BC, British Columbia, Canada

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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very Beautiful area. We went when the smoke haze was pretty thick but were still able to see a lot. We had planned to hike the mountain and spend 2 nights camping but did it in 1 instead. We arrived about lunch time and walked...More

Thank Pipsmith14
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you come to the island specially if you are camping you have to go to Strathcona Park. There are two land campgrounds, Buttle Lake and Ralph River. Both are excellent campsites. Buttle Lake has a sandy beach and beach front sites. Ralph River has...More

Thank Raroboy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Bedwell Lake Hike: 5 stars and then some! This hike was interesting for every step of the 6km and 600m elevation gain. 4x4 vehicle recommended to get to trail head. We've hiked dozens and dozens of trails across the province, in Banff, and Jasper and...More

Thank Kjnagle
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

From Campbell River to Strathcona Prov Park is a 2 hr trip if you never stop. But do stop along the way for photo ops or short walks to falls. Do grab lunch in your cooler in Campbell River also, because there are no stores...More

Thank cyndywill8
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The area is amazing. If you like to hike, fish or boat this is the area for you. If you want a quite campground, think again. The park rangers do not sleep on site. So, as soon as they do the last drive by rounds,...More

Thank Coco L
Reviewed 8 August 2017

We did a short hike in the park (about an hr) which lead us to the beautiful view by Lake Helen Mackenzie where we took a short break to dip our feet in the nice cool water. The weather was nice and warm and even...More

Thank dolphidive
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

Beautiful park! We drove through here on one of our little outings while staying in Campbell River. We found a nice stop to pull over and just chill out while looking at the view. A must see if you are in the area.

1  Thank harleychick1962
Reviewed 22 May 2017

We camped (tent) at Ralph River campgrounds for 2 nights. The campground was a 2-3 min walk from Buttle lake, with a spectacular view of several mountains. There are several trails and viewpoints along the main roads within the park. We saw an elk calf,...More

4  Thank Olifun
Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Our family visited both 'ends' of Strathcona Provincial Park and loved the end near the lake the best. It took an hour to get there but we stopped Lower Myra Falls which were simply stunning. Better than some other more well known falls in the...More

2  Thank SunnyNB2016
Reviewed 25 September 2016 via mobile

We are on the island visiting family in Nanaimo B.C and this park is about an hour give or take a few minutes away from there and every time I go it is such a amazing beautiful park the quietness of it almost as if...More

3  Thank Tammy P
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Tim Y
23 February 2017|
Response from cdnIriegirl | Reviewed this property |
Great question! We did not swim there. It was swampy. We went to buttle lake. The landscape around the campground bordering the water is not conducive at all to walking into the water....there's no beach or even rocks... More
26 January 2017|
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Response from cdnIriegirl | Reviewed this property |
Honestly, I'd say skip it. There are far more beautiful places all over the island... to see "majestic" you need to hike out of the easy. Hope that helps! Check out the group "take a hike Vancouver island" on Facebook... More
25 July 2016|
Response from SallieBC | Reviewed this property |
Hi Christian - you can rent a boat/canoe at Strathcona Park Lodge along highway 28 just before reaching the campgrounds. I just googled it, haven't rented from them.