Strathcona Provincial Park, Vancouver Island

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Strathcona Provincial Park is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, and the largest on Vancouver Island. Founded in 1911, the park was named for Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal, a wealthy philanthropist and railroad pioneer. It lies within the Strathcona Regional District. The Clayoquot Sound Biosphere Reserve, established in 2000, includes three watersheds in the western area of the park.GeographyThe park is 9 km east of Gold River and 25 km west of Campbell River. At 2,458 square kilometres, it contains a group of mountains called the Elk River Mountains. It contains the highest peaks of the Vancouver Island Ranges. Some notable mountains located within the park boundaries include: Golden Hinde (2198 m) Elkhorn Mountain (2166 m) Mount Colonel Foster (2129 m) Mount Albert Edward (2093 m) For others, see the List of mountains in Strathcona Provincial Park.
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  • Strathcona may be heaven on earth. The camping was phenomenal. The views, the lake, the waterfalls, the hiking. Everything was just perfect. We spent three nights here at the end of a cross-Canada tri...  more »
  • We were unfortunately only one night at the Buttle Lake campground, because it's there only very very nice. The directions from Campbell River will take place through a well-developed road, the campground itself is located then but lonely and quiet. With timely reservation, we had to get a place right on the Lake, the Lake is deliciously cold, you swim with the wild geese and enjoying the wonderful panorama. There are no showers and only outhouses, but wonderfully clear for drinking water (hand pump). To recommend.
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  • September 2017. We did a full day hike and a half day nature walk in Strathcona Provincial Park. The hike was 21K (return) along Forbidden Plateau to Cruikshank Canyon wth 20 members of a Nanaimo-base...  more »
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  • I grew up there and my family owns and runs it and it's an amazing environment
  • Been hiking here all my life. Some of the most beautiful sights in the world.
  • Beautiful, great camping
  • Incredible campsites.

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