Strathcona Provincial Park

Strathcona is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia, Canada, designated in 1911. Located almost in the centre of Vancouver Island, Strathcona Provincial Park is a rugged mountain wilderness comprising more than 250,000 hectares. Mountain peaks dominate the park. Lakes and alpine tarns dot a landscape laced with rivers, creeks, and streams. Snow remains all year on the mountain peaks and may linger into July even at moderate elevations.

The Gold River Highway #28 runs along the east side of Upper Campbell Lake with Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre about halfway down. Founded in 1959 by Jim and Myrna Boulding, the lodge is still owned and operated by the Boulding family. The Bouldings started the lodge as a summer operation. They were teachers in Campbell River but later made it their full time job. They catered to tourists during the summer and school aged children the rest of the year. Today Jim and Myrna’s son Jamie Boulding and his wife Christine Clarke run the lodge.

Further south is a bridge which marks the beginning of Buttle Lake. Della Falls, whose drop of 440 metres over three cascades makes it one of the highest waterfalls in Canada, is located in the southern section of the park. And the highest point on Vancouver Island, the Golden Hinde (elevation 2,200 metres), stands almost in the centre of Strathcona Provincial Park to the west of Buttle Lake.