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Alpine to ocean adventure

The Friends of Strathcona Park will be hosting a hike for the public through the beautiful Bedwell Valley this summer.

The hike, which will take five days and four nights, will follow a wild route through the valley which was discovered by the Friends a few years ago.

The dates for the hike are August 5-9, inclusive.

“This is one of only three valleys within the park that go from the alpine all the way out to the ocean,” says Kel Kelly, a director with the organization.

The other two valleys, the Megin and the Moyeha, are much more difficult to access than the Bedwell.

The hike will require two groups, one coming down the valley from Bedwell Lake and another coming up from the Pacific, launching at Tofino.

The groups will meet halfway, exchanging car keys to allow everyone to get back home.

“We’ve done this trip several times of times already”, says Kelly, “and it’s always fun when the two groups meet and share stories of their adventures to date.”

The Bedwell route goes through a variety of fascinating ecosystems, including alpine meadows, a rare high elevation maple forest, old growth cedar and fir groves and past several magnificent waterfalls.

For more information, call 250-337-8348 or at kelkelly55@yahoo.ca.

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