Lifestyles

Spend a day in Paradise

Summer has come early this year to Paradise Meadows in Strathcona Park, and the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre at Paradise Meadows, operated by Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI) Society, has opened for the season.

The Centre is located at the Paradise Meadows trailhead adjacent to Mt. Washington’s Raven Lodge.  This year, thanks to support from the Canada Summer Jobs Program,  the Comox Valley Regional District, and BC Parks, the Centre will be open almost every day for Park and trail information.

A new activity this year is an all-day Navigation Workshop at the Wilderness Centre tomorrow. Join experienced members of the Comox District Mountaineering Club, Tim Penney & William Wright, for a morning session on map and compass, including a moderate hike, and an afternoon session on GPS. The workshop is $20 and space is limited to 16 participants.  Contact  coordinator@strathconapark.org to register and obtain the participant gear list.

On Sunday July 13, Julian Brooks will guide a hike around the popular Seven Lakes Loop. Pre-registration is required for this moderate 7-8 hr. hike. Contact  coordinator@strathconapark.org Space is limited to 16 participants, no pets please. This activity is by donation, $5-10 suggested. For all SWI activities, dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, water, bug spray and sun protection.

Visit the SWI website at  www.strathconapark.org  for more information on the programs at Paradise Meadows. Up-to-date information on trail conditions is also on the website, as well as the schedule of guided nature walks, talks & hikes; and the dates that the Centre is open for Park information. Donations are appreciated to help with the delivery of the programs and the staffing of the Centre. This year, several expanded initiatives and activities have been made possible thanks to support from Mountain Equipment Cooperative.

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