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August finishes strong at Strathcona Provincial Park

Hike to Hairtrigger Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park with the Strathcona Wilderness Institute on Aug. 23. - Photo submitted
Hike to Hairtrigger Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park with the Strathcona Wilderness Institute on Aug. 23.
— image credit: Photo submitted

With summer still going strong,  Strathcona Wilderness Institute Society continues its  programs in Strathcona Park.

The Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre, managed by SWI, at the Paradise Meadows trailhead adjacent to Mt. Washington’s Raven Lodge, is the centre for SWI programs and is open every day for park and trail information.

A hike to beautiful Hairtrigger Lake in the Forbidden Plateau area is on the schedule for Saturday, Aug. 23. This photogenic lake is featured on Strathcona Wilderness Institute’s 2014-1015 calendar which is for sale at the Wilderness Centre.  To register for this eight-hour, 18 km long moderately-paced hike, contact coordinator@strathconapark.org  No pets please on this outing which will start at 8 a.m. from the Wilderness Centre.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, expert naturalist and photographer Terry Thormin will guide an Insect ID Nature Walk around Paradise Meadows. Thormin is the retired curator of entomology at Royal Alberta Museum.

Meet at the Wilderness Centre at 1 p.m. for this all-ages outing to look at insects of all kinds , and learn about their life cycles.

On Saturday, Aug. 30, join SWI volunteer Jana Tomanek for a dog-friendly hike to Croteau Lake lookout. Pre-register at coordinator@strathconapark.org for this 14 km, 6-7 hr. slowly-paced hike which will start at 9 a.m. from the Wilderness Centre.  Leashes are required for pets in this area, and well-behaved dogs on leash are welcome.

For all SWI activities, dress for the weather, wear proper footwear, bring lunch or snacks, water, bug spray and sun protection.

All SWI activities are by donation, $5-10 suggested. Donations are appreciated to help with the delivery of the programs & the staffing of the Centre.

Visit the SWI website at www.strathconapark.org  for more information on all the programs in Strathcona Park.

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