Strathcona Provincial Park

"Strathcona Provincial Park is a rugged mountain wilderness of over 250,000 hectares that dominates central Vancouver Island. Created in 1911, Strathcona is the oldest provincial park in BC and the largest on Vancouver Island. The triangular shaped park practically spans the entire width of Vancouver Island, in that it borders on Herbert Inlet off Clayoquot Sound on the Pacific Coast, and extends eastwards to within 13 kilometres of the sea near Comox.

Mountain Peaks, some eternally mantled with snow, dominate the park while lakes and alpine tarns dot a landscape laced with rivers, creeks and streams. In the valley and lower regions of the park stand forests that were already old in 1778 when Captain James Cook of the Royal Navy landed at Nootka Sound on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Della Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada with an overall drop of 440 metres in three cascades, is located in the southern section of the park. Fed by glaciers and alpine streams, the crystal clear waters of Della Lake spill over the edge of a rocky cliff and cascade into the valley of Drinkwater Creek. Nearly eight times higher than Niagara Falls and amongst the top ten highest falls in the world, Della Falls are only seen by the few adventurers who undertake the arduous hike through Strathcona Provincial Park.

Many pretty little lakes dot the Forbidden Plateau area, providing good fly fishing for rainbow trout during summer. The Forbidden Plateau region of Strathcona has the origin of its name in Indian legend. The plateau was believed to be inhabited by evil spirits who consumed women and children who dared to venture into the area."

~ Whether you are looking to hike to some beautiful waterfalls, go fishing, camping or just get out and experience the beauty of Vancouver Island, we are highly reccomending Stratchcona Park here at Heather Parker Real Estate Consulting.

-Main article from www.britishcolumbia.com and photos taken from various online sites.

Photos: Strathcona Park sign, Myra Falls, Lupin Falls, and Forbidden Plateau