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Strathcona Provincial Park

Established in 1911, Strathcona Provincial Park is Vancouver Island’s largest protected area, and the oldest park in BC. It’s also one of the few places on the island where the scenery approaches the grandeur of the mainland mountains. The island’s highest point, Golden Hinde (2220m) is here, and it’s also a place where there’s a good chance of seeing rare indigenous wildlife (the Roosevelt elk, marmot and black-tailed deer are the most notable examples). Only two areas have any sort of facilities for the visitor – Forbidden Plateau on the park’s eastern side, approached from Courtenay, and the more popular Buttle Lakeregion, accessible from Campbell River via Hwy-28. The rest of the park is unsullied wilderness, but fully open to backpackers and hardier walkers.

You’ll see numerous pictures of Della Falls around Campbell River which, at 440m, are Canada’s highest, though it takes a two-day trek to see them.

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