When it comes to breathtaking waterfalls, ancient forests, and stretches of untamed wilderness to explore, BC is the ultimate natural playground. And if you’re looking for notable spots to add to your summer itineraries, there’s no doubt that the oldest provincial park in BC should be at the top of your list!

Strathcona Park dates back to 1911, and is home to one of the highest waterfalls in Canada. With a drop of 440 metres, Della Falls is a must-see natural feature of the park, descending over three beautiful cascades.

Snow-capped mountain peaks surround the park year-round, even during the hottest months of the year. Visitors in search of lake day activities can check out the pristine Buttle Lake and Upper Campbell Lake, or opt to hike through an extensive trail network at summit ascents like Golden Hinde,

Campers have a plethora of waterfront backcountry campsites to choose from, including Buttle Lake, Croteau Lake, Elk River, Ralph River, Karst Creek, Kwai Lake, Circlet Lake, and Helen MacKenzie Lake.

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Croteau Lake via BC Parks

As far as the park’s geological history goes, Strathcona Park’s ‘dramatic’ valleys and peaks date back almost 400 million years ago, when ‘violent’ volcanic eruptions once disrupted ancient seafloors.

Now, there are multiple designated conservancy areas, plenty of recreational opportunities for visitors, and a total of 250,000 hectares of rugged wilderness.

Note that Lady Falls will be closed to visitors until September, according to BC Parks.

So there you have it, BC!

Strathcona Park 

Where: Westmin Road, Comox-Strathcona D