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Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park
Attention Visitors – Important Notice!
Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee (SPPAC)
The next meeting date TBD in Fall 2019.
About This Park
Strathcona-Westmin Park is surrounded by Strathcona Provincial Park on central Vancouver Island. This park is unique in that it incorporates a working mine, the Myra Falls Operation of Boliden-Westmin Resources Ltd. This mine produces ore containing zinc, copper, gold and silver and has a capacity of 1.4 million tons annually.
Aside from mining, this rugged forest environment offers a variety of recreational opportunities for visitors – particularly hiking and backcountry camping. Routes range from 15-minute walks to more than 8 hour hikes. A short trails lead from the Boliden-Westmin mine to beautiful Upper and Lower Myra Falls – scenic waterfalls located deep in the forest. Other longer trails lead to the lower Thelwood Valley – a great place to see Roosevelt elk and other wildlife – and access the backcountry at Price Creek, Philips Ridge, Tennent Lake and Mount Myra.
Established Date: March 14, 1987
Park Size: 3,327.5 hectares
Know Before You Go
- Bring your own water, as no potable water is available.
- Campfires are not permitted; please bring your own camp stove.
- Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park has a significant black bear population. It is common to encounter bears along the trails and roadsides. Visitors should use caution around bears and not approach. Keep pets on a leash. Information on Bear Safety »
Location and Maps
Nearby communities include: Campbell River, Comox Valley, Courtenay, Gold River
Nature and Culture
- History: Strathcona-Westmin Class B Provincial Park covers the area permitted for Boliden-Westmin resources to carry out mining operations. The land was given special designation because of mineral values and the decision by the provincial government to allow exploration and mining in this area. This park was separated out of Strathcona Park in 1965 and designated as a Class B provincial park. Mining began in 1966 and will continue dependant on reserves and commodity prices.
- Conservation/Wildlife: The lower portion of Thelwood Creek has spawning beds for Rainbow, Dolly Varden and Cutthroat trout, as well as char. These spawning areas are essential to maintaining the fishery of Buttle Lake in Strathcona Provincial Park. The park also protects important habitat for Roosevelt elk and beaver. Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park has a significant black bear population. It is common to encounter bears along the trails and roadsides. Other wildlife in the park includes the red-listed Vancouver Island wolverine, as well as cougars, deer, wolves and a variety of birds and amphibians.
- Management Planning Information
The Strathcona-Westmin Provincial Park Management Plan is now available; because of the large size of the document, the plan is divided into 14 separate files for ease of access.
- Plan Highlights [PDF]
- Introduction [PDF]
- The Role of the Park [PDF]
- Park Zoning [PDF]
- Natural and Cultural Resource Management [PDF]
- Visitor Services [PDF]
- Plan Implementation [PDF]
- References [PDF]
- Appendix A [PDF]
- Appendix B [PDF]
- Appendix C [PDF]
- Appendix D [PDF]
- Appendix E [PDF]
- Appendix F [PDF]
Activities Available at this Park
Angling can be rewarding on Buttle Lake and on the other lakes and waterways in and near the park. Cutthroat and rainbow trout are the primary catch.
- Fly fishing is allowed in all tributaries, but fishing of all kinds is closed in Thelwood Creek.
- The Elk River is open to catch and release fly fishing, only.
All anglers should check the current regulations issued by Fisheries and Oceans Canada prior to fishing for other restrictions. Anyone fishing or angling in British Columbia must have an appropriate licence.