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Strathcona Park is located on central Vancouver Island near the communities of Campbell River and the Comox Valley, which are the primary access points to the park. Day users of Strathcona will be interested in two areas: Buttle Lake, and the hiking opportunities afforded by Forbidden Plateau.

Buttle Lake: The main access to Strathcona Park is via Highway 28, which connects with Gold River on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Follow Hwy 19 north past Courtenay to Campbell River, then follow Hwy 28 west for 48km. Hwy 28 passes through the northern section of the park and provides access to Buttle Lake. Gas and services are not available between Campbell River and Gold River.

Forbidden Plateau: The main access route to Forbidden Plateau from Courtenay and Campbell River is via the Paradise Meadows trailhead at Mount Washington. From Highway 19 follow signs to Mount Washington ski resort via exit #130 (the Strathcona Parkway) for 20km. Turn left onto the Nordic Lodge road for 1.5km to the Paradise Meadows parking lot.