COMOX-STRATHCONA, B.C. – Campers can enjoy a new campsite in the heart of Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island.

The new site is located in the backcountry of Croteau Lake, and is within walking distance of Mount Albert Edward, Cruickshank Mountain, Circlet Lake and other popular spots in the Paradise Meadows and Forbidden Plateau area of Strathcona.

With its opening, the site becomes BC Parks’ first backcountry group campsite. It contains a yurt shelter that functions as a kitchen space.

From the trailhead at Mount Washington Alpine Resort’s Nordic centre, it’s about 1.5 to two hours of hiking to reach Croteau Lake. From the campsite the hike and ascent of Mount Albert Edward is roughly a half-day from the site, and approximately the same to return.

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute, Strathcona Park Public Advisory Committee, Island Coast Economic Trust, BC Parks Capital & Park Enhancement Fund Programs, Nyrstar Mine, Timber West and Island Timberlands all helped build the site.

For more information on the new campsite, visit