Camping in Strathcona Provincial Park: Buttle Lake Campground

by Melissa West on August 7, 2017

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Strathcona Provincial Park


Over the last week we took 4 days to go camping in Strathcona Provincial Park. It is a great way to escape from it all because there is no cell service or electricity, so it is super rustic.

It was a beautiful four hour drive from Victoria to get to the park.

You will be super roughing it at Buttle Lake campground, this is not glamping.

There are pit toilets and water pumps to pump your own water.

Roughing it was totally worth it, because steps from our campsite we had the most incredible, breathtaking views, 365 degree views.

We took in a lot of small hikes from the campground including Elk River Lookout Point (unfortunately we didn’t see any elk during our entire trip), the Wild Ginger Trail, Lady Falls and Lupin Falls.

I highly recommend the paddle boarding from Strathcona Lodge.

The scenery is gorgeous and the rates are incredibly reasonable.

Our last day there, the smoke from the forest fires on the mainland rolled in.

Four days later, they are still with us here on the island.

I think I´ve hear it said that we are experiencing the worst forest fires in B.C. that we have had in the last 60 years. So you can see the smoke in this vlog.

I think we will make Strathcona a yearly tradition for our family, but I am sure next year Tiame will remember to bring the poles for her tent! 😉

Thanks for watching.

Let me know the best kept secrets in your area.

I would love to know for when we come to visit.

Namaste, Melissa

Some photos from Strathcona Provincial Park

  • Phyllis Holmes

    Oh My goodness, wow what a vacation. I have been to Vancouver island But I never got to Buttle lake area…the need now is great. I enjoyed your video and it is the first I have seen on your vlog…I made time! see you soon back home .
    Phyllis

    • Thank you for watching Phyllis. Stratchona is probably the best kept secret of Vancouver Island imho. I´m so glad you have been able to visit our beautiful island. Thanks for watching. 🙂 Namaste, Melissa

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