Written on July 13, 2013 at 6:00 pm, by Scott
Backpack to an alpine tarn and then explore summits, ridges and meadows on day trips. 6 Days/5 Nights $1365
100 years ago pioneers imagined turning Strathcona Provincial Park into the next Yosemite or Banff with guides leading tourists into the Island Mountains.
The dream never materialized, but the raw material is still here. The glaciated peaks of Strathcona Park remain an undiscovered gem. On this guided trip you will uncover one of the most spectacular areas of the park.
Hike up to Bedwell Lake, an ideal base camp, where several valleys and ridges converge, providing easy access into hanging valleys, blue-green lakes and high summits. The campground at the lake is easily accessed on a parks-grade trail and the lakes are great for a post hike swim.
Objectives range from glaciated Mount Tom Taylor, to secluded Cream Lake at the foot of Mount Septimus and the wild Bedwell Valley. Expect to knock off two or three of these objectives over the five day trip.
Hikers should be in good shape, capable of hiking for six to eight hours in rough terrain with significant elevation gain. The first and last day of hiking is with a full backpack.
$1365 6 Days/5 Nights
And dates possible for 2 or more people
(first night and last nights at SPL, 3 nights camping)
Day 1 Arrive at Strathcona Park Lodge between 4:00-5:00 pm. Relax, settle into your room… go for a refreshing swim in the lake. At 5:00, meet your instructor and group. After dinner receive pack, provisions, and instruction for the trek.
Day 2 After breakfast, depart for the trailhead in a Lodge vehicle. Hike up the engineering marvel that is the Bedwell Trail to Baby Bedwell and then the established Bedwell Lake campsite beyond. This will be your base camp for the trip.
Day 3 Following a decent trail the group will hike to Cream Lake, a glacier fed pond at the foot of Mount Septimus. It’s an impressive view to enjoy over lunch. From here you should also see Della Falls, the highest waterfall in Canada, and Nine Peaks, a craggy, glaciated summit. Return to Bedwell Lake for a swim before dinner.
Day 4 The group with input from the guide can choose between following a rough trail into the scenic and wild Bedwell Valley or a long day to the summit of Mt Tom Taylor. Both are worthy objectives. Either way, return the Bedwell Lake for the night.
Day 5 Depart Bedwell Lake and hike out to the trailhead and drive back to the Lodge.
Day 6 Hearty breakfast and depart by 11:00 am.
Includes: accommodation (double occupancy), meals and out-trip food (from dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure day), tents (2 person), transportation within the package, instruction and guiding services of an experienced outdoor leader(s). Group size is a maximum of 10. Clients will be sent an equipment list and medical/liability form prior to arrival.
All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person (based on double occupancy), and subject to applicable taxes.