Strathcona Provincial Park was created in 1911, and is the oldest provincial park in British Columbia. Located in the centre of Vancouver Island, it is a huge protected area filled with mountain terrain and lakes. Two areas - Buttle Lake and Forbidden Plateau are both very popular for day trips, camping and wilderness treks. The rest of the park is largely undeveloped and its scenic splendor requires hiking or backpacking into the alpine regions.
This article shows a few photos of the Buttle Lake area taken on my first day trip to this area. Soon I will add an article on Forbidden Plateau which I have explored only for a short hike on one day.
Buttle Lake is large; here's a picture as you enter the park (click on for larger):
There are various hiking trails along the paved lake road; this one led to Lupin Falls:
Finally, towards the end of the lake we have another shot. The smoke you can just see on the farthest mountain is a forest fire. It was being sucessfully fought with a helicopter and big bucket to take water from the lake.