Strathcona Gap – incomplete

Vispine logoThe so-called Strathcona Gap in the Vancouver Island Trail extends from the north boundary of Strathcona Provincial Park to the Strathcona Dam just north of the Gold River Highway 28, across private forest lands managed by Mosaic Forest Management.

Completing this section is contingent on reaching agreements with the land owners.  To this end, VITA is currently negotiating a co-operative arrangement with the land owners with the support of Strathcona Regional District.

The planned/projected route follows a series of logging roads from near the north boundary of the Park down to Norm Lake, past Pearl Lake (eventually on north side of the lake; currently best to use logging roads on the south side of the lake) northwards using logging roads and some linking trails across the mid to upper slopes of the main ridge to the east of Buttle Lake, eventually dropping down to lower elevations near Upper Quinsam Lake.  The planned route from the south end of Upper Quinsam Lake to Highway 28 is for a new light trail almost entirely within or adjacent to riparian reserves along a mix of lakes and streams.