The Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be hosting three TrailRider and Accessibility Days, one each month (July 24, Aug. 20 and Sept. 25). The TrailRider is a reclined wheelchair that is maneuvered by two volunteers (“Sherpas”) along the trails and boardwalks in the park. Photo contributed

The Strathcona Wilderness Institute will be hosting three TrailRider and Accessibility Days, one each month (July 24, Aug. 20 and Sept. 25). The TrailRider is a reclined wheelchair that is maneuvered by two volunteers (“Sherpas”) along the trails and boardwalks in the park. Photo contributed

TrailRiders and Accessibility Days open Strathcona Park up to everybody

Accessibility Days allow those that can’t experience the meadows, trails of the park that opportunity

Almost every weekend throughout the summer, the Strathcona Wilderness Institute (SWI) will be hosting special events along with Guided Nature Walks and Hikes.

The SWI is a non-profit society incorporated to promote responsible and enjoyable use of the wilderness areas of Strathcona Provincial Park. They have two information huts up at Mt. Washington (near Raven Lodge) and at the entrance to the Buttle Lake area just off Highway 28. Now that summer has started, and the snow is finally melting away, they are announcing that the SWI Centre is now open for visitors to come visit and learn more about Strathcona Provincial Park.

In particular there will be three TrailRider and Accessibility Days, one each month (July 24, Aug. 20 and Sept. 25). The TrailRider is a reclined wheelchair that is maneuvered by two volunteers (“Sherpas”) along the trails and boardwalks in the park. These Accessibility Days will allow those that normally can’t experience the beautiful meadows and trails of Strathcona Provincial Park that opportunity. The day can include short interpretive tours around the 2 km barrier-free Centennial Loop in Paradise Meadows, guided by naturalists, or longer excursions up to Battleship Lake, 3 km one way, where participants can enjoy views of the lake from the fishing dock.

The day-use area also has picnic tables and a TrailRider accessible toilet. Or if your “Rider” would like a more challenging 9 km loop, the Battleship Lake/Helen Mackenzie Lake circuit can be done. All of these are free to attend but preregistration is requested on their website so that volunteers can be arranged.

SWI relies on volunteers to fulfill its mission to inspire awareness, appreciation, and stewardship in Strathcona Provincial Park. They are in need of volunteers to help run the Information Centres and become Sherpas for the TrailRider and Accessibility Days. Please consider volunteering your time so that everyone can enjoy Strathcona Provincial Park. Their website, strathconapark.org has links to all their upcoming events and how to apply to volunteer.

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