Strathcona Provincial Park is the oldest park in British Columbia and the largest on Vancouver Island. We visited the eastern most section that is accessed by Strathcona Parkway west of Route 19. The Parkway dead ends at a ski area and a trail head. A 1.2 mile loop of the interconnecting trails is designed to be wheelchair accessible but unfortunately the first section is challenging. The parking lot is surfaced with large gravel and there isn’t a designated accessible parking spot. A shallow drainage ditch makes a hump and a dip just before the paved walkway to the information kiosk and the Wilderness Center. The trail continues with deep, loose gravel as it switchbacks down a hill. If you make it past all of this the rest of the trail is very nice - either hard packed crushed stone or boardwalk. The boardwalk has a couple of steep hills.
The trail passes through a variety of ecosystems – flowering meadow, marsh, forest, and lake.