Paradise Meadows Trail

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8.5 km
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301 m
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The Paradise Meadows Trail is an 8.5 km loop trail in Strathcona Provincial Park that passes through a beautiful meadow before skirting around the tranquil shores of Lake Helen Mackenzie and Battleship Lake. This route is made up of nice rolling terrain and beautiful scenery and is an excellent option for a family outing on the weekend that will leave everyone feeling like a true adventurer. Make sure to grab a trail map from the wilderness centre to explore some other trails in the area.

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Route Description for Paradise Meadows Trail

Hiking along the Paradise Meadows Trail is a quick and easy way to get out and experience the natural beauty of Strathcona Provincial Park. The trail is a well-maintained mixture of boardwalk and gravel paths that feature minor elevation changes that are enough to keep the route interesting without too much difficulty.

Throughout the hike, you will pass by beautiful stretches of old-growth forest and countless small lakes, and a few larger ones, like the charming waters of Lake Helen Mackenzie and nearby Battleship Lake. The picturesque scenery of the area creates a tranquil atmosphere to hike through, with Mount Elma and Mount Brooks standing proudly behind the shimmering water of the lakes and the vast expanse of the blue sky high above. On the return loop of the trail, you will once again pass by the small ponds and marshy area that can be found near the trailhead.

While this trail is a great way to become acquainted with the park, it’s also a very busy one, so it’s best to arrive early to beat out the crowds and have a bit of solitude along the trail.

Getting to the Paradise Meadows Trail Trailhead

To find the parking lot for the Paradise Meadows Trail from the Mount Washington Alpine Resort, drive south along the Strathcona Parkway for 1.3 km, making a right turn onto Nordic Drive. Keep straight for 2.4 km, where you will find the parking area next to the Strathcona Park Wilderness Centre.

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  • Backcountry Campsites

    Helen Mackenzie Lake Campground

  • Pets allowed

    Yes - On Leash

  • Family friendly


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