Photo by: Tim Hartman

Albert Edward

This is a beautiful hike with a few beautiful lakes that you pass and the scenery is spectacular. There is a reason this is one of the popular hikes on Vancouver Island.


Free Day Hike, $10 overnight per person

The most popular mountain to summit and  one of the easiest in Strathcona Park. The 6th highest mountain on Vancouver Island and the highest summit in Forbidden Plateau. Most people do an over night hike, but it is possible to do a really long day.

Things you should know:

  • The weather can change quickly at high elevations so be prepared for every situation no matter what the forecast is.
  • No fires are permitted in Forbidden Plateau

Camping is available at:

  • Helen Mckenzie Lake (3 km)
  • Kwai Lake (7 km)
  • Circlet Lake (10km) (good place to camp for other hikes. The campground can get busy on weekends. There is good fishing in the lake, so you may want to get a license and bring a fishing rod.

Time and Distance:

32 Km (14-16 hours return. Most people split it up into 2-3 days and spend time swimming or fishing in the lakes.