10/01/2013 12:01 EDT | Updated 12/01/2013 05:12 EST

Search underway for missing hikers in Strathcona Park

The search is expected to continue this morning for two missing hikers on Vancouver Island who failed to return from a weekend trip up Mount Albert Edward in Strathcona Park.

Mike Bryan, with Comox Valley Ground Search and Rescue, says there is waste deep snow near the top of Mount Albert Edward.

The pair left Victoria on Friday, and were supposed to return home on Sunday. When they failed to return, they were reported missing Monday afternoon.

"Our understanding is they were going in and trying to do Mount Albert Edward, which is about a 15 km hike. Most people do it over two days, but obviously something didn't work out and they are not back yet," said Bryan.

Yesterday's search involved dozens of people and two helicopters.