Flash Back Fridays

SUCCESS RISES FROM THE ASHES

By Paul Nicholson, The Daily Colonist, Friday, September 27, 1974

Administration Building (above), one of two buildings quickly constructed after the fire

Administration Building (above), one of two buildings quickly constructed after the fire


Just a year ago with rain pouring off his wide brim-hat, Jim Boulding stared over the remains of the once proud Strathcona Park Lodge.

On May 23, 1973, the 47-year-old structure burned to the ground leaving Jim, his wife Myrna and family with a rather bleak outlook for the future. The financial picture was bad, the building was insured for only a fraction of its worth and the Lodge was destroyed just prior to the more prosperous summer season. But within a couple of days the Bouldings had plans for a new Lodge. Only this time it would be a series of buildings forming a whole village on the lakeshore property. And with an incredible amount of effort and will, work is nearing completion on the second of the two Cesar Caflisch designed cedar/fir structures. And the first one, completed late last year, was the scene for a whole new life for Strathcona Lodge as Strathcona Park Outdoor Education Centre.

Small store and deli in new Admin. building

Small store and deli in new Admin. building


This past summer 330 teachers from around the province spent time at the lodge studying everything from white water kayaking to advanced mountain climbing as part of a Department of Education sponsored program for additional teacher training.