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Fun in the sun at #strath!

Fun in the sun at #strath!

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TIM FAIRBANK summer of 1985

I first heard of Strathcona when I was in grade 10 at Shawnigan Lake School. One of the Outdoors club teachers, Rick Reeve, had attended a program the previous summer and gave us a slide show. In 1980, my summer between grades 11 and 12, a friend and I attended a 4-day rock climbing introduction followed by the 10 day Glacier School. Jim Rutter led the course. I recall on the first day we gathered over a cup of tea (always a pot of mint tea on the go, black tea if we were lucky but never coffee!) and Jim said “ This program begins with a cup of tea, has lots of cups of tea in the middle, and ends with a bloody big piss-up.”

bedwell lake

Bedwell Lake

Our time on the glacier was amazing, I believe we had sunshine every day. Another memory from that trip was Penny Hasell being in charge of the dwindling tea supply. She had used tea bags drying on rocks and each new brew got one new bag and a couple of used bags. Read more

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Some say nothing is more canadian than canoeing.  If you looking for a place to learn or rent a canoe look no further than Strathcona Park Lodge.  We have plenty of canoes of different sizes to choose from.

Some say nothing is more canadian than canoeing. If you looking for a place to learn or rent a canoe look no further than Strathcona Park Lodge. We have plenty of canoes of different sizes to choose from.

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YOLO on the tree climb!  The view is amazing.

#YOLO on the tree climb! The view is amazing from the top.

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WOMEN PADDLE TO NAT’L TITLES

By Tom Unger, the Campbell River Courier, Friday, July 29, 1983
Two members of the staff at Strathcona Park Lodge won gold medals in the women’s events at the Canadian White-water Kayaking Championships held July 13- 17 in Alberta.
Anne Boulding of Campbell River beat out about 11 other women to take the slalom event. Sheila Taylor of Alberta, also on the lodge’s staff, won the gold in the downriver event. Taylor topped two others, including Boulding who placed second.
Taylor was also third in the slalom event. “The competition in the downriver event wasn’t as keen as last year,” said Taylor.

Anne Boulding

Annie Boulding


The slalom course was much different. It was only over about 700 metres on the Bow River but included 30 gates which the athletes had to pass through in specified directions.
Boulding ran the course in 232 seconds. She touched three poles so her time was increased to 247. But most of the other competitors drew more penalties than she did and she finished 100 seconds ahead of the second place winner. Read more

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top of the mountain

Put your name in one the registry books on top of the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park. It can be challenging, but it is worth it. This photo is courtesy of Amanda Goodhue.

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out going to the mountains is going home; that wilderness is a necessity…”  John Muir

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Chilling maxing relaxing outside of my school when a couple of guys were sea kayaking on by....

Chilling out maxing relaxing outside of my school when a couple of guys were sea kayaking on by….

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ANDY VINE and DANIELLE ARCAND 1972

Theatre I Troupe at the Lodge

Theatre I Troupe at the Lodge

Andy Vine was a singer, guitar player, and a carpenter who worked at the Lodge in 1972. In February 1973 he followed his future wife Danielle into the liquor store in Campbell River after catching a glimpse of her. This was not the first time that Danielle connected with the Lodge. She was with ‘The Theatre 1 Troupe’ that started in Montreal and toured Canada and Europe, eventually opening their own repertory theatre in Gastown. Coincidentally, they had stopped for coffee here at the Lodge after playing in Gold River and met Read more

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The staff at Play!  We really love what we do and when we aren't sharing the outdoors with you we are going on our own adventures.  This photo was taken by Dan Kilburn while on a white water kayaking trip down the lower Gold River.

The staff at Play! We really love what we do and when we aren’t sharing the outdoors with you we are going on our own adventures. This photo was taken by Dan Kilburn while on a white water kayaking trip down the lower Gold River.

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#Camping under the night stars is something special, especially when you have the  pacific ocean lapping on the shores.

#Camping under the night stars is something special, especially when you have the pacific ocean lapping on the shores.