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Youth Potential: an interview with Jim Boulding 1982

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Jim demonstrating the use of a pitch stick.

“The great potential of this country is our young people. There is a real need to have trained staff in these fields to staff other programs. We don’t mind that they go elsewhere. There’s enough here (in Canada) for everyone. Tourism programs can provide needed rural employment and development without being environmentally destructive. I think tourism is the most important business we have here in Canada. If we can show the government that a certain stand of trees can produce more money from tourism rather than cutting them down for logging, then we provide more rural jobs and in- come.”

Strathcona operates over 50 programs annually from the 16-week wilderness leadership training schools, through Read more

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Looking to host an art show, indoor wedding venue, first aid course or more look no further than our newly renovated Upper Barn.

Looking to host an art show, indoor wedding venue, first aid course or more look no further than our newly renovated Upper Barn.

Snow to Surf: Another successful year!

Rolling deep at this years Snow to Surf!

Rolling deep at this years Snow to Surf!

Strathcona Park Lodge staff and alumni placed amazing this year.

Team: ‘Strathcona Park Lodge’ = 4th in open mens and overall
Team: ‘Camp Fire Choir” = 3rd in opens mixed 34th overall
Team: ‘Mucky Much and the Shizams’ = 4th in opens mixed and 36th overall
Team: ‘Stathcona Domination’ = 1st in juniors and 30th overall
Team: ‘Etes-Vous Pretes?’ = 3rd grandmasters woman and 60th overall

For full Snow to Surf results click here.

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#challenge yourself and conquer your fear of heights on our #highropescourse.

#challenge yourself and conquer your fear of heights on our #highropescourse.

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LODGE AS SEEN BY A CANADIAN ‘TRAVEL’ ARTICLE 1982

Strathcona Lodge is Canadian in outlook

What you see is what you get. Jim Boulding in the city is the Jim Boulding you’ll meet in the wilds of Strathcona Park on Vancouver Island. Granted, there may be a necktie in the city, but somehow you know it’s just a piece of cloth worn like some trifling accoutrement in deference to social custom he’s long ceased believing in. Jim be- lieves in people, their potential and ability to be positive. Nothing bores him more than negativism.

The layout of the Lodge.

The layout of the Lodge.

“After 23 years in the tourism business, I know what tough times are. I know what it’s like to live with near-failure, and I also know that there’s always a way out if you’re willing to work at it,” says Jim who, with wife Myrna, owns and operates Strathcona Park Lodge as an outdoor education centre, world-renowned wilderness training centre and family resort.

The Bouldings may be out in the boonies, but they have a definite concept of Canada, tourism and its international potential.
“We have scenery that is unsurpassable,” says Jim bluntly of the 160-acre property on central Vancouver Island. “Mountains, lakes, forests, history, Read more

Snow to Surf

We are well represented again at this years Snow to Surf.  We have 5 teams from the Lodge competing and countless SPL alumni on other teams. For all SPL staff and alumni lets meet between 3:30-4:00 at the bleachers for a group photo.

Some of the Lodgies competing in the 2013 Snow to Surf.

Some of the Lodgies competing in the 2013 Snow to Surf.

Earthquake Status: Everything is OK at the Lodge

Everything is Ok at Strathcona Park Lodge.  All kids, parents and staff are going about their day as planned.  If you would like to read further about the Earthquake click here.

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Want to practise your climbing skills before hopping on the rock?  We have built a climbing wall on the outside of our barn.  Come challenge yourself!

Want to practise your climbing skills before hopping on the rock? We have built a climbing wall on the outside of our barn. Come challenge yourself!08

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KRISTIN FINKBINER 1982

Kristin (centre), pictured with Nancy on right

Kristin (centre), pictured with Nancy on right

My first visit to Strathcona Park Lodge was in August 1982, when I was 16. My cousin Brad Mielke was working at the Lodge as a chef for the summer. I returned as a volunteer in 1989 when I was 23. I stayed from Aug 1989 through January 1990. My job was in the kitchen doing meal prep and dishes, and also in the dining room, serving food. My only remuneration was room and board. Read more

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Hiking to Karst Creek in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Hiking to Karst Creek in Strathcona Provincial Park.