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Karst Creek waterfall is a disappearing waterfall located in Strathcona Provincial Park.

Karst Creek waterfall is a disappearing waterfall located in Strathcona Provincial Park.

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The venus fly trap eat

The venus fly trap can be found on one of our famous bog walks.  Click on the video below to see why venus flytraps are so cool.

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AVIS WALTON 1968

The following was written for the Daily Colonist. Avis Walton and Jack Phillips met at the Lodge in its new location.

Cedar logs were selected from trees of a uniform size, felled in the early spring during the sap running season (to maintain a clear amber color throughout) and then peeled, oiled, “V” grooved horizontally, and held together with two- foot drift bolts. Corners were notched and interlocked, grooves were slashed in every door and window setting, braces were inserted and hidden by frames. The mellow lounge has a four-square pitched ceiling, dramatized and strengthened by open beams that are criss-crossed like the lines of the Union Jack, to throw fascinating firelight shadows. A massive wrought-iron hook holds a lamp and centers on the crosses, going right through the ridge pole to the roof.

Guests enjoying the fire at Strathcona Lodge at its original location

Guests enjoying the fire at Strathcona Lodge at its original location.

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This is Pat one of our staff members enjoying the great outdoor of Strathcona Provincial Park.

This is Pat, he’s one of our  guides/outdoor educators members the great outdoors of Strathcona Provincial Park.

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Have you ever heard of Buildering?

Have you ever heard of Buildering?

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HOW I ENDED UP AT STRATHCONA PARK LODGE

Growing up in Comox, Vancouver Island, in the 1940s and early 1950s, I had an idyllic childhood. Comox had many British expatriates in a town of 1000. There were only 50 young people from grade eight to grade twelve in the Comox High School, and the school did not have a gymnasium. There were no television sets, so most young people spent their free time outside. My friends and I rode our horses for miles in every possible direction.

Myrna, age 4, with Nancy (Thompson) Brown

Myrna, age 4, with Nancy (Thompson) Brown

As long as we were home for meals we could go wherever we wanted. When the British couple Lieutenant Colonel Jack Thorne and his wife Josephte moved to Comox I began to train for competitive riding. The Colonel, as we called him, knew a lot about training horses and riders. In addition, he was a marvelous horseperson and story teller. I did well in the shows, winning trophies in jumping, hunter-hack and equitation events. I also learned a lot about how to feed horses and get them fit for jumping and other events. My interest in human nutrition and fitness is rooted in these early activities. I would go to almost any length to win. Every possible morning I would get up before school and exercise my horses. If it was winter, I rode on the sandy beaches in Comox. Perhaps this toughened me and is the reason why I continued to try hard when the Lodge seemed like a hopeless proposition.
My father, Wallace Baikie, was of Scottish ancestry and although generous with me, had some frugal habits. Born in 1902, he had been a young man during the depression. He had been in the logging and lumber business and knew how to work hard. Read more

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Have you slept in a fishnet hammock on a beach?  Give a try when you hike the Nootka Island trail.

Looking for a new adventure for 2014?  Try hiking on Nootka Island and enjoy a fishnet hammock on the beach. For more information on our Nootka Island Hiking clicking here.

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Piano keys = fun.

Piano keys = fun.

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Happy Christmas Eve!

Happy Christmas Eve!

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Taking a break cooling off in a glacier fed stream after a morning of hiking in the sun.

Taking a break cooling off in a glacier fed stream after a morning of hiking in the sun.