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Week in Review at the Lodge

WOW!  What a busy week we had here at Strathcona Park Lodge.

  • Guided Rock Climbing at Crest Creek Crags
  • Sea Kayakers returned after 8 days of paddling in Nootka Sound
  • Families participated in on site daily adventures such as zip lining, high ropes, boat rentals, bog walks and more
  • WYLD summer campers returned from their 12 day Backcountry Classic hiking trip.  Click on the image below to view more photos of their trip.
  • Group photo of the WYLD backcountry campers up at Marble Meadows.

    Group photo of the WYLD backcountry campers up at Marble Meadows.

  • Victoria International brought students from Japan to experience the wilderness of the Lodge.
  • A couple enjoyed a day paddle to Burman River to watch the Salmon Migration.
  • Grand parents and their grandkids enjoyed a week of zip lining, rock climbing, bog walks and more
  • Unloading after taking a ride on the Lakeside zip line.

    Unloading after taking a ride on the Lakeside zip line.

  • The Canadian Outdoor Leadership Training (COLT) fall group experienced their first trip into the mountains hiking up Mt. Myra.  They are canoeing today and tomorrow they leave for Squamish to go rock climbing.
  • Finally we would like to give a big congratulations to Kareen and Russel who are getting married at the Lodge today!


Flash Back Fridays

Steve Smith 1976

Steve first came to the Lodge in 1977 with Doug Scott, the famous British mountaineer and Everest climber. He returned to work at the Lodge the following year and stayed about three years. Steve came with extensive experience in the UK working with what he called ‘hoods in the woods’. He was always cheerful with an impressive knowledge about outdoor tripping. The leaders learned a lot of new ways to work with inexperienced or difficult students from Steve. Among other things he was an excellent singer of British pub songs and played the mouth organ. Along with his wife Marlene, the vet- erinarian, Steve has been involved with the ‘Friends of Strathcona Park’. Steve and Marlene are more familiar than any other person that I know with the many trails and uncharted routes in the Park.

Soon after his arrival Steve was put to work helping Mr. Caflisch Sr., a stone mason from Switzerland, to dig out and build a root cellar. It was not unusual for new people to be given challenging jobs upon arrival to see if they were made of the right stuff.

Steve tells the following story about Jim Boulding:

Steve Smith in Centre

Steve Smith in Centre

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