Category Archives: Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre

This is where you can find out what is happening at the lodge and all things that make the lodge, “the lodge.”

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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Upper Campbell Lake rose 140 feet to its current level today in the late 1950's.  Before the Valley was flooded it was logged making for some unique and beautiful paddling on Upper Cambpell River.

Upper Campbell Lake rose 140 feet to its current level today in the late 1950′s. Before the Valley was flooded it was logged making for some unique and beautiful paddling on Upper Cambpell River.

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Myrna's restaurant is great place to enjoying the sunset over Upper Campbell Lake and enjoy some local cuisine.

Thinking of having a family gathering or club meeting and looking for a place to eat? Come to Myrna’s which is opening everyday throughout the months of July and August and enjoy a meal over looking Upper Campbell Lake and Strathcona Provincial Park.

 

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ptarmigan

The Vancouver Island White-tailed Ptarmigan is a small grouse with distinctive white tail and wings. While White-tailed Ptarmigan are found across North America and are not considered to be particularly threatened, the endemic subspecies on Vancouver Island is on the BC provincial Blue List. It is considered to be vulnerable to human and natural disturbance, given its small, isolated populations in the alpine.

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Paddle on the largest lake on Vancouver Island, Buttle Lake.

Paddle on the largest lake on Vancouver Island, Buttle Lake.

Education is Power

Dave Cuddy is one of our instructors who has started a non-profit called “Education is Power.”  His goal is to put people through high school or university in Africa.  100% of the proceeds he fundraises goes directly to the people(s) in Africa to assist them in getting through school.

Last night we held a fundraiser and movie premier where we raised over $700.  To get a perspective on how far $700 will go in Africa it cost $140 for one year of high school or $1,700 for a year of University for one student.  Read more about Education is Power below.

“Education is Power” mission is:

Through education, we are dedicated to develop the potential in underprivileged East Africans who are committed to the sustainable development and natural conservation of Africa.

We achieve this through providing education opportunities to East Africans at East African secondary and post-secondary institutions.

Support "Education is Power" by going to Shot in the Dark in Campbell River next Saturday night.

Support “Education is Power” by going to Shot in the Dark in Campbell River next Saturday night.

Weather Status Update

We awoke to spectacular double rainbow this morning.  It is now raining lightly with no wind.  All the kids from Southridge had trip prep last night so the knowledge of how to stay warm and dry was passed on.

Kids hanging out at the basketball learning the rules of the Lodge

Kids hanging out at the basketball learning the rules of the Lodge

 

Flash Back Fridays

MARIA MCLEISH, Daughter of Jack and Lila Berman, 1962.

A plane load of Bouldings and Bermans

A plane load of Bouldings and Bermans

As I recall, my parents began taking vacations without my brother and me the year before my senior year in high school. Johnny had just graduated; Jack got a full month off every August and they would get in the station wagon with their camping gear and head up to their favorite spot in Gold Beach Oregon. Since they were not burdened with two bored teens, they decided to drive up through Washington State to Vancouver Island. After stops in Seattle and Vancouver they went up-Island and camped by the Quinsam River. A park ranger told them about the Lodge and they went up for a visit. They stayed a day or two. That year, 1962, was a banner year for the Tyee and there was a long article in the Vancouver Sun about Jim that my parents saved. Then in 1963 they went again and this was their first extended stay of more than a few days.

You see, there was a problem. Jack (my beloved step-dad) was a very loyal person and he could not bring himself to abandon ‘Pop’s Landing’ in Gold Beach where our family had camped for ten years. Jack and my mother Lila were enthralled with the Strathcona scenery, the fishing, and the young Boulding family. Jack was a great raconteur, Read more

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