Written on May 7, 2013 at 8:00 pm, by Scott
This is where you can find out what is happening at the lodge and all things that make the lodge, “the lodge.”
Written on January 15, 2013 at 7:17 pm, by Scott
Have you ever been a ‘tree planter’? Do you have any great photographs or stories about tree planting in BC? The Museum at Campbell River is looking for contributions to use in an exhibit entitled ‘Eating Dirt’, named for the book of the same name by author Charlotte Gill who is the 2012/2013 Haig-Brown Writer in Residence.
Although the concept of silviculture developed as early as 1912 in British Columbia, it was on Vancouver Island that a significant tree planting program was first developed in the 1940s to restore logging areas that were destroyed in the Great Sayward Fire of 1938. The Museum’s exhibit aims to include a look at the history of tree planting on Vancouver Island, along with an emphasis on current practice in BC. Please feel free to contact Ken Blackburn at email@example.com or call 250-287-3103 to be part of this intriguing contemporary history exhibit.
The Museum at Campbell River is holding an Open House on Sunday, February 17th from 1 – 3pm and invites all tree planters and former tree planters to attend and share their stories and images. Charlotte Gill will be facilitating.
Written on November 23, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Scott
STRATHCONA WILDERNESS TESTS METTLE – They call it the Whale Rock 1981
No one knows why for certain, but it does resemble a huge humpback lurking just below the waterline in the lower reaches of Campbell River.
It’s a major obstacle for white-water runners, along by Rosie’s Hole and just below the BC Hydro dam and the trick turn required to pull into Stick Eddy further downstream.
Paddlers can play it safe with the Whale and keep well to the right, or they can play the odds and barrel through with the main current on the left and lean hard into the next turn. Not everyone makes it. But today the Whale claims no new victims; the dozen young paddlers from St. Michaels University School manage to avoid its bulk without taking a swim.
The kayakers are one of five groups from the Victoria school testing their mettle in the wilderness areas of central Vancouver Island as part of St. Michaels’ an- nual grade eleven out trip at Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre. Another group is learning the basics of white-water canoeing on the Campbell, two oth- ers are touring Nootka Sound and Friendly Cove on the west coast by canoe and on foot, while a fifth troop attempts the summit of Mt. Albert Edward, the third highest peak on Vancouver Island.
Written on November 16, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Scott
NORLAN CABOT – 80s
I remember my little West Van self being dropped off at the side of the road to take my Strathcona courses. I felt so out of place. Everyone was a wild bushman and then there was shy me. I had never hiked or paddled or anything. The very first person I met was Jim. I will ALWAYS remember it. He was at the end of the boat dock fish-ing or something. He had on his big hat. I had on a red and white gingham shirt bought for the occasion. I was SO intimidated!!!!
And then it was all down hill as I began the courses. Penny Milbrandt and I were put in a canoe together, and we could not make it out of the paddock. We arrived at the campground two hours after everyone was there! I did ten days in the rain on