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.”

Fall 2013 Staff Photo

Fall time at the Lodge is always exciting.  School kids arrive and get to explore Vancouver Islands rivers, mountains, lakes and ocean.  One can walk around the property and fill up on fruit and berries as they come ripe and so much more.  Call 250-286-3122 for more information about the abundant activities available at the Lodge.

The fall staff of 2013.

The fall staff of 2013.

Intergenerational Photos


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Wedding Photographs

Click the link below to view photos of a recent wedding at Strathcona Park Lodge.

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Pattison Farms

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Misty morning of paddling on the largest lake on Vancouver Island, Buttle Lake.

Misty morning of paddling on the largest lake on Vancouver Island, Buttle Lake.

Patio Deck and Sunshine

Its a great day for a drive on one of Vancouver Island's most scenic highways, #28.  While you're driving why don't you stop by and have an ice cream and beverage.

Sunshine and Patio

Its a great day for a drive on one of Vancouver Island's most scenic highways, #28.  While you're driving why don't you stop by and have an ice cream and beverage.

Hiking Nootka Island

Hiking Nootka Island:

A worthy successor to the West Coast Trail, rainforest, exposed coast, wildlife, First Nation artifacts and stunning scenery. 8 Days/7 Nights $2140

The Nootka Trail is what the West Coast Trail was before it became famous.

The Nootka Trail will inspire you with it’s long beaches and tidal flats, rocky headlands, rainforest trails, creek crossings, stunning coves and incredible views along the rugged coast.

The challenging backpack route along Nootka Island’s west coast is 40 kilometres long and begins with a magnificent float plane flight. Leaving from the harbour at Gold River, enjoy aerial views of Nootka Island and the sound, preview the hiking trail and watch the waves break against the shore, before being dropped at the trailhead.

From here one of Strathcona Park Lodge’s guides will lead you through long sections of beach and old growth rainforest. Keep an eye peeled for beach booty treasures, black bears, wolves, whales and sea otters. Enjoy the beautiful waterfall at Crawfish campsite and the amazing viewpoint from Maquinna Point. The tiny community of Yuquot, dots the shoreline with it’s 200 year old white church.

Daily hiking distances on the Nootka Trail are 5 to 15 kilometres with a 20 to 30 pound pack. The route ranges from flat sand to boulders to rough trail; high cut hiking boots are a must.

$2040 8 Days/7 Nights
Any dates possible for 2 or more people; please note this trip must start on a Sunday or Tuesday to coincide with the MV Uchuck schedule.
(first and last night at SPL, 5 nights camping)

Float Plane

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Day 1 Arrive at Strathcona Park Lodge between 4:00-5:00 pm. Relax, settle into your room… go for a refreshing swim in the lake. At 5:00, meet your instructor and group. After dinner receive pack, provisions, and instruction for the trek.

Day 2 Breakfast at 7:30. Depart by Lodge transport to Gold River where you will be flown by Air Nootka’s seaplane to Starfish Lagoon at the north end of Nootka Island. Hike to your first camp located on an open Pacific Ocean beach. (Approximately 1 hour)

Day 3 Hike the beach to where the beautiful Calvin Creek tumbles into the ocean. Swim above and below the waterfall or play in the ocean waves. (Approximately 6.5 hours hiking)

Day 4 Today’s destination is Bajo Reef, a perfect place to examine the rich sea life amongst the kelp in pristine tidal pools. Watch for the colony of sea otters playing in the kelp. Flocks of sandpipers and oyster catchers (birds) roam the shoreline for their dinners. (Approximately 2 hours hiking)

Day 5 Our camping spot is close to Beano Creek where you will be rewarded with a refreshing dip. The smooth pebbles are not only comfortable to sleep on, but provide hours of sorting entertainment. (Approximately 4 hours hiking)

Day 6 The most strenuous day as you traverse the rugged headlands of Maquinna Point and camp near there at a tidal lagoon 1.5 hrs west of Yuquot (Friendly Cove). (Approximately 8 hours hiking)

Day 7 Enjoy a short, pleasant hike to Yuquot (Friendly Cove – about 1.5 hrs), the historic landing site where Chief Maquinna and the Nu-chah-nulth people welcomed the first Europeans, including Captain Cook. Visit the restored Spanish Church where there are artifacts of First Nations and European history.

The adjacent lighthouse is one of the few remaining manned lighthouses and one of the most stunning on the B.C. coast. The keepers are most receptive and hospitable people.
Walk the beautiful polished pebble beaches, swim in the small fresh water lake, and chat with the First Nations peoples about plans to restore the village to its former historic grandeur.

Board the working vessel M.V.Uchuck III for the voyage to Gold River. After pick up by Lodge vehicle arrive back at SPL by 5:00 pm, in time for a hot shower, and maybe a swim and sauna before dinner.

Day 8 Hearty breakfast and depart by 11:00 am.

Includes: accommodation (double occupancy), meals and out-trip food (from dinner on arrival day through breakfast on departure day), tents (two-person), transportation within the package, instruction and guiding services of an experienced outdoor leader(s).

Group size is a maximum of eight. Clients will be sent an equipment list and a medical/liability form prior to arrival.

All prices are in Canadian dollars, per person (based on double occupancy), and subject to applicable taxes.

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Summer time + friends + high ropes course = a good time!

Summer time + friends + high ropes course = a good time!

WYLD Summer Camp: Backcountry Classic – Hiking

Backcountry Classic – Hiking

WYLD BackcountryClassicAGE GROUP: 15-17
Length: 12 DAYS
Cost: $1440
Dates: Aug 11-22, 2013
Skills: Backcountry Basics, Paddle Strokes, Map and Compass, Alpine Hiking and Route Finding, Ice Axe Use and Snow Travel (depending on snow conditions)
Difficulty: Challenging

Our most challenging camp and a true expedition. Starting at the lodge, participants will paddle by canoe to a trailhead and hike for several days into the alpine culminating in a steep mile long climb to reach the summit of Mount McBride before returning home.






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Our most advanced camp is a 12-day multi-sport expedition. Beginning at Strathcona Park Lodge the group sets out by canoe down Buttle Lake heading for the Marble Meadows Trail, a water access-only backpack route into the Vancouver Island mountains. The trail leads to a huge alpine meadow where several mountains and ridges can be climbed, including snow covered Mount McBride, one of the highest peaks on Vancouver Island. After six days of hiking, its back in the boats for a two day canoe back to the Lodge.

Day 1: After the group arrives at Strathcona Park Lodge they will begin packing and planning the expedition. Dinner is in the Whale Room and the group will sleep at the lodge’s base camp.

Day 2: With a hearty breakfast out of the way you’ll load the canoes and begin paddling down Upper Campbell Lake. The mountains will get higher and snowier as you head south into Buttle Lake, exploring coves and beaches. After making camp you’ll begin learning the backcountry basics: how to set up shelter, prepare dinner and light a fire.

Day 3: The group will continue down Buttle Lake, passing several river estuaries before arriving at Phillips Creek and the trail to Marble Meadows. Here they will set up one more lake camp and lighten their load before heading into the mountains for six days.

Day 4: The switchbacking trail climbs steadily, passing through old growth forests and onto the edge of Marble Meadows; a wilderness camp will be set in the rolling plateau of wildflowers and patches of forest.

Day 5-9: Spend the next 5 days exploring the alpine area of Marble Meadows including Wheaton hut, Limestone cap, Morrison Spire and, the highlight, the summit of Mount McBride. Each destination demands fitness, group management and teamwork, as well as new skills like ice axe use, snow climbing, off trail navigation and map reading. At camp each night the group will take on more responsibility with meals, group decisions and planning.

Day 10-11: Down at lake level again – it’s time for the paddle back. As a well-oiled group, the canoes will fly across the lake. Enjoy refreshing swims and lakeside campsites as your canoes hug the shore on the journey home. A celebratory dinner and last night with your group rounds out your WYLD experience.

Day 12: On your final day, paddle back to Strathcona Park Lodge, enjoy a shower, clean up, pack up and head home knowing you have accomplished more than you likely thought possible; proud of your new skills, increased confidence and shared memories.