Category Archives: Strathcona Park Lodge and Outdoor Education Centre

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Sea Kayak Nootka Sound

Sea Kayak Nootka Sound:

History, remote coastlines, secluded beaches, sea otters and humpback whales. 8 Days/7 Nights $1935

Nootka Sound is the Vancouver Island sea kayaking destination no one knows about. We don’t know why and we’re not complaining.

Our guides have watched sea lions coral salmon in a cove only to have one of the resident humpback whales steal their meal. Sea otters are routinely spotted and tidal pools team with life. The beaches are secluded and pristine. Wolves howl and bear tracks meander down the beach.

And then there is the history: Nootka Sound is where Captain James Cook first came ashore when he discovered British Columbia. Later Spain and England almost went to war here fighting over the sea otter fur trade.

The south end of the sound offers a long white sand beach protected from the open Pacific where you can explore sea caves, secret gardens and pristine water falls. You’ll need good weather to get here, but when our guides see a window you’ll be rewarded with one of the best campsites on the west coast. You’ll also visit Friendly Cove, an ancient First Nation village and home to a small Spanish Church, a toppled totem pole and a lighthouse.

Campsites are rustic, beachside affairs with driftwood campfires and wholesome meals. We usually have the islands and beaches to ourselves.

Expect to paddle for four or five hours a day. The water ranges from lake flat to rolling ocean swells and exposed coastline. No prior sea kayaking experience is necessary but you should be fit enough to paddle for two hours without getting out of your kayak. Give us a call if you have any questions about your fitness.

$1935 8 Days/7 Nights
Any dates possible for 2 or more people
(first and last night at SPL, 5 nights camping)

Sample itinerary

Sea Kayak Nootka Sound

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Day 1 Arrive at Strathcona Park Lodge between 4:00 and 5:00 p.m. Relax, settle into your room and swim in the lake. At 5:00, meet your instructor and group. Dinner. After dinner jump into the kayaks to practice your skills (strokes, rescue techniques and safety procedures) in the sheltered waters of Upper Campbell Lake. Complete out-trip preparations.

Day 2 & 3 Depart by SPL transport to Tuta Marina on Muchalat Inlet. Load the kayaks for an easy paddle to a secluded campsite on Bligh Island (named after the infamous captain of the Bounty). Explore a variety of rocky coves, pebble beaches and the tide pools of the Pantoja Island all within Bligh Island Marine Park. (Paddling time is approximately 3-4hrs)

Day 4 & 5  In favourable weather, paddlers continue to the south end of the sound to the beautiful pebbled beach at Burdwood Bay. Swim and play in the surf and explore the isolated area with its incredible beaches, sea caves and secret garden. Camp amongst the driftwood, with an uninterrupted view of the sound. (Paddling time is approximately 5hrs)

Day 6 Early morning will see the group off to Friendly Cove to explore this First Nations site where Chief Maquinna of the Nu-chah-nulth people welcomed Captain Cook. Ample time will be allotted to hike the beaches, swim, and visit the lighthouse and historical Spanish church and graveyard. Paddle to the Spanish Pilot Islands to camp for the night. (Paddling time is approximately 4-5hrs)

Day 7 Paddle to Tuta Marina and return to SPL by 4 p.m. (Paddling time is approximately 3hrs)

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

Group size is a maximum of ten. Clients will be sent an equipment list and a medical/liability form prior to arrival. Paddling itineraries and destinations are weather and water condition dependent.

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

Hiking Trails

SPL Trails Orienteering Map copy copy

Picture This! (WYLD)

Taking a break while hiking up Mt. Myra.  Not a bad view if you ask me.

Taking a break while hiking up Mt. Myra. Not a bad view if you ask me.

Mac Schafers

Picture This! (SPL)

The stars over Elk Mountain.  An amazing sight to see with no city lights around.

The stars over Elk Mountain. An amazing sight to see with no city lights around.

Slipstream visits Strathcona Park Lodge

Shaw TV visits Strathcona Park Lodge

Picture This! (WYLD)

wyld nootka

Hanging out with your friends on a beach with no parents around…mmm yeah that sounds like a good way to spend a summer. Take a look at Strath’s WYLD Nootka trip  for yourself and see if you want to sea kayak, check out some great scenery, hang out with your friends or make new ones. The WYLD Nootka trip is a lot of fun!

Western Slipstream Visits Strathcona Park Lodge

Campbell River Museum

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 public.programs@crmuseum.ca 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.

 

Thanks!