Written on November 8, 2012 at 9:26 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 November 2, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Scott
Roderrick Haig-Brown – 1970 A story by David Boulding
Jim was an avid fly fisher. His great relief was to go to the mouth of the Elk River (across from the Lodge) or to the drowned mouth of the Wolf River (a few miles from the Lodge) with his friend and mentor, Roderick Haig-Brown. Jim named a building after Rod, to keep his memory alive; Rod’s quiet way in the world contrasted with Jim’s ebullient enthusiasm.
Written on October 5, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Scott
TOBY HAY 1972
In 1972 you and Jim hired my father Ean, my brother Colin, and me as carpenters to work on a renovation of one of the guest cabins at Strathcona Lodge. We brought our schooner to the fisherman’s wharf in Campbell River and lived there, driving to the Lodge each day with Ron Woodcox who was a faller but had the summer off for some reason. Perhaps the woods were closed because of the fire danger – I do remember the summer as very hot and that we used to cool off in the lake in the mid-afternoon.
My father’s story was that you had hired two carpenters to do some work on the little cabin and then went somewhere for a month. While you were away they framed a second storey on the cabin, a four bedroom addition on its south wall, and 60 feet of two storey extension to the north. He claimed this was a surprise to you. I don’t know if the original crew snuck away in disgrace or if you fired them. If they were fired for incompetence they are unique in the early history of the Lodge where knowledge and ability were not necessary for most jobs – I speak as one who taught cross-country skiing to a Capilano College class the first time he wore cross-country skis. Read more
Written on September 12, 2012 at 9:18 pm, by Scott
Fall is great time to explore the property of Strathcona Park Lodge. Not only can you go zip lining, explore the high ropes course or rent a canoe/kayak but you can stuff yourself full with all the fruit grown on site. Black berries, huckle berries, plums, apples and more can be found on site.
Written on August 17, 2012 at 12:07 am, by Scott
Written on August 3, 2012 at 8:30 am, by Scott
VALERIE TRAVIS 1985
Both you and Jim impacted my life in ways you can never imagine…..
I remember starting life at the Lodge. I had just returned from Europe to Gold River. I had the “travel bug” like crazy but I didn’t have two pennies to rub to- gether so disappearing to another country wasn’t even possible. So I did the unthinkable on Gold River standards…I applied for work as a housekeeper at the Lodge. Now the reputation among the logging town of Gold River was not always favourable to the hippy, tree hugging, mother earth loving beings who resided at the Lodge and quite honestly people in town thought I was nuts for being willing to travel to the Lodge daily just to clean rooms. But the people in Gold River had not had the life experience I had in Europe and the Lodge offered the international flavour I was craving so badly.