Why choose Strathcona?
The Boulding family chose well when they placed Strathcona Park Lodge on a small point on Upper Campbell Lake, Vancouver Island. From almost every room on the property you can get an amazing view of glacier carved valleys, big pristine lakes and rocky/snowcapped peaks. There are several hikes, viewpoints, protected bays and beaches, climbing bluffs, old growth trees, high ropes courses and zip lines – and that’s just on the property. Strathcona Provincial Park, B.C.’s oldest protected area, is just down the road. Within 30 minutes you’ll have access to whitewater paddling, mountain biking, more rock climbing, trail heads to interpretive walks, hikes and mountaineering routes. A little further is world class sea kayaking and whale watching on both sides of Vancouver Island.
No one knows this outdoor playground as well as Strathcona. For more than 50 years, longer than anyone else, we’ve been instructing, guiding and exploring the area, so no matter what you choose to do, you’re in good hands.
You could spend a week at Strathcona Park Lodge learning new and exciting activities every day without ever getting in a car. A guide could lead you up the Golden Hinde (Vancouver Island’s highest peak) or could take you to the water of Nootka Sound to see whales, sea otters and a historic fur trading port. Alternatively, if you fancy something more relaxing, you can do some canoeing and swimming at the lodge during the day and count stars or roast marshmallows at night.
Whatever kind of active holiday you’re looking for, you can probably find it at Strathcona Park Lodge.
Staying at Strathcona options
There are many ways of enjoying Strathcona. To find out more follow the links below.
Inclusive Package: mostly based out of the Strathcona Park Lodge. Programs range from a couple hours to a week in length and take advantage of the excellent facilities and equipment onsite. Most include accommodation and meals.
Expeditions: multi-day adventures to world class destinations within a couple hours of Strathcona Park Lodge. These guided trips include hiking the Nootka Island Trail, sea kayaking Johnstone Strait and Nootka Sound, base camp hiking in the Vancouver Island mountains and customized adventures.
Accommodation: spread across the property is an eclectic variety of fully contained waterfront cottages and lake view chalets with hotel-style rooms, perfect for extended families and big groups.
Amenities: Strathcona is a self contained wilderness resort. We’ve got everything from a liquor store to rock climbing bluffs, two restaurants, two dozen boats on site and more.
Strathcona through the year
Winter: This is the quietest and most peaceful time of the year. The mountains surrounding the lodge look spectacular covered in snow and reflecting on the glassy calm lake. Warmed by a wood fire, the cottages make a great romantic or family getaway.
Spring: Strathcona’s busy season starts in April. One hundred or more school children come to the lodge every week to be challenged in an outdoor classroom. Weekends are quiet, a good time to check out the local whitewater. Other guests are always welcome.
Summer: The languid summer season is wonderful as the lake warms up, the snow is gone from the hiking trails and the local produce arrives by the truck load. The weather is often perfect with warm dry days and nights that cool off nicely. Hiking, climbing and mountaineering is in season.
Fall: The school groups return to the lodge with their enthusiasm and excitement. Fall weather typically starts with a slow end to summer. After Thanksgiving, the wet weather eventually returns along with good paddling, before winter sets in and Strathcona gets quiet again.