There’s plenty to keep you busy at Strathcona Park Lodge.

Whether you’re staying with us or just stopping by, here are some suggestions for how to enjoy your time. Check out our Amenities Page to read more about some of the activities:

Activities to do on site at Strathcona Park Lodge include rock climbing, ropes course, zip line, hiking, canoeing, kayaking, boat rentals, camping, tree climb, orienteering. There are organized Daily Adventures throughout the summer.

  • Sign up for Daily Adventures (see below)
  • Hire a private guide to show you around or teach you something new (see below)
  • Go for a refreshing swim and play on the beach
  • Canoe or kayak on the crystal clear lake (see below)
  • Play beach volleyball
  • Roast marshmallows on a campfire
  • Spot wildlife like elk, deer, bear and bird life
  • Enjoy a wood-fired sauna on the beach
  • Explore Strathcona Provincial Park’s wilderness
  • Marvel at the Milky Way
  • Strike a yoga pose as the sun sets across the lake
  • Drive through the Vancouver Island mountains
  • Savour a drink or meal at Myrna’s

Daily Adventures

During the summer months, our talented instructors lead guests on some of our most popular activities. We offer afternoon sessions (3hrs) and complimentary evening sessions (1hr). Participating in Daily Adventures is the best way to try activities such as, zip lining, high ropes and rock climbing.

Activities are beginner friendly and include all the equipment.

Space is limited, sign up at the office or by phone 250-286-3122. That said, there is often space available last minute.

Daily Adventures Schedule

1:30-4:30 PM 7:00-8:15 PM
Sunday High Ropes Course Big Canoe
Monday Zip Line and Tree Climb Bannock Making
Tuesday Kayaking Rock Wall
Wednesday Zip Line Mission Impossible
Thursday High Ropes Course Kayak Soccer
Friday Rock Climbing Bog Walk
Saturday Zip Line Orienteering

Cost

  • Adult – $35
  • Child (Ages 6 to 13)* – $25

*Children must be accompanied by a paying adult

Daily Adventures run from July 1 to August 31. Activities are subject to change without notice. Please call us at 250-286-3122 if you have any questions or would like to book your Daily Adventure.

Guidelines for Daily Adventure High Ropes, Rock Climbing and Zip Line Participation.

The following guidelines have been established in order to ensure for the physical and emotional safety of our guests: individuals, families and groups. Where a child does not meet the minimum age or height requirements, a private guide, if available, can be booked.

  • High Ropes: Minimum height requirement of 48 in, minimum age requirement of 10 yrs
  • Rock Climbing: Minimum age requirement of 8 yrs
  • Zip Line: Minimum age requirement of 6 yrs

Private Guiding

Our multi-talented professional guides and instructors are at your service. They can teach you to rock climb, roll a kayak or lead you to a mountain summit safely and at your pace. Private guiding is available for half-day, full-day and extended trips. Call or email our office to find out more, 250-286-3122.

Boat Rentals

A visit to Strathcona Park Lodge is not complete without spending time on Upper Campbell Lake. The lodge has more than 80 different kinds of crafts, canoes, kayaks, sail boats and motor boats for exploring the lake and nearby waterways. Most are available for rent by the hour or the day and are included in some packages.

Destinations vary from a protected paddle inside our bays, a short trip to Treasure Island, longer day trips for whitewater or lake canoeing and longer paddles to Buttle Lake, the ocean or Brewster Lakes.

If you need to brush up on your strokes and techniques before heading out, our guides are all certified canoe and sea kayak instructors.

To reserve a boat or lesson call, 250-286-3122 or email us.

Cost

  • Single kayak: $10/hr, $29/half day, $39/day
  • Double kayak: $15/hr, $42/half day, $55/day
  • Stand-up Paddle board: $10/hr, $29/half day, $39/day
  • 2 or 3 seat Canoe: $10/hr, $29/half day, $39/day
  • 4-6 seat Canoe: $15/hr, $42/half day, $55/day
  • 8-10 seat Canoe: $50/half day, $80/day
  • Sailboat: $40/half day, $60/day
  • 14 ft. motor boat: $20/hr OR $90/day (not incl. gas, 2 hour minimum)

Guided activities

To take part in the following activities you must be accompanied by a guide either in a Daily Adventure, an organized package or by hiring a private guide.

Rock climbing

All your worries and thoughts will disappear the moment you grip the rock on one of our three climbing bluffs. Every muscle, nerve and tendon will focus on getting you to the top of the cliff. Fear will be pushed to a far corner knowing your guide will catch any slip or fall with the top rope. When you get to the top, stop and enjoy the view across Upper Campbell Lake before stepping off the cliff on rappel.

The climbs are easy to moderate, suitable for beginner to intermediate climbers. Climbers must be at least 8 years old.

High Ropes Course

Hidden in a stand of towering old growth trees is Strathcona’s high ropes course, a series of challenges strung 15 to 30 feet off the ground. Leap across a gap, walk a narrow wire, unlock the mind and body puzzle of the spider, all while safely tethered to an overhead line.

Designed to challenge everyone, no experience is necessary to enjoy the course, but participants must be 48 inches tall and/or 10 years old.

Zip Lines

Act like Tarzan: Fly through the trees. We have two ziplines at Strathcona Park Lodge, each slightly different, taking advantage of the geography and trees, both include a long ride whizzing through the forest safely attached to a wire. Scream or just feel the wind, it’s an exhilarating experience no one should miss.

We’ve had 80 year olds and six year olds love the zip line. Physically it’s one of the easiest and funnest activities on the property. But it can also be mentally intimidating. Letting go and giving it a try is the highlight for many visitors to Strathcona Park Lodge.

Tree Climb

Ever wonder what it’s like to climb a 50ft. tall tree? Now is your chance to find out. Giant staples have been pinned into the bark of huge Douglas fir trees (they don’t hurt the tree). Using the staples as a ladder you’ll climb up the tree with a rope and harness to keep you safe. The birds eye view from the top is one of a kind.

Self guide and free activities

Lodge guests and visitors can take part in self-guided and free activities. For safety reasons, we ask that you sign in at the office, but otherwise feel free to enjoy these activities at your leisure. Want a guide to show you around? Our skilled and knowledgeable instructors are available to lead you through these activities for a fee.

Low Ropes Course

The Low Ropes Course encourages you to test your balance, problem solving and team work skills on a collection of games and challenges. This is a great place for kids to play and adults to try their tight rope walking skills.

Hiking Trails

In the past 50 years, we’ve had plenty of time to find the best hiking spots: a fascinating bog, incredible viewpoints and challenging climbs. String all the trails together and you’ve got a fantastic, varied and scenic day hike. Knocking off each destination on its own is equally rewarding. Pick up a map at the office and get hiking to these destinations:

The Sundew Bog: When the glaciers retreated thousands of years ago they left behind huge depressions,  which filled with water. Over the years, sediment and plants grew and a “floating forest” with a unique ecosystem of parasitic plants, anaerobic waters and varied wildlife was created. Jump up and down to see the trees move, hunt for the meat eating sundew plants and listen to the frogs croak.
The bog is an easy and flat 25 minute hike, one way, from the Lodge.

The Ridgeline: The most scenic hike at the Lodge climbs steeply up the hillside, with plenty of views to inspire. Here it meanders to several more view points, including one that seems to hover directly above the Lodge and boat bay far below, before descending back down. The challenging loop hike can be completed in several different ways and typically takes about two hours.

The Lookout: Enjoy a spectacular view looking south down Upper Campbell Lake and Buttle Lake to remote glaciated peaks deep in Strathcona Provincial Park. Keep an eye out for deer tracks, as the trail up to the view follows old game trails through a Douglas fir forest. The upper lookout leaves the trail and climbs a little further for an eagle eye view of the Sundew Bog before descending steeply down switch backs to the bog trail. On it’s own the Lookout Loop takes about 1.5 hours.