Gatherings and Weddings

Gatherings

Family reunions, weddings, sports teams, community groups and company retreats, Strathcona Park Lodge hosts them all and more.

group in the barn

To find out more about organizing your Strathcona Park Lodge event read through our gatherings area, and then please give us a call us at 250-286-3122.

With more than 50 years of experience working with groups of two to 200 people, we feel confident saying, we know what we’re doing.

We provide: onsite catering, organized activities, outside and inside venues, accommodation, and an incredible atmosphere with helpful and caring staff and much more. Everything can be customized to your group’s needs.

Six reasons to pick Strathcona for your event:

1. Location: Talk about unique. Where else can you look across a lake at snowcapped mountains, rock climb, zip through the trees and eat a First Nation style salmon BBQ, all without getting in a car?

2. Off the grid: No one will be distracted by text messages or TV. Strathcona is off the grid in every way. Translation: your group will be excited, engaged and focused on the reason for the gathering.

3. Venues: There are three main gathering places at Strathcona: a casual lakeside BBQ area; the beach, a flat area with lake and mountain views; and The Barn, a large, rustic building that knows how to party, for indoor dinners and events. Our kitchen staff can cater at all three venues.

4. Accommodation: Ranging from romantic lakeside cottages to hotel-style rooms in our cedar-wood chalets, there are enough beds at Strathcona to accommodate 150 guests. We have cottages perfect for extended families or teams and others that can accommodate dozens of people under the same roof.

5. Activities: Strathcona is all about active vacations. On site are rock climbing bluffs, high ropes courses, tree climbing, all kinds of boats and hiking trails. The lake is perfect for swimming during the summer. And our team of instructors/guides are enthusiastic to introduce all these activities to our guests.

6. Sustainable: The Strathcona Circle, the Lodge’s 50 year old guiding philosophy, focuses on sustainability in everything we do. We produce our own power, filter our own drinking water, buy local food as much as possible, continually work to reduce waste and pollution and work to protect and preserve wild spaces like Strathcona Provincial Park.

To find out more about organizing your Strathcona Park Lodge event read through our gatherings area, and then please give us a call, 250-286-3122, or contact us.

Accommodations

Spread through the forest and along the shore of Upper Campbell Lake the accommodation options at Strathcona Park Lodge are eclectic, varied and comfortable.

The interior of Cabin 15 at Strathcona Park Lodge. Perfect for a family or a romantic get a-way.

We also have a chalet at Mount Washington Alpine Resort that sleeps up to 24 people in two units.

Couples, individuals and families of all sizes will find what they need at Strathcona Park Lodge. There are hotel-style rooms and fully contained cottages. Some chalets are best for large groups. Other cottages and cottages are ideal for families. Secluded smaller cottages are perfect for a romantic weekend. Most rooms have a lake view and several cottages are waterfront. Almost ever room has a deck, a perfect spot to watch the sun set across Upper Campbell Lake and behind snowcapped peaks.

Because of our unique construction history we have a wide range of rooms to accommodate a variety of budgets and needs. All rooms are inviting and comfortable. There are no TVs, telephones or internet within the rooms. Refer to our Amenities page to find out more.

Cabins and cottages are available year round. Hotel-style accommodation in our chalets is available from March until November, when our dining room is open.

Rates (per night):
Chalet Rooms
Private rooms in one of our larger buildings, similar to a standard hotel room. Prices are per person.

Lake view that sleeps 3 to 4 – $160
Lake view that sleeps 2 – $139

Lakefront Cottages

Varying in style, layout and size these cottages and cottages are self contained with a deck, bath, living room, kitchen and electric and wood heat.

Studio $175
One bedroom $205
Two Bedroom $280
Three Bedroom $360
Three Bedroom plus loft $440

Preece Cottage $495
Our newest and largest cottage, ideal for family celebrations or groups of friends. Sleeps 12. Four bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, kitchen, living room, electric and wood heat.

Seale House $700
A large chalet perfect for celebrations and large families. The view from the sunny decks is one of the best on property. Sleeps 20. Eight bedrooms, 5 bathrooms, kitchen and 3 decks.

College $1050 for the whole building, $122 – $165 per room
The best deal on the property, the rustic apartment style accommodations sit just uphill from the swimming bay. An excellent choice for large groups and individuals. The 15 rooms share a communal kitchen and lounge. Sleeps 42. 15 bedrooms, 9 bathrooms.

Cabin names
Every cottage, cottage, chalet and building at Strathcona was built onsite, using wood from the property. Each building has a story, each cottage a personality. Clickhere to find out more about the different buildings onsite.

If you wish to cook your own meals, please mention it when making a reservation. The College Building, Seale House and many of the smaller cottages have self-contained cooking facilities, but it’s a good idea to check in advance to ensure we can meet your needs. Otherwise, we hope you will join us for our hearty meals in the Whale Room.

THINGS TO KNOW!

The prices listed on this page are the summer rates which run from June 24th to September 5th. Please call us to find out about our seasonal discounts. Minimum stay applies to Cottages or Full Building rentals:
3 nights – June 26 – Sept. 6 and Christmas Holidays
2 nights – Sept. 7 – June 25
The seventh consecutive night is free on all accommodation, year round. Accommodation is subject to applicable taxes. A 25% non-refundable deposit is required at the time of booking.
NO SMOKING

Arrivals and Departures
Check in time for accommodation is after 4:00 p.m.
Check out time is prior to 11:00 a.m.

Reservations and Cancellations
A 25% non-refundable deposit is required on all accommodation and packages to confirm space, with the balance due upon arrival. In the event of a cancellation, or if a client arrives late or leaves early for any reason there will be NO refund. All payments may be made in cash or MASTERCARD or VISA, or, if time permits, by cheque or money order. All rates are subject to applicable taxes. All prices shown are in Canadian funds.

Medical
Please check your medical coverage before arrival to make sure it is up to date and adequate. Participants in outdoor activities will be required to complete a medical form and sign a liability waiver.

Activities

Activities: One of the most compelling reasons to bring a gathering or group to Strathcona Park Lodge are the activities. There’s so much to try and do here. This is truly an active vacation destination.

High fives and smiles occur on the highropes courses daily.  Come challenge yourself and conquer your fear of heights.

High fives and smiles occur on the highropes courses daily. Come challenge yourself and conquer your fear of heights.

Many activities are self guided – canoeing on the lake, hiking in the hills, swimming, but for many of the more exciting activities such as rock climbing, high ropes and zip lining, a guide is required for safety purposes. Guides can also add insight, instruction and interest to the free activities.

With help from the Lodge staff groups can create customized programs where activities are included. This could include boat rentals, guided hikes, and guided activities like zip line, high ropes and rock climbing. Ask us about it when booking your gathering.

For more on the activities available at the Lodge visit our Daily activities page.

Facilities and Venue

Facilities and Venues

From a lakeside ceremony to a casual barbecue, intimate family dinner to a rocking party, Strathcona Park Lodge has a unique venue and facility for every gathering. All are accessible by car and wheelchair. Food service, prepared by our kitchen staff, can be delivered to any of the venues on site.

Wedding on the beach

The Beach
The most popular place for hosting wedding ceremonies and other formal events. Ideal for all sizes of groups, the large flat area juts into Upper Campbell Lake with amazing mountain views. The site can be configured in a variety of ways with flowers and seats and has hosted groups ranging from intimate to 200-plus.
Wired for power.

BBQ area
Sitting between the Swimming Bay and the Beach in a grove of fir trees, the BBQ area makes an ideal gathering area or a casual spot for a summer meal. Benches and tables focus on a large fire pit where we often slow-cook salmon in the First Nation style or groups roast marshmallows into the night.

Salmon BBQ, the traditional way.

Modern propane barbecues are also available.

The area easily accommodates 100 people for meals and more than 200 for drinks and appetizers. Mature trees provide shade. There’s a large log table for serving meals and drinks from. Wedding parties often use this area as an after ceremony reception.

The Barn
This beautiful timberframe building is rustic and charming. It’s played host to hundreds of fun parties and events over the years. Folk festivals, talent contests, dances, weddings, family reunions conferences, courses and concerts have all taken place here.

The Barn seats up to 150 for dinner. There is an optional bar area, a large west facin

Musicians playing in the barn.

g deck with excellent sunsets, two toilets and the room is wired for sound with a built-in mixing board.

The Whale Room
Private seatings at our main restaurant are available by special request. The large and spacious one room facility seats 100 people inside and on the covered deck. Big windows make the room bright and airy. Meals are served buffet style and are packed with produce sourced from nearby farms.

Myrna’s
Reserve our table service restaurant for smaller groups and more intimate gatherings, like family get togethers or rehearsal dinners. Up to 30 people can comfortably eat in this private room with amazing views across Upper Campbell Lake.

Myrna’s set up for a special occasion.

Food

Food

Strathcona Park Lodge is experienced at serving food to large groups. We can bring appetizers or full meals to anywhere on property or gatherings can enjoy our two restaurants.

No celebration or gathering is complete without excellent food. Strathcona Park Lodge’s kitchen is also a full service catering service for events and large gatherings at the Lodge. They bring the same focus on fresh, nutritious and delicious that they serve at every meal at the Lodge’s two restaurants to anywhere on site.

The kitchen staff is experienced with producing high quality food for large groups. Executive Chef Ralf Spodzieja and his staff work closely with large groups to develop menu packages and meals that satisfy their needs.

His signature celebration style dinner is a unique and spectator friendly combination of locally raised bison and First Nation style BBQ salmon. The salmon, in particular, is fun to watch as it is rotated over an alder smoke fire for a couple hours to slow cooked perfection.

Allergies and dietary needs

With a fine dining and school programs background Chef Jessie is attune to specific diets and allergies. There are always options for glueten-free, vegan, dairy-free and vegetarian. The kitchen is peanut free. If you have any dietary concerns please let us know.

Other dining options

In addition to custom catering there are two restaurants at the Lodge:

Whale Room, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner

Served at a buffet table, there is always a couple salads, fresh and cooked vegetables, a main course and sides. Plus, a delicious desert after dinner. Wine, beer and juice is available. Meals change nightly and sometimes even during the meal.

The Whale Room is large and spacious with an awesome deck looking out over Upper Campbell Lake. It’s named for the bleached grey whale bones hanging on the wall.

Tea and coffee are available all day long and are complementary for our guests staying onsite.

Myrna’s, serving lunch and dinner

Myrna Boulding’s interest in food, health and nutrition dates back to her days as a teacher in Campbell River. As the lodge founder she brought her passion to the menu of the Whale Room and to her namesake, Myrna’s, an à la carte, menu service restaurant. Everything on this seasonal menu is healthy, nutritious and sourced locally as much as possible.

Myrna’s is quieter and a more intimate restaurant than the Whale Room with an equally excellent table side view. The menu service is inspired by ingredients that can be found locally.

Weddings

Strathcona Park Lodge weddings, simple charm.

Strathcona park lodge wedding

Inside or outside we can take care of your wedding needs.

Strathcona Park Lodge is ideal for a wilderness wedding location. For couples looking for a destination wedding where guests can be active and engaged there is no better destination, on the edge of a lake, amid Vancouver Island’s highest mountains.  We welcome non traditional unions and gatherings including elopements, vow renewals (e.g., to celebrate 10th, 25th, 40th, 50th anniversaries), and LGBT weddings.

The real beauty of a Strathcona wedding is being with the people you love, having everything taken care of, so all you have to do is enjoy every minute of it. The ceremony, reception, accommodation and activities are all here. And with so many gorgeous views you don’t need to go searching for photo opportunities.

To Gai and the team at Strathcona,

Thanks so much for all your hard work in making our wedding weekend so enjoyable and memorable. You have such a special place there, but it wouldn’t be what it is without the amazing team that work there. We have a lot of respect for SPL and will be back often for sure. The food all weekend was incredible! All the staff looked after us so well but our particular thanks go to you, Jessie and Hayden. Looking back on that special occasion fill us both with pure joy!
Keep doing what you do!

Regards,
Sarah & Greg

Outside the hi-tech world, Strathcona is off the grid with no screens to disturb the natural vibe. If your family and friends enjoy the outdoors in every weather, and can embrace a few days where most of the electricity is generated between you, the happy couple, this is the right location for you!

  • Your choice of ceremony sites: lakefront beach or timber-framed barn. Both are beautiful, with amazing mountain and valley views

The inside of the timber frame barn. Great place to have a reception! Oh and did we mention that its an easy walk from the beach and has amazing views of the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park.

The inside of the timber frame barn. Great place to have a reception! Oh and did we mention that its an easy walk from the beach and has amazing views of the mountains of Strathcona Provincial Park.

  • A dedicated wedding planner who is here to help from the time you book your wedding, through all the planning and, of course, to oversee everything on the big day. We’ve done this a few times so we can put your mind at ease!
  • Off season discounts. Come when we are quiet and discover the real magic of a wilderness wedding
  • Local, nutritious and delicious. We love our food and our Executive chef will ensure you do too
  • Lodgings in cosy lakefront cottages, private chalet rooms, or budget digs. Couples, families, singles and groups of friends all have a place to stay here
  • Make it your own. We’ll set up the ceremony and reception venues, leaving you to decorate and create your personal dream

bridal party in canoe

The bride being taken to the ceremony in our Northern Dancer canoe.

      • One wedding per weekend. Just you, your guests and the perfect place to create very special memories
      • Whatever colour scheme you choose, we’ll add the green. Here at Strathcona we generate our own power, recycle, reuse and compost as much as we possibly can
      • Our screen-free rooms promote the simple side to life – laughing around the campfire, warming up in the wood-fired sauna, star – gazing or perhaps just old – fashioned conversation
      • Zip-lines, high ropes courses, rock climbing, hiking, scavenger hunts and canoeing-to name a few of our on-site activities….. we’ve been playing outside for 50 years and reckon we’ve got it covered

boat bay sea kayaks

Plenty of boats for everyone to play on!

  • Choose a wedding package to suit your budget. Small and intimate, an unforgettable weekend with your friends and family or an action packed adventure to start your lives together- we can cover it all
  • Our Lupin package starts at $8,900.00 for 70 guests, additional costs for up to 125 guests.  For more information on our packages contact our events manager, Gai, at (250) 286-3122 or e-mail events@strathcona.bc.ca

WEDDING PACKAGES

We are offering different packages with unique and custom celebration with no hidden fees. Our venue works particularly well for intimate gatherings of groups less than 30 and larger groups of 70 to 125 people. For gatherings of less than 30 please talk to us directly about pricing your event.

The

Surrounded by old growth forest lush Lupin Falls is breath-taking in any season and just ten minutes south of SPL by car (or ride a bike or paddle a kayak or canoe)

The Lupin Package is available in the spring and fall, and includes:

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    • Event planning with our veteran wedding planner, Director of Guest Services Gai Kay
    • Pre-wedding consultation visit with Gai as well as Head Chef Ralf Spodzieja. Complimentary overnight stay in a chalet room.
    • Welcome Reception in licensed High Bracer Lounge, with complimentary infused waters and teas.
    • Three nights accommodation in the Honeymoon cottage, welcome basket, and daily breakfast for the Bride & Groom.
    • For your and your guests – complimentary use of SUPs, kayaks and canoes for the morning of your wedding ceremony.
    • Our Barn – we supply and set up all that goes onto the tables in this beautiful open space. You have the option of personalizing the centre pieces or décor.
    • Wedding ceremony staging, and walk through rehearsal to finalize details the day before the wedding. We set up the beach or Barn Loft with living plants and flowers, white chairs, signing table and sound system with microphones.
    • After ceremony Appetizers, Celebration Dinner and Midnight Snack.
    • Special rates on guest rooms.
    • Complimentary chalet room night for a return visit in 2016.

This Lupin Falls Package is based on 70 people. Additional guests up to 125 at $60 per person.

Sample Itinerary

3 Days 2 Nights
Friday Arrival -Welcome in Hi Bracer Lounge
Saturday Morning – Activity
Afternoon – Ceremony
Evening – Reception
Sunday Morning – Brunch

*A block of activities is a 3 hour session in either the morning/afternoon based on group sizes of 10.

The


Myra Falls cascades into Vancouver Island’s largest lake – an impressive sight to see, and a half hour walk in the park for your guests.

The Myra Package includes:

        • Event planning with our veteran wedding planner, Director of Guest Services Gai Kay
        • Pre-wedding consultation visit with Gai as well as Head Chef Ralf Spodzieja. Complimentary overnight stay in a chalet room.
        • Welcome Reception in licensed High Bracer Lounge, with complimentary infused waters and teas.
        • Three nights accommodation in the Honeymoon cottage, welcome basket, and daily breakfast for the Bride & Groom.
        • For you and your guests – complimentary use of SUPs, kayaks and canoes, 3 guides and applicable equipment for Friday afternoon and Saturday morning adventures such as ropes courses, zip lines, tree climb, hikes, and kayak or canoe lessons.
        • Beach BBQ or Whale Room Chef’s Table for the night before your wedding.
        • Our Barn – we supply and set up all that goes onto the tables in this beautiful open space. You have the option of personalizing the centre pieces or décor.
        • Wedding ceremony staging, and walk through rehearsal to finalize details the day before the wedding. We set up the beach or Barn Loft with living plants and flowers, white chairs, signing table and sound system with microphones.
        • Option of arriving to and/or departing from your wedding ceremony via Northern Dancer canoe paddled by two SPL instructors.
        • After ceremony Appetizers, Celebration Dinner and Midnight Snack
        • Sunday brunch
        • Special rates on guest rooms.
        • Complimentary chalet room night for a return visit in 2016.

The Myra package is based on 70 people. Additional guests up to 125 at $109 per person.

Sample Itinerary

3 Days 2 Nights
Friday Welcome in Hi Bracer Lounge with appetizers and bartender for 4 hours
BBQ or buffet style dinner at the beach for you and your guests or dinner in Myrna’s for 30 people
Saturday Morning – Activity
Afternoon – Ceremony
Evening – Reception
Sunday Morning – Brunch in whale room

*A block of activities is a 3 hour session in either the morning/afternoon based on group sizes of 10.

The


At 440 meters Della Falls is the tallest water fall in Canada. Less accessible than Lupin and Myra, grand Della can be viewed with an overnight hike into Strathcona Park or by float plane.

The Della Package offers exclusive use of SPL for 100 – 125 guests, and includes:

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            • Float plane tour of Della Falls and the majestic peaks of Strathcona Park for the Bride & Groom. If you would prefer to hike in with some of your favourite people, we would we be happy to guide you. Custom pricing may apply.
            • Event planning with our veteran wedding planner, Director of Guest Services Gai Kay.
            • Pre-wedding consultation visit with Gai as well as Head Chef Ralf Spodzieja. Complimentary overnight stay in a chalet room.
            • Welcome Reception in licensed High Bracer Lounge, with complimentary infused waters and teas.
            • Four nights accommodation in the Honeymoon cottage, welcome basket, and daily breakfast for the Bride & Groom.
            • For you and your guests – complimentary use of SUPs, kayaks and canoes, 4 guides and applicable equipment for three days of adventure. Options include icebreaker games for your guests of all ages, scavenger hunt, ropes courses, zip lines, tree climb, guided hikes, orienteering, and kayak or canoe lessons.
            • Our Barn – we supply and set up all that goes onto the tables in this beautiful open space. You have the option of personalizing the centre pieces or décor.
            • Beach BBQ or Whale Room Chef’s Table for the night before your wedding. You choose the main entrees.
            • Wedding ceremony staging, and walk through rehearsal to finalize details the day before the wedding. We set up the beach or Barn Loft with living plants and flowers, white chairs, signing table and sound system with microphones.
            • Option of arriving to and/or departing from your wedding ceremony via Northern Dancer canoe paddled by two SPL instructors.
            • After ceremony Appetizers, Celebration Dinner and Midnight Snack, with an added specialty dish or two of your choosing.
            • Beach BBQ or Whale Room Chef’s Table for the night after your wedding. You choose the main entrees.
            • Sunday Brunch
            • Yoga session for up to 16 people, or massage for 2
            • Special rates on guest rooms.
            • Complimentary two night stay in a one bedroom cottage in the off season or chalet room in the summer 2016.

*This guide is available at your leisure during your stay
(Exclusive Use is based on 85% occupancy – any additional rooms not booked will be added to your invoice)

Sample Itineraries

4 days 3 nights
Thursday Welcome in Hi Bracer Lounge with appetizers including bartender for 4 hours and
Buffet in Whale Room for all guests or Myrna’s for 30 people
Friday Morning – Activity
Afternoon – Activity
Evening – BBQ at the beach
Saturday Morning – Activity
Afternoon – Ceremony
Evening – Reception
Sunday Morning – Brunch in Whale Room

 

4 Days 3 Nights
Friday Welcome in Hi Bracer Lounge with appetizers including bartender for 4 hours and
Buffet in Whale Room for all guests or Myrna’s for 30 people
Saturday Morning – Activity
Afternoon – Ceremony
Evening – Reception
Sunday Morning -Brunch in Whale Room
Afternoon – Activity
Evening – BBQ at Beach
Monday Morning – Activity

**A block of activities is a 3 hour session in either the morning/afternoon based on group sizes of 10

Price subject to applicable taxes and Gratuity at 10 percent. Alcohol not included. All food and beverages offered MUST be provided by Strathcona Park Lodge as per BC Liquor and Food Establishment Licensing. The only exception is a wedding cake. We require a $2000 non refundable deposit to confirm your wedding date.We have assisted with many joyful events since 1959. Let us help you! Contact our Wedding Coordinator today at 250-286-3122.
*Price subject to change without notice

Wedding Blogs

We have some amazing photographers that come to Strathcona Park Lodge (SPL) to shoot photos. A lot of these photographers have personal blogs where they post photos of their time at SPL. Click on the link below to be taken to some of the wedding photographers blogs.

Brawns Photography – Ted and Meghan

Agnes Mitchell Photography – Matt and Lindsay 2013

Stefanie Fournier – Liane Daniel 2013

Jennifer Armstrong Photography – Kareen & Russell

Wedding Photos

Wedding Photo Gallery You can find more photos and what a past couple thought of their wedding experience at Strathcona Park Lodge by going over to “La Belle Bride“Wedding Photographers Click the links below to find out about the photographers that shoot photos at Strathcona Park Lodge.

Spencer Brawn
Marnie Recker
Amanda O’Brennan
Karen McKinnon
Rose Dykstra
Jennifer Armstrong
Bullock and Kierstein Photography
Agnes Mitchell Photography