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ANDY VINE and DANIELLE ARCAND 1972

Theatre I Troupe at the Lodge

Theatre I Troupe at the Lodge

Andy Vine was a singer, guitar player, and a carpenter who worked at the Lodge in 1972. In February 1973 he followed his future wife Danielle into the liquor store in Campbell River after catching a glimpse of her. This was not the first time that Danielle connected with the Lodge. She was with ‘The Theatre 1 Troupe’ that started in Montreal and toured Canada and Europe, eventually opening their own repertory theatre in Gastown. Coincidentally, they had stopped for coffee here at the Lodge after playing in Gold River and met Read more

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‘ARTS I’ FEATURES FEELIES

By Ryon Guedes (In October 20, 1972 edition of the Ubyssey)
Sixty ‘Arts I’ students recently attended a weekend symposium at Strathcona Park Lodge to make an informal study of man’s relationship with technology and nature. Section B boarded a bus Friday which took them across the Strait of Georgia, up Vancouver Island and finally to the Lodge, which lies 30 miles southwest of Campbell River.

Jim Boulding with ‘Arts I’ students

Jim Boulding with ‘Arts I’ students

Next morning, bright and early, after a hearty breakfast, the discussion leaders introduced the initial activity. This consisted of a seminar exploring the Robinson Crusoe idea; with the premise that a given group of people from modern technology were stranded in the wilderness with certain materials, climate and terrain. The ideas discussed, then, were the immediate needs of the supposed group, long term problems it would face and eventually, the formation of a civilization. Activities for the rest of Saturday were unstructured, devoted to Read more

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NIKKI ELLMAN 1972

Michael, Chilidog and Mary

Michael, Chilidog and Mary

Nikki was in B.C. from Sept. 1972 until Sept. 1973 with Friends World College. She was 18 when she arrived. She remembers fellow students Mark Hurwitz, Mary Shed and Michael Rewald.  I fell in love with the Pacific Northwest as a result of my year spent at the Lodge, and vowed to come back the first chance that I got. I did not make it back to British Columbia, but I moved to Washington State in 1977, after I finished college, and lived there for seven years. While at the Lodge, I learned useful skills like how to chop wood, heat with a wood stove, split cedar shakes, cook vegetarian food and live communally. Living there opened up a whole new world of wilderness appreciation.

I have vivid memories of taking saunas in the wood-burning sauna down by the lake in the middle of winter and running down to the dock and jumping into the freezing cold water. I also remember when the old Lodge burned down and how helpless I felt to do anything. I did some work on the reconstruction that spring. I also remember Percy the Cougar Hunter, and being really outraged when a wild game meat feast was held at the Lodge. We lived in the College Building and prepared our own meals. We were all vegetarians at the time.

Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island, BC, summer 1973

Rebecca Spit, Quadra Island, BC, summer 1973

Nikki was one of the students who built canvas kayaks. Read more