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VANCOUVER ISLAND WILDERNESS RESORT SPECIALIZED IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS

By Ellen Steese, The Christian Science Monitor, June 1985 (selected passages below)

“I always wanted to be a circus acrobat,” the white bearded man says, hopping up onto the horizontal cable slung some three feet above the forest floor.

The rock-climbing class at Strathcona Park Lodge – a wilderness resort in the center of Vancouver Island – doesn’t start out by having much to do with rocks. In the beginning you find yourself wobbling stoutheartedly across swaying logs, the cable just mentioned, and an assortment of rope ladders and logs that are mercifully stationary but placed at a daunting height from the ground.

Fortunately, stout hearts are what we have here. I have joined up with a visiting group of hikers from the Appalachian Mountain Club, middle-aged and older but as spunky as they come. They’ve taken up rock climbing for the first time in their lives.

Jamie showing someone the ropes at the Lake Bluff.

Jamie showing someone the ropes at the Lake Bluff.

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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.

Chris Lawrence, Wilf Wilson, and Valerie Trevis

Chris Lawrence, Wilf Wilson, and Valerie Trevis

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