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Picture This! (#SPL)

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.” ― Heraclitus, Fragments

“Time is a game played beautifully by children.”
― Heraclitus, Fragments

Picture This! (#WYLD)

Nothing like hanging out with your friends, new and old, playing in the outdoors.

Nothing like hanging out with your friends, new and old, playing in the outdoors.

Snow to Surf: Another successful year!

Rolling deep at this years Snow to Surf!

Rolling deep at this years Snow to Surf!

Strathcona Park Lodge staff and alumni placed amazing this year.

Team: ‘Strathcona Park Lodge’ = 4th in open mens and overall
Team: ‘Camp Fire Choir” = 3rd in opens mixed 34th overall
Team: ‘Mucky Much and the Shizams’ = 4th in opens mixed and 36th overall
Team: ‘Stathcona Domination’ = 1st in juniors and 30th overall
Team: ‘Etes-Vous Pretes?’ = 3rd grandmasters woman and 60th overall

For full Snow to Surf results click here.

Flash Back Fridays


Like much that happened at the lodge, the folk weekend came from an impulse. There were some talented musicians at the lodge lead by Bob Sutherland. Stevie Smith sang British drinking songs, and Rob Wood sang climbing songs, and the accountant Ross “rock spider” Nichol always sang the MONSTER MASH. They needed a sound system. The plan was to sing for staff and others in town and then pass the hat, take the cash and let Ross,who had been a roadie for a rock band, go to Vancouver and buy a sound system.

So by the summer of 1976, there was a sound system: mixing board, mikes, stands, cables, and large Trainor stand up speakers purchased by staff. Sadly, the good stuff was later stolen.

The first folk weekend was in the spring of 1977. June Simpson, Stevie Smith, Bob Sutherland, and other musical staff produced a weekend of sing along folk music and it was a terrific success.

Lodge youngsters being directed by Bob Sutherland (upper right)

Lodge youngsters being directed by Bob Sutherland (upper right)

Later prodded by Jim to have a fall get together, a year end celebration, and to have some kind of activity to assist the lodge to become a year round facility, Bob Sutherland switched the date to a long weekend in November .

In 1978 the Folk Weekend was a rousing good time and started a tradition that lasted 28 Novembers. The first few years were more end of year staff reunions with old staff returning, and new staff enjoying a break from school groups.

And then it got famous. In 1980 Quadra Island’s Smooth Edge came and played for 18 years in a row. They were a harmony singing group with some accompanying instrumental music. Later the Strathcona Choir was formed to sing such all time hits as: The Yellow Rose of T exas, Gypsy Rover, and When the Coho Flash Silver All over the Bay, all favorites of Jim. Read more

Wilderness Youth Leadership Development

Some people ask us what we do here at Strathcona Park Lodge & Outdoor Education Centre and why they should come here.  Here is a quote from a Southridge Grade 10 student in 2010.  It sums up a lot of what we hope to achieve when people leave the lodge.

“Our leaders got us to play a few quick games that first day, and over the course of the next five days we learned many more, like the “human knot” and others.  Each game was fun, but it was more than that.  Each game taught us who we are or where we stand or how we deal with tricky situations in terms of leadership.  With each game I gained more confidence to speak out, which is something I can hopefully continue improving over the course of my life. That’s what the annual grade 8 and 9 trip to Strathcona is about.  Learning about who you are without technology and becoming a leader.”

Enjoying the sunset after sea kayaking in Nootka Sound


Imagine the possibilities!

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Staff at Play

Tuesday February 15th, 2011 will go down as a an epic day of snowboarding!  Thank you Ular, the snow goddess, for all the powder on Mount Washington!  Hope everyone gets a chance to head out into the mountains as it is still snowing!!!!

Winter Mountain Biking on Vancouver Island

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/19380961]Vancouver Island has some of the most contrasting environments I have seen anywhere in the world.  I don’t know of too many places where you can measure the snow depth in the 500cm range in the alpine and in the valley have forest that one can mountain bike in.  All with a few minutes of each other.

Outdoor Parenting

Journey into the world of climbers, surfers and skiers as they embark on the biggest journey of their lives….raising kids!  Click HERE to go to the website dedicated to raising “the little ones” in the great outdoors. Enjoy the website!