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C. .K. Mirror
Regional District of Comox-Strathcona
4695 Headquarters Road, Courtenay, B.C. V9N 5W3

Dear Sir or Madam, There seems to be some misunderstanding about Strathcona Lodge.

A group of hikers enjoy the view facing south down the lake

A group of hikers enjoy the view facing south down the lake

At a recent meeting the Regional Board turned down an application by Strathcona Lodge for a liquor licence. According to a newspaper report the licence was refused for two reasons – that we are presently an educational institution and deal only with young people, and that we would become a “watering hole. ” There was also a remark about our receiving government money. Perhaps I can correct the misunderstanding by describing our history and explaining our present operation.

My husband and I started our business in 1958 with a small lodge that we ran during the summer; we taught high school during the school ear. In 1963 we expanded and obtained a liquor license for our dining room and coffee shop. We never sold much liquor, nor did we try to. Unfortunately our main lodge burned down in 1973. By this time we were running outdoor education programs. As our tourist facilities were, for the most part, destroyed we then concentrated on the outdoor education part of the operation. Read more