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#hiking and #feelingontopoftheworld!  We live in a beautiful so go and get some!

#hiking and #feelingontopoftheworld! We live in a beautiful world so go and get some!

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Looking across Upper Campbell Lake to the Elk River Delta and Strathcona Provincial Park.  This view is something to see in person.

Looking across Upper Campbell Lake to the Elk River Delta and Strathcona Provincial Park. This view is something to see in person.

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This view never gets old.

This view never gets old.

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Heading on a canoe trip to Rainbow Island.

Heading on a canoe trip to Rainbow Island.

Flash Back Fridays

A BUNCH OF OLD TROUTS? NEVER

By Arthur Mayse, October 1986

Strathcona Park Lodge, which sprawls along the rugged shoreline of Upper Campbell Lake, is much more than a holiday resort.

It is also a training center that specializes in such outdoor skills as canoeing, kayaking, mountaineering and wilderness survival.

All this, of course, didn’t happen overnight. The program, unique on this continent, was developed through years.

It was in its infancy, and the lodge itself smaller by most of its chalet-type frame units when Win and I first ventured to Strathcona over a gravel road that threatened to dump us into the lake at every turn and twist.

Posing at the famous Roosevelt Elk, the entrance to Strathcona Provincial Park.

Posing at the famous Roosevelt Elk, the entrance to Strathcona Provincial Park.

Big Jim Boulding, the former Campbell River school teacher who founded the lodge on a dream and shoestring, was still alive in those years. Even then, Jim Boulding worried about the future of Strathcona Park, a wild empire of mountain, lake and timbered slopes.

A mine had intruded. Other mining claims stakes before the park was established in 1911, threatened, and the loggers had an eye on Strathcona’s grand first- growth evergreens. The threat remains unresolved.

We remembered Strathcona Lodge kindly, and when Myrna Boulding asked us to come up for a week and teach memoir writing to an Elderhostel which was about to descend on her retreat, we were quick to accept.

Not that we had any idea what an Elderhostel was. Myrna explained.

“As I understand it,” she told us, “Elderhostel is an organization of seniors who stay in groups at one college or resort.. They’re strong on education and adventure.”

With that to go on, we scrambled a mini-course together and on the Sunday set out for Strathcona Park Lodge. Read more

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Did you know Vancouver Island is known as the island of caves?  They are over 1000 explored caves.

Did you know Vancouver Island is known as the island of caves? They are over 1000 explored caves.

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Fall time at SPL is beautiful.

Fall time at SPL is beautiful.

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Sunrise can be the best time to reflect on days before and what is ahead on any adventure at SPL.

Sunrise can be the best time to reflect on days before and what is ahead on any adventure at SPL.

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Do you know how to wet exit out of a kayak?  Want to learn how to roll a kayak?  Join a white water course at SPL and start your white water career.

Do you know how to wet exit out of a kayak? Want to learn how to roll a kayak? Join a white water course at SPL and start your white water career.

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We've been doing Outdoor Education for a while now.  I don't know when this photo was taken but I do love looking at all the faces and gear and realize how much things have changed.

We’ve been doing Outdoor Education for a while now. I don’t know when this photo was taken but I do love looking at all the faces and gear and realize how much things have changed.